Kitwe’s Nkana Lawmaker Alexander Chiteme says misappropriation of public funds will not end until there is a drastic change of the current service which has served from Kaunda era.
Speaking when he appeared on the last PF interactive forum of the year 2017, Mr Chiteme charged that the reforms needed in the civil service were an emergency if corruption was to be completely uprooted.
“We can change goverment today, we have changed goverment before; from UNIP into MMD, from MMD into the current goverment of PF. What we have not changed drastically is the civil service”, Said Hon Chiteme
“If you go in Chalala you will find houses built in Nigerian style and if you ask for the owner you will hear it is the accountant in education ministry,”
“It is the same civil service that was in Kaunda goverment, the same that was in MMD goverment, same civil service that is working in this goverment,” He added
He stated that most of the issues of misappropriation reported in the auditors report where caused by civil servants yet it is politicians who receive the backlash.
“Who stole the money at the ministry of education as reported in the auditors general report? Is it the Minister of Education? The civil servants working in those government ministries, the people in charge of expending those budgets we are approving in parliament are the ones behaving like monkeys in a maize field. Stealing resources meant to educate our children but where does the bucks stop? On the politician.”
Mr Chiteme observed that though the civil service reforms are expensive, the current generation of monkeys in the maize fields needed to be replaced with professional people with a heart of the people.
Mr Alexander Chiteme alleged that Civil servants are living better lives than Members of Parliament adding that most stlyish houses in chalala are being constructed owned by then.
“If you go in Chalala you will find houses built in Nigerian style and if you ask for the owner you will hear it is the accountant in education ministry,” Observed Chiteme
Mr Chiteme has clarified that not all issues reported in the auditor’s report are as a result of misappropriation, noting that failure to punish the offenders has led the scourge to continue.
..the current generation of monkeys in the maize fields needed to be replaced with professional people with a heart of the people.
The Kitwe lawmaker also castigated opposition leaders who were not adding value to the political dispensation of the country by merely lying to the public and trying so hard to paint the government as corrupt.
“I always wonder why some people who are elected to make laws and represents their constituencies forget their mandate and instead focus on lies, baseless claims & cheap politicking,” he said.
The Nkana Law maker further wondered why opposition MPs brought motions to Parliament for no reason other than for political mileage only.
“Most of the motions that we see our colleagues from the opposition bring into parliament are of less use and for lack of a better term, useless! On the floor of the house, we are supposed to debate matters that are of great importance to the people than mere smearing campaigns; it’s regrettable.
“For example how does an MP bring to the floor of the house a motion to urge government to pay retirees, when it’s evident that the PF government has been increasing the budgetary allocation to retirees and has been paying them,” Hon Chiteme wondered.
Hon Chiteme urged journalists in the country to take keen interest in Investigative Journalism so that they could take on some politicians who were in the habit of spreading falsehoods armed with facts and truths.
The law maker also encouraged youths and women to stand up and be counted as the President and the PF leadership had embraced young people and women in the governance of the nation.
“It’s only in this administration that we have seen the President give alot of young people and women positions of influence. We have alot of young people in Parliament now in their 20s and 30s
“Look at the DCs we have, look at the Mayors, mostly young people…Our Kitwe DC Binwell Mpundu is a young man, Nathan Chanda the Mayor of Luanshya is a youth, am a young guy too. This is a testimony that our President means well for us the young people,” he said.