20 Oct 2009

Fiji regime head says rugby boss should step down amid corruption allegations

2:25 pm on 20 October 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has called for the resignation of the Fiji Rugby Union chief executive, Keni Dakuidreketi, who faces charges lodged by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption.

Commodore Bainimarama, a former Fiji Rugby Union president, has told Fiji media that Mr Dakuidreketi, who is reportedly facing charges of abuse of office and fraud, should immediately step down.

The prime minister says he should stay out until the case is over and if he's found not guilty then he can return to the board.

But the Fiji union chairman, Bill Gavoka, has rejected the call and says Mr Dakuidreketi would remain in office while the charges against him were investigated.

Mr Gavoka says Mr Dakuidreketi has not been convicted and it is only fair that he be given the opportunity to continue doing his work as acting chief executive and to attend to the FICAC allegations.