DG SPENDS MILLIONS ON TRAVEL

PSC Chairman Martin Mahe

A Director General (DG) has received approximately Vt7 million as his travelling allowances within a period of less than six months.

This figure does not include his imprest.

Chairman of Public Service Commission (PSC) Martin Mahe made the revelation when he expressed how “shocked” he was when he was informed of the huge payout, just from travelling allowances.

He confirmed these allowances were being paid out when this particular DG was travelling abroad since January 2019.

Chairman Mahe did not identify the Ministry that this particular DG works under but he said the amount could have been put into essential government services that people in the rural areas lack.

Mr Mahe confirmed an investigation will be conducted on the particular DG and a decision will be made following the findings of the investigation.

He noted a lot of public servants have been travelling excessively.

The PSC Chairman said the Commission has already instructed the Ministry of Finance to provide a report on public servants who had been travelling.

“If public servants go on overseas trips to attend trainings or meetings, but fail to provide an impact of what they undertake in their tours abroad, the Commission will instruct Finance department to deduct their salaries against the amount spent on their trip, which include allowances and airfares,” Mahe said.

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