President Lungu with newly appointed Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary-Economic managenment and Finance Mukuli Chikuba during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on Tuesday, January 17,2017 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA/STATE HOUSE

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said the ongoing reshuffles of staff in the civil service are neither tribal nor political, but a measure to curb lethargy and enhance productivity.
Mr Lungu said he was implementing the changes to revitalise the civil service, because if Government operations were sluggish, the country would not achieve meaningful development.

The Head of State said people or institutions seeing tribalism and political victimization in his administration of staff in the civil service, unfortunately, were politically inclined in every activity that they undertook.

“Let me point out that the ongoing transfers, reshuffles and retirements in the civil service are not a witch-hunt.

“They are intended to revamp the civil service because I realise that with a sloppy civil service, we cannot deliver to the people of Zambia,” President Lungu said.

The Head of State said this at State House in Lusaka yesterday when he swore in Mukuli Chikuba as Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary in charge of economic management and finance.

Mr Chikuba has been elevated from the position of director in charge of economic management.

The President said he did not want the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to fail the electorate on account of a lethargic civil service, hence the move to revamp the system.

Mr Lungu said he was re-elected to serve the electorate efficiently and would do so to the best of his ability because Zambians were eager to see the electoral campaign promises of the PF since 2011 until last year’s general elections materialised.

“So those I am appointing, those I am transferring and those I am promoting, please share my vision and let us work for the people of Zambia.

“No politics, no tribalism, no settling scores, let’s just work. Time for campaigning and politicking will come,” the President said.

He congratulated Mr Chikuba on his appointment, urging him to be an example of civil service personnel who had risen through the ranks, and an inspiration to his peers that young people could excel to hold positions of authority.

Mr Chikuba told journalists after the swearing-in ceremony that he would work diligently to contribute towards harnessing the measures that the Government was implementing to stabilise the economy.

President Lungu congratulates newly appointed Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary-Economic managenment and Finance Mukuli Chikuba during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on Tuesday, January 17,2017 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA/STATE HOUSE
President Lungu with newly appointed Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary-Economic management and Finance Mukuli Chikuba and Finance minister Felix Mutati during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on Tuesday, January 17,2017 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA/STATE HOUSE
President Lungu with newly appointed Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary-Economic management and Finance Mukuli Chikuba and Finance minister Felix Mutati during the Swearing-In-Ceremony at State House on Tuesday, January 17,2017 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA/STATE HOUSE
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23 COMMENTS

  1. Ba Chikuba please cut down on the expenditure towards useless things like Luxury SUVs, they serve no purpose except to make civil servants greedy and tempt them to acquire wealth dubiously! They are nothing but modern day chariots that feed the vanity and lead civil servants to sin! Better to use ox plough carts than a golden coated chariot- better for the civil servants to drive corrollas than the latest Toyota hilux costing the value of a basic school! Work for the people not yourselves or God will curse you! As a pro PF blogger I say that!

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  2. Lungu said publicly that he had No Vision. Suddenly he has found a Vision and what is the Vision? Lungu is reshuffling the Civil Service to reward loyalty and his tribal tendencies. Lungu is removing Civil Servants perceived to be supporters of the Opposition and mainly UPND Supporters. There is no way visionless Lungu can make appointments on merit. Its unfortunate that Lungu and PF have politicised the Zambian Civil Service making it even more inefficient and resulting in poor service to the public.

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    • It is his own term of office now, so why can’t he have a vision? He completed Sata’s term of office and so in his new term he developed his own vision. For your own information an area MP in one of the rural constituencies in Western Province during campaigns last year found this nurse with a Bemba name working at a rural health centre there and asked him: “How did you find yourself here?”. Are we not ‘one Zambia one nation?’. The fact of the matter is that this nation is divided and it will take a long time to successfully fight this cancer called tribalism.

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    • Senior Citizen,
      What tribe is Mukuli Chikuba? You hide behind the tag senior because you know once we know your name and your tribe we will know why you are against Lungu all the time. You are a tribal cadre for a tribal bantustan party. Shamuna Mune Shame

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    • @Lenje Diva: is that your true name, you troll! Don’t be smart for nothing when you are blogging under a pseudonym yourself.

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  3. Looks like the guy was selected on recommendation by Mutati. For this one we shall only congratulate fully once we see the works by the end of the year. My Worry is we all seem not to be sure of Chapona’s vision and what it will look like once materialized. Its always referred to generically

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  4. Civil Servants didn’t vote for PF in the last elections. That’s why LUNGU (The Election Thief) is now revenging using tribal/political witch-hunt. Actually the victimization through transfers stated before elections.

    If your name starts with HA-, Hi- or Si-, you are in maningi trouble. How do u transfer someone from Kabwe to Kasempa & his wife to Kapoche?

    LUNGU is a dull, childish VISIONLESS, Fake Christian with ZERO leadership qualities.

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  5. Meaningless prayers and reconciliation. Always doing the opposite from what he says. What a hypocrite.

    We have received enough rains stop load shedding.

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  6. I STILL HAVE A BIT OF FAITH THAT THINGS COULD TURN AROUND FOR THE BETTER BUT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS IS NOT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. CIVIL SERVANTS CAN EASILY FOLLOW THE DIRECTION FROM THE PARTY IN POWER. IT HAPPENED UNDER MAGANDE AS FINANCE MINISTER. THE BIGGEST DRAWBACK IN THE PF ITSELF. JUST YESTERDAY, PF SECRETARY GENERAL DAVIS MWILA WAS IN KABWE & THE THINGS HE SAID THERE LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED. E.G. ORDERING THE COUNCIL TO BE RESERVING LAND FOR PF SUPPORTERS, ORDERING PF SUPPORTERS TO REMOVE UPND SUPPORTERS FROM THE MARKETS & TAKE OVER ALL BUS STATIONS LIKE THEY HAD DONE IN LUSAKA. HE SAID SO MANY THINGS WHICH I COULDN’T BELIEVE WERE COMING FROM A PERSON OF HIS POSITION. ZAMBIA BELONGS TO ALL OF US AND PEOPLE MUST BE ALLOWED TO CORE-EXIST REGARDLESS THEIR…

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  7. IT IS PEOPLE LIKE MWILA THAT NEED TO BE RETIRED IN NATIONAL INTEREST. WE NEED A UNIFIED NATION TO MOVE FORWARD. THIS GUY IS NOT JUST A DANGER TO PF BUT THE NATION AS A WHOLE

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  8. Give us the break down of each appointment and tribe of person appointed. You will find that there is a certain pattern that forms.

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  9. Maureen aka jay jay low you are right under the leadership of your late husband LPM, the civil service tried except they were too scared to act and that wasn’t good. Under RB things got a bit better the civil service was functional but all that was lost once little fleddy the accounts clerk night school lawyer wanna be a scribe went to bed with MCS. All ex-past scribes ‘became’ civil servants. His fat desk lawyer friend who hoodwinked him to ‘invest’ in a dying airline business took up what he had always wanted dpp…the rest bane is what we have now…total disaster

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  10. He will do whatever he wants to do but things won’t work for him because he is repaying for the votes he stole by forcing himself onto us. He calls for prayers but mocks God as though God can’t see. Lungu’s hatred and vegenfulness will make him end badly. If he has ears let him hear. Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi were alone into hiding in holes when their time came. Learn from others.

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  11. Nothing new here…if he is not flying he is swearing in..up to now no press conference since he elected as he has no vision merely an empty tin!!

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    • This is best appointment for permanent secretaries. I dont this guy but rising along the ranks gives me some hope real professionalism in the ministry

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  12. Bacimbwi bakalanda bakanaka..Continue working hard your excellency because true well meaning Zambians are behind you..

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  13. I just like the way our president addresses issues. Am sure he is not vindictive but a mare conveyor of the will of the Zambian people. Take for example – a headmaster of a school decides that the school kids should miss independence day celebrations just because HH and GBM are under police custody. if you were in charge, what would you do? Another example is were a doctor refuses to open a health post just because he does not want a PF minister to officiate at the opening ceremony towards elections. What would you do if you were the leader?

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  14. Ladies and gentlemen can some one enlighten us more about Mr Mukuli Chikuba the new PS Finance Economic-management. This is to inspire confidence to Zambians that he’s got what he’s been elevated on and will contribute effectively to our nation.

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