The National, Wednesday October 16th, 2013
By JEFFREY ELAPA
ALTHOUGH bureaucratic and ministerial directions have been issued to remove all tints from government vehicles, several officers and departments are still defying orders, a senior public servant said.
In an effort to restore pride and confidence in the public service, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had instructed Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc and Police Commissioner Tom Kulung to issue orders to remove all tints from government vehicles and to have proper government Z-plates.
The officer, who did not want to be named, said many departments had removed the tints on the vehicles but there were others, including police vehicles, still with tints.
A government staffer said disobedience and defiance of orders among bureaucrats and public servants continued.
He said people mandated to enforce orders were not setting a good example.
“I call on the police hierarchy to take action on such drivers and departmental heads that defy the government’s directions,” the civil servant said.
“We cannot continue to have lazy and disobedient officers in the public service.
“They would continue to derail service delivery and development.
“Police should arrest those public servants and their drivers who want to continue to drive in dark-glass vehicles, the officer said.
“They do not want to be transparent and want to hide behind dark glasses to do things that are unacceptable.”