26 Jun 2019

Call for recusal of USP council chair amid corruption probe

3:59 pm on 26 June 2019

Concerned staff at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji are calling for the chair of the university council to withdraw from his post amid a probe into alleged corruption at the institution.

University South Pacific.

University South Pacific. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The staff members have signed a petition calling for the recusal of the pro-chancellor Winston Thompson as council chair after he defended those implicated by the allegations.

There have been claims of mismanagement and questionable staff appointments at the university over several years.

Terms of reference for the investigation into the claims have been drawn up and the university said earlier this month several independent investigators would be invited to register their interest.

The staff are demanding their petition be considered in the investigation.

They also say Mr Thompson's recent public statements against the university's new Vice Chancellor are "unprofessional, prejudicial and damaging" to the university.

The university said a final report of the investigation was due by mid August.

A separate investigation was to be conducted by Fiji's anti corruption agency FICAC.

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