25 September 2023

TANZANIA: Remote area PS workers to stay put

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Tanzanian Public Servants who leave posts in remote areas of the country without a good excuse will be punished, Minister of State in the President’s Office, George Mkuchika (pictured) says.

“Do not even think of asking for a transfer,” Mr Mkuchika said.

“There has been a tendency with Public Servants that when they apply for a job they agree to work in any part of the country, but when they are actually employed, they … want to choose where they are stationed.”

He said among the least popular areas were the Kigoma, Katavi and Kagera regions.

“Public Servants need to ask themselves if they are providing services commensurate with the service they provide to the people — and whether they are dressing appropriately so that they gain the respect and confidence of the public,” Mr Mkuchika said.

“They must wear appropriate clothes in order to give a good impression to the community they are serving.”

In reply, the Regional Commissioner for Iringa, Ally Hapi said his administration had already reformed its assessment of its PS employees based on their performance rather than whether they simply turned up for work.

Mr Mkuchika was taking part in a two-day visit to Iringa to inspect various Government projects there.

Iringa, 30 October 2018

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