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Politicians Clash

FijiFirst candidate Reginald Jokhan has accused National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad of being dishonest by not honouring a house sale deal. Mr Jokhan, a real estate executive, made the
21 Oct 2018 13:49
Politicians Clash
FijiFirst party candidate Reginald Jokhan.

FijiFirst candidate Reginald Jokhan has accused National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad of being dishonest by not honouring a house sale deal.

Mr Jokhan, a real estate executive, made the allegation during the FijiFirst Family Fun Day at Koroivolu Park in Nadi.

Mr Prasad has said the claim and accused Mr Jokhan of gutter level politics.

Mr Jokhan claimed that he sold Mr Prasad’s Sekoula Place property at Laucala Beach Estate, Nasinu, for $215,000.

He alleged they had a gentlemen’s agreement for him to sell Mr Prasad’s property and any amount more than $200,000 would be his commission.

Mr Jokhan claimed he sold Mr Prasad’s property for $215,000 and based on their agreement, his commission would be $15,000.

He claimed that he did not receive the full payment and was paid only the first instalment.

Mr Jokhan, whose business is Jokhan’s Realtors, further claimed that Mr Prasad threatened to get his business audited when he demanded that he be paid the full commission.

During the rally, Mr Jokhan asked the crowd whether they would be able to trust a person like Mr Prasad with the future of their children and their grandchildren if he conducted personal business like that.

Speaking to media after the rally, Mr Jokhan said:

“If I wanted to lie like he has been lying all this while to me, I would have said he owes me a lot of money. I sold his property at Sekoula Road for $215,000. The deal was done, it was a gentleman’s agreement.

“I was supposed to be paid anything over $200,000. I was supposed to be paid $15,000. He made a part payment and that was months later. He paid about $5000-$6000.

“I cannot take any legal action because seven years later, you cannot take any legal action. It was a verbal agreement. I have done deals before with gentlemen. If he says he is a gentleman, honour it, pay me my money that is due. Why do I need a document when he says he is such a learned person?

“I have done deals on a handshake. He kept saying he will pay me later. His children were going away to study overseas and that is why he needed to sell the property. His children are probably married now.”

Mr Jokhan claims that he approached Mr Prasad again at a funeral in Vatuwaqa.

“I said to him, ‘Biman huma paesa kahan? Bole, tum bahut baat karta, audit karaega tum log real estate wale bahut chori karta.”

“ ‘Biman, where is my money? He said you talk a lot, I will get you audited, you real estate people steal a lot’.”

“I can stand in any city and say that Jokhan Realtors does not owe anyone a dollar. I can proudly say this in front of thousands of people.”

FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with candidates meeting supporters during the rally at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on October 20, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with candidates meeting supporters during the rally at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on October 20, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Mr Jokhan said he had more to lose by speaking out and he was doing so to tell people that Mr Prasad was a man who could not be relied on to keep his word.

Mr Prasad’s response:

“Mr Jokhan is supposed to be a professional real estate agent. I would expect a professional person to keep confidential the work he does for his clients.  But if that is what he wants to talk about now that he has become a politician, people may as well have the full facts.

“The facts are Mr Jokhan arranged for a buyer of my property in Laucala Beach Estate around 2003 or 2004.  He was paid $5000 as commission as verbally agreed between us.

“In fact, Mr Jokhan was so desperate for the money that I paid him before the due date of the payment. He told us he needed money urgently to pay fees for his daughter’s education in New Zealand.

“He was paid the agreed sum of $5000 by my wife inside the branch of a bank at Centrepoint because he insisted on cash payment and not by cheque.

“Later he wanted more money despite verbally agreeing to a sum of $5000. This is the kind of downright lie and gutter level politics that Mr Jokhan and other candidates of FijiFirst are spewing in their campaign.”

Mr Jokhan retorted that Mr Prasad’s wife did not have a cheque account and that it was money for Mr Prasad’s children’s education and not his, which is why the property was sold.

Mr Jokhan said Mr Prasad wanted the transaction to be done in cash and that the balance would be paid later.

Mr Jokhan further stressed that the money he received was deposited in his business account.

The FijiFirst supporters during the rally at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on October 20, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The FijiFirst supporters during the rally at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on October 20, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Edited by Epineri Vula

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