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Makereta Fuata Gives Evidence In Arya Trial

Arya is represented by lawyer Vijay Maharaj and Queens Counsel Gregory Woods.
20 Apr 2019 14:33
Makereta Fuata Gives Evidence In Arya Trial
University of Fiji former Registrar, Kamlesh Arya. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Former acting Director for Finance for the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts told the court that a workshop was organised for all school managers, head teachers and principals to educate on the Free Education Grant.

Makereta Fuata while giving evidence in the trial of University of Fiji former Registrar, Kamlesh Arya, told the court that the free education grant was allocated in six portions. Arya is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption with one count each of abuse of office and of general dishonesty.

Arya appeared before Justice Riyaz Hamza on Thursday in Day 4 of the trial.

Arya is represented by lawyer Vijay Maharaj and Queens Counsel Gregory Woods.

Prosecution is represented by FICAC lawyers Sam Savumiramira and Laite Bokini.

Trial Day 4:

In court, Ms Fuata gave a breakdown of her employment with the Education Ministry.

She told the court that the free education grant was announced in the budget of 2013 and implemented in November, 2013.

Ms Fuata told the court that she was responsible for looking after the financial matters of the Ministry and monitor the expenditure.

She told the court that one of her responsibilities included the free education grant for which she had met with the officers from the Prime Minister’s office regularly to build on the report on how the

Ministry could carry out the payment of the free education grant to all schools.

She also told the court that Arya was also present in the workshop which was organised by the Ministry to educate on the distributions and uses of the free education grant for the schools.

Ms Fuata told the court that the workshop was organised on the directive of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education.

THE CHARGES: Abuse of office

It is alleged that Arya between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, in Suva, while being employed in the public service as the Registrar at the University of Fiji, and while acting as the School

Manager for Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, did arbitrary acts for gain in abuse of the authority of his office, namely authorised loans amounting to $116,500 from the Free Education Grant provided by the Ministry of Education to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, which was prejudicial to the rights of the Ministry and Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

General dishonesty

It is also alleged that between the same time period, in Suva, while being employed in the public service as the Registrar at the University of Fiji and while acting as the School Manager for Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School, dishonestly caused a risk of loss to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School by authorising the Free Education Grants as loans amounting to $116,500, and knowing that the loss will occur or substantial risk of the loss will occur to Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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