Negative work relationships compromise service delivery: Kahuika

KEETMANSHOOP: This was the year to turn a new page and to arrest the negative downward trend that has reared its ugly head at the //Karas Regional Council.

This was said by the chief regional officer Saul Kahuika when he addressed council staff at a gathering in Keetmanshoop on Tuesday.

The staff meeting was attended by council staff and employees of the directorates of works and education and was aimed at motivating the public servants to step up their service to the Namibian public.

“The prevailing negative work relationships are compromising our service delivery,” Kahuika said.

He said general output had to improve as a matter of urgency and that in all cases the rule of law as provided for in the public service charter, and not the rule of individuals had to be applied.

Kahuika called for teamwork and an approach to work that was non-discriminatory, fair, just, and efficient.

He said all public servants were employed to serve the country’s citizens whose tax money and contributions were used for state purposes.

The CRO said that trainings to capacitate staff would receive attention this year to help ensure that equal, quality service was delivered to the public.

Speaking at the same occasion, council chairperson Jan Scholtz urged those present to do away with regionalism, tribalism and racism if the region was to move forward.

“We are one nation; we need to see each other as Namibians and not as Coloureds, Owambos, Namas, Hereros, Caprivians … this is what cripples and hinders our society,” Scholtz said.

Council management member Jims Christian said the failure of politicians and the failure of Government lay in the hands of technocrats and administrators.

“Public servants must be determined, passionate and dedicated to their work and to their positions in the team, otherwise Government will fail,” Christian said.