Par­lia­ment re­ports

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Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral to Par­lia­ment Vini­ana Namosi­malua can­not just sim­ply say she is not obliged to an­swer ques­tions raised by this news­pa­per about se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against some se­nior staff. These are se­ri­ous claims which al­legedly in­volve the use of Fi­jian tax­pay­ers’ funds. Her de­ci­sion not to re­spond to re­peated emailed ques­tions also does not do her and the sec­re­tariat any favours. Morale is low among par­lia­men­tary staff right now be­cause of the al­le­ga­tions swirling around the offices. There are dis­en­chanted staff who are speak­ing to me­dia and dis­clos­ing de­tails be­cause they want the row re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble. The longer this dis­pute con­tin­ues, it will cause more dam­age to the in­sti­tu­tion. The other out­stand­ing is­sue, is of course, the al­leged sex­ual en­counter be­tween a sec­re­tariat staff and two SODELPA MPs.

A swift res­o­lu­tion of this case would be good for the sec­re­tariat.

Par­lia­ment is the supreme in­sti­tu­tion of the land. It is the leg­isla­tive body and it makes and ends laws. It checks and ap­proves Govern­ment’s Bud­get and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. The sec­re­tariat pro­vides the sup­port service and ad­min­is­tra­tion that al­low Par­lia­ment to func­tion smoothly.

But when it is un­der siege by a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions, it is not a good look and its in­tegrity is on the line.

It is there­fore im­por­tant they are quickly re­solved to put the or­gan­i­sa­tion back on track. Mrs Namosi­malua needs to be re­minded that the Fiji Sun is car­ry­ing out one of its core roles by ex­pos­ing the al­le­ga­tions in the hope that they will be re­solved. Where tax­pay­ers’ fund is in­volved, this news­pa­per has a le­git­i­mate right and re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that it is prop­erly ac­counted for.

Trans­parency of pro­cesses is vi­tal to achieve a pos­i­tive out­come. None of the is­sues that have been high­lighted and part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions would have been fixed much ear­lier if the sys­tem was trans­par­ent.The Sec­re­tariat deals with funds from donor agen­cies and from the Fi­jian tax­pay­ers. It is im­por­tant that it man­ages these funds in a trans­par­ent man­ner to avoid the prob­lems it is now deal­ing with.

As Fi­jians, we all love our rugby and Pa­cific En­ergy also has a soft spot for rugby league be­cause of the val­ues it shares such as hon­esty, team­work, per­for­mance and in­tegrity

Ran­dall Val­lette

Pa­cific En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

Inside Par­lia­ment House. Photo: Par­lia­ment of the Repub­lic of the Fiji Is­lands

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