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Fijian Affairs Board CEO told to go

SERA JANINE
Thursday, December 14, 2006

Yet another senior civil servant has received her marching orders from the military council.

Fijian Affairs Board chief executive officer Adi Litia Qionibaravi received official notification of her dismissal yesterday afternoon in a letter.

Adi Litia is the latest in the list of senior officers who have been removed by the military regime.

She said she might have been dismissed for not supporting the military's move in taking over the reins of power from the President.

Adi Litia said she had no problems with the military's decision and added that people would just have to wait and see the outcome of these moves by the military.

"I haven't done anything wrong, my stand is to uphold the rule of law. We'll go along with it and see how long it goes," she said.

Self-appointed President and military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced her dismissal at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

He named Provincial Development chief executive officer Ratu Meli Bainimarama to take up the post in addition to his own.

Commodore Bainimarama also announced that Rodney Acraman was the army - appointed acting Ombudsman, a position that had been vacant for some time. Justice CEO Sakiusa Rabuka will also hold the position of army-appointed acting Solicitor General in addition to his current post.

Great Council of Chiefs chairman Ratu Ovini Bokini said they were saddened by the news of Adi Litia's termination, as she was also part of the council's secretariat.

He said her dismissal would affect their preparations for the emergency meeting scheduled for Thursday next week.

"Now people will have to work harder to get the papers on my table in time for the meeting," he said.

On working with Ratu Meli he said it wasn't going to be difficult to work with him as he had held the position before. Ratu Meli refused to comment on his army appointment and on the GCC meeting.


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