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MBABANE – The National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) suspects foul play in the manner in which the contract of the deputy auditor general was employed.

This emanates from the fact that the contract allegedly has some irregularities which they say it suggest that the contract was drafted by a sole member of the Civil Service commission (CSC).
 A copy of the contract which the Times SUNDAY has seen reflects that Peter Mamba who is the chairman of the commission referred to himself as the secretary and also as chairman.
In essence, the contract was supposed to be entered into between Swaziland government represented by Secretary to CSC Alan McFadden and the acting Auditor General and then be signed by Peter Mamba, who is the chairman, plus two other witnesses.

In this case, the contract was entered into between government, represented by Mamba, and it was also signed by him as the chairman.
The current Deputy Auditor General is Nomsa Hutchinson who earns a salary of E346 607 per annum. She was employed a year ago to the position on April 6, 2017 for a period of 19 months.
She had retired from government.

Despite that,  a memorandum signed by Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Finance Bheki Bhembe,  informed all stakeholders concerned that Hutchinson will continue acting as Auditor General from August 2, 2017 to October 2, 2017 following the expiry of Phesticia Nxumalo’s contract who was the incumbent.
The stakeholders whom the memo was communicated to included the Secretary to Cabinet, principal secretaries and all head of department.
This is not the first time the deputy AG will be acting in this position as she was also on acting basis between the month of June and July of the this year for the position of auditor general.

Mabandla Dladla, NAPSAWU Deputy Secretary General, said the contrasting designations on the deputy auditor general’s contract deserves to be declared null and void.
He also mentioned that such an anomaly meant that the CSC office’s independence was compromised and lacked integrity.
“It is very wrong for that matter to even hire someone who had retired. even corporate governance outlines that it is wrong to hire someone from retirement when there are people in substantive positions and deserving,” said Dladla.
The unionist strongly stressed that the contract needed an inquiry.


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