FEO looking into complaint against Bainimarama, Sayed-Khaiyum and Ratu Wiliame

FEO looking into complaint against Bainimarama, Sayed-Khaiyum and Ratu Wiliame

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 09/01/2024
FijiFirst Party Leader Voreqe Bainimarama, former General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former FijiFirst President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere

The Fijian Elections Office is currently looking into a complaint against FijiFirst Party Leader Voreqe Bainimarama, former General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former FijiFirst President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere regarding assets declared to the FEO.

In a complaint to the Office, Australian resident, Alexandra Forwood alleges Bainimarama failed to declare his FNPF contributions and value for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and other years in his years of employment.

She alleges Sayed-Khaiyum also did not declare his FNPF contributions and value for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

She alleges Bainimarama also did not declare the total amount of shares in Fijian Holdings Limited and how much he received as his dividend and failed to declare the liability in the alleged payment for those shares from his income.

She further questioned whether the shares he obtained from Fiji Holdings Limited was paid for.

She alleges Bainimarama, Sayed-Khaiyum and Ratu Williame did not declare their overseas travel allowances however, they declared their base income and therefore, false declarations have been made to the FEO.

While acknowledging the complaint, Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa says as is the normal process they will do their internal verification to determine whether or not to escalate the matter further.

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