Minister of Lands, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has warned that he will vigorously fight corruption which he says has engulfed the Ministry of Lands for a long time now.
Mr. Yaluma also warned Ministry employees that the Government of President Michael Sata will not entertain corrupt and lazy employees in all Government Ministries in the country.
The Minister sounded the warning when he addressed Ministry employees at Ministry Headquarters in Lusaka today.
And ZANIS reports that Mr. Yaluma regretted that the former Ministry of Lands had earned a negative image associated with corruption from the members of the public across the country.
Mr. Yaluma said as a new Minister of Lands, Energy and Water Development, he would want to see the Ministry transform to a corrupt free and hard working Ministry in the country.
He said he had a lot of expectations from workers at the Ministry and further warned workers that corrupt and non performers will be flashed out of the Ministry when found wanting.
“We need to transform the Ministry of Lands to a better Ministry. Gone are the days when workers embraced corruption at the Ministry at the expense of serving the Zambian people”, Mr. Yaluma said.
Mr. Yaluma explained that it was saddening to see title deeds taking three (3) years to be given out to people, a thing the Minister said should not be the case.
He also warned workers at the Ministry to stop the trend of reporting for work late saying this were retrogressive to the development of the country.
He said Public workers in the country needed to put in their best in serving the Zambian people because they were paid from the public coffers.
“What is happening at the Ministry of Lands is an eye sow .You find people queuing as early as 07:00 hours waiting for employees who always report late for duties,” Mr. Yaluma said.
Mr. Yaluma also revealed that Government through his Ministry will investigate all corrupt cases which previous happened that the Ministry of Lands.
He said there would be no sacred cow and has since appealed to workers to assist in reporting corruption cases to his office so that those involved in the scourge were brought to book without delay.
He said the Ministry of Lands would be cleaned up and that bad workers would be dealt with in the best interest of all Zambians.
And Mr. Yaluma has assured workers at the Ministry of Lands that Government would seriously look into the issue of shortage of manpower at the Ministry.
Mr. Yaluma said the issue of manpower was critical in service delivery of any Ministry.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Energy and Water Development Matondo Yeta said the Ministry would soon make an overhaul of the information and land management system in the entire Ministry departments to make it more efficient.
Mrs. Yeta said Cabinet had already granted authority on the matter and that the procurement Authority had since put up a tender to that effect.
She said the delay had been due to the fact that Management wanted to ensure that the laid down procedures were followed to avoid breaching the procurement Act.