The secretarial one responsible for Defence has messed up the Avant-Garde affair into a veritable tangle. They say.
This high up wrote a letter granting permission to the Avant-Garde Chief to travel abroad despite there already being a taboo against his leaving the country. The Secretarial one did not stop at granting permission. He also asserted that the foreign trip of the Chief was imperative as it would result in foreign investment to the country. However, a Ministerial type who was keeping an eagle eye on the Avant-Garde affair could access the contents of this letter before it could reach the relevant authority.
The Secretarial one was shaken when he learnt that the eagle-eyed Ministerial type accessed the contents of the letter. He immediately consigned the letter to the WPB and wrote another letter. He said in this second letter he was granting permission to the Avant-garde Chief to leave the country subject to the approval of the Chief Attorney for the government. The Ministerial type got a copy of that letter as well and showed it to the former Madam.
The former Madam, was livid when she saw the copy of the letter. She immediately rang up the secretarial one and gave him a shelling. She later told the highest authority to get rid of the ‘blundering official’ in the name of good governance.