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Tonga Ministry of Lands CEO resigns in wake of dispute with staff

Rosamond C. Bing. Photo/Melemanu Bloomfield (Facebook)

Rosamond Bing has allegedly resigned as chief executive of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in the wake of complaints against her to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Her resignation was expected to take effect this Friday 18, a source said.

The source claimed Bing was handed a formal warning by the PSC.  

It said the PSC, however, decided to take no further action on the complaints due to lack of evidence.

The source also claimed Bing declared her resignation after further arguments with senior officers in the Ministry.

Kaniva News contacted Bing for comment.

The source said the Minister has vowed to reform the Ministry after several claims were made against it including the dramatic jump in the number of land court cases in the last 10 years.

It has been claimed that there were 173 land court cases which involved the Ministry during this period compared to 19 cases only in the previous same period.

The Ministry lost millions in land lawsuit costs and there appears to be a breach of the annual reporting procedure.

Documents seen by Kaniva showed there were concerns after the Ministry allegedly paid $300,000 to rent an office but the Ministry was later blocked from occupying it after a letter from a lawyer.