Separation of role
16 March, 2018, 12:00 am
WHILE speaking on a motion in Parliament the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum explained that “this is why we have a division; we have the operation aspect of a particular ministry and we have the policy aspect of a particular ministry. The policy is done by the ministers and operational aspect is done by the civil servants” (FT 14/3).
That is the way it should be. There is a clear demarcation of roles.
But, is it really happening in practice?
I have heard of many cases of undue interference from board members into the operational matters even to the extent of issuing directives to chief executive officers.
I believe such conduct is well outside the ambit of their jurisdiction.
I believe the CEOs are afraid to open their mouths for fear of victimisation.
No wonder so many of them have resigned, I believe with the latest being the CEO of the Housing Authority of Fiji, after being in office for only 10 months.