25 May 2006

Fiji's Public Service Commission shakes up CEOs

10:08 am on 25 May 2006

Fiji's Public Service Commission is reshuffling ten of the government's 23 chief executive officers in a move that is reported to have angered many of them.

The Fiji Times quotes the chairman of the commission, Stuart Huggett, as saying the changes would go ahead despite the objections from the chief executives concerned.

Mr Huggett says the PSC is now negotiating with the chief executives concerned about their work in new ministries.

The changes come just as a new government of 24 cabinet ministers and 12 ministers of state has been formed with most of them new to their portfolios.

The government's most senior chief executive and the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, says he is shocked at the extent of the reshuffle given that new ministers are arriving.

Mr Kotobalavu says the timing is bad because new ministers would be met by new chief executives who would not know anything about the ministries they would be in charge of.