Police Investigate Alleged Illegal Wiring At Methodist Bazaar

Energy Fiji Limited team visits Furnival Park in Suva to disconnect wires in question
16 Aug 2019 17:41
Police Investigate Alleged Illegal Wiring At Methodist Bazaar
Main power line tied to the tree and supplied to stalls at Furnival Park during Methodist Church conference on August 15, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.


Energy Fiji Limited has lodged a report to the Fiji Police Force on alleged illegal wiring connections at the Methodist Church stalls at the Furnival Park.

This was confirmed by Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro last night.

She said Police were now investigating.

The annual one-week fundraising church bazaar at the park ends tomorrow.

When contacted yesterday, Methodist Church of Fiji President Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa said there was a special committee that took care of groundwork and he hadn’t received any report from them yet.

Meanwhile, at the park last night, the church members were informed that there was an Energy Fiji Limited team inspecting each stall and it might be disconnecting wires if need be to avoid any overload which might cause problems.

It was also announced that there had been a lot of electricity usage at the park.

The Energy Fiji Limited chief executive officer Hashmukh Patel speaking from Vanua Levu confirmed that his team was looking into the issue.

It is understood that an Energy Fiji Limited team had met a church committee and discussed safety issues over what was described as alleged illegal wiring. Disconnections were also discussed. It had been alleged that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had instructed Energy Fiji Limited not to disconnect the power.

When contacted, Mr Bainimarama said from Funafuti, Tuvalu, where he is attending the Pacific Islands Forum, that he did not give any instructions.

He said Energy Fiji Limited must do the right thing, disconnect and investigate the contractor. He had contacted the Commissioner of Police to investigate the contractor. He said he was concerned with the safety of the people.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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