Firing of PSS a wasteful exercise
IN response to “Eight PSS fired” ( Lesotho Times, July 30, 2015), the implications of the termination of the principal secretaries’ contracts are that they will not forfeit any financial benefits.
That sounds fair. However, that also means that for the principal secretaries whose contracts were to expire in 2017, the government will have to pay two salaries and huge benefits for the same post for almost two years.
This is happening in a country whose national budget is far less than even some universities’ budgets.
The 2013/14 national budget revenue was M14.562 billion (check Table Annex III of the 2013 budget speech on the hardly working government website) while for the same year just the operating expenses for Harvard University in the United States were $4.406 billion (M56bn) (http://harvardmagazine.com/2015/01/balancedbudget-benefits-battle).
In other words, Harvard spends four times more on the operating expenses of a university than our government spends on running a country.
And yet government can afford to give unnecessary golden handshakes!
A way forward for all senior government is that the contracts should not have a time scale.
The senior civil servants should be prepared to be employed at the mercy of the governing party/parties.
And should the ruling parties change or want to replace them, there should be no financial repercussions on the side of the meagre government purse.
We all know our country is blighted by poverty as a result of politics. It is therefore necessary to use the little resources we have efficiently.
IT is sad to see that the government is attempting to divide the Basotho nation with these hiring and firing of principal secretaries.
When will this circus stop as it’s clearly heading in the wrong direction?
Does this mean that the next government will also get rid of incoming principal secretaries and so forth?
It’s really sad what’s happening in our beloved Kingdom and the worst part is we speak the same language unlike other countries where you’d expect this to happen due to different ethnic groups.
Basotho where are you heading? Hopefully not to self-destruction.