10 August 2018

Botswana: Politically Neutral Public Service Way to Go

Tonota — The Permanent Secretary to the President Mr Carter Morupisi has cautioned public officers against participating in political party primary elections.

Addressing civil servants in Tonota on Wednesday, Mr Morupisi said the Public Service Act and the General Order prescribed a political neutral public service that was focused on serving the public without bias, favour or any undue consideration.

In addition, he advised those who have already registered to participate in the party primary elections to remove their names from the voters' roll to avoid action being taken against them.

Mr Morupisi called on public servants to rally behind President Mokgweetsi Masisi's road map and go an extra mile when giving customers service.

He said one of President Masisi's roadmap was to remove impediments that frustrated doing business in Botswana as well as creating a conducive environment for creation of employment.

It also include good governance, apolitical public service, job creation, skills and competence development, spouse transfer policy, creating a conducive environment for foreign investors and decentralisation of decision making.

In doing so, Mr Morupisi said the private sector could only thrive and create employment if only public officers were "very much facilitative in creating a conducive environment for foreign and local investors."

He further told public officers that the country could only lure foreign investors by providing an excellent quality service.

Mr Morupisi further told public officers that their responsibility was to implement government policies, programmes and reforms and appealed to them to maintain a high standard of moral integrity.

In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Bokamoso Radipitse of Tonota appreciated efforts by Mr Morupisi to get firsthand information on issues affecting service delivery.

However, he hinted that one of the reasons and a very important one facing the public service was their salaries.

Kgosi Radipitse said most of the public officers were unhappy something he said contributed to low morale and lack of productivity amongst them.

In response, Mr Morupisi noted that government was more than willing to satisfy everybody but the main problem was lack of funds.

He said the diamond sector, which had been the only huge source of revenue had been hard-hit by synthetic diamonds which was now an alternative to natural diamonds.

He emphasised the importance of government departments in rural areas working cohesively and directing their efforts and activities towards nation building.

Meanwhile in Francistown, Mr Morupisi informed public officers that government intended to decentralize decision making processes so that decisions were taken at sub-district level.

He informed public officers in Francistown that the city stood a better chance to be a hub for investors.

Mr Morupisi said the city had an abundance of infrastructure and facilities such as the stadium, airport, good roads, and telecommunications which provided conducive environment for investors.

He also briefed public officers on the benefits of retired presidents saying former presidents were allocated three vehicles which they use either on official or private engagements and that access to any other forms of transport such as air transport by former presidents will be determined by the Office of the President.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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