The National, Thursday October 31st, 2013
MARTHA Anton’s reinstatement as the Chimbu provincial treasurer was a victory of sorts for women in the province, and perhaps the country, a staff member says.
This was highlighted during a peace ceremony recently in Kundiawa when the provincial treasurer won reappointment after being sacked from office last year.
The ceremony included exchange of pigs, cash and food.
Staff who were divided and took sides following Anton’s sacking apologised to restore peace and unity in the department.
They said they were forced into the situation on the basis of their ignorance and promised to work loyally under her.
A staff member said Anton was clearly the reason why Chimbu was rated top in the country in terms of service delivery for the past four years.
“Anton’s reappointment is a deserving one and is not a surprise,” he said.
Provincial police commander Supt Augustine Wampe, who was at the ceremony, said his eyes were always open for reports of misappropriation by public servants.
He said such crimes were unbecoming of public office holders.
“I commend Anton and her staff for staying at the top for four consecutive years out of nothing as Chimbu has no revenue base,” Wampe said.
Anton said she was thankful to the government for the trust and confidence in her.