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New SODELPA Row

Questions are being asked within the SODELPA camp on how Adi Laufitu Malani has been appointed as a personal assistant of Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Adi Laufitu will be
12 Apr 2016 10:28
New SODELPA Row
From Left:Adi Laufitu Malani, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa

Questions are being asked within the SODELPA camp on how Adi Laufitu Malani has been appointed as a personal assistant of Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Adi Laufitu will be paid by the Fijian Parliament.

However, very well placed SODELPA sources allege that no application was sought for this position, it was not advertised and the party was not consulted before this appointment was made.

Sources also allege that currently Adi Laufitu is being paid through the Parliamentary allocation of $225,000 for this financial year. It is also claimed that this decision was not made by the management board of SODELPA.

Adi Laufitu Malani  asked for questions to be emailed to her. They remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Ro Teimumu also refused to comment over the phone, asking for questions to be emailed to Adi Laufitu. No response was received when this edition went to press.

Party President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu hung up when informed that Fiji Sun needed comments from him.

It is alleged that Ro Teimumu informed the Management Board that the salary currently paid to Adi Laufitu  will be reimbursed when her position is made official and Parliament releases her salary.

This too has caused great discomfort amongst many SODELPA members who see this as a deliberate move by the Opposition Leader to ignore the management board, according to sources.

Adi Laufitu  has been a close confidant of the Opposition Leader. Her proximity to Ro Teimumu and influence on decisions made has upset some within SODELPA.

Another issue that the Management Board is grappling with right now is that about $18,000 is owed to a number of people by the Opposition Office, money that should have been paid from the last Parliamentary allocation.

There are attempts by the Opposition Office to clear this bill through money given out this year, but the Finance Committee is not favourable to this idea, as there are claims that proper processes had not been followed by the Opposition Office when making even the most basic purchases.

It is understood that the Finance Committee is not happy that even the most basic accounting procedures such as seeking three quotations for any major purchase was not followed.

Sources are now calling for independent auditors to audit the finances of the Opposition Office, saying that the Fijian taxpayers’ money was not being put to good use.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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