Questions raised over Sanga’s status
QUESTIONS have been raised about former Clerk to National Parliament Taeasi Sanga still performing duties in parliament despite already resigning her job.
Mrs Sanga resigned last month to contest the Speaker’s election, which she lost to government candidate Ajilon Nasiu.
But concerned parliament insiders say after the speaker’s election, Mrs Sanga continues to return to her former office to perform the duties of the Clerk.
“We were surprised that she kept turning up for work and delegating responsibilities as though she’s still the Clerk,” one insider said.
“This is ridiculous because she’d already resigned,” he added.
Another insider said Mrs Sanga’s action was in violation of the Admission Rule passed in the last House.
He explained a section of the rule stipulated that if an officer resigned, he or she is no longer allowed to enter the office.
However, deputy clerk Florence Naesol told the Solomon Star Mrs Sanga was only returning to complete undone tasks in the office.
“There’s nothing wrong with that because she’s here to assist us complete tasks she left undone as a result of her sudden resignation in order to contest the Speaker’s election,” Mrs Naesol said.
“She is no longer the clerk, she’s just here to help,” the deputy clerk added.
Mrs Sanga has declined to comment, preferring instead that the deputy clerk comment on her being in parliament.
Chairman of the Public Service Commission Eliam Tangirongo, who is currently on leave, said he was not aware whether Mrs Sanga would be reinstated to the position of Clerk to Parliament.
He said any decision on that would be made by the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, in consultation with the commission.
Meanwhile, an insider in the Prime Minister’s Office said Mrs Sanga was offered the position of Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) when she met last month with Mr Sogavare.
But she declined, preferring instead that she be reinstated to her former job.
Mrs Sanga is the longest serving Clerk to Parliament.
By ELLIOT DAWEA