Civil servants urged to remain ‘ethical’
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister, John Mutorwa, has urged civil servants to provide ethical and corruption-free services to the public.
“We do not want to see empty offices during the workday; people must be there working, so that we offer good governance to the people.” Mutorwa said during his annual ministerial policy meeting with his staff this week.
“If someone comes to the Ministry with a problem, it is not my role to be the first one to find out who that person is and what they need; the staff of the Ministry is charged with that very important task. I am there to listen and help where I can,” he said.
Mutorwa made reference to President Hage Geingob’s New Year’s message, where the president declared 2017 as the year of “rededication”.
The agriculture minister said that this simply means that 2017 must be a year of “recommitment to effective efficient and professional public service delivery in all the sectors”.
“If you show dedication to something, you work hard at it, because you believe it is important or worthwhile,” Mutorwa said.
Mutorwa’s comments follow those of Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein earlier in the week, when he vowed to act against officials who take advantage of the Government system to enrich themselves.
Schlettwein promised that people, who are engaged in defrauding the State, will be severely dealt with and that there is no tolerance for corruption, fraud and dishonesty.