2 SENIOR MANAGERS DECLINE SRA TOKENS
SRA’s E2million tokens to employees:
Whereas others smiled all the way to the bank when they received tokens of appreciation for working during the strike, a handful returned the money saying it was unethical.
A director and his commissioner were hailed for being astute in the matter where the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA) gifted employees who worked during the strike an estimated E2million as tokens of appreciation. The director and commissioner are said to have been vocal prior to the strike about ways on how management could mitigate it, however, their advice is said to have been ignored.
When the tokens were paid out, the two are said to have voiced their concerns about their import and declined them by reversing the payment from their accounts.
Further, employees attached to the human resources’ department are said to have also returned the money stating it touched on their integrity as they were paid allowances to cover the work done during the strike.
Of note, the strike which started mid-December, ended a month ago and called for managers, who would have ordinarily been at home enjoying the festive season, to leave their offices and do work done by junior staff who were protesting.
Those who were displaced and called to work where they would not ordinarily be based are said to have been paid lunch-out as well as hardship allowances which raised questions about the reason for the tokens of E10 000 for managers and E5 000 for their subordinates.
The strike came about after junior staff demanded an increase of 6.5 per cent to their salaries whereas they had received 6.8 per cent cost of living adjustment approved by SCOPE to all Category A parastatals.
The industrial protest saw over 400 workers down tools at different SRA stations, causing some to cease all operations. The two senior managers, who are said to be tasked with providing oversight in the company, are responsible for detecting and investigating issues of integrity and unethical behaviour, including allegations of fraud, corruption and all acts of dishonesty and misconduct occurring and involving personnel authority.
They are tasked with creating awareness or educational initiatives on issues of fraud, corruption and any unethical behaviour relating to SRA activities. Over and above this, their department calls for them to carry out oversight tasks. “These are good governance principles furthering the culture of transparency and accountability. Towards these, the division enforces and monitors the staff gifts declaration, background checks or vetting exercises and declaration of assets, liabilities and income by staff,” reads the SRA website on their mandate.
They are also the first port of call whereby they are supposed to be informed of employees or taxpayers participation on fraud, corruption, nepotism, embezzlement, theft, maladministration, misconduct, or any act that may constitute a criminal or disciplinary offence or may be prejudicial to the interests of SRA, should be reported.