Friday, 8 June 2007 11:21 AM

Huniehu Challenges Government Appointments in Court

Chairman of the Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee is challenging the Sogavare-government on the appointments of the 10 parliamentary secretaries and the new Police Commissioner.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee is challenging the Sogavare-government on the appointments of the 10 parliamentary secretaries and the new Police Commissioner.

The Opposition spokesman, who is also the chairman of the Bills and Legislation Committee in Parliament, Mr. Edward Huniehu, is responding to the challenge the Prime Minister Sogavare gave in a press conference.

On Wednesday, the PM told journalist that if people disagree with his government's actions, no amount of media coverage will deter their effort. He said the rightful place to voice their opposition is to let the courts decide on their actions.

"I will proceed to take these issues to the court of law for interpretation as I am strongly of the view that these appointments are unconstitutional."

He said in his positions as the shadow Minister for Finance and Treasury and Chairman of Bills and Legislation Committee, he is well positioned to take the matter to court. He said the parliamentary opposition has endorsed his action.

"The appointment of the new Police Commissioner is another issue that I will ask the court for their interpretation."

This is following controversies surrounding the appointment of Jahir Khan, a Fiji Indian national. Jahir Khan was in the country for his interview early last Month and did not formally resign from his job in Fiji, when he was sworn-in by the His Excellency Governor General, Nathaniel Waena.

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