Secretary to the Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, has called on the Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) to collaborate with Cabinet Office to ensure policy and legal reforms in the public sector bring about professionalism.
Kangwa said the Commission being one of the implementers of public sector reforms meant that the relationship between the two institutions needed to be strengthened.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary for Special Duties at Cabinet Office, Chembo Mbula, at the Legal Seminar on professionalism in the public service organised by ZLDC.
Kangwa said government was fully aware that the performance of civil servants was important to the country’s productivity.
“It is for this reason that the government has prioritized the enhancement and professionalism in the public service through the enactment of various pieces of legislation, strengthening avenues for the enforcement of these laws and the establishment of policies and institutions that promote capacity and accountability among public servants,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, ZLDC Vice Chairperson, Munukayumbwa Munyima, called for professionalism in the civil service if they are to effectively contribute towards government’s objectives.
Munyima said government had over the years implemented several administrative and legislative measures to ensure that the public service was committed.
He, however, noted that despite the efforts, Zambia’s public service ranks relatively low at international level.
“The low ranking is attributed to, among other things, the levels of corruption and fiscal accountability, limited digitisation which affects records management and efficient service delivery,” Munyima said.
He also named limited decentralisation of basic services which affects access to services and efficient service delivery and politicisation of the public service as some of the challenges faced in the public service.
Munyima added to it public resource and non-competitive conditions of service, stating that this affects the retention of highly skilled and qualified staff.
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