Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo this morning sent away around 45 civil servants at the Lusaka Provincial administration for reporting late for work.
Mr Lusambo said he will not tolerate a culture of late coming among civil servants at his office.
“I personally closed the main gate exactly 08:00 Hrs and chased every one who reported after that.
“Since I was transferred to Lusaka from Ndola, I have observed a bad culture of reporting late for work among the civil servants at my office.” The minister said.
He said Civil service guidelines stipulate that work starts at 08:00 Hrs but it was worrying that some civil servants report for work as late around 09:00 Hours.
“…which frustrates the delivery of public services to our people and for me this is tantamount to stealing public funds.
“I will now write to the Ministry of Finance to dock a day’s wage from the salaries of the 45 public service workers whom I sent home today.” Lusambo said.
“As long as I remain Minister, I will ensure that civil servants deliver for the work they are paid for. His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the great leader has demonstrated hard work as he reports for work way before 08:00 Hrs and as such, we should emulate his example,” he said.