The parliamentary committee exposes the rot

In many years of observing, noting and commenting on public affairs I have been unaware of anything as remarkable, astonishing or outright depressing as Mmegi’s front page report (27 May) headlined ‘Obfuscating Matome Irks PAC or inside on page three, ‘Dodging Matome Angers PAC’.

The news story in question provided an account of the meeting of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Pearl Matome who, henceforth, I refer to as the Perm. Sec.  According to Mmegi, the Parliamentary Committee “tore her Ministry to shreds for ineptitude, ineffectiveness, corruption and downright failure to use common sense”.

It also lamented her propensity to dodge questions and her inability to explain to the Committee the particular challenges that obviously face her Ministry, as they face all Ministries.

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