By Mwenya Mofya
The Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia has advised the Civil Service Commission to ensure that civil servants are given a chance to exculpate themselves to the commission before they are dismissed from their duties.
Union President David Chiyobe explains that the union is usually not engaged by the commission when its members are charged with various offences that eventually lead to their dismissal.
He adds that engagement between the commission and other relevant stakeholders is critical to addressing the plight of civil servants rather than resorting to instant dismissal which might not fully mitigate the misconduct in the public service.
The Civil Service Commission has dismissed 39 public service workers with the Ministry of General Education topping the list of the fired workers at 18 for alleged corruption, bribery, misappropriation of funds, fraud, absenteeism and reporting late for work in the second quarter of 2019.