The Tongan Government has dismissed Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi from his OC CEO/Chairman role.
A press release sent to media today stated it was with immediate effect and “The Government of Tonga, as a sovereign state, is not to submit to the PGC to decide for Tonga on who to employ to facilitate the PG2019.”
Full Press Release below:
GOVERNMENT OF TONGA
(30 May, 2016)
“IMMEDIATE VACATING THE POSITION OF PACIFIC GAMES 2019 (PG2019) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (OC) CEO/CHAIRMAN”
The Audit & Governance Authority (AGA) for the Tonga-hosted PG2019 has approved that the position of PG2019 OG CEO/Chairman is to be vacated by the incumbent Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi with effect from 4.30pm, Friday 27 May 2016.
The AGA has further approved that the Solicitor General shall be appointed Interim CEO/Chairman of the OC until further notice.
This decision is based on the significant downgrade of the role of the OC CEO/Chairman since 5 February 2016. This occurred when the Government Facilities Committee (GFC) took over the majority of the OC’s role and having inherited over 60 percent of the responsibilities of the OC CEO/Chairman. The position is currently being re-evaluated by the Remuneration Authority before it will be re-advertised in due course.
The decision is in line with Tonga as a sovereign state, Tonga’s Public Financial Management Act for frugal and prudent utilization of its public funds, and the Pacific Games Organization Act 2013 aimed for the successful implementation of the PG2019 in Tonga.
The PG2019 belongs to the Pacific Games Council (PGC) but its successful implementation depends to a larger extent in the hosting country – the recipient of their product. The Government of Tonga, as a sovereign state, is not to submit to the PGC to decide for Tonga on who to employ to facilitate the PG2019.