Questionable acts by Gov’s office employee prompts sharp letter from Chief of Staff
The Governor's Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua has written a letter to Solia Mutini, who is an assistant to Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, regarding "unauthorized actions" related to pallets of cement bound for the Manu'a Islands.
Samoa News has obtained a copy of Fiu's August 28, 2013 letter in which he tells Mutini, "As employees of the Office of the Governor, we have the responsibility to conduct ourselves as examples to the rest of the ASG Personnel." Fiu's letter followed reports that two pallets of cement intended for government use were instead used for a fa’alavelave.
According to the letter, an ASG employee informed Fiu that Mutini had requested the pallets of cement for his "personal fa'alavelave in Tutuila, which required the cement to be brought back on the MV SIli."
Samoa News understands the pallets of cement were enroute to Manu'a but were later shipped back to Tutuila.
Fiu wrote, "If this report is accurate, it would put the Governor's Office in a questionable position for wrongfully using materials, paid for by the US Federal Highway funds, and has the potential of affecting future federal highway funding." He added, "The legality of such an action and conduct has created the need to further investigate this incident."
The Governor’s chief of staff wrote Mutini that they need to execute their responsibilities “in the most ethically and transparent manner, given that we have the additional responsibility of protecting this administration and its leaders."
He continued, "I am concerned about this pattern of behavior as just recently, it was revealed that you took six umbrellas from the finance division, which were supposed to be delivered to the VIP lounge."
Fiu said it was only during their investigation of the 'missing' umbrellas that "led us to finding out that you had taken those umbrellas."
Samoa News understands the umbrellas were taken sometime during the Labor Day celebrations.
"Although you replaced the umbrellas two weeks ago, when you learned we had found out, your actions have given us cause for concern," Fiu wrote____. "Prior to my taking further action on the above matters, I would appreciate your providing me with a written report and explanation about these two incidents," Fiu concluded.
A written report from Mutini was to be submitted to Fiu by Friday, Sept. 6 but Samoa News understands that as of press time yesterday, Mutini had still not submitted a report to the Governor's Chief of Staff.
Samoa News further understands that earlier this year, Mutini was reported to officials at the Governor’s Office for allegedly creating several 24-hour vehicle passes for DOE employees. The matter was brought to Fiu's attention by the DOE employees who received the passes, which were allegedly signed by Mutini.
Samoa News contacted Fiu for comment but he declined to do so.
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