11 Dec 2017 11:20am
RUNDU, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Dr Andreas Mwoombola, has been transferred to the Cabinet Office in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The transfer, which is effective from 08 December 2017, was revealed in a statement issued by the Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa on Sunday.
Simaata said the transfer was necessitated by an urgent need to normalise the administrative and political interface at MoHSS to ensure that operations at one of the critical ministries continue smoothly and unaffected.
His transfer has nothing to do with the disciplinary process underway but purely an administrative matter aimed at promoting administrative effectiveness at the ministry of health and social service, in particular and public service in general, he said.
The move comes after the official opposition party, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), called for the PS to be relieved of his duty after infighting surfaced at the ministry between him and the Minister, Bernard Haufiku.
It said the squabbles and clashes between Mwoombola and the minister were a clear indication that the PS was incapable of controlling and supervising the people who perform important work in the MoHSS.
In July, Mwoombola was suspended from office to pave way for investigations into alleged corruption and mismanagement in the ministry.
Upon the completion of the investigation in August, Mwoombola was arraigned to the disciplinary process that is still ongoing.
This matter is sub judice, and in terms of our law, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty after a due process of law, said Simataa.
He also assured the public that the reported shortages of medical resources at the ministry is receiving the governments utmost attention as well as the reforms recommended by the Presidential Inquiry into the situation that was carried out a few years ago.