Separation of role

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.