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President Hakainde Hichilema has not abolished allowances for civil servants-Kasanda

General News President Hakainde Hichilema has not abolished allowances for civil servants-Kasanda

Chief Government Spokesperson Chusi Kasanda has said that insinuations in some sections of the media that President Hakainde Hichilema has abolished allowances for civil servants are false and malicious.

Ms. Kasanda who is also Information and Media Minister has said that at no point did President Hichilema talk about abolishing civil servants’ allowances during the swearing-in ceremony of some senior Government officials at State House, yesterday.

She says President Hichilema only revealed that he will be having a workshop for Ministers and Permanent Secretaries next week and that there will be no allowance to be paid on that day because all those attending including himself will be working.

According to her Facebook page monitored by ZNBC News in Lusaka today, Ms. Kasanda said the Head of State in his remarks only disapproved of practices in the previous regime where government officials were paid allowances for attending workshops or meetings on normal working days and within the normal working hours.

President Hichilema assured the nation that, under his watch, this will never happen.

And echoing the Minister’s statement, UPND Alliance Media Director Thabo Kawana said that says President Hichilema has not abolished any allowances for civil servants as reported by some sections of the media.

UPND Alliance Media Director Thabo Kawana
UPND Alliance Media Director Thabo Kawana

Mr. Kawana said that the misrepresentation of facts is a deliberate misconception and distortion and that the media report is aimed at deliberately agitating Civil Servants in the country and bringing the New Dawn Administration into disrepute.

Mr. Kawana has clarified that President Hichilema tasked Cabinet Office to convene a day’s workshop for all Ministers and Permanent Secretaries who will in turn hold meetings with their Directors and other Senior Government Officials on how they are expected to execute their duties in the New Dawn Administration.

He says the head of State was categorical that this one-day workshop will not attract an allowance because as it will be treated as an ordinary day’s work.

Mr. Kawana told ZNBC news that the President was clear, emphatic, and did not mince his words to warrant the unfortunate misrepresentation of what he stated.

He has since urged media houses, reporters and their editors to strive to report correctly and resist the temptation to sensationalize facts in the process.

17 COMMENTS

  1. It’s more appropriate to say GOVERMENT HAS NOT ABOLISHED ALLOWANCES instead of attributing to one person. This hero worship. Decisions are collective.

  2. Chipante pante Government even today everyone can issue a statement…way too many individuals doing the same thing…Mweetwa. Kasanda,Kawana,Anthony Bwalya, Mwaliteta all can issue contradicting statements including the President and the vice president

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  3. The presidency has been cheapened. This is what happens when you have a president who comments on anything and everything. Tonight I am at Chicagos mingling with a few friends. Life is good, kaya imwe ma disgruntled youth, how are things. This spokeswoman is just good looking but I doubt she is competent for that job.

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  4. Well, straightened out Thabo. Thabo is undoubtedly a good communicator; seasoned and mature. Chushi Kasanda is embarrassing the government. HH needs to review this appointment.

  5. At long last we hear from the Minister Of Information, now she has the Permanent Secretaries to support her, therefore, we expect her to pull up her socks and rise to the occassion OR risk going…..
    No more excuses, lets go go lady…

  6. If HH7 doesnt have an elected MP in this position he can nominate a highly skilled citizen to be a mouthpiece for his govt…not this girl

  7. Tarino did this woman refuse you. Your hating seems very personal. Filachitika. Work hard so that you don’t get refused by women. You are ugly so you need to have money atleast to attract women

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  8. The horse’s mouth was more clearer than the puppet donkey’s mouth kawana.
    Hh hoped to save money from the abolishment of PS’s (civil servants) allowances, then build it for the budgeted colossal K25.7M CDF. He was clear on this issue. To turn around and blame journalists when the crip is vividly there and clear is utter preposterous.
    Kawana shouldn’t the clarification be more clearer to align with Hh’s rants?
    Admit it, the inexperienced corporate baby president is so mad to learn that he can’t touch Civil Servants allowances. To me, this president lacks clarity. He is so inarticulat.
    Thank God you’re teaching the u5 president how things are done. Theory and practice yamudabwisa hh, ndipo yamuvuta. Damage control.

  9. The delayed she said, he said arguments – a lot going on in the background.
    Has h² got what it takes to stop PS’ allowances? Has he suddenly changed the conditions of services for Civil Servants?
    Does it matter whether it is a allowanceless day’s meeting or two?
    Does he think allowances are a waste of money?
    Fasten your learning curve hh, it’s goona be rough and skiddy with your impulsive obsession to politick at every chance you seize.
    Sometimes it’s better to read speeches than to force the speech from your untrained brain.
    What a blunder of the president!

  10. Kaiser , pls do not think that your file is closed, very soon and pretty soon life will be sour for you. As for allowances, remember the hullabaloo that emmanuel mwamba raised when he was ps for muchinga province? He was standing on solid ground.

  11. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    Well allowances should be abolished, end of story. Especially for senior civil servants, that’s how they siphon money from government coffers by attending useless workshops with no coherent Agenda and outcomes. Meetings and workshops should be part of your job and so is traveling… just pay for transport and accommodation but even these should be monitored and justified.
    If the salaries are poor, then just improve those than “allowances” which are open for abuse.

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  12. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    LT bloggers as usual debating the individuals and persons instead of the substance of the issues being discussed. You should be looking yourselves in the mirror and see if you are adding any value to the debates or you are just criticizing. I wouldn’t employ the lot of you all in any govt because you are worse than the people you criticize.

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  13. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    By the way why is ‘Tabo‘ including ‘h’ in his name to sound like South African ‘Thabo’? What’s the motivation there? Lozi names and words don’t have ‘consonant’ followed by a ‘consonant’… it’s usually a constant followed by a vowel… highly misspelled and misleading.

  14. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    @Nathaniel Chembe, #12… that’s a fake imposter Kaizar Zulu wannabe domiciled in the UK, not the real one in Zambia. I doubt the real one even knows that the Internet exists. You must be new to LT, please don’t be duped/f00led by this attention seeker, we just ignore it these days.

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  15. The f00l with the long name above, you sound very angry and upset. We thought going abroad was meant to give you happier life . Here I am in zambia seemingly happier than you. You assume my location based on a flag when you are well aware that I use vpn to blog here so that f00Is like you do not hack my devices like you attempted to few years ago. Go to hell and burn

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