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Timba rebukes Charamba

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office has rebuked Media Information and Publicity secretary George Charamba for declaring as “null and void” proposed changes in the premier’s office.
Minister of State in Tsvangirai’s office Jameson Timba yesterday said Charamba’s mandate did not extend to being a “chief education officer” of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Timba said Charamba —who is also President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson— in his bid to undermine the PM’s office, was overdoing things. He said any changes would be officially communicated through the Prime Minister’s Office.
Yesterday Charamba was quoted in a local daily as saying: “We hear that persons are being dismissed or re-deployed in the Prime Minister’s Office. No political party can employ a civil servant at its offices, let alone re-deploy them.”
“The moment you join government service, you become an employee of the Public Service Commission. If a politician or permanent secretary is not happy with an officer, the only thing he or she can do is to surrender the officer to the employer, who is the PSC. These are PSC rules.”
But Timba said: “The permanent
secretary for Media, Information and Publicity’s mandate does not extend to being chief education officer of the PSC.
“He does not have the monopoly of literacy in terms of reading and understanding public service regulations and I can assure you that the office of the prime minister does not need any lessons from him.
“As secretary for Information if he needs any information from any department of government including the constitutionality of the Prime Minister, he knows where to go.
“The Prime Minister’s Office is a public office, so with respect to current or future changes in the Prime Minister’s Office, official communication will be issued from the PM’s office itself.”
A defiant Charamba last night accused Timba of being political on a matter, he said was of a professional nature.
“It is regrettable that it is coming from a former (Deputy) Minister of Information who fully knows that information work is basically raising awareness or education,” Charamba said adding:
“As a matter of fact the permanent secretary in the Prime Ministers’ Office who fully understands where I am coming from has got in touch with the public service commission on the same matter.”
The PM’s Office has reportedly proposed sweeping changes expected to see individuals redeployed to pave the way for new entrants.

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