THE MINISTRY of Public Service is awaiting word from the Office of the Attorney General regarding the fate of the suspended Director of Fisheries, Eddie Orenihaka.
In February, the Director issued a comfort letter for the release of two Asian fishing vessels without proper proceedings resulting in his suspension from office.
Both vessels were apprehended and arrested by the police after they were spot allegedly fishing illegally in the country’s waters earlier in the month.
Yesterday the Ministry’s Administration Officer, Allan Diamana said that the fate of the suspended Director is inconclusive and cannot say when a decision is going to be made following investigations into the matter.
The Director’s comfort letter fell into adamant hands as the Police, Customs and Immigration refused to release the boats.
Another letter requesting the release of the passports of the crews of both vessels was defied by Immigration officials with the suspicion of corruptive practice and abuse of authority.
This had prompted an inquiry but to date the outcome of the investigations remain unknown.
Meanwhile the two boats are still berthing at the Aola Patrol Boat Base awaiting trial under strict observation and monitoring by Police.