ACKSON Sejani says President Edgar Lungu must not frustrate an already demoralised civil service.
He warned that votes will not be given cheaply, “To a party [PF] and a president [Edgar Lungu] that have shown no vision for our agriculture and livestock; if you want votes in Southern Province, like elsewhere, give our children jobs, send our children to school, repair our roads and generally do what we want.”
Upon arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone on Friday to officiate at the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) annual symposium and annual general meeting under the theme ‘sustainable national development: issues and challenges for Zambia’s development agenda’, President Lungu said he was happy that the reports he used to receive of conflicts between civil servants and PF cadres in Southern Province were no longer reaching him.
“Civil servants, please remember that you are there to help us implement the vision that we carry. Please, don’t frustrate us,” said President Lungu.
Reacting to President Lungu’s remarks, Sejani, a former Mapatizya member of parliament and a onetime local government minister in Frederick Chiluba’s government, wondered which vision civil servants could frustrate when the President confessed having none.
“Mr Lungu’s most famous confession on becoming the President of Zambia was that he never had VISION. Today he is complaining that civil servants are frustrating his vision! Which vision?” Sejani wondered in an interview.
“How can civil servants frustrate something which doesn’t exist? If anything, it must be civil servants feeling frustrated by this government’s lack of direction, priority and the politicisation of the civil service. Do not frustrate civil servants; Lungu must instead be told.”
He underscored that a service that no longer got paid their salaries must be frustrated.
“It must also be mentioned that this civil service that Mr Lungu is accusing of not working properly is very demoralised. A service that is threatened with dismissals whenever they demand what is due to them must be a worried service,” Sejani said.
“When you adopt a policy of selectively retiring people from certain regions in the so-called national interest, you actually plant a seed of insecurity throughout the entire civil service. So, don’t turn-around and blame the service for your own glaring shortcomings.”
On President Lungu ‘assurance’ that even if the PF does not get enough votes in Southern Province in 2021, as was the case in 2016, he would still respect the
people of the area, Sejani responded that: “As for the votes in Southern Province, like any other province, they will not be given cheaply.”
“To a party and a president that have shown no vision for our agriculture and livestock; if you want votes in Southern Province, like elsewhere, give our children jobs, send our children to school, repair our roads and generally do what we want. Without addressing our problems, forget about our votes,” said Sejani./