Klapat: It is business as usual

National, Normal

The National Thursday, 26th January 2012

ALL officers from the Department of Community Development have been encouraged to dispatch their duties as required for normal operations to continue.
Department secretary Joseph Klapat reminded his department officers of their roles and responsibilities in a meeting held on Tuesday morning.
This was after the National Court had issued a restraining order against the government, stopping it from effecting its decision to suspend Klapat as department secretary.
The National Executive Council had suspended Klapat on Dec 29 last year.
Klapat sought the court’s intervention culminating in the restraining order, which would stay in force until next Wednesday when the substantive matter would be heard.
In a circular to staff yesterday, Klapat urged his officers to remain focused and calm in spite of the current legal issues being dealt with by the courts.
“The court has extended its orders which effectively mean that I remain as the legitimate secretary,” he said.
Klapat also advised the public, including service providers and development partners, that operation would continue as normal in all sections and divisions including the secretary’s office.
The National Court also ruled on Monday that Anna Solomon be refrained from assuming the office as acting secretary pending the hearing of the substantive matter.