Politics

Secretariat Approved My Request To Change Residential Status, Nawaikula Claims

Mr Nawaikula is one of the 11 Opposition MPs named in the allegations by Parliament Secretary General Viniana Namosimalua.
28 Aug 2020 08:55
Secretariat Approved My Request To Change Residential Status, Nawaikula Claims
Opposition MP, Niko Nawaikula. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula claims that his request to change his residential status last year was approved by Parliamentary Secretariat.

Mr Nawaikula is one of the 11 Opposition MPs named in the allegations by Parliament Secretary General Viniana Namosimalua.

She alleges that the MPs, including one Government MP, breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014, when they claimed travel and accommodation allowances the2

In a Facebook posting from Buca, Mr Nawaikula said he has been an MP since 2005, when he was living in Suva.

Opposition MPs (from left) Niko Nawaikula, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Simione Rasova and Peceli Vosanibola and Govt MP Vijendra Prakash. Photos: Ronald Kumar and Kelera Sovasiga

Opposition MPs (from left) Niko Nawaikula, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Simione Rasova and Peceli Vosanibola and Govt MP Vijendra Prakash. Photos: Ronald Kumar and Kelera Sovasiga

After the 2018 election, he decided to change status last year, which he claims was subsequently approved by Parliament.

Mr Nawaikula said in addition his plan was to continue his Savusavu office for easy access to his constituents, get close engagement with developments in his village and make future retirement plans.

“After Parliament approved, I had maintained my Savusavu office and continue to do so, returning here after every Parliamentary meet. I attend court cases in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka or Labasa only according to client request, but only for hearings or trials,” Mr Nawaikula said.

“I really see nothing deceptive there and I incur much more losses here at more than $2000 a month, maintaining an office in Savusavu and transport costs.”

He said that Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) officers visited him at his village and recorded his caution interview.

Opposition MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi outside the FICAC office on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Opposition MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi outside the FICAC office on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Meanwhile, the three MPs who were questioned by FICAC yesterday were Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and Simione Rasova.

SODELPA member, Ratu Suliano Matanitabua outside FICAC office in Suva on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

SODELPA member, Ratu Suliano Matanitabua outside FICAC office in Suva on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

SODELPA member of Parliament, Simione Rasova outside FICAC office in Suva on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

SODELPA member of Parliament, Simione Rasova outside FICAC office in Suva on August 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

On Wednesday, FijiFirst MP Vijendra Prakash and SODELPA MPs Peceli Vosanibola and Salote Radrodro were questioned.

Others will be questioned in due course.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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