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Politicizing technocrats a barrier to public services development-C’mon Wealth Meeting

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John Mitala, the head of public service and director of Uganda cabinet

KIGALI-RWANDA-Common Wealth meeting bringing together 19 member countries in Africa taking place at Serena Hotel of Rwanda capital Kigali has expressed their concern on politicizing technocrats and recruitment as a part of the barriers to public service development in Africa

According the participants in the meeting, the change of the regime brings new agenda and new technocrats brings Africa to stay at the helm of “new beginning phase, thus, creating vacuum of continuity”

“When there is change of the regime, every party will do everything possible to lay off the technocrats who served in the former regime bringing up their own thus remaining at the beginning phase all time” John Mitala, Uganda’s secretary of the cabinet said

The opinion that Mitala shares we the majority of the participants in the meeting mainly from Namibia, Malawi and many others leading to what they called “Wastage of resources which’s always small”

Mitala believes that lack of continuity and harmonization of politicians and technocrats makes Africa lag behind in development

However, Samuel Mulindwa, Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Africa needs to focus on the ultimate beneficiary of public services who are citizens. “We need citizen centered development.”

Malawi representative believes, there should be a difference between politicians and technocrats. “If you are in the public sector, you are not serving any specific political party, you are serving the people. Thus change of regimes shouldn’t affect technocrats.” He said

According to Mulindwa, Rwanda has embraced “Whole government approach to service delivery” by the use of clusters and institutional linkages like forums from local government to central government.

Mulindwa, believes that there is a lot of lessons Rwanda can give to other members regarding public service delivery.

“We need to harmonize politics and public sector because they work together. You can’t leave politics behind because you are a technocrat. But also you need to focus politics and service delivery practically basing on serving the citizens. Citizens are our main focus here. Not political parties, not our egos but the local man in the village,” Mulindwa added.

 

 

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