Bala to provide evidence by next sitting or be immediately referred to Privileges Committee – Ratu Naiqama

Bala to provide evidence by next sitting or be immediately referred to Privileges Committee – Ratu Naiqama

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 13/07/2023
Speaker of the House Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu

Speaker of the House Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has confirmed in Parliament that he received a letter from FijiFirst MP Parveen Bala yesterday as he needs time to provide the required evidence against Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Biman Prasad.

Ratu Naiqama says Bala is requesting for time until the next sitting to provide evidence of his claims relating to Professor Prasad promising the farmers $110 a tonne cane payment, as he needs time to obtain this from the farmers and other sources out there in the cane belt.

The Speaker further says he has approved the Opposition MP’s request and reminded the members of parliament that he must present his evidence on Monday 11th September, 2023.

He says he has also informed Bala that there will be no deferment, and in the event that he fails to present his evidence by that day, the matter will immediately be referred to the Privileges Committee.

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