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More Witnesses Testify In Case Against SODELPA MP Radrodro

Radrodro is alleged to have falsely stated that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo Village, Nabouwalu, Bua, and allegedly obtained $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020.
02 Aug 2022 11:02
More Witnesses Testify In Case Against SODELPA MP Radrodro
SODELPA Member of Parliament, Salote Radrodro. Photo: Leon Lord

More prosecution witnesses took the stand during the continuation of Salote Radrodro’s trial after a lapse of a month.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged the SODELPA Member of Parliament with one count of giving false information to a public servant and one count of obtaining financial advantage.

She is alleged to have breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 when she claimed travel and accommodation allowances she was not entitled to.

 

Radrodro is alleged to have falsely stated that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo Village, Nabouwalu, Bua, and allegedly obtained $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020.

The trial is presided by Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Justice Thushara Kumarage.

Ministry of Infrastructure acting divisional engineer Central Eastern, Marica Raitukei, testified that the ministry had records of electricity consumption in Radrodro’s Namulomulo Village residence from 2017.

Ms Raitukei had given a statement to FICAC regarding an electrical meter belonging to Kitione Radrodro at Namulomulo Village, near Nabouwalu in Bua, providing data from 2017 to 2022.

 

She said the account was created when the Namulomulo Village community received electrification from the ministry’s electricity plant for the Government station at Nabouwalu.

FICAC counsel Joseph Work asked the witness about the bills from 2019 and asked her to read out to the court on the usage as well.

Ms Raitukei said there was no electricity usage in the first quarter of the year except in March with 11 units, and no usage in the second quarter of the year.

She said the consumption began in July with 15 units. In cross-examination, defence lawyer Simione Valenitabua asked the witness if the meter was only running from 2017.

Ms Raitukei said that records were only available from 2017. Water Authority of Fiji general manager customer service Sekove Uluinayau said the authority had records of an account held by Kitione and Salote Radrodro.

 

She said the listed address at the authority was a residential address of Tacirua Heights in Suva, and another account in Mr Radrodro’s name at Namulomulo Village was installed in 1999.

Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) member services officer Praveen Chand said the address they had in their records for Radrodro was Tacirua Heights in Suva.

Fiji Immigration Department senior immigration officer Taraivini Savou also stated that the residential address in the Immigration Department’s records for Radrodro was Tacirua Heights, Suva.

She also said that in her passenger arrival card, Radrodro had listed Tacirua Heights as per permanent address and address in Fiji.

The trial continues today.

 

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