21 Dec 2015

Former TBC board members launch action vs Tonga govt

2:06 pm on 21 December 2015

The chairperson and a director who refused to resign from the board of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission are seeking a judicial review of their early terminations.

Matangi Tonga reports that Lady 'Eseta Fusitu'a and Lady Tuna Fielakepa have started civil action in the Supreme Court against the Minister of Public Enterprises Poasi Tei.

The court action follows a cabinet decision calling on directors of the government's 15 public enterprises to voluntarily relinquish their appointments.

In June the government had decided to reorganise and consolidate the public enterprises.

Between May and July the Ministry of Public Enterprises held meetings to explain the plan and directors were invited to resign and accept financial compensation.

All the directors resigned except for the two ladies.

Lady Fusitu'a was reappointed as chairperson of the TBC Board in May 2014 for three years, while Lady Fielakepa was reappointed a director in late 2013 for three years.

The court has already ruled that both board members couldn't remain in their positions while the case was being heard.

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