Fijileaks has confirmed that Tabualevu was forced to resign after persistent meddling in management affairs by Kean and deputy chairman ‘Conman’ Carl Ngamoki-Cameron, a New Zealand lawyer specialising in litigating Maori land issues.
Of the applications received by the deadline on November 27 to replace Tabualevu only ‘Conman’ Carl’s meets the board-approved requirement to have a university degree in ‘Business/Finance/Commerce/Sports Management’.
As Fijileaks reported last month, that tertiary qualification was set so high that neither the current CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union nor World Rugby would qualify to even apply to be head of the FRU.
But the complete unsuitability of ‘Conman’ Carl is finally dawning on the FRU chairman, who was appointed directly to the board by his brother-in-law PM Frank Bainimarama in May. It’s understood that Bainimarama himself hasn’t recovered from the shocking mess the Conman left at Fijian Holdings. Meanwhile Minister for Everything and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been plotting to have the Conman stripped of his licence to practice law (which would automatically nullify his appointment as an FRU board member).
Ngamoki-Cameron got the ‘Conman’ tag in 2011 following his removal after less than three months as a director and chairman of Fijian Holdings Ltd, a job for which he had been hand-picked by Bainimarama as Minister for i-Taukei Affairs. He remains a record holder for the shortest time served as a chairman of a South Pacific Stock Exchange listed company and the first and only chairman and director to be removed following a staff and senior management revolt that led to a ‘special audit’ being called by the company and a highly-embarrassed PM’s Office.
The ‘Conman’s’ manifest unsuitability has prompted national fire chief O’Connor to put in his application for the CEO’s position. Possibly O’Connor’s move came at the prodding of Kean, who is the chairman of the National Fire Authority that employs O’Connor. In May this year O’Connor was reappointed by Kean for a further three-year term in a job interview process that was also organised through KPMG, who handled the FRU CEO search.
O’Connor, a former personnel manager with the Fiji Electricity Authority, is also chairman of the Suva Rugby Union – a role he took over from Kean when the convicted killer moved from chairman to the honorary position of president in March last year.
However closely O’Connor’s ties are with Kean through Suva rugby and the NFA, O’Connor does not have the tertiary degree in Business/Finance/Commerce or Sports Management that were explicitly required in the job advert. This was deliberately framed to advance the case of ‘Conman’ Carl, a long-time drinking buddy of ‘Killer’ Kean; ‘Conman Carl’ even did his Masters thesis on the FRU.
Either way the FRU chairman has managed to arrange a situation where his board now has to select a candidate to lead Rugby House that is either totally unsuitable for the job, or totally unqualified.