By Eliaser Ndeyanale
AGRICULTURE minister John Mutorwa on Monday urged staff in his ministry to embrace the spirit of unity, coexistence, hard work and dedication for the ministry to achieve its mission.
Mutorwa made the remarks at the official presenting of the ministry’s new permanent secretary Percy Msika to stakeholders at an event held at Eros Primary School in Windhoek this week. The minister stressed that he will not tolerate or allow discriminatory tendencies in the ministry.
“Sometimes we get drunk because of our positions. Don’t lock doors in front of the people irrespective of your position,” said Mutorwa.
He further added that there are some people who due to their dislike for others; deny them opportunities to perform activities within the ministry.
“People don’t like each other … block them from doing certain things. That attitude is unhealthy within in any organisation.
“People are coming literary to my office crying over the way they are treated by their supervisors,” said Mutorwa, imploring the officials to adopt an open door policy.
“May I also make known to you some of the things I don’t desire to do to others and which I don’t expect to be done to me as far as it is humanly possible … formation of cliques within the organisation or work place with the intention to sabotage, blackmail or even gossip about others or to spread malicious lies and slander others. Our motto should rather be not talk bad about our colleagues in their absence, but to talk even bad things about them, with them in their presence. Because, it is only when we do the latter, that we can say that we are honest and constructive rather than retrogressive and destructive.”
He added that insubordination and disregard for authority and dereliction of duties and responsibilities whether deliberate or not is unacceptable.
He said every person irrespective of their tribe, colour, race, language, status has got what psychologists term ‘inherent inner good qualities and potentialities”.
“As leaders our duty and responsibility are essentially to constantly try and bring those good qualities to the fore, we are expected to motivate and inspire those whom are lead and with whom we work, as well as those who work under our supervision,” he said.
He also said that officials need not to be strangers in their work place, however, they should regularly open honest discussions and respect authority and use the proper channels of communication.
In his short speech Msika promised to work together with the ministry’s officials. “You can’t say because you have already worked with Mr Msika you will do what you want. I will not tolerate favoritism,” he said.
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