Two deputy clerks

Monday December 09, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

Parliament will appoint two deputy clerks under its new business plan, says Clerk Tangata Vainerere.


Previously the deputy clerk position was held by one person.

Helen Maunga served in the position until her contract ran out about a month ago, Vainerere said.

Vainerere said her contract ran out and her position was phased out as well.

He said they have appointed former assistant Ombudsman Jeannine Daniel as one of the deputy clerks while the other one would be finalised in July next year.

Daniel will be responsible for components which are related to the constitutional functions of Parliament.

The other deputy clerk whose position will be finalised in next year’s Budget will be responsible for parliamentary services. This includes the administration, finance and operations of the Parliament.

Vainerere said by appointing two deputies they hope to streamline the lines of authority and become more efficient.

“It wasn’t working under the previous structure. The position of deputy clerk as it was known was phased out when the new structure and business plan was approved in Parliament, effective July 1, 2019,” he said.

“We didn’t sack anybody, the position just got phased out and replaced by two people. One has been advertised and filled, the other one is yet to be advertised and yet to be filled.”

Vainerere said he was looking after the responsibilities of the yet-to-be finalised deputy clerk.

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