Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) reportedly decided on June 21 to terminate ‘Emeline Tuita's probation period with the union and to be effective immediately.
TRU in its resolution to cease Tuita's probationary term said her recruitment did not follow the proper procedure.
Fuka Kitekei’aho, one of the TRU members was appointed by the board as an interim CEO.
A source told Kaniva News ‘Epeli Taione warned the meeting of any legal action taken byTuita against the union due to her termination but members did not agree saying there was no employment contract signed between TRU and Tuita.
Ten board members attended the meeting last Friday were Soape Tu'iono, Uate Halatoafa (Tongatapu), Manu Vunipola (Kolomotu'a, Fuka Kitekei'aho (Vaheloto), Tevita Lavemai (Hahake), Filokalafi 'Akau'ola (for Kaitu'u Fotu -Kolofo'ou). Soakai Motu'apuaka, Latiume Kaufusi (Ha'apai), 'Isileli Fakatulolo (Vava'u), Viliami Lutua (Ex-Ikale Tahi) and chairperson, ‘Epeli Taione.
The resolution against Tuita was passed with 7 – 2 votes.
TRU selected Tuita as its Chief Executive Officer in January this year and it was said that she would be in the position on probationary period for 12 months.
Kaniva sent messages to both President Taione and CEO Tuita seeking comments but no responses received yet.