A well-known sports administrator who was sacked as chief executive of the Fiji Investment Corporation by Frank Bainimarama in 2007, has been given his job back.
The re-appointment of Atma Maharaj, as CEO of the Corporation, was made quietly by Fiji's interim regime.
Maharaj’s appearance at the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress in Nadi last weekend - as CEO shocked - many in Fiji.
Yesterday's Sunday Times reported that Maharaj told accountants at the Congress that the creation of 50,000 jobs in 10 years through business process outsourcing, was achievable.
Bainimarama terminated Maharaj and Corporation Chairman, Joe Mar, claiming they were enjoying exorbitant salaries.
Maharaj, who has an Australian permanent residency, then left for Brisbane to be with his family.
The Fiji Investment Corporation was created by the government of Laisenia Qarase to attract and facilitate investment.
When announcing the terminations and disbanding the Corporation, Bainimarama described it as a waste of public funds bordering on corruption on the part of Qarase.
Coupfourpointfive has been reliably told that Atma Maharaj is the younger brother of Santa Maharaj of Auckland, New Zealand, a close friend of Frank Bainimarama.
Santa Maharaj is the chairman of the NZ based Fiji Human Rights Group.