CAUCUS is still to decide on the fate of 17 political appointees of the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government whose contracts have expired on 18th April.
Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Andrew Muaki is currently overseas.
However, acting SSPM, Dr Fred Isom Rohorua said when Muaki returns, he will deal with the political appointees.
Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu said last week that they are waiting for data of the political appointees before making any decision.
He said the data is to give them idea to allow the political appointees to continue with their jobs or lose their jobs.
Inside sources said 17 PAs are still receiving salaries despite the expiry of their contracts.
“Most of them are still working and their employment is pending decision from the caucus.
“They are not too sure of the future of their employment with DCCG at the moment,” the source revealed.
DCC government has engaged 39 PAs when they came into power.
It had cost the tax payers about $12 million a year in salaries and benefits.
This includes the Chief of Staff, four Policy Secretaries, 13 National Consultants, nine other under the Prime Minister’s Private Office and 12 under Caucus.
The government had already sacked George Kuper, Dr Gabriel Titili and Alfred Sasako recently.
A political insider said those under the PM’s Private Office have signed a four year contract.
By EDDIE OSIFELO