(ZIZ News) — Government officials have been mourning the passing of Chief Civil Servant, Elvis Newton.
Newton passed away on Tuesday morning after battling illness for an extended period.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris offered his sympathies.
The statement read “On behalf of the Government and people of this country, I offer condolences to his wife Ermel, his daughter Ngala, his son Khafre and the rest of his family, co-workers in the public service and his many friends.”
He said, “Elvis dedicated his life to serving people. In the relatively short time that we were blessed to have him with us, he touched many lives as a community organiser, a teacher, mentor and at the time of his death, this nation’s top public servant.”
“He was a dedicated husband; father and diligent, competent, and professional in everything he undertook. In fact, he was the consummate public servant and he will be sorely missed. I ask the nation to join me in prayers for his family during this very difficult time,” he added.
Newton spent more than 30 years in the civil service, beginning as a teacher at the Newtown Primary School.
He later moved to the Ministry of Health where he worked as a Health Planner and was later appointed Permanent Secretary.
He was later given duties as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before being appointed Head of the Civil Service.
On behalf of the staff at ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation, we offer condolences to those who mourn Newton’s passing.