The newly-appointed District Executive Directors (DEDs) have been directed to present their original academic certificates to the State House while taking an integrity pledge with the Public Ethics Secretariat on Tuesday.
Issuing the directives in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Chief Secretary (CS), Ambassador John Kijazi, said each DED should bring original certificates and not photocopies.
The move has been taken as a reminder to the public that strict measures will be taken against any individual who will try to forge certificates to gain access into government employment.
"It should be understood that verification of original academic certificates is a normal procedure with the aim of verifying authentic qualifications among appointees," he noted. Amb. Kijazi further said they have already verified photocopies of their certificates.
The verification process will commence at 8:00 am at the State House where all presidential appointees are required to use the main entrance at the side of the ocean. Since coming to power, the Fifth Phase Government has shown determination to set high standards in all public institutions.
The verification exercise instituted by the government brings into the public service a new dimension, which aims at keeping the government departments functional and efficient.
It further points to the major shift in public service where it is no longer business as usual, which is again a wakeup call for all civil servants to toe the line in terms of meeting ethical standards and professionalism.
On July 7, President John Magufuli announced a line-up of 185 District Executive Directors (DEDs) that has seen 120 new faces, 65 retained their positions although some of them were transferred to new duty stations. 185 DEDs, five would serve in big cities, 21 in municipalities, 22 in town councils while 137 others have been posted to 137 district councils.
In the earlier list, Dr Leonard Moses Massale was named DED for Dodoma Municipal Council but a statement from the Directorate of Presidential Communications said later yesterday evening that the State House realised that Dr Massale is the District Commissioner (DC) for Ilemela District and that he would continue serving as the DC.
All newly-appointed District Administrative Secretaries (DASs), whose names have appeared in DEDs line-up, will serve as DEDs while their DAS positions will be filled