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Wife Describes Nawaikula As ‘Village Boy With Buca In His Heart’

Nawaikula is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of false information to a public servant and obtaining financial advantage.
15 Apr 2022 11:48
Wife Describes Nawaikula As ‘Village Boy With Buca In His Heart’
Niko Nawaikula’s wife Miliakere Nawaikula (in white top) outside the High Court in Suva, on April 14, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The wife of SODELPA Member of Parliament Niko Nawaikula has described her husband as a village boy with Buca Village in his heart.

Nawaikula’s wife, Miliakere Nawaikula, took the stand as one of the defense witnesses on the 11th day of the trial before Judge Justice Thushara Kumarage at the Anti-Corruption High Court in Suva.

Nawaikula and his wife have been married for 37 years.

During the past 37 years, they rented at Koronivia and Caubati before moving to Koronivia Research Station, where she was employed as a senior research officer.

They then moved to their home in Koronivia, where they rented for some time before they purchased the property when it was put on sale in January 2016.

She said they had planned to move back to Buca Village after they retired in 2015.

Ms. Miliakere said they planned to move gradually, so they began building their house in the village.

However, she said she had stayed back in Koronivia to look after her 88-year-old mother, who was suffering from memory loss.

She told the court that Nawaikula had decided, before the 2018 General Election, to move back to Buca Village in Cakaudrove.

She said Nawaikula continuously stayed in Buca Village and would only come to Suva for Parliament sittings or to attend court cases.

Ms. Nawaikula told the court that Nawaikula’s father was then 90 years old and his mother was 87 years old and they stayed alone in the village, which was one of the reasons why Nawaikula wanted to move to Buca Village.

She also said they had been involved in several developments in the village with many projects for toilets, paintings, and farming around the village.

She also said they started a yaqona plantation in the village in 2017 with 3000 plants.

She told the court that Nawaikula always wanted to go back to the village because he loved his village and was always at peace and relaxed when he was there.

 

Charges

Nawaikula is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of false information to a public servant and obtaining financial advantage.

Nawaikula is alleged to have falsely stated that his permanent place of residence was in Buca Village, Buca Bay, and allegedly obtained $20,201.35 between August 2019 and April 2020.

It is alleged that Nawaikula breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 when he claimed travel and accommodation allowances, which he was not entitled to.

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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