Immigration Junior Officers Plan Protest Despite Promotions

An internal communiqué from the department’s Director General Masauko Medi congratulates the officers for their respective promotions and wishing them well.

The communiqué which Zodiak Online has in possession show that some officers have been promoted from the rank of constable to sergeant while those that were on the rank of sergeant have been promoted to sub-inspector.

However, the move has not pleased some officers who were on the rank of sub-inspector for not being considered on the promotions.

A source on that rank whose identity demanded to be concealed said government and the department has favoured the two cadres.

"In our grievance letter dated May 9, 2020, we outlined several concerns including these promotions, but what government has done is not what we were asking for” said the source.

In the letter the officer’s claim they have not been promoted since joining the service in 2012 while others in 2015.

Another source said, some of us who were on the rank of sergeant and other sub-inspectors have tertiary education qualifications we wonder why the department and government have not considered these issues” 

The officers said they are planning to protest the decision.

When Zodiak Online presented the issue to the Minister of Homeland Affairs Nicholas Dausi, he declined to comment.

Director General for the Immigration department Masauko Medi was not immediately available to react.

Last month government also promoted to the rank of sergeant prison warders after staging nationwide protests. 

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