Works and Supply Minister Felix Mutati has noted with concern that civil servants have become obsessed with procurement in order to obtain personal benefit.
Mr. Mutati says it is sad that even those who have nothing to do with procurement in government institutions want to engage themselves in the procurement process.
He says quotations in government institutions are being filled with unnecessary requirements because the people in charge of procurement are adding requirements that are only meant to benefit them.
Mr. Mutati has since stated that government is introducing changes and strengthening rules in the public sector that will address misapplication and misappropriation of funds.
The minister said this when he officiated at the ACCA students Annual General meeting in Lusaka.
And Mr Mutati is optimistic that through the public finance management Act of 2018, accountants will be accorded a chance to report politicians pushing them to sign for the release of funds, to the Auditor general.
He says it hoped that going forward; reports of misapplication of public funds will be curbed following the strengthening of rules in the accountancy profession.