Former city clerk David Firisua has called for the removal of city clerk Charles Kelly.
This was for action taken to go ahead with a motion of no confidence against the City Mayor.
It was a decision which was described as a mistake and a very big error from the clerk.
That is to hold a motion at the wrong time and failure to seek advice from his legal team and the Attorney General on the issue of absolute majority before the motion.
“It is a public shame to wrongfully remove the Mayor at a time the country is hosting very important events in the Mayor's city.
"If the clerk is not sure about absolute majority in council he should have seek his legal team and the AG’s advice beforehand than to publically put shame on the Mayor,” Mr Firisua said.
Firisua’s call came following the defeated motion against Israel Maeoli two weeks ago.
It was announced the motion was passed however after seeking legal advice from the AG it was revealed the motion was defeated and Maeoli is still the city Mayor.
Adding city clerk’s comments in the paper last week was unnecessary and should not be a public knowledge.
Mr Firisua stressed that to shame the head of the city during a time where the city is filled with visitors at important events is uncalled for.
He said it is a big shame for the mayor in front of his people and the international community.
“This is his house (city) and to do a motion at such time is unbelievable.
"The clerk should be responsible to provide the right advice to the council executive at all times. It is a big diplomatic shame,” Firisua stressed.
He calls on the council executive to seriously reconsider what the clerk has just done.
Meanwhile the Mayor Israel Maeoli could not hide his feelings.
“It is a big disgrace for me as the head of this city at a time this city is hosting historical events with a lot of visitors,” Mr Maeoli said.
The Mayor added he got a lot of phone calls to sack the city clerk for making a very big mistake.
“Even prominent national leaders call me to sack the clerk,” Maeoli said.
But Maeoli said he will have to look carefully into this matter before making any decisions, adding to make any decision on this issue will be the greatest decision in his life.
Meanwhile calls by this paper to get Mr Kelly for comments last night went unanswered.
By Daniel Namosuia
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