Who runs the public service?


SOME provincial administrators and departmental heads continue to defy the Public Service Commission, especially with the reinstatements and payment of legal dues as stipulated under the law governing the public service machinery.
We often read in the daily newspapers court decisions instructing the State to pay for negligence, legal costs, damages, back-dates, etc.
While the State pays all these dues, it should charge the provincial administrators, department secretaries or CEOs for official corruption and abuse of power.
The government should get tough on senior officers who make the State liable for damages.
They need to be charged because PSC decisions are legally binding.
The DPM Secretary should not be lenient with department heads.
Last year, Public Service Minister Elias Kavapore directed department heads and provincial administrators to implement PSC decisions as these decisions were binding after 30 days. Some provincial administrators and human resources officers are ignoring the Public Services Management Act and the general orders governing the public services machinery and instead following the political directions of the provincial governors.
They need to be monitored and punished to protect the integrity of the workforce.
The State will continue to pay for damages because more cases involving defiance of PSC decisions are before the courts now, with some cases dating back seven to 10 years.
The question now is why are PSC decisions not being followed? Or is the PSC inferior to DPM and its line departments and provincial administrations?
The State should come down hard on cases of official abuse and other corrupt actions in the top brackets.

Merson Fortlaw
Victim of wrongful termination