Douglas Wattley, former Chairman of the Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris’ Peoples Labour Party (PLP) has brushed aside a press release from the government on Wednesday, concerning information making the rounds on social media.
“The Office of the Accountant General finds the unauthorized dissemination of employee personal data morally repugnant and unethical, especially as the information is not an honest reflection of the facts. In this regard the Accountant General wishes to disassociate itself from such document and assures all civil servants , government auxiliary workers, pensioners and the general public that all personal information are held in strictest confidence,” the statement said.
Wattley questioned why the release came from the Accountant General’s Office when that office does not pay civil servants.
“Sure the money comes out of the Consolidated Fund which falls under the Office of the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance, but it is the Human Resource Department that pays employees,” said Wattley, who under the Labour administration was the Permanent Secretary responsible for Civil Service reform.
“It used to be in the Accountant General’s Office. It was moved to HR (Human Resource) when I set up that Department. So I know. It is not the Accountant General paying,” said Wattley, who asked listeners if they are aware who the payroll officer in the Human Resource Department.
“It is (Prime Minister Harris’) sister (Coretta Harris). The officer in the Prime Minister’s Office is his niece (Delcia Mills-Blaize),” Wattley pointed out during his weekly programme “The Rebuttal” on Kyss 102.5 FM on Wednesday night, July 17.
He further pointed out that the salaries of civil servants “are not private information.”
“It is in a public document called Estimates – the Budget which is passed by Parliament. If the public wants to know how much a permanent secretary is making, just go to the Estimates. If you want to know how much a minister if government is making, you will see how much it is making. Allowances being paid to public officers are not a private matter. Tell us what the figures really are as they are not private,” said Wattley.
“If the government wants to clear the air, it should tell the country what (Delcia Mills-Blaize) salary and allowances are,” said Wattley.
Dr. Harris has come under widespread criticism and has been accused of nepotism and cronyism.
Dr. Harris misled the nation a few months that all family members in the public service were in their present positions under the previous Labour Party administration when he became prime minister mid-February 2015.