POB accountant Esanka Fernando is still here

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By Alfred Sasako

ESANKA Fernando, the Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) Accountant who was reportedly fired by the Board, told Island Sun on Monday he was still with the bank.

“I am the Accountant and I am still with the Bank,” he told Island Sun at the Hyundai Car Park in Honiara yesterday afternoon.

Mr Fernando was said to be one of the three top officials the POB Board fired on 31st August this year for alleged misuse of POB funds. The others were the Executive Officer (CEO), Suresh M Amarasekera who reportedly flew out of the country on Sunday.

Mr Amarasekera refused to answer questions regarding his sudden departure. All he could say was his contract was up. He was seen talking to officials of BRED Bank two days before he left.

The POB Board reportedly sacked the trio for alleged “misappropriation of (the) bank’s funds, assaulting local staff, lack of performance and misbehaviour/misconduct”.

At the car park encounter yesterday, Mr Fernando questioned the source of the information, saying it was wrong.

Island Sun called him about four times for an interview on Monday afternoon, but he never took the calls.

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