20 Jan 2006

Fiji's PSC urged to be tough on errant bosses

4:38 pm on 20 January 2006

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has called on the Public Service Commission to take tough action against government chief executives who are found to have breached public service regulations.

Radio Legend quotes Mr Qarase as saying the Public Service Commission should carry out a full investigation into those alleged to be corrupt and hand down the appropriate punishment.

Mr Qarase's comment comes following the sacking of the chief executive of the ministry of fisheries, Mitieli Baleivanualala.

His predecessor who is now chief executive of transport and civil aviation, Vuetasau Buatoka, has been found guilty of all ten charges of corruption against him when he headed the fisheries ministry in 2003 and is awaiting the PSC's ruling on his future.

Mr Qarase says the PSC is an independent constitutional body in terms of making appointments and taking disciplinary action and the government does not interfere in it.

Meanwhile, the PSC is to appoint an independent team to investigate the military's allegations that the chief executive of the ministry of home affairs, Lesi Korovavala, conspired to incite the overthrow of the military commander last week.

The military has asked that Mr Korovavala be removed from his position as soon as possible.

In another development, the military has appointed senior army officers to a board of inquiry to investigate the sacked Land Force Commander, Lt Col Baledrokadroka's attempt to oust Commodore Bainimarama last week.