THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am extremely disappointed to note the reported letter from retired Public Defender Mr Earl Witter expressing regret at having recommended Mr Matondo Mukulu to act in that position.
As far as I can see, Mr Mukulu has been far more active and effective than the previous holders of that office.
Bearing in mind that Mr Witter should no longer have access to the internal operations and activities of the Office of the Public Defender, what valid reason could he have had for his great disappointment, that he found it necessary to copy his letter of regret to the governor general and Speaker of the House of Representatives in an obvious effort to block his appointment?
I trust that it was not driven by malice born of recognition of Mr Mukulu's obvious effectiveness when compared with his own tenure. And what does Mr Witter's action communicate to the many bright and energetic young people in our public service, who are prepared to return from overseas to serve their country diligently and productively.
It is a sad day indeed.