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Two sacked from Foreign Affairs Ministry

May 26, 2018 5:00 am

A second staff member of the Foreign Affairs Ministry allegedly involved in a visa scam has been sacked.

The Fiji Sun reports it was confirmed by a senior ministry official adding the officer concerned was handed his termination letter this week.

This follows the termination of the first female protocol officer this month in connection with the alleged scam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Chief Protocol Officer Neumi Leweni has also been suspended pending an investigation into the alleged visa scam.

Jonetani Tagivetaua is acting in the position as the investigation continues.

According to the daily paper, the latest alleged incident stemmed from the addition of two extra names on the official list of delegates to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The delegation was to stop over in Australia before flying to London.

The two mystery persons were not civil servants nor do they have any links with the Government.

The mystery two were allegedly supposed to travel with the delegation and disembark in Australia.

The anomaly was discovered when the visa applications for the group were processed by the Australian High Commission Immigration section in Suva.

The pair were detected because they had previously tried to enter Australia using a fake visa.

How they ended up on the official list is still uncertain and the reason for the investigation.

It is understood the Australians communicated their concern to the Government which subsequently acted accordingly with the dismissal of the protocol officer whose case was handed to Police to investigate.

Since then though, more information has come to light which has led to the suspension of the Chief Protocol Officer, Neumi Leweni and the termination of two protocol officers.