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Stop Misleading, Student Tells President

Stop Misleading,  Student Tells President
Fiji National University Student Association president Ketan Lal.
September 06
11:13 2018

Fiji National University student Ilisapeci Marama Tunamena is calling on the FNU Student Association and its president, Ketan Lal, to stick to the facts.

Responding to a statement released by the association last week, Ms Tunamena said the student body had “completely missed the point and are deliberately misleading the public”.

This saga came to light after 700 students had signed a petition, which was handed to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum late last month. The students had questions about the way funds were used by the FNUSA president.

Ms Tunamena said students were promised the so-called copies of the financial reports at the annual general meeting in Ba on March 24, 2018 however, they have not been furnished with any copies.

“We the students demand all financial reports for the last three years. It is not just about having a financial report the students also need to go through it to see how our money is being used,” Ms Tunamena said.

“Release the report and let us go through it.”

She also questioned how the association website contract was awarded to Bisessar Technology, a company she claims to be technology partners of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), where Mr Lal is also youth president.

“Was this declared and was he removed from the tender process before partnering with FNUSA?” she asked.

“We demand this entire process be made public for the students to see.”

Furthermore, Ms Tunamena demanded an explanation from VHP president Jay Dayal, whom she alleged had labelled her “a criminal and a cow” on social media.

“What does a religious leader of VHP have to do with FNUSA and what business does he have in FNUSA? Why is a religious leader using such language against me?,” she said.

“FNUSA is a secular body for students from all religious backgrounds, further questioning Mr Dayal’s involvement in FNUSA matters.

“We demand to know why the Vice Chancellor made such a quick statement to the media without listening to our concerns? Hundreds of students have a genuine concern and he does not even take one minute to listen to us instead goes to the media. We demand to see the tender process for the purchase of the FNUSA vehicle. A student association does not need a vehicle for the president to drive around in. It is unheard of.

“We demand that the process followed, tenders and money spent on the vehicle and on fuel from FNUSA be made public for all students.”

She acknowledged the Office of the Attorney-General for listening to their concerns.

Response

Meanwhile, responding to the Fiji Sun, Mr Dayal said the matter was now with their lawyers.

Fiji Sun will be taken to task for defamation and deliberate publication of a false propaganda against me and members of our faith-based organisation,” Mr Dayal said.

Association president Lal said he had sighted the email sent to him by Fiji Sun and would provide a response later.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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