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Commission apologises

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, November 08, 2012

THE Constitution Commission has apologised to Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi for not informing him that his term ended on October 31.

The apology came after Ratu Joni issued a statement saying he had resigned from his position as a consultant to the commission effective from yesterday.

In an electronic mail between Ratu Joni and commission executive secretary Keshwa Reddy obtained by The Fiji Times, Mr Reddy explained that a letter was sent to the Prime Minister's Office last week on the recent changes made by the commission regarding Ratu Joni's appointment as a consultant.

Mr Reddy explained via the email that they were not able to inform Ratu Joni of the recent developments because he was away in the west.

Mr Reddy said Ratu Joni's contract lapsed on October 30, and hence they had paid him accordingly.

When contacted yesterday the commission says, there was no need for Ratu Joni to resign because his term ended on October 31.

In an earlier press statement Ratu Joni said "I am resigning my position with immediate effect and thank the chair and members of the commission for the privilege of working with them".

Ratu Joni explained that his involvement with the commission had become an issue thereby detracting from the objective of producing a new constitution.

His resignation followed government's disappointment after discovering that he was part of a delegation that made a submission to the commission.


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