Inquiry into Clerk about to be completed

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 20 August 2018, 12:00AM

The inquiry into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele, is about to be completed.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also Minister for the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (O.C.L.A.), said the report will be handed to him upon its completion and they will accept its findings.

“The investigation by the Audit Office is near completion and their report will soon be submitted and whatever is the outcome, we will abide by it,” he said.

Speaking during his weekly press program, the Prime Minister said the Government will always do its due diligence and investigate complaints. 

“This is a step in the right direction for the C.E.O. implicated, so the complaints can be thoroughly checked out and also for the public to see the Government is doing its duties to investigate. 

“And this has always been the case for any complaint lodged against a C.E.O. the Government must act accordingly,” he said.  

The Prime Minister assured the public that the inquiry will be completed soon and warned that violations of the law cannot be hidden. 

“Violations of the law will be revealed one way or another, nothing is hidden forever. You may not be caught now, but you will be caught in the future, hence the importance of conducting investigations into complaints. And if the investigations results clear the accused, then so be it. But this is nothing new for the Government.”

The Audit Office director (legal services), Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia when asked recently to comment on the inquiry said it is ongoing. 

Sefuiva declined to comment when contacted by the Samoa Observer, saying she will await further instructions from the Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi.

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 20 August 2018, 12:00AM

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