16 Dec 2004

Samoa health ministry moves cause concern

4:17 pm on 16 December 2004

There's concern that a former senior health official in Samoa who is no longer liable for 45 charges alleging breaches of the Public Service Act sets a precedent.

Lolofie Taulealeausumai Dr. Eti Enosa was suspended in September on full pay and benefits, including a government vehicle, after a Public Service Commission opened an inquiry into alleged fraud.

Lolofie's position has been vacant since November the 18th, and his job as CEO is now being advertised in the Samoa Observer newspaper.

A senior journalist at the paper, Terry Tavita, says there are calls for details of the investigation into Lolofie's actions to be made public.

"The reaction so far we've received is that we've spoken to several government officers and they're saying that this is not good enough. Someone's dropped the ball on this issue and the PSC and attorney general should front up to the people and tell them what happened. It creates a very bad precedent for other CEO's."

Terry Tavita says fraud investigations into other government departments are ongoing.