Civil service: till death do us part
By The Liberators
My name is Layzee Muntu. I have worked in government since Zambia’s independence in 1964. I have retired three times and come back to the same position every time. I am so important to this country. I was the one who started the civil service at independence. These youth of nowadays go overseas and come back and think they are educated with Masters and Doctorates – I stop them because they do not understand how things work in this country. I have worked for more than 45 years and I have my Standard Four. I arrive at work at 09:30hrs, go for lunch at 12:00hrs and knock off at 15:00hrs. I work hard for this country.
Today I have been invited for five NGO meetings on capacity building and training for effective contribution, national development on women, youth, the poor and accountability for monitoring and evaluation. The first one starts at 09:00hrs, the second one at 10:00 hrs, the third at 11:00hrs, the fourth at 12:00hrs and the last one at 13:00hrs. I will attend all of them because you know us civil servants don’t get paid enough for the work we do and at least there is some lunch and allowances. I am building my house in Chalala, it costs money you know and I can’t survive on my salary.
(Phone Rings) “Yes sir…okay sir… I will bring it right away sir”. That was the minister, he was asking if I finished doing the report. I have it – in fact I have had it since 1974, this plan has not been implemented since then and I am the only one with a copy. (Layzee Muntu chuckles as he turns back to his vitumbuwa and tea).
The Liberators are YoUE (Young, Unemployed and Educated) social commentators. YoUE are physically, emotionally, financially, mentally, politically, religiously and socially marginalized. YoUE use every effort and opportunity that society provides by working towards the future while YoUE still remain in the past. Welcome to the wonderful world of YoUE.