16 Nov 2007

Qarase alleges nepotism in Radio Fiji top appointment

3:13 pm on 16 November 2007

Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, is alleging nepotism in the appointment of Riaz Sayed-Khaiyum as the new chief executive of the state-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited.

Riaz is the younger brother of the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and is a former Fiji TV journalist who has been working for Television New Zealand.

In announcing the appointment yesterday, the minister for public enterprises, Poseci Bune, said the appointment had been recommended by the Corporation's board and endorsed by the interim prime minister.

But Mr Qarase has told Radio Legend that any such appointment would be an act of nepotism and was orchestrated.

Mr Qarase says the appointment would be an insult to the many other people in Fiji who are qualified to take up that position.

He says he believes somebody from Fiji should have been appointed and not someone who had left the country.

Meanwhile, the ministry of public enterprises says no official appointment has yet been made because the contract for the chief executive of the company is being revised downwards.

It says if the new contract is not acceptable to Riaz Sayed-Khaiyum, another suitable person would have to be found.