17 Nov 2015

Delegated power used wrongly, says Fiji's Naidu

12:47 pm on 17 November 2015

A Suva lawyer Richard Naidu says it is clear the Fiji government had no intention of consulting the opposition on some key state appointments.

Mr Naidu was the Opposition's appointee to the Constitutional Offices Commission but he resigned at the weekend following the appointment of a military officer as acting Police Commissioner.

He says the Commission is lop-sided with four government appointees and two for the opposition but he joined because there was there was a chance for the two sides to act in a consultative way.

He says it is true the commission's chairperson prime minister Frank Bainimarama had been delegated the power to make acting appointments but the power wasn't exercised properly.

"That's not a power to go off and do your own thing. That is a power to be exercised in routine matters for everybody's convenience. It's just not right, in the case of the police, that a sworn police officer is not appointed to fill the vacancy in the Commissioner's position, in the routine way."

Mr Naidu says the Commission operates in a haphazard fashion and it is still to appoint a number of important officers like the Auditor-General and the Commissioner of Corrections.

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