SAMOA’S CHIEF AUDITOR WARREN CALLS FOR LONGER TERM

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SAMOA’S CHIEF AUDITOR WARREN CALLS FOR LONGER TERM

APIA, Samoa (August 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Samoa’s chief auditor says a three-year term in office is inadequate.

Tamaseu Randy Warren says the term is ethically unbalanced and professionally awkward, when compared to the five-year tenure of Members of Parliament.

Mr. Tamaseu is the first chief auditor to face the new three-year time frame.

Previously, the chief auditor held the job until retirement at the age of 60.

The government sacked his predecessor, Sua Rimoni Ah Chong, after he leveled corruption allegations against a number of public figures, including half the cabinet.

Mr. Tamaseu says a set term is quite appropriate, but the chief auditor should be able to report on the government’s full term.

He says the auditor general should not be influenced by the election of MPs and changes of government.

He says an ideal term would be 10 years.

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