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ANALYSIS: D-Day For SODELPA

Tomorrow is D-Day for SODELPA. That’s when its management board meets in Suva to deliberate on the disciplinary committee recommendations over the Gaunavinaka Report inquiry. The committee will recommend the
25 Nov 2015 10:11
ANALYSIS: D-Day For SODELPA

Tomorrow is D-Day for SODELPA.

That’s when its management board meets in Suva to deliberate on the disciplinary committee recommendations over the Gaunavinaka Report inquiry.

The committee will recommend the action to be taken against the four senior party members who are signatories to the new bank account set up by the Opposition Office.

The investigation team that examined the controversial Gaunavinaka “confidential report” found the four’s action was a serious breach of party rules.

It recommended that the account in question (12258786)  be closed after an audit.  The $225,000 cheque of parliamentary grant was deposited into the said account.

A second account, 12267701, was also set up and $150,000 from the grant was term deposited in it. This was unlawful, the team ruled.

Parliament’s secretary-general Viniana Namosimalua has clarified that while the letter was addressed to SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu about the grant, the cheque was written to the Opposition Office.

But FijiFirst and the National Federation Party general secretaries received both their cheque and their letter.

A clarification will be sought in tomorrow’s meeting why the same was not done with SODELPA.

Did anyone from SODELPA or the Opposition Office direct Mrs Namosimalua to address the cheque to the Opposition Office.

If yes, who? Or  was it Mrs Namosimalua’s decision alone?

But the letter to Mr Tabaiwalu was intercepted by someone and never reached the party.

The investigation team had also criticised Mr Tabaiwalu for not informing the management board after he found out what happened.

The team was concerned about the implications of the breaches on the party’s registration under the Political Parties decree.

It is understood that the party is seeking a clarification from the Fijian Elections Office about the state of finances during the changeover from SDL to SODELPA.

There are questions being asked about the  debts being inherited by SODELPA.

Issues discussed tomorrow will focus mainly on the party’s finances and governance as SODELPA moves to establish a strategic plan for the 2018.

The party’s biggest challenge is unity. Right now there is a deep division between the reformers and the old guard. It emerged after the exposure of the Gaunavinaka Report.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj




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