DC’s complain of nepotism at local government ministry

The just ended District Commissioners (DCs) conference in the resort district of Mangochi is reported to have ended on a very hot note with DCs accusing the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development of institutionalising nepotism, Nyasa Times can reveal.

As part of the programmes, the ministry arranged an in house meeting with the DCs to inform them of some developments the Ministry is championing.  Nyasa Times  sources revealed that DCs took turns to dress down Ministry officials including Principal Secretaries on irregular appointments which are making the ministry very un popular.

Much concern centred on the appointments of Financial Analysis’s who were suspected to be relations of high ranking government officials.

Minister of Local Goverment Henry Mussa: Naked nepotism i his ministry

Our sources revealed that sometime around August 2010, the ministry, without following any laid down procedures recruited Financial Analysist at grade P5/F and posted them to all the councils.

The appointment letters indicated that after serving for one year, they were to be confirmed as Directors of Finance, a post which has been pegged at P4/E with the recent functional review. But in the interim they are receiving the same salary and allowance which the DCs receive.

A source in the Ministry of Local government, who talked on condition of anonymity, said that all these problems were discussed before at management meetings but it is PS (2) Stuart Ligomeka who “who has been pushing his agenda.”

Ligomeka is believed to be some untouchable and the most feared man in the Ministry .

The source went further to reveal that reports coming from councils indicate that recruitment of Financial Analysists has brought frustration among council employee.

Ministry officials challenged the Anti Corruption Bureau to launch an investigation and it will be revealed that when results of interviews were released, there were “too much negotiations”.

Some of the people recruited are the ones who fared poorly during interviews entailing that names were switched in favour of “ana a mabwana”.

Controller of Human Resources in the ministry Salim Sumaisi could not comment on the allegations. Principal Secretary Kester Kaphaizi and Ligomeka also could not comment.

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