THE Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation Francis Lomo has been terminated from his job.
Lomo’s premature dismissal was issued fortnight ago although his contract remains valid which is expected to end March next year.
Mr Lomo has confirmed his termination but could not comment further on the details of his termination.
“Yes, I received my termination letter two weeks ago but it has nothing to do with my work performance,” he said.
Mr Lomo said, it was just about his contract is being revoked.
But a former government political appointee stated that the premature termination of Mr Lomo is politically motivated which simply means he (Lomo) is indirectly being fired.
The former political appointee said, the PS post at the Ministry of Communication and Aviation is a highly demanding post and the dismissal of Mr Lomo could be linked to a political move to have a preferred man from the DCC government.
Mr Lomo has been the PS for the Ministry since 2012 and his contract is still valid until March 16, 2016.
Under the constitution on the appointment of Permanent Secretaries section 128 (1) the power to make appointment of PS shall be vested in the Public Service Commission acting with the concurrence of the Prime Minister.
Under the Tenure of office of certain public section 129 (3) a person to whom this section applies may be removed from office only for inability to discharge the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.
By CHARLES KADAMANA