Namosimalua tells High Court she trusted what MPs put in their statutory declaration

Namosimalua tells High Court she trusted what MPs put in their statutory declaration

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 27/09/2022
[Image: File Photo]

Former Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua has told the High Court of Anti-Corruption Division that she did not ascertain who resides in Naitasiri or Lot 1 Omkar Road, Narere because she had trusted what the Member of Parliament had put on his statutory declaration form.

Namosimalua was called in as FICAC’s witness in the case of former FijiFirst MP Vijendra Prakash who is alleged to have falsely stated that his permanent place of residence was in Waidracia, Vunidawa, Nabuni, Naluwai, and Naitasiri, and allegedly obtained $33,670 in parliamentary allowances between August 2019 and March 2020.

FICAC has charged Prakash with one count each of false information to a public servant and obtaining financial advantage.

During cross-examination, defence lawyer Siddharth Nandan questioned Namosimalua if anyone from her office had ascertained who resides in Vunidawa in Naitasiri and also at Lot 1, Omkar Road, Narere, where she stated that it's not in her job description, and the members of Parliament had sworn an oath publicly.

Nandan also asked Namosimalua if she had known that his client had moved to Omkar from Vunidawa before the lockdown in April 2020, where Namosimalua told the High Court that she did not know.

Meanwhile, the FICAC counsel asked Namosimalua if she had received a change of residence from Prakash when he moved to Omkar in 2020, to which she replied that she could not recall.

The case will be called again at 9am tomorrow.

Team established to ensure budget allocation accountability
A monitoring and evaluation team has been set up by the Ministry of Strategic Planning to take particular interest in making sure that they monitor wh...
2 hours ago
Paradise Beverages continues support for Leadership Fiji
Paradise Beverages has showed its continuous support for Leadership Fiji after renewing its partnership today. Leadership Fiji CEO Sharyne Fong ...
44 minutes ago

Restoration works completed for Delaitoga bridge and open to traffic
Good news for the people of Nairukuruku in Naitasiri, as the Fiji Roads Authority has completed the maintenance work on the Delaitoga bridge that ...
51 minutes ago

Yavusa Navakavu proposes vision for Navakavu Blue Economic Zone and Lami to Veisari Corridor Development
The Yavusa Navakavu community will submit a comprehensive policy paper for Cabinet approval, outlining the vision for the Navakavu Blue Economic Zone ...
56 minutes ago

Most of the CCTV cameras in the Suva Market are not working – SCC Special Admin
Most of the CCTV cameras in the Suva Market are not working as they are outdated and cannot be fixed while the Suva City Council is working on ...
58 minutes ago

Vancouver 7s: Fiji Men’s 7s falls to 3rd consecutive defeat after 24-19 loss to Ireland in 5th place play-off
The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s side suffered their 3rd consecutive loss at the HSBC SVNS Vancouver 7s after losing 24-19 to Ireland in the 5th ...
1 hour ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Kishore Kumar Trial
Kishore Kumar is charged with allegedly making false claims on his Facebook page, Kishore Kumar Publications that there was a porn video of ...
6 days ago

Concerns raised regarding the state of CWM Hospital
General and Chief Pediatric Surgeon at the CWM Hospital, Dr Josese Turagava says due to the increase in the number of people who are moving to the ...
7 days ago

HSBC Perth 7s 2024
The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s side secured a 4th place finish at the HSBC Perth 7s while the Fijiana 7s finished 8th in the Women’s ...
23 days ago