Home minister ‘checks in’ incognito at immigration office

MINISTER of Home Affairs Affairs Kennedy Sakeni yesterday took a surprise visit at the Immigration Department headquarters.Mr Sakeni, who was accompanied by Home Affair deputy permanent secretary for administration Willie Mangimela, found the customer care service department with a handful of staff as most of the chairs and tables were empty.

He told chief immigration officer Anderson Phiri that he was dismayed at what he had seen during his conducted tour of the customer care service section.

Mr Sakeni said Government laws stipulate that Government workers report for duty at 08:00 hours and not later than 08:00 hours.

He challenged workers to change their work culture and refrain from reporting late for duty.

Mr Sakeni described late coming as a bad habit which should not be entertained.

During the briefing, Mr Phiri said the department has improved in its operations, adding that it has moved from the 10th position of being corrupt to third.

Mr Phiri told the minister that the institution is under-staffed with the current workforce of 575.

He said the department needs an additional 850 officers to operate effectively. - ZANIS.


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