Govt emphasizes use of ICT to monitor public servants’ conduct

ARUSHA: DEPUTY Minister in the President’s Office of Public Service Management and Good Governance, Ridhiwani Kikwete, has emphasized the use of Information Technology (IT) systems to enhance the government’s capacity to monitor the conduct of public servants.

He made the statement on Tuesday at the 11th meeting for members of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), who have gathered at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC).

The two-day meeting has brought together around 800 members from local public servants and other participants from African countries.

Mr Ridhiwani stated that by implementing the use of performance management systems for government employees (PEPMIS and PIPMIS), the government’s capacity to monitor the performance of public servants would be enhanced.

“The system will assist employees in various matters, including loan applications, transfers, and monitoring employees’ behaviors,” he said.

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He also encouraged employees to seek loans from reputable financial institutions, mentioning that the government always provides loan opportunities through banks.

“Apply for loans from financial institutions recognized by the government and avoid predatory loans. Many public servants have suffered from predatory loans from untrustworthy individuals and institutions,” he said.

Mr Kikwete also instructed human resources managers to ensure that they treat all employees fairly by avoiding nepotism and favoritism.

He stressed that every employee deserves equal rights, including training, to ensure efficiency and productivity.

AAPAM Tanzania Chapter Chairperson, Ms. Leila Mavika, stated that the meeting was crucial for human resources officers as it provided an opportunity for learning and sharing experiences.

Founded over 40 years ago, AAPAM has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the administrative and management capacities of African public administration systems.

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