Gov’t fires four Political Appointees

Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet have fired four Political Appointees (PAs).

Speaking on anonymity, a well-placed source from the Prime Minister’s Office told the Solomon Fresh-Beat Online, the four were being shown the exit door due to poor performance.

“The OPMC carried out a performance review and as a result, the four were identified.”

Another source reveals to Solomon Fresh-Beat Online the first PA, secretary to caucus Serah Susuta, was given her marching order last month.

“Another three were, Lands consultant Genesis Kofana, Intelligence Officer Oliver Osi and peace consultant Father Patterson Ngaliasi.

“They were fired last week.”

In a statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister today to confirm the terminations, Special Secretary to Prime Minister John Muria says PAs are tasked with specific responsibilities in ensuring the effective implementation of policy programmes of Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG), therefore a review process is necessary to ensure performance and implementation by the PAs is monitored.

Mr Muria (Jnr) says as a result of the review, those found not to meet the performance expectation of the ruling political government will be relieved from duty to avoid unnecessary spending of government resources.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Nego Sisiolo says Permanent Secretaries are also subject to performance reviews by the Public Service Commission.

Mr Sisiolo says in the case of other public servants, the Public Service Commission has endorsed the revised public servants’ Performance Management Procedures (PMP) early this year to gauge their performance and has issued a directive for its immediate implementation.