Public servants must now declare interests

WINDHOEK: The Office of the Prime Minister has finalised revisions to the declaration of interest requirement for civil servants.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made this announcement during a meeting with senior Government members in the capital yesterday.

She said all civil servants would have to seek permission to do remunerative work outside the public service, and will also have to declare not only their interest, investments and business activities but also their fixed assets.

She said the purpose of this exercise is to protect the interest of the public service by ensuring that staff members and members of the public service place their whole time at the disposal of Government, and to prevent unfair competition between staff members and persons in the private sector and a possible conflict of interest.

The prime minister therefore urged Offices, Ministries and Agencies to take this matter seriously and to use their discretion to determine whether staff members with private businesses are still productive optimally in the public service or whether they should instead pursue a business career and resign from the public service.