The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says there is need for an inquiry to be conducted in some government ministries to establish why there is misapplication of funds and corruption allegations.
ZCTU Secretary General Cosmas Mukuka says the union is concerned with the continued corruption allegations against civil servants.
Mr. Mukuka says an inquiry should be conducted to ascertain what motivates civil servants to get excited to point of misappropriating donor funds and funds meant for social services.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka, Mr. Mukuka says ZCTU is therefore of the view that government undertakes a review of the whole public service financial management system where glaring abuse of funds has been observed especially through revelations by the auditor general’s report.
Meanwhile ZCTU has suggested that government considers changing the ownership structure of the mining companies by floating shares to ensure that Zambians participate and benefit from the country’s mineral resource.
And Mr. Mukuka has called for increased funding to the ministry of labour to capacitate it with staff and programs that will strengthen its capacity to conduct inspections in institutions around the country.
Mr. Mukuka feels the ministry of labour currently does not have the teeth to bite as some firms lay off workers whenever they feel like.