Tanzania: Premier Stresses Public Service Recruitment System

The government has turned-down a pilot scheme used to employ civil servants, especially retired and redundant officials, to government jobs resolving such posts to be filled through the public service recruitment system.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa issued the directive in Morogoro on Sunday shortly after visiting the region for a three-day official tour.

According to the PM, the system will allow public servants access their notable benefits other than being re-employed using two-year contracts. Posts such as driving, is now under the system, he said "There is no need to council to offer contact employments to such kind of jobs."

But the prime minister allowed councils to re-employ retired civil servants to on contractual terms, especially in the field of professional science teachers. The premier, however, directed the council to thoroughly undertake an assessment to find the exact number of individuals employed under such arrangement.

Speaking on phantom workers, Mr Majaliwa reported that the special identification exercise to establish the number of ghost workers ends this month while action will be taken with immediate effect.

Morogoro Region Commissioner Dr Stephen Kebwe said the region was still reviewing its workforce through its payroll. Already, he said, the region has revealed 315 phantom workers which caused 2.132bil/- in loss to the government.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister said the government will not hesitate to fire leaders who happen to be a burden in executing various development projects. "The government has allocated funds for development projects. But some leaders are misleading the public about the projects.

All directors who will be found gracing such false statements will soon find themselves jobless." He took the opportunity to warn all executive directors across the country to abide by the new directives.

Source: Tanzania Daily News