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It will be irresponsible for government to increase salaries for the current bloated civil service-Andyford Band

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Andyford Banda
Andyford Banda

IT will be irresponsible for the government to increase salaries for the current bloated civil service which consumes almost 60 per cent of national budget at the expense of a productive private sector.

People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) Andyford Banda says increasing salaries for civil servants in 2017 would not be justifiable because there is no provision in next year’s budget.

Mr Banda added that apart from that, there has been a controversial conditionality by lending institutions such as the IMF and World Bank to only support productive sectors as opposed to consumption areas including the civil service or the nation to secure loans.

Mr Banda called on the civil servants to continue discharging their duties diligently and to understand that Government was in a tight corner financially.

He pointed out in an interview with Daily Nation that Government could not promise the civil servants increments from resources it did not have.

Mr Banda said that Government had been honest enough that it did not have money in its coffers and that all stakeholders should understand that fact.

“At the moment it is justified that Government will not increase salaries for civil servants because there is no money. They definitely can’t promise what they do not have. Let’s give them chance to raise money so that when they promise to increase, it comes to pass” he said. Mr Banda said that Government should step up its efforts of recovering the economy because that was the only way that civil servants would expect salary increments.

He advised Government to continue with the austerity measures it was taking and fiscal discipline to ensure that the economy stabilised as quickly as possible.

And Mr Banda also said that it was important for Government when it was in a position to speed up its efforts of ensuring that civil servants’ salaries were increased in good time.

He explained that motivated civil servants were important for any country to see meaningful development. Mr Banda said that well-paid civil servants executed their duties diligently compared to those who were under paid and disgruntled.

25 COMMENTS

  1. And you expect civil servants to vote for you? I wonder if you can have my vote. The government has no money but some one is moving up and down.

    • Ludicrous. If the government has no money, then why are they wasting the little resources they have on Lungu’s aimless flights all over the place? Why allocate K1.5million to Lungu’s wife to be used as she so wishes? Why did Lungu say his ministers were already looting the national coffers? Why did the Auditor General’s report say that there has been a lot of money that has gone missing, or unaccounted for? And just where is the evidence that the Zambian economy is recovering? There’s no money because there’s been gross mismanagement and outright stealing by PF administration. Get real fellows.

  2. It is sad and unfortunate for civil servants to continue executing their duties basing on an old and meagre salary even when Major commodities are still expensive. Government needs to be advised rightly. Andyford Banda’s speaking was not sympathetic on the part of government but betrayal. We should be realistic and not pretentious if we want our government to work with a motivated labour force.wilaisunkila pa kakonde Kobe,Banda. Leka ubuteko bucite ifyo bwingacita bwafwe abantu.Natasha.

    • Maybe is is BECAUSE President and Ministers have been raising their salaries and allowances (and stealing even more) that there is no money!

  3. I agree with my brother but referring to the civil service as un productive is a misplaced statement. I guess you were educated in a government school like most of us and we products of the teachers that taught us, can you surely say the civil service is unproductive ,retract your statement .if you didn’t those people under difficult conditions

  4. Comment: I now understand what one of my monkey cousins from Northern province told me told me but before I divulge more on that let me say that Andyford Banda should in the next election change his name to Sandyford Banda, we shall see if he will even manage to beat Gen. Miyanda. The man is a political novice whose presence on the political arena leaves much to be desired had it been not for the application of the alphabetical order on the ballot paper the man would have gotten zero votes in most constituencies thanks to most illiterate voters who erroneously voted for him. Its high time opposition political parties learn to provide credible checks and balances to government in power. He should take keen interest to follow Peter Sinkamba who has been so formidable in providing checks…

  5. Can’t we have someone to correct the situation? Surely employing a driver where there is no vehicle. This driver receives salaries every month end. One office two office orderies

    • Exactly my thought. Too many ghost workers in government or civil service if I may. The guy has some ideas but he just doesn’t know how to put forward his message.

  6. Pantu imwe mulelya bwino you don’t care about others.The government has money for the President and the all entourage to travel abroad all the time but no money for poor civil servants. We miss Sata he was a President for the poor. May his soul rest in peace,

  7. Mr Banda who ever he thinks he is in Zambia, simply has shown us that he has no brains and has no passion at all. Diplomacy if things are worse could have been better but just to come out so careless is irresponsible. Coming to the many issue the government has money no wonder they are able to fly out of the country, buy buses, Ford rangers, and we are paying full price of fuel, male meal etc the workers also are supposed to be getting cost reflective salaries to ensure that they meet all day to day needs. It Crystal clear that the government is making a lot of money now from fuel seeing we are buying at high price. This money can go to among others salaries. In order to improve our economy we must strengthen the buying power of our work force as well as supply.

  8. from most of the comments, I strongly conclude that many people don’t know the role of the civil service.Many people think the civil service is there for luxury-it is there to create enabling environment for genuine economic growth.How can a country develop if 60% of government revenue is consumption biased.The unions should also have mind set change in order to be in line with what ANDYFORD IS SUGGESTING.The civil service has grown, making it very expensive to run.I totally support him.Most civil servants are Mr. Kupes -they don’t work but do their own things at6 the expense of national development.The current opposition parties are the worst in encouraging laziness and non development ideas.They talk about increasing salaries for the civil servants instead of supporting ideas which…

    • Andyford Bandas comment may be supported if governments honest frugality could be seen. In the absence of this frugalness Andyfords comment become mere ranting.

    • Agree with you. Civil Service in Zambia is the source of most of our sluggish performance. Money is donated to us for say irrigation projects for small scale farmers. This lies idle for years until it “expires” . Whom do you hold responsible for that? Many more examples are there. Way to go Andyford.

  9. Only a perpetual fool like anderpant banda can think so low that government has no money when state house has been turned into a cash limitless Automatic cash withdrawal terminal. Why allocating k1,500, 000 to Esther lungu’s account if govt has no money. Anderpant is just being tribal since he comes from the east and can not see anything wrong done by lungu’s self imposed govt.

  10. One office where people just sit with nothing to do is the Constituency office. These officers just do own things and are paid for it.

  11. SOMEBODY SHOULD ADVISE LUNGU PROPERLY. LUNGU AND PF ARE JUST BUYING A FAST TICKET OUT OF GOVERNMENT. WHY DO AFRICAN LEADERS CLOSE THEIR EYES WHEN IN POWER. FUEL HAS BEEN INCREASED OVER AND OVER, LEADING TO A SPIRAL IN COST OF ESSENTIAL AND NON-ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES! SO HOW DOES MR. LUNGU AND PF THINK CIVIL SERVANTS ARE SURVIVING? THIS IS WHY AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT WILL NEVER HAVE AN END TO MIS APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS! IMAGINE BEING PAID A SALARY WHICH FINISHES SAME DAY AND ONE DOESNT HAVE ANY OTHER SOURCE OF MONEY! STICK TO YOUR GUNS NOW, THINKING YOU ARE VERY CLEVER, COME 2021 LUNGU AND PF WILL BE BOOTED OUT! WHO ARE THEY GOING TO BLAME? THEMSELVES OF COURSE!

  12. Now I don’t doubt beyond any percentum that he is just wasting his time and money running that party. Costs are ever increasing and this “educated illiterate” if he is educated at all wants people who actually do some work not to have a living wage. Where does this person live or come from? HAND & FORD should make himself relevant by asking Lazy Lungu to cut on his foreign trips etc.

  13. Sandyford Banda are you a parent.What a foolish father you are.Civil servants sacrifice alot and with minimal resources they are able to produce results.Nomba iwe Banda u saying it will be irresponsible for government to increase civil servant’s salaries.

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