Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Could our cabinet ministers please shut up!

About two weeks ago a Tanzanian cabinet minister during a visit to one of Tanzania's ports was reported to have issued a directive to the port manager on an operations issue.

I understand ministers should only meddle in policy matters, not on day-to-day management of the public corporations under their ministries.

The lie that a political appointee is an expert on all matters under the jurisdiction of his/her ministry and is able to dispense, off the cuff, valuable advice and rulings is an impediment to placing responsibility on the experts and management teams tasked with implementing the ministry's projects and programs.

It's about time Tanzania's political cadre shuts up and allow the experts to work and earn their pay.

Policy formulation will then get the attention it deserves. And the politicians will also deservedly begin to earn their pay instead in poking their noses in other people's work.

The bonus to taxpayers is less travel by politicians and some savings on government expenditure.

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