BY FRANKLIN KOLMA
Expressing his bewilderment at the lack of lawful obligation shown by senior officers of the public service, Mr Wingti informed Parliament that a strange instance of bulk ill-appointments had occurred in his province in August and that this was having a negative impact on public service delivery therein.
Speaking during question time, Mr Wingti said illegitimate appointments had been carried out by two female officers from the Department of Personnel Management on August 13.
He reported that 48 people were recruited and immediately put on the payroll under a new City Authority structure that had only been advertised a few days before.
Mr Wingti said this was unlawful asking the Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore to explain how these appointments were allowed to be made.
“I want to ask the minister if the laws have been changed because according to the Organic Law, appointments can be made by the department only after consultation with the provincial administrator.
“Have these two laws been changed and if so, did we change the Public Service Management Act in parliament?” he asked.
Mr Wingti explained that section 76 and 74 of the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments empowers the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) to assign public servants to the province in full consultation with the provincial administrator of that province adding that they also give the administrator powers to transfer, differ and appoint members of the public service.
“The Department of Public Service only has the power for structure, determination of salaries and positions,” Mr Wingti said.
He said the law is very clear on this, asking the minister to shed some light on the matter.
After a brief point of order by Hagen MP William Duma, the minister responded.
Mr Duma pointed out that Mr Wingti had introduced the City Authorities Bill and that no one owned public servants, a notion that was waved aside by the Speaker.
Mr Kapavore said Secretary for the DPM was the principal adviser to the NEC on matters to do with public servants and that he would consult the Secretary and get a more comprehensive answer to Mr Wingti within the week.