Controversy: new appointment of Tonga’s Chief Secretary to cabinet goes to tribunal

In response to a leaked information that was shared over social media early this week saying that Dr Pelenatina Langaʻoi has been officially appointed as Chief Secretary and Secretary to cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Office said the process for selecting an appointee was still ongoing.

A spokeperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Viliami Taufa did not deny Dr Langa’oi was intially recommended by the panel for the post but said the decision has yet to be officially announced.

“The situation is not finalized yet and work is continuing. It is with the tribunal and are yet to make their final recommendation”, Taufa said.

We understand the decision by PSC’s panel to choose Dr Langaʻoi headed to the tribunal after a complaint was launched with the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva in relation to what has been reportedly described as a “procedural error” occurred during the interview process.

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