3 Disciplined For Using Govt Car To Solicit Sex, Buy Drinks
Three Parliamentary Secretariat staff who used a Government vehicle to solicit sex and buy drinks have been disciplined.
Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua confirmed the action was taken because of the severity of the breach.
One of them, believed to be a senior staff, resigned after he was given a final warning.
Ms Namosimalua said: “He has resigned, but didn’t join any other Government ministry.”
It is believed the incident happened in Nausori.
Ms Namosimalua said the other two were suspended from overtime work.
She said the final decision on them was waiting for legal opinions from the Office of the Solicitor-General.
“I am seeking advice from the Solicitor-General’s Office on what I can do because the processes we follow have been questioned,” Ms Namosimalua said.
In a separate incident, Ms Namosimalua confirmed that a driver of a Parliament vehicle had admitted using a Parliament vehicle to transport family members.
She said the driver was counselled in accordance with the Public Service Commission disciplinary procedures and practice.
“He is on a three-month probationary and any complaint in the next three months will result in the issuance of a warning,” Ms Namosimalua said.
She said she would not condone such behaviour.
“It is unprofessional and defies every value of this organisation and it is really an embarrassment to me as the head of this department,” Ms Namosimalua said.
She added they had processes to follow when dealing with such issues.
“People cannot be terminated without processes being followed, it’s so important to not only talk about justice and fairness, and it needs to be practised,” she said.
When it came to dealing with, people, Ms Namosimalua said as the department head she had to tread cautiously and consult as these people had others standing behind them.
She said they had families with food to put on the table and children to send to school.
“So existing processes relating to such cases ought to take their course,” Ms Namosimalua said.
Edited by Ranoba Baoa