14 Oct 2013

Two Kiribati Cabinet Ministers go after allowance controversy

2:50 pm on 14 October 2013

Two Kiribati cabinet ministers have resigned amid an ongoing dispute over allegedly excessive allowance payments.

They are communications, transport and tourism minister, Taberannang Timeon, and public works and energy minister, Kirabuke Teiaua.

A month ago nine government MPs calling on the president Anote Tong to sack the two ministers for misconduct.

In August it was revealed in parliament that Mr Timeon got a sitting allowance of 924 US dollars, many times what he should have got.

At the time Mr Teiaua defended the size of the allowance, saying it was no problem.