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No Ministry of Civil Service in 2015, A-G stressed

The Ministry of Civil Service does not need to provide an annual report on civil service reforms in 2015 because it didn’t exist that year, says Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said
23 May 2017 11:00
No Ministry of Civil Service in 2015, A-G stressed
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

The Ministry of Civil Service does not need to provide an annual report on civil service reforms in 2015 because it didn’t exist that year, says Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said yesterday.

The issue was highlighted after SODELPA Opposition MP, Salote Radrodro asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to advise the House on why the ministry had not presented its 2015 annual report to enlighten the progress of civil service reforms.

Speaking in his capacity as the Minister for Civil Service, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Ms Radrodro wasn’t strong on logic.

Ms Radrodro then raised a point of order that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was not focusing on the question, but personalising matters.

Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni said there should be no criticism on the mental powers of Members of Parliament. She told the A-G to withdraw his statement.

“If the Honourable member believes I talked about mental powers then I withdraw that statement,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded, while withdrawing the statement.

In fact, he added it was not about mental powers and that it didn’t mean Government couldn’t speak on civil service reforms.

“We can talk about civil service reforms without having a Ministry for Civil Service,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The point is, it’s a political question and the Hansard speaks for itself. We have provided updates time and time again on the civil service reforms.”

However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Opposition didn’t want civil service reforms.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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