The termination of services of person within the public sector is being done legally, and whomever wishes to challenge their dismissal is free to take that course of action. This was according to the Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall.
Since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) came into office on August last, several persons holding high level positions were sent home. The government has since faced severe criticism from the former regime, the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC); claiming that the administration is on a witch-hunt. But Nandlall said last evening that dismissals are being done legally.
“I keep seeing the Opposition saying that we are unlawfully dismissing people. I have been reading the contracts carefully, and the notice of dismissals that we have been issuing, are all in compliance with the law and the contracts. And whoever wishes to challenge them, they are free to challenge them,” he said during his live, weekly programme, “Issues in the News”, last night.
The AG added, “Who are we dismissing? We’re not dismissing ordinary people. We are dismissing those political sycophants – political persons, who were installed into the public sector under the last government; and who are sometimes not qualified for the job, or they got the job simply because of political connection and not on the basis of meritocracy.”
Nandlall said that many of the persons dismissed were “politicians”, and their Facebook pages have evidence of “political work” and of them being “actively engaged in politics”.
“They’re not public servants, they’re politicians and they were given sinecure appointments – and sinecure appointments are to be terminated,” the AG said.