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Prime Minister Marape: Government to scrutinise public servants

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All appointments of senior public servants will be done upon merit. Prime Minister, James Marape, says the Government is establishing mechanisms to avoid political appointments, and will also scrutinise performance of Departmental heads or secretaries for that matter.

The Prime Minister was responding to questions raised by Eastern Highlands Governor, Peter Numu, today in Parliament. Numu is concerned that senior public servants are politically-appointed, with most of them, not performing to standard. He highlighted several appointments and also questioned the roles played by most secretaries.
“Will this Government continue to entertain not performing public servants?” asked Numu.

Responding, Prime Minister James Marape, stated that his Government is taking stock of all appointments across all sectors. Prime Minister Marape says the Government is aware of complaints, and wants public servants to be wary of their conduct.
“Politicial affiliation as been the hindrance to the public sector,” he stated.

“NEC has passed the ICAC Bill and it will come into effect.” he added.

The Prime Minister is also urging the public to compile allegations against public servants and follow proper procedures to hold those responsible for abusing public office.

A state team will be assessing the performance of senior public servants come December. This will be the first since the Marape-Steven Government came into office.

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

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