Saturday, October 24, 2020

Shake up looms in the Public service

Civil Servants across the board should brace for major changes following the re-organisation of ministry portfolio’s responsibilities by President Ian Khama a few days before independence celebrations. 

The Telegraph has learnt that already some junior employees from other ministries have already been transferred to other ministries and government departments. 

Some employees said they have been verbally told of their new duty stations.

“It is not that we will be promoted, it is only a redeployment from one government department to another  and  that is why we don’t see our transfers resulting in creation of new posts,” said a junior officer who has been transferred to the Office of the President.

While he confirmed the looming massive transfers, Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi was cagey with the details save to say that the major transfers are likely to affect junior staff.  

He said only two posts for Permanent Secretaries are likely to be created following the creation of two ministries. A Ministerial Offices Act (No.4) of 2016 which commenced mid last month increased the number of offices of Minister and Assistant Minister to 18 and 10 respectively.
Asked if the creation of the two new ministries is not likely to result in job creation, Morupisi answered in the negative.

“There will be no increase in the public service in terms of human resources or otherwise; we have enough already,” he said. Morupisi added that “for example what is going to happen is that we will move all the resources under water sector to another ministry,” he said. 

Meanwhile former National Aids Coordinating Agency (NACA) coordinator Richard Matlhare who was recently the poverty eradication coordinator from Office of the President has been redeployed to NACA.  Before being redeployed to the Office of the President, Matlhare was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Skills and Development.

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Skills and Development, Grace Muzila who had replaced Matlhare at NACA has been transferred to the newly formed Ministry of Basic Education.

Former Northwest District Commissioner Bernadette Malala is the new co-ordinator of Poverty Eradication ÔÇô Office of the President. Dr. Tlamelo Sekambo has been appointed deputy Public Sector Reforms ÔÇô Office of the President.

Other notable appointments of senior public officers, aligned with the new Ministerial Portfolios saw new faces being promoted as Deputy Permanent Secretaries while there were no changes affecting some Permanent Secretaries.

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