Several employees at State House including president Michel Sata’s personal photographers are likely to be arrested after government changes because they are working illegally, a source at Cabinet office has revealed.
Sources at cabinet office say a good number of people have been employed at State house illegally and are drawing salaries that at one time will be they forced to pay back and be sent to jail for illegally drawing a salary from tax payers money.
Among the people that face arrest in the next government are former Times of Zambia and Post Newspapers photographer Edie Mwanaleza and his colleague and also former Post Newspapers photographer Thomas Nsama.
Officials at cabinet office said the two have been working at State House as official photographers without their offices being established at Cabinet office as required by law. Source said there was no job establishment under the Public Service Commission called ‘State House photographers’.
“There are a number of people that have been drawing salaries from Cabinet office but there is no establishment for their offices. Mwanaleza is called official photographer to the President and Nsama is called official photographer to the First Lady, there are no such positions under the Public Service Commission so they are working illegally, the President has also employed a number of people from Katondo street at State House but they are working illegally,” the source said.
Sources said Cabinet office is paying close to K3 million to illegal employees at State House every month.
“Yes the president can create a position any time but it has to be established at Cabinet office. These people are employed as civil servants as such the Public Service Commission should establish such positions but President Sata does not care, Nsama and Mwanalaze have even been allocated official residences and vehicles imagine” the source said.
When Sata became president, he gave jobs to a lot of journalists from the Post newspaper. Most were sent into foreign service but those with no education like Thomas Nsama (Grade 7 dropout) were given jobs that do not exist in the civil service structure.
Amos Malupenga was given a job as PS for ministry of information. George Chellah was employed as Sata’s mouthpiece. Joe Kaunda is employed as deputy High commissioner to South Africa with his former workmate Patson Chilemba as First secretary for press at the same embassy. Chansa Kangwa Kabwera was sent to the Malawian High Commission together with her husband. Other are viz. Sam Mujuda (deputy high commissioner-Namibia), Chibaula Silwamba (press secretary-New York), Yvonne Shibemba (press secretary-Kenya).
Lambwe Kachali, a former reporter for the Post but also a losing PF candidate in Chama North in the 2011 general elections is employeed at the Zambian High Commission in Belgium.