Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has dismissed claims the Police Commissioner post will be a direct appointment.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Polynesia, Fiame said the post will be advertised as per Human Resources process.
The Prime Minister was responding to concerns after two previous vacant positions were direct appointments, including the Attorney General and the Legislative Clerk.
The Prime Minister assured the Commissioner post will be advertised.
Regarding the recent direct appointments, the Prime Minister said they are constitutional posts and its the prerogative of the Government of the day.
For the Attorney General’s post Fiame said Su’a Hellene Wallwork, was brought in on interim basis, however the position will be advertised.
She also spoke about the direct appointment of the Legislative Clerk, Leatisa Uitime Tala.
“This appointment was made possible under the Constitution and the Standing Orders of Parliament which clearly states Speaker has the prerogative to make the direct appointment.
“All that is required is to consult with the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition. It is my understanding that those requirements were met by the Speaker, Li’o Papali’i Taeu Masina’u,” said the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile the Public Service Commission has advertised seven Chief Executive Officers Positions, which includes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Ministry of Communication and Information Technology; Ministry of Customs and Revenue; Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure; Ministry of Finance and the Commissioner of Police.