Silence over Police investigation into former Parliament Clerk

Questions remain as to what has become of a Police investigation launched into the conduct of former Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Sefuiva’s services as the Clerk were terminated in January as a result of an investigation by the Audit Office.

Last year, the Audit Office investigated an official complaint filed by a Parliamentary driver, alleging the misappropriation of government funding, human resources issues, and the alleged abuse of government-owned properties.

The complaint was lodged directly with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi who then ordered an audit investigation.

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (O.C.L.A.) comes under the portfolio of the Prime Minister.

In February, Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed that the matter had been referred to them.

“I can confirm the investigation on the Clerk has been referred to us – we received the referral. We have it now and we are investigating the Clerk," he said.

That was a month ago.

Emails and calls to Fuiava and his Deputy Police Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti have not been responded to.

Yesterday, the Samoa Observer contacted the Commissioner again.

“Look, I’m in the middle of a meeting,” he said, before hanging up.

Repeated attempts by this newspaper to get a comment from Sefuiva have been unsuccessful.

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