Twenty-two Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific (USP) council mem­bers voted for the re­cusal of the Pro-Chan­cel­lor and Council chair Win­ston Thomp­son, Deputy Pro-Chan­cel­lor and Deputy Chair of Council

Aloma Jo­hans­son and Chair­man of the Au­dit and Risk Com­mit­tee Mah­mood Khan, from last Fri­day’s meet­ing. Only seven voted against the re­cusal while two ab­stained.

The council meet­ing is cur­rently in re­cess.

It will be re­con­vened soon.

Last Fri­day, Mr Thomp­son was seen leav­ing the meet­ing venue around lunchtime. Nauru Pres­i­dent Lionel Rouwen Aingimea then chaired

the meet­ing.

It is un­der­stood that it took three hours to con­vince the trio to re­cuse them­selves from the meet­ing.

A vote was taken to prove that the ma­jor­ity wanted them to va­cate the meet­ing.

The meet­ing saw the re­in­state­ment of USP ViceChan­cel­lor and Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia.

In its res­o­lu­tion, the council was not con­vinced that due process was fol­lowed in the sus­pen­sion of Pro­fes­sor Ah­luwalia by the council’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee chaired by Mr Thomp­son. He was sus­pended from du­ties on pay and with­out with­drawal of priv­i­leges af­ter a re­port by the Au­dit and Risk Com­mit­tee Chair Mah­mood Shah made a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions.

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