There was drama on Thursday after some top government officers, including principal secretaries, were barred from attending a meeting which Vice President Saulos Chilima had convened at Capital Hill to inform the officials of changes government is expected to implement under the Public Service Reforms Programme.
Sources who were supposed to attend the meeting confided in the Weekend Nation that an instruction was issued that anyone coming after Chilima had taken his seat should not be allowed in.
Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa could neither deny nor confirm the development but referred Weekend Nation to the principal secretary on reforms Nwazi Nthambala, who, in turn, declined to comment and deferred to the Vice-President’s office.
The Vice-President’s public relations officer Pilirani Phiri said he was not aware of such developments.
One of the officers who were locked out of the meeting said they tried to sneak in but they were turned away by police officers manning the doors, who were under strict instructions not open for any late comer.
“It’s unfortunate we did not manage to attend the meeting with the Veep, but we were able to ask our colleagues who managed to attend the meeting,” said the senior official who asked for anonymity.