It will be interesting to see whether Bainimarama's military boys: Neumi Leweni, Pio Tikoduadua, Viliame Naupoto and Manasa Vaniqi OR Bainimarama supporters: John Prasad, Pita Wise and Solo Mara also retain their positions.
Changes to PS positions
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Only 5 Permanent Secretaries have had their contracts extended by the Public Service Commission.
The PS for Public Service Parmesh Chand, PS for Public Enterprise Taina Tagicakibau, PS for Labour Taito Waqa and PS for Works Cama Tuiloma have had their contracts extended for three years.
The PSC has also confirmed Colonel Mason Smith as the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture.
The PS for Indigenous Affairs Ratu Meli Bainimarama has had his contract extended to the end of the year.
The outgoing Permanent Secretaries are Maria Matavewa of Lands & Mineral Resources, Josefa Matau of Defence, National Security & Immigration and Sakiusa Bainivalu of Trade & Commerce.
Bainivalu opted to retire.
FBC News understands PS for Education Filipe Jitoko is leaving the Ministry for a post at the Forum Secretariat.
Acting appointments have been made in positions where the posts could not be substantively filled.
Malakai Nalawa will now act as PS for Lands - Saipora Mataikabara will act as PS for Trade and Commerce and Jale Fotofili will act as PS for Defence.
PSC Chairman Josefa Serulagilagi says all have received their letters of appointment and their appointments were done in consultation with the PM.