Track down thieving public workers – RB
President 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
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
“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.