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Couple Files Report Of Harassment Claims

In an interview yesterday, the man who wished to remain anonymous said: “The President’s entourage overtook us crossing the double white line and kept driving, when they passed us, one of those in the car escorting the President peeped out and swearing at me.
15 Dec 2020 10:40
Couple Files Report Of Harassment Claims

Police are investigating the claims of a couple who said they were verbally harassed by a support staff member of the Office of the President while in their vehicle.

The driver was taking his wife who was 38 weeks pregnant to the Navua Hospital on Sunday.

They claimed that they were harassed by a Captain Julian Toganivalu, the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

The pregnant woman aired her supposed frustration on social by taking a picture of the man and taking a video of the claimed incident. The social media post was deleted yesterday.

In an interview yesterday, the man who wished to remain anonymous said: “The President’s entourage overtook us crossing the double white line and kept driving, when they passed us, one of those in the car escorting the President peeped out and swearing at me.

“After swearing, they made us stop the car a little bit further in front, got off their vehicle and came towards my direction and started banging on our car. They were furious at why we had not parked our car on the side when the President’s vehicle was passing by.

The couple claimed that the way the furious officials and police officers approached them were like they were drug dealers or criminals.

His wife said: “I was having contractual pains so I was only in my Sulu and this was what was going on.

“I came to realise that these were the officials for the President of Fiji because the President himself Mr Konrote had gotten out of his vehicle to check on what was going on.

“They were pointing fingers and asking my husband to come out of the car and this was unethical for me and so I took out my phone to record what was happening and they started to harass me and tried to grab my phone, I reacted and yelled and asked them who are they to take my phone.

“I don’t really know what’s more important: a pregnant woman and her family going to the hospital for checkup of pains developed or a bunch of officials with the president just rushing home.”

Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Commission Director Mr Ashwin Raj yesterday confirmed that the Commission have received a complaint from the Navua couple in relation to the incident.

“The Commission has interviewed the complainants this afternoon and will independently investigate the matter in accordance with the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Act,” Mr Raj said.

Captain Toganivalu decline to comment on the incident.

Police spokesperson, Savaira Tabua, yesterday confirmed that Navua Police had received the couple’s complaint as investigation continues.

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