3 July 2014

Tanzania: 350 Former Civil Servants Apply for Re-Employment

Dodoma — OVER 350 civil servants who resigned are now seeking re-employment in various public offices, the Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management), Ms Celina Kombani, has said.

Ms Kombani said this in a speech read on her behalf by the Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Dr Rehema Nchimbi, during the opening of the local government authority's human resource managers' annual general meeting.

She noted that in the fiscal year 2013/2014 about 353 former public servants were discovered to have been seeking opportunity for reemployment.

Ms Kombani noted that the situation has been so, due to the fact that some public servants were being wrongly advised and instead of seeking transfers they were deciding to quit their jobs and apply for another from the same employer (government).

"It is not proper to quit employment with the intention to seek another one from the same public service office," she said.

She called upon human resources managers in local government authorities to ensure that they are working efficiently and ensure that all newly employed workers undergo in-house training shortly after employment to sharpen their skills.

Ms Kombani noted that such trainings can be facilitated by senior officials in a particular area of work in a bid to cut cost.

She noted that the government has adopted an open performance review and appraisal system (OPRAS) in the central and regional administration which were recently evaluated and it was found out that it is not well implemented.

"Evaluation using OPRAS was conducted by my office in collaboration with Public Service Commission in the fiscal year 2012/2013 in 110 public institutions which included 12 ministries, five independent institutions, 17 agencies, 11 regional secretariats and 65 local government authorities," she said.

She noted further that the intention was to find out to what extent the system was being implemented and propose measures to be taken.

"It was found out that out of the 110 inspected institutions, only 29 or 26.36 per cent had fully implemented OPRAS. Sixty eight or 59.36 per cent are underperforming in the OPRAS implementation and 13 had not started to implement," she said.

She called upon participants to give their views on better ways to improve OPRAS and make it more friendly and implementable.

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