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Kalonde counsels ‘political’ govt officers

MINISTRY of Works and Supply permanent secretary Lenox Kalonde has implored those with political aspirations that government regulations are clear and he will not tolerate any of the officers who shall be involved in politics at the expense of development.

Speaking in Ndola when he met and addressed some members of staff based on the Copperbelt during his first familiarisation tour of the province since his appointment, Kalonde said the government was in a hurry for an efficient and effective service delivery and called for unity of purpose.

He said his system of administration was that of an open-door policy for members of staff.

Kalonde said any member of staff with an issue to share with his office should feel free to do so on condition that it was based on facts and not lies.

He said anyone with intentions of telling lies should bear in mind that whatever was reported would be verified.

Kalonde is on the Copperbelt to acquaint himself with operations of the offices under his ministry and to conduct an on-the-spot check of the rehabilitation works being carried out at the provincial administration, Ndola Teaching Hospital, provincial minister’s house and the Presidential Guest House.

He urged the contractors to work within the contractual period without compromising on quality and ensure that all programmes are undertaken in line with the planned activities for enhanced service delivery.

He implored on the provincial maintenance officer Steven Makunku to regularly inspect government buildings and provide quarterly reports to his office.

Kalonde, who was accompanied by his counterpart Bright Nundwe, also took time to inspect the state of Ndola Central Police Station which he said requires urgent attention.

He also inspected the state of infrastructure at Kitwe Teaching Hospital as well as the Office of the District Commissioner.

This is according to Ndubi Mvula, the ministry’s public relations officer.

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