Local Politics

Tanzania: Errant Civil Servants Rile Samia

Tasks PSC to address indiscipline

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has said there is a high level of indiscipline among some civil servants, a move that she said needs an immediate reaction from authorities.She ordered the Public Service Commission (PSC) to come up with a strategy on addressing the matter and ensure all civil servants exercise utmost discipline.

Thus, the Head of State instructed the PSC to work on the matter for betterment of the country and all members of the public.

President Samia made the remarks on Saturday during a swearing in occasion of new appointees to serve different posts in the government.

Among the appointees who took oath at the event that was held at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma include chairperson and commissioners of the PSC.

“PSC should stay in between the government and members of the public for justice,” she said.

According to her, the drop in discipline among members of the civil service is a result of lack of training and refresher courses.

She said in the past there were different kinds of training programmes at the Public Service Training College (PSTC) but now there is none.

“Different government of- ficials were being trained at the college, just to remind them of their responsibilities and code of conduct while serving their posts, here there were Permanent Secre- taries (PSs), District Executive Di- rectors (DEDs) and all other public servants,” she noted.

President Samia noted that the government needs to have mem- bers of the civil service who are well disciplined.

“The discipline I’m talking about here shouldn’t be resulted from any threat, I want people who are fully committed deep down their hearts,” she noted further.

The PSC was also instructed to work on schemes of services in the public institutions.

The Head of State also expressed her optimism that the appointed members of the commission will deliver to her maximum expectations based on their experience and different backgrounds.

The PSC will be led by Jus- tice (Ret) Hamisa Kalongolo, who will be assisted by six commissioners, including John Haule, Immaculate Ngwale and Khadija Mubarak.

Others in the list include Suzan Mlawi, Adadi Rajab and Nassor Mnambila.

President Samia also swore- in two newly appointed Deputy Permanent Secretaries.