By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
NEWLY sworn-in members of service commissions have been advised that their appointments are not to avenge wrongs done in the past but to serve honestly and fairly for the benefit of Zambians.
Chief Justice Dr Mumba Malila gave the advice during the swearing-in ceremony for members of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Local Government Commission (LGC) and Judicial Service Commission (JSC) held at the Lusaka High Court yesterday.
Justice Malila said Zambians were expecting fair decisions and high standards in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He called on them to ensure that decisions are allied with the overall vision and policies of the government to complement and not impede the smooth operation of the public sector.
“Ethics and honesty matter from the beginning of your tenure right to the very end of your leadership path in the various commissions to which you have been appointed. Resist the temptation to repeat or avenge wrongs that may have been made in the past,” he said.
“Break the cycle of vengeance and vendetta in the way you make your appointments, in the way you make your confirmations, the promotions, and transfers and in the way you undertake discipline of the various staff that you will preside over,” Justice Malila said.
LGC vice-chairperson Brian Ndumba said they would work towards a prudent and corrupt free management to ensure efficient service delivery.
Ms Maggie Kapihya has also been appointed as member of the LGC while Mr Victor Nyasulu, who lost the Lusaka mayoral elections on the UPND ticket, has been appointed member of the CSC.
Mr Felix Mushabati was also sworn-in as a member of JSC.