Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has said the President Edgar Lungu’s launch of performance based contract system for permanent secretaries aimed at improving performance and accountability of public office holders will very soon also apply to Directors.
Speaking during the Zambia Society for Public Administration (ZSPA) 2017 International Conference Media Breakfast at Lusaka’s Radisson Blue Hotel today, Dr. Msiska in a statement read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary in charge of Policy Analysis and Coordination at Cabinet Office Bernard Kamphasa echoed President Edgar Lungu’s directive on the need for public officers to urgently deliver quality services to the Zambian people.
The Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde reports that Dr. Msiska also revealed that President Lungu have already started receiving quarterly reports from Cabinet Ministers on the progress made in implementing Government policies and programmes in all the sectors of the economy.
Dr. Msiska was however quick to mention that Government has continued to enhance capacities of Permanent Secretaries through training, affirming that recently a number of permanent secretaries underwent a training in what is dubbed “balanced Scorecard” which is a tool for Management in public offices, adding that this is to show that how serious the Zambian Government is about performance management in public offices.
Dr. Msiska also stated that matters of Gender Equity and Equality are of great importance and very strategic management to the growing country like Zambia, stressing the need for the values of performance and strategic management in public service to be supported by all Zambians.
“INDEED, MATTERS OF GENDER EQUI1Y AND EQUALI1Y ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE VALUE OF PERFORMANCE AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE NEED TO BE SUPPORTED BY ALL ZAMBIANS”
“AS GOVERNMENT WE VALUE THE IMPORTANCE OF PERFORMANCE AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT. AS YOU ARE AWARE, HIS EXCELLENCYTHE – 4 PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, MR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE PERFORMANCE BASED CONTRACT SYSTEM FOR PERMANENT SECRETARIES AIMED AT IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS”
“THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO DIRECTORS VERY SOON. DURING THE LAUNCH, HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED THAT THERE WAS URGENT NEED TO DELIVER QUALITY SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE BECAUSE WE ARE IN THESE PUBLIC OFFICES MAINLY TO SERVE” Dr. Msiska said
Meanwhile, Zambia Society for Public Administration (ZSPA) President Kelvin Esiasa has commended President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for calling on every Zambian to be inspired with hard work so that every citizen can remain vital to Zambia’s developmental agenda.
Mr. Esiasa who also appealed to Zambians and all organisations in the country to consider the media as their partners as well as a vital instruments to national developments said the call by President Lungu for Zambians to arise and appreciate the values that are cardinal to the development of Society is welcome because that was a call to national Development or call to duty.
He added that ZSPA was delighted to hear the call from the president because the institution thrives on the same ideologies, stating that if everyone works hard it hasten development in Zambia.
Mr. Esiasa further noted that the attitudes that may frustrate the principles of hard work in Zambia must be discouraged.
“As you are all aware the Republican President his Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu has called on every Zambian to begin to appreciate the values that are cardinal to the development of Society”
“The President has called on many of us to be motivated or get inspired with hard work so that we all remain vital to the development of Zambia”
“As ZSPA we agree with the republican President and we feel this is a call to national Development or call to duty” Mr. Esiasa said