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I’m Clean, Clear: Sacked Manager Finance

I’m Clean, Clear: Sacked Manager Finance
Navin Kamlesh denies the allegations.
June 01
10:53 2018

Sacked Maritime Safety Au­thority of Fiji (MSAF) offi­cial Navin Kamlesh has de­nied any wrongdoing.

The former manager finance was among the four top MSAF staff members who had their contracts terminated on Wednesday.

Permanent Secretary of Infra­structure and chairperson of the new MSAF board David Kolita­gane had confirmed that the four – acting chief executive officer John Tunidau, Mr Kamlesh, manager human resources Louisa Tuima­bualau and senior engineer ex­aminer/surveyor Ieli Sefeti – were terminated because of alleged dis­crepancies in MSAF finances.

He said it had come about basi­cally due to mismanagement and lack of good governance.

However, Mr Kamlesh said he did nothing wrong and that he was not afraid of anything.

“I am clean and clear from all these allegations,” he said.

He said in 2015, they had attend­ed the Public Accounts Commit­tee meeting and there was noth­ing mentioned on the allegations regarding the financial issues for 2015.

“I don’t know where the story came from, if they want they can check the Public Accounts re­port,” he said.

Mr Kamlesh added that the only financial issue raised then was the treatment of Government grant.

But, the issue was resolved and in order now.

“Apart from that, there was no fi­nancial issue.”

Regarding the allegation, he said, there was no investigation done.

However, he was questioned about some of the overseas travels expenses. He said the payments were approved by the then perma­nent secretary, Paul Bayly.

He was also questioned on the funds that were used to pay the wages and salaries of their new recruits. The funds were out of the budget.

“How can someone employ some­body and don’t pay them?” he said.

He added that the fund used was from within the organisation and there was no extra funds bor­rowed from outside.

“So I don’t know what the fuss was all about. There was no inves­tigation or an independent audit done, it was just a presumption and whatever information was provided they made their deci­sions on that.

“Let them make it.

“All the years I’ve worked with MSAF, I did a lot of work, I did all the financial and accounting procedures, I set up everything to make sure things are sound and are according to the law.

“There was no mismanagement since it was a small government organisation and I don’t know where they got all these allega­tions from.

“I can go and do further investi­gations to clarify all these things, but it’s okay, there is no point.”

Mr Kamlesh worked for MSAF for six years.

The other three staff could not be reached for comment.

Edited by Percy Kean


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