Fir­ing of PSS a waste­ful ex­er­cise

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

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.

Moeketsi Mpholo.

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.

Befo.

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