Mystery S.I.F.A. Chair transfer Cabinet's decision, says C.E.O.

The decision to transfer the Chairman of the Samoa International Finance Authority (S.I.F.A.), Tuatagaloa Alfred Schwalger, to another Government Board without an explanation was made by Cabinet.

So confirmed the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Public Enterprises, Elita To’oala, in response to queries from the Samoa Observer.

“It was not M.P.E.’s (Ministry of Public Enterprises) decision to transfer Tuatagaloa,” Ms. To’oala said.  

 “The M.P.E. does not have the authority to do this only Cabinet has the power to appoint and remove Directors.”

Tuatagaloa, whose term as the Chairman of S.I.F.A. does finish until October 2020, was transferred to the Samoa Life Assurance Corporation Board (S.L.A.C.).

Speaking to the Samoa Observer during an interview, the Chairman said he was surprised about his removal from S.I.F.A.

 “No one said anything to me,” he said. “All I received was a letter saying that I will be transferred to S.L.A.C. to finish my term as Chairman.”

According to Ms. To’oala, under the Public Bodies (Performance & Accountability) Act 2001 (Schedule 3), it describes the process for the appointment, re-appointment, vacating and removal of Directors.

A recent Cabinet Directive approved last December confirmed the appointment of Taimalie Ernest Betham as the new Chairman of the S.I.F.A. Board.

Puzzled about why he was transferred without an explanation, Tuatagaloa said he accepts the S.L.A.C. role.

“What can I do,” he said. “I didn’t [asked to be transferred] and they didn’t give me a reason why I have been transferred.”



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