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merit based appointments to public offices

February 26 2008 at 10:27 AM
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Why is the position of the Managing Director of the Mineral Resources Development Authority being readvertised again for the third time? Has there been any explanation put out publicly as to why they are seeking applications again for the third time? Maybe some candidates might throw some light on this?
While on that topic of merit based appoinment, some heads of departments and statutory bodies are under acting leadership for too long...well beyong six months. How does one reconcile this situation with the General Order where a person who acts beyond 6 months can asks to be confirmed to the position. Some input from HR bosses in the public service employment arena, could help throw some light here.
I read in todays paper that the supreme court challenge by John Kawi, a candidate for the Secretary and Attorney General position has concluded hearing and decision to be given in April. Would be interesting to know then what the supreme court will say.
The tussle in the office of head of National Planning and the clash of sepiks chiefs in the National Housing Commission and the 3rd time readvertising of the MRDC MD position, are just some indicators that makes me wonder if the Law on merit Based appoinments is judiciously being followed by the appointing authority? or are we still applying the wantok system and male chauvenist prejudices in giving jobs to the boys?

'meri nating'

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