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Reece Responds To Allegations

Ms Reece said she was blamed to have pocketed money amounting to $1,300 that was meant for a workshop in Ba.
18 Oct 2022 04:00
Reece Responds To Allegations
FijiFirst proposed candidate, Zarina Reece. Photo: Ronald Kumar

FijiFirst proposed candidate, Zarina Reece, has responded to allegations levelled against her by an overseas political commentator on Facebook.

While delivering her response to the allegations in a video, Ms Reece claimed the post titled “Scandal at FijiFirst” that was published on Facebook, brought about allegations of theft and misappropriation of funds against her.

She said it was also done to disrepute the party banner she was under.

 

Ms Reece said she was blamed to have pocketed money amounting to $1,300 that was meant for a workshop in Ba.

She said this was when she had worked as an assistant Legal Rights Training Officer for the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM).

She claimed these allegations were made against her in spite of a workshop report and other documentation being executed and filed in the sum of $1300.

 

Why I pleaded guilty

In the video response Ms Reece said she was charged for the missing money and even pleaded guilty, not because she was guilty but for the safety of her children.

She claimed she was in an abusive relationship and that her former husband had wanted to kill her.

“The Magistrate asked me to think about it and stood the case down to the afternoon session. When the court resumed at 2.45pm, I was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years,” she said.

She said someone must have provided the political commentator with false information to defame her and the political party that she stood for.

 

Ms Reece claimed she was not contacted for a response to the allegations.

“It is shameful that despite the journalism background of the man running the Facebook page, he is now running a tabloid style Facebook account with an extreme political bias,” she further claimed.

She said her details about her professional and personal life were made known to the party’s general secretary, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“He saw a domestic violence survivor who has applied her personal circumstances to inspire others to get through their own dark times. He saw a person who was a victim of an oppressive system that existed in our country only a few years ago,’ she said.

 

“These days we even find lawyers, journalists, academics, failed politicians and high-profile individuals who talk about freedom of expression and rights surrounding free speech, who also delete comments from their social media posts when people question their logic or narrative.

“They attempt to push out their propaganda without wanting to be held accountable.”

Ms Reece believes FijiFirst stands for women, Fijian women like her.

 

Feedback: josefa.babitu@fijisun.com.fj



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