Bloggers, see the unprofessional attitudes of the illegal junta. Senior public servants are now being severely punished for petty reasons. We have seen spineless Eveli Ganilau, then big mouth Vayeshnoi and now this. Dr. Rohit Kishore, PS for Lands too has resigned and the illegal junta are losing all these experienced public servants. They must be really getting desperate if they acted against Bulou Rakuita for uttering anti-illegal junta comments! Just shows their low self esteem!!! So much for all this talk about good governance, transparency, when they continually act like cowards!!!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
A SENIOR civil servant was unceremoniously removed from office following reports she had uttered anti government statements.
Public Service Commission chairman Rishi Ram confirmed yesterday that Bulou Rakuita, who was the acting deputy secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, was suspended almost a month ago. She was also the ministry’s human resources director.
On the day she was forced to vacate office, Ms Rakuita was given about 10 minutes to gather her personal belongings. The removal, according to Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh, was “procedurally wrong and had no decorum”. He said while Ms Rakuita was not a member of the FPSA, such allegations “need proof”.
“They (PSC) were wrong. Civil service procedure requires you seek an explanation if an allegation is made. If the PSC is not satisfied, then they lay charges and ask for a reply. If it is serious, like embezzlement, then you suspend on the recommendation of the permanent secretary to the PSC. In this case, you need proof,” Mr Singh said.
Ms Rakuita was upset when contacted yesterday and asked that she be left alone. “Everybody is just reacting to stories that they hear. You’re hearing stories, the military is hearing stories. We have suffered enough and I don’t have anything else to say,” she said. Mr Ram said the allegation against Ms Rakuita was being investigated.
“The matter was first raised at the Agriculture Ministry where she supposedly made anti government statements at her workplace. Then the ministry liaised with the PSC and it was decided that she be suspended while investigations are carried out,” he said.
He said the PSC would meet later this week to discuss Ms Rakuita’s case. Mr Ram said he did not know the specifics of what exactly was said by Ms Rakuita. PSC permanent secretary Taina Tagicakibau said Ms Rakuita was not being paid and she did not know how long it would take to resolve the matter.
Information deputy secretary Major Neumi Leweni said the suspension was in order because it breached the civil service code of conduct. He would not say whether the alleged utterances were specifically against a senior military officer.
Mr Singh said the problem with the code of conduct was “it is wide and they can stick you with anything”. The PSC’s removal and suspension decisions have attracted attention recently following revelations that it had removed a permanent secretary without the knowledge of his line minister.
The PSC later explained that Defence and Immigration permanent secretary Malakai Tadulala was suspended for insubordination. This week, Litia Mawi, the demoted permanent secretary for Local Government, said she believed the PSC had acted on the instructions of her minister, Lek Ram Vayeshnoi.