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 2010-10-18 07:57 pm Back to NEWS
Track down thieving public workers – RB

President BandaPresident Banda has challenged the Police and the civil service to track down government officials who misapply public funds meant for development.

Mr Banda said he is aware that there are some individuals who take advantage of loopholes in the management of public funds to benefit.

He was responding to questions from journalists at Solwezi airport before his departure for Lusaka enroute to Mongu yesterday.

President Banda said his administration will ensure that there are more public expenditure controls.

“Misapplying funds is a crime and I hope that the police and the civil service can track these people and deal with them,” Mr Banda said.

He said, however, that he is optimistic that the people entrusted with public funds will control the money that government gives them for the benefit of the people.

President Banda said public funds must be translated into development.

“We really need to ensure that all the things we are doing are for the benefit of the people. I would like to ensure that there are more controls especially with our civil service workers who handle this money,” he said.

And President Banda said that he felt depressed when he was told that the Zambia Air Force plane which was carrying three cabinet ministers and two of his aides had crash-landed at Mukinge airstrip in Kasempa.

“But then I said it could have been worse, the plane could have caught fire while they were still inside, and then we could have a different situation,” he said.

President Banda said he felt sorry to see his officials after the accident but praised them for their bravery.

“They were brave, they showed they were brave. But I am told they were traumatized by the accident,” he said.

Mr Banda said it was with God’s wish that nothing worse happened.

Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane was aboard the plane together with Minister of Works and Supply Mike Mulongoti and Minister of Community Development and Social Services Michael Kaingu.

The incident happened around 11:00 hours on Saturday.

Zambia Daily Mail

 
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