Assessment of legal instruments in the management of employees’ discipline in the public service commission

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Mzumbe Unversity
iscipline plays an important role in administration and management of Public Service. Acknowledging this role, my research aimed at assessing how effective are the legal instruments that govern discipline in the Tanzania Public Service. Despite the legal framework currently in force, public servants have, at a greater speed, continue to violate disciplinary rules and principles. The situation above triggered the researcher into assessing the effectiveness of legal instruments governing discipline in the Public Service. This was the main objective of the study with other specific objectives aimed at identifying the mostly used legal instruments in managing disciplinary issues in the Public Service, the mostly used approach in managing discipline in the Public Service and factors that affect effective implementation of these instruments.A research methodology opted was the use a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was designed electronically so as to ease the data collection process. And sample chosen included a total of 82 managerial and middle class Officers from Public Service Commission considering its role as a Regulatory Body and an Appellate Authority for public servants who are aggrieved by the decision of their Disciplinary Authorities. The data collected were thoroughly analyzed by the aid of Statistical Package for Social Studies (SPSS). The findings revealed that the mostly used legal instruments in managing discipline in the Public Service is the Standing Order for the Public Service of 2009, the mostly used approach by Appointing and Disciplinary Authorities in managing disciplinary issues is the sanctional approach.What need be done to rectify the situation is strengthen sensitization programs so as to raise awareness to the public servants of other legal instruments that govern discipline, implement correctional approach in managing discipline, enhancing close monitoring and supervision among public servants, harmonizing and rationalizing pay and incentive across the Service, ensuring that employees’ Human Resource related issues are handled timely and promptly and raising ethics campaigns not only in Public Service but to the Public so as to ensure that the general public understands the same.
A dissertation submitted in the partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Masters of Public Administration (MPA) of Mzumbe University
Administrative law, Employee management, Legal instruments