Local Government Service Commission fires 15 employees


The Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) has dismissed fifteen (15) employees from ten (10) Local Authorities for cases ranging from misappropriation of funds, theft, dishonest conduct, gross negligence and absenteeism.

The commission made the decision to dismiss the affected employees when it held its sitting on January 4th, 2021.

And LGSC Chairperson, Amos Musonda, said he is concerned with the incidences of irregularities in some Local Authorities, which has negatively affected service delivery.

Mr Musonda said the commission demands total commitment and dedication to duty from all employees in serving the government of the day through provision of quality services while adhering to the code of ethics for public service workers.

He mentioned that the cases were from Lusaka, Sesheke, Chingola, Itezhi-tezhi , Chipata  and , Choma.

Others are   Mitete, Kabwe, Senanga, and Lukulu.

The Chairperson added that the dismissal is as provided for in the terms and conditions of service, and that painful as it maybe, was necessary in ensuring effective and efficient functioning of Local Authorities.

“The commission has a mandate enshrined in the Constitution of the republic of Zambia under Article 228 to among other things, ensure efficient and effective functioning of Local Authorities,” Mr Musonda said.

He acknowledged the role of the Ministry of Local Government in ensuring prudent financial management and utilization of resources in Local Authorities and called for enhanced oversight roles in monitoring and evaluating the performance of councils both financially and in service provision.

Mr Musonda also called on Local Government Service employees to be professional and above board in their execution of duties as the commission will not tolerate any form of indiscipline.

“Local Authorities must be proactive and take keen interest in prudent financial management by strengthening of the roles of internal audit and support from management and elected officials,” he added.

During the sitting, a total number of 289 cases were processed involving appointments, confirmations, promotions, acting appointments, training, transfers, study leave as well as staff discipline.

This is contained in  a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, by Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) secretary,  Lazarus Mulenda.