DISCIPLINARY LITIGATIONS COST GOVERNMENT BILLIONS

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By SIMON MUNTEMBA

The Civil Service Commission should ensure that disciplinary matters in the civil service are thoroughly probed and procedures exhausted to avoid costly litigations against the government, Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti has said.

Dr Miti said Government was losing huge sums of money in compensation to litigants because of failure to properly handle and exhaust procedures in disciplinary matters.

He said government had lost over K5 billion in compensation to litigants so far.

This is contained in a statement issued by Civil Service Commission media liaison officer Tazzie Chayinda.

Dr Miti said this when Civil Service Commission chairperson Dickson Chasaya paid a courtesy call at his office to brief him on its preparedness to host the Association of African Public Services  Commissions (APPSCOMs) Conference.

Dr Miti also expressed concern over the quality of degrees among civil servants which he said do not meet the required competencies in terms of performance output and had resulted in poor service delivery in the civil service.

He has since called for the re-introduction of civil service entry examinations to ensure that new entrances are trained and inducted on the norms and values of the civil service.

Meanwhile Mr Chasaya said the Commission will implement the directives of the Secretary to the Cabinet so as to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in the Civil Service.

And Civil Service Commission Vice Chairperson Hillary Chipango said the Commission had engaged the local authority in Livingstone to ensure availability of human resource ahead of the Association of African Public Services Commissions executive meeting slated for August 29 to 30 2019.

Civil Service Commission Secretary Geoffrey Kamfwa said the Civil Service Commission was ready to host the meeting and that 9 African countries had so far confirmed participation.

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