UPDATE: Will Opposition leader Ro Kepa and Suva lawyer Richard Naidu resign from the rubber-stamped Constitutional Offices Commission over the appointment of Colonel Stiveni Qiliho as Acting Police Commissioner?
Meanwhile, read below Ngamoki-Cameron's expected appointment saga:
* Only lasted three months as chairman of FHL before being chased out
* Best remembered for wasting tens of thousands on RWC 2011 song
Bainimarama loyalist and New Zealand lawyer Carl Ngamoki-Cameron is expected to be named acting CEO of the Fiji Rugby Union when the FRU finally releases a statement confirming news broken by Fijileaks that respected Radrodro Tabualevu was forced to quit, frustrated at constant meddling and interference.
The ‘Conman’ Carl decision is expected to be announced by FRU chairman Francis ‘Killer’ Kean – who was appointed to the board by his brother-in-law Frank Bainimarama as the PM’s nominee. The meddling and interference that Tabualevu suffered mainly came from Kean and Ngamoki-Cameron, currently the FRU’s deputy chairman, and the only surviving member from the disastrous 2013-2015 board that negotiated the wretched $40m Vodafone sponsorship deal.
Ngamoki-Cameron earned the ‘Conman’ Carl tag in 2011 when he became the first and only chairman and director of South Pacific Stock Exchange-listed company to be removed from office following a company-ordered ‘special audit’. The details of the ‘special audit’ have never been revealed by Fijian Holdings Ltd, but relate to Ngamoki-Cameron’s relationship with then Merchant Finance boss Greg Cathcart who the New Zealand lawyer recruited, helping Cathcart bypass the normal job application process. Cathcart lasted less than two months in position before being terminated.
Frank Bainimarama appointed ‘Conman’ Carl directly to the FHL board and installed him as chairman in June 2011, using his powers as Minister of i-Taukei Affairs. But within less than three months (and with Cathcart hired, and then fired, and then paid off), FHL were forced to make an embarrassing statement to the SPSE that the ‘Conman’ himself had been suspended and the PM’s Office and Ministry of Finance were rushing through a special board of inquiry.
At the time Ngamoki-Cameron was also listed as chairman of Merchant Finance & Investments Co Ltd, Fijian Property Trust Co Ltd, FHL Logistics Ltd, Blue Lagoon Cruises Ltd and the PNG-based FHL investment vehicle Pasifika Holdings Ltd.
It was reported that during this period Ngamoki-Cameron was in a relationship with Sharon Smith-Jones, the former Permanent Secretary at the then Ministry of Information, and that his interest in Fiji in the first place was through his professional ties with Nur Bano Ali and her BDO company. He continues to claim involvement in the controversial financing of Fiji Airways’ three Airbus A330s, the exact ownership of which is hidden behind a Dublin-based company called Waqavuka Financing Ltd.
In the short time that ‘Conman’ Carl was able to hold down a position at FHL, he committed the company to a ruinously expensive campaign promoting a dud song that was supposed to support the Fiji team the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
‘We hope that this Flying Fijians music video “Never Give Up” is going to have the same impact as what “Waka Waka” had for the soccer World Cup’, said the Conman in 2011, referring to the song made in support of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to which his native New Zealand had qualified.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is acknowledged as the all-time worst RWC performance by a Fiji team.