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Biman Out Of Order: Whip

Government Whip Semi Koroilavesau says Dr Biman Prasad, is ‘sensationalising the issue,’ by talking to the media before the Public Accounts Committee has even met. Dr Prasad, of the National
12 Nov 2014 13:07
Biman Out Of Order: Whip

Government Whip Semi Koroilavesau says Dr Biman Prasad, is ‘sensationalising the issue,’ by talking to the media before the Public Accounts Committee has even met.

Dr Prasad, of the National Federation Party, has been quoted extensively in local media in the last few days commenting on the Public Accounts Committee, which he chairs.

This has raised the ire of Mr Koroilavesau, who says any statement needs to be made after the committee has met.

“His statements are totally out of order. I’m disappointed because he’s talking to the media even before we have met. It’s not that we have anything to hide. But we need to talk about the agenda. It’s not right for him to talk on our behalf,” he said.

The Public Accounts Committee meets for the first time today at one of the Parliamentary Committee rooms.  The other members of the committee are Sanjit Patel and Balmindar Singh from the Government and Aseri Radrodro from the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

In response, Dr Prasad defended his recent media statements saying there had been a ‘misunderstanding.’

“What I was actually talking about was the actual processes of the committee. It’s the media who have been raising the content of the reports themselves. I have not been talking about the content of the reports. But I look forward to meeting with Mr Koroilavesau to clear this misunderstanding,” he said.

The Public Accounts Committee will scrutinise the Auditor-General’s reports from 2007 to 2013. The committee’s job is to ensure all Government expenditures followed the correct procedures.

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