By REBECCA MUSHOTA
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said that he has set out a programme to stop the scandal that has rocked infrastructure development in provinces in which some officers are not supervising works while some politically inclined civil servants are sabotaging progress.
Mr Lungu said he would soon hold a meeting with the Muchinga Province minister and other ministries to discuss the way forward in supervising infrastructure development works in that province.
The President said he would also push for equitable distribution of funding for infrastructure development in all provinces as a way to crack down on the politically motivated unequal distribution of development by civil servants.
The President said this on Tuesday evening when he arrived from Muchinga Province where he undertook a tour.
“There is also politics at play, you will see that the infrastructure development works in our strongholds have stalled while in other provinces works are almost complete.
The buck stops at me, I need to ensure equitable distribution of development in our strongholds and in the strongholds of the opposition,” Mr Lungu said.
He said during his tour, he also observed that there was a lot of blame game among authorities regarding the stalled infrastructure
Mr Lungu said he supervised the ministers and the permanent secretaries but those officers also needed to supervise the other
officers as he could not do all the supervising himself.
He said he would not hesitate to fire any minister that would not step up their efforts.
There was need for various officers to push for funding for projects that concerned them.
Mr Lungu said ministers and permanent secretaries should refrain from spending all their time in the capital, Lusaka but monitor projects in districts.
He said it took team work to operate effectively as a Government.