5 Jun 2013

Top Vanuatu officials suspended to allow consultancy probe

1:42 pm on 5 June 2013

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Moana Carcasses has suspended the director general of Internal Affairs, George Bogiri, and the principal immigration officer, Francois Batick, for setting up a company to facilitate travel documents for Chinese.

Mr Bogiri says he is under suspension to allow the Public Service Commission to investigate allegations he set up the Pacific Migration Consultancy Company and appointed his daughter to run it.

But he has used the suspension to claim the government has a hidden plan to get rid of public servants from his Penama Province.

He says Penama's political leaders need to stand up and stop their professionals from being sacked from the public sector.