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Mystery surrounds civil servant’s absence

The civil servant whose winning submission to the SAGE Commission caused a storm of controversy has been away from his desk for a week and Government is refusing to say why.

Magnus Henagulph, who works as a public affairs officer in the Department of Communications and Information, has not been in the office and is not believed to be on holiday.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman refused to answer questions yesterday on Mr Henagulph, saying: "The policy is to not comment on employee matters."

And Kevin Grant, president of the civil servants' union said the Bermuda Public Services Union had not received any official information about Mr Henagulph's absence from work.

Mr Henagulph caused uproar within the civil service with his stark exposé of Government waste and inefficiency, which earned him the SAGE Commission's top prize of $12,500.

The submission was praised by Commission Chairman Brian Duperreault during a meeting in Somerset on Monday night.

“We were very impressed with Magnus's presentation. He's gotten a lot of either criticism or praise, depending on your point of view.

“I think the submission itself was terrific,” said Mr Duperreault.

Mr Henagulph could not be reached by cell phone or email for comment.

Magnus Henagulph

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Published September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 18, 2013 at 1:24 am)

Mystery surrounds civil servant’s absence

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