FICAC witness says Radrodro chose her constituency as Nasinu

FICAC witness says Radrodro chose her constituency as Nasinu

By Rashika Kumar
Wednesday 03/08/2022
SODELPA MP Salote Radrodro exiting court with fellow colleague MP Simione Rasova

Former SODELPA Constituency Officer and FICAC witness, Peniasi Daveta says according to their party set up, SODELPA MP Salote Radrodro's constituency was Nasinu.

Radrodro is charged with one count each of False Information to a Public Servant and Obtaining Financial Advantage.

She is alleged to have falsely stated that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo Village, Nabouwalu, Bua and allegedly obtained $37,920.13 in parliamentary allowances between August 2019 and April 2020.

Daveta told the court that the candidates indicate their own constituency and Radrodro had indicated her’s as Nasinu because at that time, she lived in Tacirua Heights.

When questioned during re-examination by FICAC lawyer, Joseph Work whether Radrodro would be travelling within the Suva vicinity if her constituency was in Nasinu, Daveta says not necessarily as under the current electoral system there is one constituency so she travels all over the country.

Another FICAC witness, Senior Finance Officer, Sarvesh Narayan says he would have seen Radrodro's MP Declaration Form.

When asked if he remembers where she declared her address as, Narayan says its been a while but he guesses she travels from the North.

When asked whether he would call the taxi driver to verify if MPs give taxi receipts, Narayan says they do not do it as the MPs take an oath in Parliament so what they submit is taken as accurate and true and on that basis they process the claims. Narayan also told the court that according to Radrodro's MP declaration form, Radrodro permanently resides in Namulomulo and her next of kin is her husband whose address is Tacirua Heights.

The trial continues.

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