Two CEOs suspended while investigated

Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe , CEO of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER 2014: Two Chief Executive Officers have been suspended while the Public Service Commission investigates allegations against them.

The CEOs are Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration and Papali’i Malotau Malietoa who heads the Electoral Commission Office.

The suspensions were confirmed by an official of PSC to the media.

The allegations against the CEOs are highlighted in letters written by some staff members and a private citizen and given to the PSC early this year.

The PSC action follows questions raised by the media with the Prime Minister in the recent workshop that focused on Violence in the Workplace. The media questioned why the allegations in these letters against some CEOs have taken so long to be investigated and resolved.

The allegations include nepotism, bribery and several internal issues.

During the workshop on violence in workplace, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi emphasized the need for a healthy and good working relationship between the top officials and the staff in any Ministry.

He said opportunities should be given to all employees of any Ministry or organisation including opportunities for Number 2 and Number 3 to travel overseas for meetings instead of the CEO traveling all the time.