Chishimba Kambwili says Public Service Management Division (PSMD) Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali must be fired for instructing his Northern Province counterpart Elias Kamanga to exculpate himself to a State House civil servant and a PF cadres.
In a recorded phone conversation, Chimbwali was heard blasting Northern Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga for suspending his deputy without permission from him and further revealed that he was under pressure from Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizer Zulu and PF cadre Munir Zulu.
Chimbwali further went on to instruct PS Kamanga to call Sikazwe, Kaizer and Munir to exculpate himself to them for the decision he made to suspend an erring government officer without their permission.
But commenting on the matter in an interview with News Diggers, Kambwili who doubles as National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader and Roan PF member of parliament wondered why Kamanga needed to have the permission of the trio before disciplining and erring officer.
“I have said that where PF has reached now is what we call ‘Things Fall Apart’ part one. Surely, to suspend a civil servant you have to ask Kaizer who is also a civil servant. And what has Kaizer got to do with the running of the entire civil service? Kaizer’s job is at State House. He has nothing to do with the civil service. Freedom Sikazwe is a Presidential [Affairs] Minister, his jurisdiction is Presidential Affairs. Munir Zulu is just a nonentity who has no position in PF and in government. So when you see people like Chimbwali behaving like that, you should know that even himself he doesn’t work independently. He is given instructions by these same people that he wants to give instructions to all Permanent Secretaries,” Kambwili said.
The former chief government spokesperson added that he was anxious to see the reaction of President Edgar Lungu against Chimbwali.
“We have now to wait and see the reaction of Lungu, this Chimbwali must be fired. He must be fired for making a call to his fellow PS to say what he said because he is a disgrace to the system. To tell the whole world that for him to make a decision, he is guided by Kaizer Zulu, Munir Zulu and Freedom Sikazwe. No wonder… because that man is in charge of employment, no wonder wrong people have been employed in government because he gets permission from these people ( Kaizer Zulu, Munir Zulu and Freedom Sikazwe). I can only ask him to resign on moral grounds for bringing shame upon the civil service,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kambwili warned the PF government to leave PS Kamanga, saying he did a commendable thing by suspending his deputy who had erred.
“Kamanga was doing the right thing, and no one should play with Kamanga. Nobody should tamper with Kamanga because Kamanga was doing the right thing. Of late we have been complaining of indiscipline in the civil service and we have been blaming Permanent Secretaries for not taking action. But here is a PS who takes action and he is blamed. How? For me Kamanga was doing the right thing and he needs support, we should not allow anybody to intimidate Kamanga,” said Kambwili.