Government has warned that it will institute measures to remove civil servants who desert their districts from the payroll.
Northern Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga sounded the warning when he inspected some projects in Nsama and Mpulungu districts last week.
Mr. Kamanga said it is disheartening that some government workers have been using some rural districts to get employed, which they later desert for urban areas as soon as they begin getting their salaries.
He said the development is saddening because people in the rural areas also needed to benefit from the services rendered by the civil servants.
Mr. Kamanga said the government of President Edgar Lungu is committed to ensure that development reaches all parts of the country.
He directed Nsama District Commissioner Brighton Chali and his Mpulungu counterpart Dennis Sikazwe to immediately institute an audit and present the findings to his office on the government workers that have left their posts after being employed.
He was particularly disappointed that some teachers at Chitili Primary School in Mpulungu were not at the station despite parents going out of their way to construct houses for them.
The PS was also not happy that some civil servants had deserted the new district of Nsama depriving people of essential services.
Mr. Kamanga said such negative behaviour was detrimental to the development of the nation.
He said the PF government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu is keen to see that development reaches all parts of the country without leaving anyone behind.