Public Servants Blocked from Changing Date of Birth

The Ministry of Public Service has declined the change of dates of birth of Public officials as had been requested earlier by the latter.

According to a February 6 letter by Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire, view the Permanent Secretary, cheapest Ministry of Public service, medical Public officials had requested for change of their birth dates following the biometric validation and matching their data with National Identification Register.

“Arising out of this exercise, some public officials’ dates of birth on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll system did not tally with the dates on the National Identification Register,” wrote Bitarakwate.

“In another development, for some public officers, the requests for the change of dates of birth are submitted when they are approaching the time of attainment of the mandatory retirement age, which creates doubt of the intent of the officer,” she added.

Bitarakwate clarified that “the date of birth of a public officer shall be that which was initially recorded unless questionable evidence to the contrary is produced and accepted by the responsible permanent secretary.”

She emphasized that the ministry shall continue to uphold dates that were declared upon appointment of the officials, advising heads of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to inform the concerned parties.

According to the 1995 constitution, retirement age for all public officials is at 60 years.

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