Mr Lusambo addressing the civil servants who came late for work shortly before chasing them away.
Mr Lusambo addressing the civil servants who came late for work shortly before chasing them away.

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.

Mr Lusambo addressing the civil servants who came late for work shortly before chasing them away.
Mr Lusambo addressing the civil servants who came late for work shortly before chasing them away.
Mr Lusambo walks away from a group of civil servants who came late for work after chasing them away.
Mr Lusambo walks away from a group of civil servants who came late for work after chasing them away.
The civil servants take their walk of shame after they were told to leave the premises for coming late.
The civil servants take their walk of shame after they were told to leave the premises for coming late.
Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo manning the main entrance to his office to monitor late coming by civil servants.
Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo manning the main entrance to his office to monitor late coming by civil servants.
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62 COMMENTS

  1. How long will this last? Otherwise, it may be a show off only! Chiluba tried it and failed.

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    • Finally good news coming from Zambia…Thanks Lusambo and please next check the operations at Lands Ministry…very bad work culture…moroons report for work late just to be soliciting bribes

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    • Zambia needs a cultural change…countries like Japan have a strong work ethic because top leadership sets an example and leads by example; you wont hear Japanese PM declaring public holidays just like that. We are happy to invest $42 million on overpriced Fire Trucks but we can not invest a million dollars in efficient, reliable systems to manage our civil service workforce’s time and attendance.

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    • Due to traffic congestion, I work from home from 8.00 to 10 .00 and then report for work. Most of my work is computer based.Even at the office I personally interact with no one. So whats the rush in congested traffic just to get to the office to do the work I can do from home using my phone or my laptop? Embrace technology!!!

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    • Lusambo for President…next please go and lock out Lungu for Spending too much time traveling and wasting tax payers money

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    • 45 votes off Miles Sampa’s ballots.
      Instead of buying punctual workers breakfast, you are creating enermies.

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    • My man! don’t lock them away naiwe Bowman, just dock their pay. Wise ubushiku lelo…..

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    • I know this is not sustainable, and I also know that Chiluba once did it to grand stand, but at least this is a stern reminder to the public of why service is so poor and slow at most state institutions. What remains is ” How do we as Zambians solve this problem?”

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    • “I personally closed the main gate exactly 08:00 Hrs and chased every one who reported after that”.
      IF INDEED THEY GUYS WERE NOT AT WORK, HERE’S MY OPINION …….
      WHAT A FOOLISH AND POOR DECISION MR. BOWMAN? SENDING THEM AWAY FOR THE WHOLE DAY WITH A VIEW OF DEDUCTING THEIR 1 DAY PAY DOES NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. YOU HAVE WORSENED THE SITUATION AND MADE THE DAY VERY UNPRODUCTIVE.
      PLEASE THOSE OF YOU NEXT TO HIM, GIVE HIM THE EMPLOYEE HAND BOOK SO THAT HE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW TO GO ABOUT DISCIPLINARY MEASURES.
      THIS IS THE PROBLEM OF GIVING CADRES AND UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE SUCH SENSITIVE POSITIONS.

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    • paid up bloggers,wasting tax payers money ku embassy instead of being productive.am still waiting for my pport.

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    • By sending them back home who losses. Will salary be cut.

      This is the same boy that was popular y known as a die hard

      A die hard is an empty head.

      Govt is a big system. You can not run a system without procedure. Its not a bus station .

      Lusambo is an insult to intelligentsia

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  2. emulating sata,not what u bootlink,at great leader ecl,hahahahahaha.african politicians everything ni praise to the president,colonial mentality,it reminds of my first week at my job calling my director sir,and he reminded me to call him by his first name,he said here in america we are partners at work not boss worker of fearing one another.

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    • Indeed the idea of addressing fellow employees as sir or Madam only breeds fear at a work place.

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  3. congrats by young brother Hon. Lusambo , keep it up , we are with you and shall support you for ever .

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    • I am afraid people applaud such stunts are people who have never worked for an efficient entity….he sends them home today when their also a holiday this week ..its taxpayers losing!!

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  4. I remember FTJ used to do this but that was then in 90s ..in today’s world such stunts maybe pleasing to eye but they are outdated …just imagine if GRZ introduced flexible hours, Lusaka traffic would be reduced in the morning and staff would even work through lunch hour..all this could be rotated and monitored via check-in fobs. Why is it such issues are not faced with private companies like Airtel, MTN etc.
    Every time I visit Lusaka during holidays, I am always shocked at the callous approach most mid-level civil servants have towards their job…they will drink till 5 in morning during the week and go to work at 13:00 Hrs.

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  5. The boy has never worked in any institution.

    Straight from the street throwing stones and dancing for politician s

    The boy doenst even know what a memo is

    This is biggest insult to university graduates who laboured .

    Honestly Mr Lungu. Why give us this illiterate

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    • i think it is even more sad that you think that knowledge and wisdom is only found in those you esteem. University or not tardiness is a cancer that will make institutions mediocre and careers ordinary which might otherwise be spectacular if only two or even one hour earlier from monday to friday

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  6. “which frustrates the delivery of public services to our people and for me this is tantamount to stealing public funds” … yet the government is first to misuse our tax payers money, place us in national debt, award contracts to foreigners, the list is endless… You have no right to say this, shame on you.

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  7. Introduce hourly pay and this problem will die a natural death. Set the hourly rate and let everyone clock-in in the morning, lunch and nockoff time. And you will see people hurrriny to work and staying until time to go home. This system of putting everybody on a salary, even at lower management level and below, is outdated and promotes laziness and all kinds of mischief. Because even when a worker does not put in the hours, they are still assured of the same salary at the end of the month, so why care!

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  8. So now the minister has become the timekeeper. This might be good for a few days but you need to come up with a permanent solution like the time cards which were used in the old days for all workers to clock in reporting and knocking off times.Otherwise this might just be another publicity stunt.

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  9. Good one bowman!
    But you just messed things up by mentioning the person you booty lick, are you a robot cant you do things without mentioning jona, even lesa you dont praise him like that.

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    • The weed you smoke is dangerous, if you are stupid then i feel sorry for you…everything to you is out of topic how you manage to comment on this platform is my greatest surprise. EVERYONE is talking about LUSAMBO and you are the only person who is out of topic, if you are normal please for the seek of everyone just shut up.

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  10. ANY SANE ZAMBIAN WILL APPLAUD LUSAMBO. THIS SERVES AS A REMINDER TO ALL PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS THAT WE NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO OUR WORK. IT IS A SHAME THAT ANY ONE CAN EVEN RAISE A FINGER AGAINST LUSAMBO. AND THESE ARE THE SAME ZAMBIANS YOU WANT YO BE GETTING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. HOW SAD.

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  11. Backward thinking in this digital age. Just get everyone connected and introduce an agile work culture to those who don’t need to be in the office 8-5. You will save costs, such as utilities and office space. It will also prevent people from moving aimlessly from office to office trying to see which next trip to be squeezed in and from yapping all day long.

    It’s productivity that should count not how long you keep the office seat warm.

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  12. Well done, however hope this NOT just another publicity stunt,
    Remember Mutati impounding Government vehicles being driven by non authorised people. A lot was made out about that, but its now gone cold & its business as usual.

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  13. This is one of only two things Lusambo knows: Grandstanding and bootlicking. Nothing will come out of this

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  14. Well done I hope this can be done over and over again. Please do the same to hospitals and other government institutions.

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  15. This is great Lusambo, but I support introduction of hourly rate and people sign in and out. Can someone help me who Sharon is. I would like to know this person.

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  16. Good prefect, time keeping and bell ringing.I only doubt if you also considered the traffic jam and where some of these blocks commute from

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  17. Lusambo the bootlicker wants Chagwa to notice that he is working kkkkk. The move may send some shock waves to this nincompoops who thinks working in government is a passport to impunity. Imagine someone reporting for work at 10hrs? This is reminiscent to most government ministries. For once job well done chief bootlicker.

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  18. Why didn’t he follow disciplinary code on late reporting for work? Bowman needed to issue verbal warning, if repeated after elapse of time first written warning, and finally if done habitually suspension with half pay.
    However, I commend Bowman for showing concern for late coming, and mind transformation is desperately needed in civil service.

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  19. LUSAMBO AND HIS SO CALLED GREAT LEADER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, KWASALA 2 YEARS 6 MONTHS, NIPAFUPI KA.

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  20. Ministry of Lands employees start work at 09.00 hours, go for lunch at 12.00 come back at 15.00 and knock off at 16.00 hours. Even when you find them in the office at 08.00 hours they will tell you to come back at 09.00 hours. Same with Levy Mwanawasa hospital lab techs, they operate the same hours as Ministry of Lands.

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  21. Closing the gate at exactly 08hrs was too harsh and too early. He should have given an “injury” time of 10 to 15 minutes. Bowman of all people should know there are traffic jams in Lusaka and with this freezing weather it is “war” to get up from bed.

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  22. Well done Bowman! I’m pretty sure you had been observing for some time before you pounced.
    At least for you offices, introduce ” thumbprint” clocking in AND TURNSTILES for going in and out to prevent fraudulent clocking in and going out.
    At Zambia Sugar in Mazabuka, they, they even have clocking in and out of YOUR SECTION AREA!

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  23. Grammar; Whats the difference between “ukutamfya no kupepeka?” Should it be “chasing or sending them away” Just asking.

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  24. WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR WORKING CULTURE IN ZAMBIA WITH WE NEED DEVELOPMENT IN THIS COUNTRY AND THIS THING OF COMING LATE FOR WORK SHOULD BE CHECKED IN ALL GOVN MINISTRIES AND WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR ALTITUDE TOWARDS TIME KEEPING FOR PUBLIC WORK.

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  25. What a publicity stunt and a fraud of a guy this dude is. While the work ethics and culture of Zambians need to change, this is not the way to go about it.

    First there is nothing wrong in turning to work late as long as you make up the time and it is not a regular and consistent habit. Some of those people were probably being late for the first time; and some of them probably wanted to stay back and work late. So what is he going to do about such people?

    Changing Zambians behaviour requires drastic changes, almost a revolutionary overhaul, started from the grassroots all the way to State House. Consider for example school going students and fresh graduates who would never accept to work menial activities like cleaning dishes in restaurants because they want to be managers without…

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  26. ….they want to be managers without any work experience whatsoever; university students who are 25 years old and they still want parents to give them money to buy their girlfriends n!ckers. And then you have politicians stealing money and thinking they demi gods. Get real Lusambo!

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  27. How are they going to calculate a days wage? Are they paid per hour? Not to mention tax and pensions contributions. Epic fail by the minister!

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  28. The forty-five workers have a right to report to the Labour Office citing reasons for late coming.
    If it is a result of traffic jam, then Minister Lusambo needs to do more to decongest the roads so as for his people to report on time.
    On the other hand, bad working culture and lack of pride in efficient workmanship in our government institutions is the order of the day. Files are not only misplaced, people are asked to come back the following day and worse still, office orderlies order around the visiting officers …
    Zambians are capable of developing an efficient work ethics. The question is if Hon Lusambo and the government promote these principles are we workers ready to change for the better?

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  29. Hey. Don’t just criticize Lusambo is brave and what he has done should be emulated by other ministers. I am in IT too and if you think you have issues getting to work on a certain day then for that day ask for so called Home Office and they will grant you if justifiable.

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  30. Frank, Lusambo needs to know there are procedures in those institutions which can be followed than this public stunt he is pulling off. You can only do this for so long before it stops working, others like Chiluba tried it . Just follows the procedures so it’s done right than this stunt of trying to scare employees doing work that dull Lusambo cannot do. As an IT person you know you can telework, showing up at the office does not equal productivity. You are losing money by sending so many people home.

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