AG mum on Sweeney dismissal
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
INTERIM Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum did not respond to questions on his dismissal of Charles Sweeney as chairman of the Commerce Commission when this edition went to press.
The Fiji Times sent the following questions to the Attorney General's Office at 1.44pm yesterday.
- Mr Sweeney says the other commissioners refuse to recognise Dr Reddy's appointment and are not co-operating with him. Would the interim AG issue a court order on this appointment?
- Has Mr Sayed-Khaiyum met with the other commissioners to discuss his decision and the issue at hand?
- Could Mr Sayed-Khaiyum please tell us why Mr Tabaleka was sent on leave?
- Was it because of his submission to the Commerce Commission?
The information officer in the Attorney-General's Office, Sharila Lazarus, said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was out of the office.
In his dismissal letter to Mr Sweeney on Friday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said "certain issues had arisen out of the work carried by the Commerce Commission under your leadership as chairperson which has forced me to invoke my powers under Clause 2(2) Schedule 1 to the Commerce Act 1998.
"This letter serves to notify you that you are hereby removed as chairperson/member.
"As the minister responsible, I believe that this decision is the best for the Commission and for the country as a whole in light of current issues facing sectorial development including but not limited to telecommunications.
"Accordingly, I ask you to respect this decision and let the matter rest.
"I intend to appoint Dr Mahen Reddy as your replacement.
"Please note all steps shall be taken to ensure that the above changes are implemented without hindrance."