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Recent media speculation surrounding the re-employment of Go...
17/01/12

With reference to the above, this Office has taken note of a number of media reports in which it has been misleadingly suggested that Government’s re-employment of a number of previously dismissed nurses was the result of a recent meeting between H.E. the President, Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, and a delegation of Parliamentarians.

In the interest of accuracy we wish to note that the rehiring of said nurses, along with other personnel, has in fact been part of an ongoing process, which was initiated last June and is thus not directly related to any recent meetings with His Excellency.

In this respect, members of the Press are reminded of the Permanent Secretary to the President's, Mr. Eric Molale's, communication of the 6th of June 2011, in which it was clearly stated that:

"The Government has also made a commitment that all employees in essential services who have been dismissed for taking part in the strike declared by the Industrial Court as illegal and unprotected, are eligible to re-apply with immediate effect, to the Directorate of Public Service Management for re-employment. In this regard, DPSM shall use its best endeavours to have them placed in employment and/or positions in the public service as is reasonably practicable depending, among others, on availability of vacancies, and the interest of the public service."

The above announcement was, moreover, followed by further communications and spot announcements from the Department of Public Service Management (DPSM) informing affected individuals and the public on the procedures for thus applying for re-employment.   

Further to the above, members of the press may further recall that on the 12th of July 2011 the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi, had reported to Parliament, in response to a question raised by the Member of Parliament for Kweneng East, the Hon. Major General Moeng Pheto, that Government had at that time already re-employed a total of 957 dismissed essential services employees including 34 are doctors, 470 nurses, and 453 from other professions.

In the context of the above, last week's meeting between His Excellency and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Hon. Pono Moatlhodi, and the Member for Kweneng East did not result in any change in Government's existing process of re-hiring, but rather afforded His Excellency with an opportunity to update the two on ongoing progress. 
 

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