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Letters To The Editor, October 29, 2015

Claims of unprofessionalism at Nadi Chamber of Commerce are baseless   Dr Ram Raju, President Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry   We refer to a letter by Vineel Nand
29 Oct 2015 09:31
Letters To The Editor, October 29, 2015

Claims of unprofessionalism at Nadi Chamber of Commerce are baseless

 

Dr Ram Raju, President

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

We refer to a letter by Vineel Nand about Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FS – October 26, 2015) with great surprise.

He has also been tarnishing the good image of our chamber in the social media particularly Facebook via his page named “Events Fiji”.

Mr Nand is alleging that our board members are not transparent and very unprofessional.

For public information and to put matters straight, we wish to advise Mr Nand that we are a very respected, transparent and accountable organisation.

Recently one of our board members has been promoted as a cabinet minister while the other is serving diligently as an Opposition Member of Parliament.

Other board members are leaders in their own fields and we are an important stakeholder in various government and non-governmental organisations.

Our chamber has also become the first point of contact when it comes to developments and economic prosperity in the township.

Vineel Nand was our chamber secretary and was removed from office in 2012 for unacceptable behaviour.

He has ever since been on an offensive against the good work of our chamber and claims to be a member which he definitely is not.

According to the last email he sent to us, he is based in Malaysia but continues to interfere with affairs of the chamber.

He also claims to have invested $100,000 in one of the chamber events which is a totally false, baseless, mischievous and libellous statement, currently being looked at by our lawyers.

 

Pro bono

Richard Naidu, Suva

Pratibha’s Coconut Wireless column (FS Saturday 24/10/15) comments on a certain (sadly unnamed) lawyer’s willingness to take on pro bono work against the Government.

She is in error in one thing (at least).

Pro bono does not mean, as she says, “legal work without charge”.

Pro bono is shorthand for pro bono publico, the translation for which is “for the public good.”

A lawyer accused of working for the public good will generally plead guilty to the charge.

 

No case

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I refer to your headline A-G cleared: Kepa accused.

I wonder what is the role of the FICAC in this whole process, when the Constitution dictates that there must be a written code of conduct (Section 149) to be administered  by a Transparency and Accountability  Commission  where parliamentarians  and other direct relatives (like their wife and children) should surrender their Annual Declaration  of Assets.

Such declaration to be made accessible to public (section 149 [f])

This is overdue under section 121 (2) of the Constitution.

It is hoped that such code of conduct  will include income, shares, directorship, land (including premises) gifts, property and service, travel facilities, meals, and entertainment, remunerated position as parliamentarian as contained in the military submission to the constitutional committee before 2013.

If we put people to jail for personal gains, let’s walk the talk.

I hope I have explained my position clearly.

Rules must apply to everybody equally.




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