19 Nov 2012

Assistant head of Samoa fisheries sacked

11:29 am on 19 November 2012

The assistant chief executive of the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries, Mulipola Atonio Mulipola, has been sacked by the Public Service Commission.

The decision has been confirmed by the Chairman of the Commission, Tu'uu Dr Ieti Taulealo.

Tu'uu told the Samoa Observer there are a whole range of issues related to Mulipola's sacking.

He added the allegations made against Mulipola centred on money, specifically funding by the Fisheries Agency in Solomon Islands for projects within the Fisheries Division.

According to Tuu'u, all overseas funding is to be given to the Treasury Department and from there money is allocated to the projects.

However, in Mulipola's case, the money was not given to Treasury, instead it was put in a bank account for which staff could sign for whenever

Mulipola has been in the job since 2003.