Complaint against Regulator investigated

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) is investigating complaint against the Regulator, Lefaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti, alleging “abuse” of authority. 

The complaint has been lodged by her Secretary, Fialupe Fuimaono Uelese. 

The complaint made in a seven page letter written in Samoan includes allegations of mistreatment and abuse. 

the letter is addressed to the P.S.C. Chairman, Aiono Mose Su'a, with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, copied. 

The complaint was confirmed by the P.S.C. Chairman Aiono on Friday. 

The complaint letter outlines that the Secretary was hired in March 2019. 

She claimed that some of the tasks assigned to her is not within her “job description” however out of respect for her superior she carried them out anyway. 

Ms. Uelese claims that during working hours, she was tasked to allegedly run personal errands. 

The Regulator vehemently refutes the allegations. 

“I strongly deny the allegations and other false accusations made by the secretary,” she said in response to an email from the Samoa Observer requesting her comment.

Lefaoali’i says the allegations “are unfounded and defamatory to me and how I carry out my duties and responsibilities within the Office of the Regulator. 

“Her allegations on using the petty cash for personal purchases and utilizing O.O.T.R. employees are very untrue hence why I deny it.

“The secretary’s allegation has tarnished my good reputation that I have worked extremely hard to earn.” 

The Regulator also made it clear the matter is with the P.S.C. 

The Samoa Observer contacted Ms. Uelese for comments.

“The matter is now with the P.S.C. and it is being handled by Maiavatele [Timothy Fesili]," she said.

"Therefore I declined to comment.”

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