Legal action to be taken against civil servants who misuse public resources-Government

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GOVERNMENT has warned of legal action against civil servants who misuse public resources and spend beyond their budgets.

Ministry of Finance permanent secretary for economic management Mukuli Chikuba said in an interview that Government will firmly deal with civil servants who are in the habit of misappropriating public resources.Mr Chikuba said prudent management of public funds is critical to the smooth implementation of development programmes.

He said the Ministry of Finance is revising financial management related legislations that include Public Finance, Zambia Public Procurement and Loans and Guarantees Acts to safeguard public resources from abuse.

“People who misapply funds or spend beyond their budget will be facing jail terms. We are reviewing some laws to underpin fiscal performance and these include the Public Finance Act, which will be strengthened,” Mr Chikuba said.

He said people entrusted with the responsibility of managing public resources should observe high level of accountability to avoid prosecution.

Mr Chukuba said Government is determined to send to jail all civil servants who will be caught stealing public resources.

He said Government is committed to the fight against corruption and that the structural reforms being undertaken are reference points.

“We are doing a full roll-out of the integrated financial management information system and treasury single account. We are strengthening issues around commitment control.

“What we need to do is to stop the accumulation of arrears and that system is being upgraded so that people will not have to spend beyond their budgets,” he said.

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  1. So Mr. Chukuba, all this time no one has been arrested. Now that’s when you just realized that thieves have to go to jail . . . hahaha!

    You have never heard of the Auditor General report that tells you how much of government money has been misappropriated every year?

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    • I think we need a fresh audit that should start with the president of the country. All public officers not just civil servants. They are the small fish. We need all the big fish known. Judges as well must be audited and explain any unsual payments outside their salary or allowances

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  2. All GRZ vehicles must be parked after 19hrs! No excuses unless that vehicle is an ambulance. No nonsense of running around in luxury SUVs at the expense of poor Zambians!

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    • Even Army and ZAF vehicles ferryinng building materialz for private projects we know them

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  3. I often say bad policies cost more than corruption.
    Indeed, bad policies are sometimes the reason for
    corruption!

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    • PF is reason for corruption. Laws or policies do not count to them. Zambian money must be for all Zambians and respected

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  4. I think we need a fresh audit that should start with the president of the country. All public officers not just civil servants. They are the small fish. We need all the big fish known. Judges as well must be audited and explain any unsual payments outside their salary or allowances. We need a full clean up let the audit also extend to the PF thugs

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  5. How can this even be mentioned, doesn’t the law provide for arrest and jail sentence for criminals long before in zambia. Don’t upset us with childish statements , the alien issue in zambia is arson and public infrastructure sabotage.This is what you should talk about now . 54 years corruption still holds us to ransom, if we have failed , we give up or we demonstrate we are in firm grip of the national affairs. Come on men put law breakers where they belong swiftly

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  6. Please start with the defence forces where nepotist families have taken over supplying of food staffs. When we query they say ‘instructions come from State House’. Please look into the issue of hiring of airplanes and the use of the money paid for UN operations ! We are told ‘Govt uses this money’ but we are seeing officers related to the commanders getting rich. We cant sit and see a few filthy selfish individuals enjoy at our expence ! Bwana ba President us soldiers spend most of our normal work day shunting building materials etc to the farms and plots of service chiefs. We are always in town on goverment time and using government time buying fertilizer blocks sand and seeds etc et to take to our commanders farms. Bushe enchito twaingile iyi kanshi ?

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  7. A few individuals are busy ballooning their pockets in the name of unproductive workshops. No result at all. Please the govt should see to it that workshops are reduced. Public servants are no longer interested in service delivery but enriching themselves especially the big fish.

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