By REBECCA MUSHOTA
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has warned that he will disown any permanent secretary or senior technocrat flouting government procedures under the pretext of carrying out his orders.
MrLungu said he was aware that permanent secretaries and directors have done wrong things out of intimidation by people claiming to have been sent by him.
“I will disown you when you do something wrong because someone tells you do this in the name of the President. I don’t instruct anyone to do anything wrong because I know the law. I am not that type of a president,” MrLungu said.
MrLungu said this when he swore in six permanent secretaries, the Accountant General and Commissioner of Lands.
Those sworn-in were;Mushuma Mulenga as National coordinator (private sector development, industrialisation and job creation) at Cabinet Office, Juliana Chilombo, permanent secretary (Parliamentary business division, office of the Vice-President) and Dick Sichembe as Accountant General at the ministry of Finance.
Others were;CholaChabala as permanent secretary Development Planning and Administration (at the ministry of National Development Planning), Liya Mutale as permanent secretary in the ministry of Tourism and Arts and Wilfred Muma as Commissioner of Lands.
Elias Kamanga was sworn in as permanent secretary for Copperbelt Province and Jobbicks Kalumba as permanent secretary for Northern Province.
Mr Lungu said controlling officers were aware of the right things to do through the guidance of the law, the Constitution and Government policies.
He said controlling officers should do the right things and guide their ministers as well as the President.
MrLungu said the consequences of unlawful decisions were suffered by controlling officers and not the people that claim to have been sent by the Head of State.
He said permanent secretaries should owe their allegiance to the Zambian people who have put the Patriotic Front (PF) in Government through the President who was the custodian of that power.
Zambians had voted for the PF, three times in five years since 2011 because they had faith in the party to govern well and so permanent secretaries should help the President deliver to Zambians.
Mr Lungu said he had faith in his appointees but said that he would fire any erring controlling officer.
President Lungu has also urged Government officials to be kind and respectful to the public, saying humility was synonymous with good leadership.
Mr Lungu said people put him in power and so not only the President but every official should pay homage to Zambians with kindness and politeness.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulenga, said his new position as national co-coordinator for private sector development was to coordinate the establishment of one million jobs by 2021.
He said the task was challenging but possible to do through harmonised efforts.