Audit Office refuses to comment on Inquiry

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

The Audit Office has declined to comment on the investigation they have begun into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. 

Audit Office Director of Legal Services, Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia said: “At this stage that in our line or work we are mandated by law to answer first to the Parliament.” 

Vaipou was responding to questions from the Samoa Observer sent to the Controller and Chief Auditor Fuimaono Camillo Afele Taimalelagi. 

Fuimaono, in a response via email, said this newspaper has to wait for a report to go to Parliament as is the usual process, followed by the subsequent examination by the Constitutional Offices Committee before they respond to the questions. 

“This is the statutory process,” added the Auditor. 

Yesterday, Sefuiva told the Samoa Observer the investigation by the Audit Office was the result of an employee filing an official complaint. 

“I have no comment," she said. 

She also explained her leave last week.

“The leave I took was in the pipeline when the investigation was launched and so I returned to work today (yesterday) and I still have four weeks of leave that I need to take." 

"However, I have so much work to do.”

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