Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Photo credit: SICR

Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Photo credit: SICR

The Prime Minister’s Office has slammed the call by the Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group, urging the Democratic Coalition for Change Government not to appoint Political Appointees on the Super Scale Four level, describing it as hypocritical.

Honourable Manasseh Maelanga said any appointment of political appointees on the Supper Scale four level, being equivalent to the salary scale of Permanent Secretaries is unreasonable as the latter are established under the Constitution to specially carry out ‘administrative, technical and accounting functions.’

But responding to the Independent Group Leader’s call, the Prime Minister’s Office said any criticisms on the DCC’s political
appointments are best left to when they are formalised and announced.

It adds the call by the Independent Group Leader demonstrates gross hypocrisy as the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff and a number of political appointees of the previous Darcy Lilo-led NCRA Government were paid at the Supper Scale Four level.

The Prime Minister’s Office said unless Mr Maelanga was oblivious of the political appointments of the Darcy Lilo-led NCRA Government of which he was the Deputy Prime Minister, he is a hypocrite.

It said it is advisable that the Independent Leader refrain from making statements that will only fire back at him.

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