|Hatching and despatching: Kogadagoda and Khaiyum|
The CEO of Telecom Fiji Limited, Rohan Mail, resigned over what sources say was interference by board chairman Ajith Kodagoda and the demand the company start imposing the controversial Employment Essential National Industries on workers.
It's also said the board wants to reduce staff by 40% immediately and that management have said 50% of staff are old fashioned and should be removed using the ENI decree. Expiring contracts should also not be renewed.
Sources say Kodagoda is also trying to get the board to sell TFL to an offshore company rather than try to revive what us being described as a dead horse - on the suggestion of the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
Rohan Mail was appointed in July last year and media reported he resigned to pursue other opportunities after just 17 months at the helm. TFL chairman Tom Ricketts thanked Mail for his 'invaluable service to TFL, acknowledging the major role he played in making it more competitive and sustainable'.
But sources say Kodagoda has been busy issuing instructions behind the scenes and that Ricketts was given instruction to make life difficult for Mail so he would resign instead of them having to terminate him.
Insiders say Ricketts has let it be known at Suva's Defense Club that he can't do anything and he is 'pissed off as he is treated like a puppet by Kodagoda.'
He also said Mail is not leaving for better career opportunities but from frustration. Ricketts is also reported to have said TFL will never recover and that potential buyers from overseas are already being sought.