GOVERNMENT says any officer found misusing public vehicles will be named and shamed.
Minister of Works and Supply Mutotwe Kafwaya sounded the warning today after mounting road blocks on the Great East Road near Oriental Quarries and on Alick Nkhata Road.
He expressed disappointment that despite numerous reminders by his office through the Controller of Government Transport Unit, some government officers have continued with the misuse.
Mr. Kafwaya said all those who think that they can continue misusing government vehicles they will be penalised, charged, named and shamed adding that “it will no longer be business as usual”.
The Minister who was accompanied by Director of Human Resource and Administration Wezi Lukhele and Controller of Government Transport Ernest Kunda said he will not entertain any government officer who violates the rules and regulations that in place for the safeguarding of public property.
He also said it was unfortunate that on a daily basis President Edgar Lungu’s name was brought into ridicule and insult as if he was the one driving the government vehicles.
Mr. Kafwaya said it is important that the Presidency was preserved by making sure that all adhere to the regulations that government the use of government transport.
He said some people think misusing government vehicles was the norm as was observed during the patrol adding that it was unfortunate that even some senior public officers were in the forefront in condoning the vice.
Mr. Kafwaya also said the operations will go down to all the districts in the country and he will make sure that compliance is adhered to by all government officers adding that the vehicles are meant to serve the public who are the tax payers.
And Mr.Kunda has reiterated that with the Zamtel Toll Free Line 3003 which is in place, the general public should make use of it and report any suspected misuse of government vehicles.
He commended the public for having been vigilant in the past months adding that they should not relent because the exercise is an ongoing mandate for his unit.