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Suspension from duty: Mr. Busby Kautoke, Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Prime Minister's Office

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26 April, 2012. |Tongan| The PSC approved on 5 April 2012 for Mr. Busby Kautoke to be suspended from duty without pay, with effect from 4.30pm on the same date and that the procedures for disciplinary charges be instituted against him.

At the end of October 2011 the Public Service Commission received the Final Audit Report from the Auditor General, Dr. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, on the Special Investigation regarding Donor Fund for Constitutional and Electoral Reform, Prime Minister's Office. This was tabled for the consideration of the Commission in November 2011, whereby the Commission directed for the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet to submit additional information. These information were received by the Commission in December and January 2012.

In February 2012, the Public Service Commission approved to engage at the beginning of March 2012, an Independent Auditor, namely, Ms Daphney Stone to conduct further investigation and to consider the report made by the Prime Minister's Office Independent Auditor. Ms Stone's final report was submitted to the Commission in March 2012. Both reports, that is, the Auditor General's report and Ms Stone's report provided evidence of significant non compliance with various financial and public service acts, regulations and instructions. Accordingly, the Public Service Commission regarded the case as a serious breach of discipline under the Public Service (Disciplinary Procedures) Regulation 2003 as amended. Following procedural due diligence, this culminated in the Commission's decision to suspend Mr Kautoke from duty with effect from 5 April 2012.

As per the relevant Public Service Disciplinary Procedures, the Public Service Commission will issue charges to the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet.

Mr Kautoke will be given an opportunity to provide a written response and any further information for the consideration of the Commission. He may also request for an oral representation if he so wishes, before the Commission will make a final decision as to the disciplinary measures which may be instigated upon him.


Media Release by the Office of Public Service Commission, Prime Minister Office, P.O. Box 46, Nuku'alofa.
Telephone: (676) 25-770 Fax: (676) 24 565 URL: http://www.psc.gov.to

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