26 Aug 2003

Former Fiji Agriculture Secretary sacked for his role in 13 million dollar scam

10:37 am on 26 August 2003

The suspended head of Fiji's agriculture ministry, Peniasi Kunatuba, has been sacked over the 13 million US dollar farming assistance scheme.

The Fiji Times reports that the sacking follows a finding by the Public Service Commission that Mr Kunatuba was guilty of 51 of the 61 charges laid against him in connection with the scam.

The commission secretary, Ratu Tui Cavulati, says Mr Kunatuba has been found guilty of breaching the Public Service Code of Conduct in his position as permanent secretary and chief accounting officer of the agriculture ministry.

Mr Kunatuba was suspended in January last year.

His legal challenge against the state in which he claims the post-coup administration used the scam money to buy votes in the 2001 general election is still before the courts.