Samoa Power Employees Sacked For Stealing From Company

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Terminations, ongoing investigation part of ‘clean-up’ effort

By Jasmine Netzler

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 5, 2015) – Seven employees of the Electric Power Corporation have been sacked for stealing and selling property belonging to the Corporation.

The confirmation came from the General Manager of E.P.C, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano, yesterday. "Seven employees had their services terminated just before Christmas," Tologata told the Samoa Observer yesterday.

"The investigation is continuing but what I can tell you now is that they were terminated because they sold E.P.C material."

The employees were staff members of the Distribution and Utilization Division of E.P.C at Vaitele.

According to Tologata, the decision was made after he initiated an investigation based on a tip off that some E.P.C employees were stealing and selling equipment and materials that belong to the Corporation.

The General Manager was unable to confirm the value of the materials stolen but said this information would be revealed after the investigation. He added that they have referred the matter to the Police. Further, he said there is a possibility that more people will lose their jobs as a result of the investigation.

The General Manager went on to say that this was part of "cleaning up E.P.C".

While he did not elaborate, Tologata said "there are many cowboys" out there and he wants to make sure they are caught and held accountable. "We will have more information available after the investigation," he said.

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