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Free lunch for Immigration staff suspended

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The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control under the Ministry of Internal Affairs has temporarily suspended free lunch for its staff in offices.

Immigration staff have been receiving free lunch in their offices until last week when the free meals were scrapped off.

In an internal memo dated November 13th, 2020, all staff have been informed of hardships which have caused a shortfall in funding of the sector this financial year but however, it won’t apply to the detention centre.

“Following the current economic hardship and the underfunding of our budget and increased unpaid bills to service providers, this is to suspend serving of lunch within the departments,” reads part of the internal memo.

“This is a temporary measure to be adjusted as and when the funds are made available. This does not however apply to the detention centre,” it added.

This comes after government announced that it wasn’t having enough funds to disburse to none vital votes. However, critics of the government allege that money meant for some of the votes was diverted for political work.

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