Don’t shoot mes­sen­ger. Fo­cus on real is­sue, get on with in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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It says a lot about peo­ple when in­stead of fo­cus­ing on the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC) in­ves­ti­ga­tion, sup­port­ers of a po­lit­i­cal party, egged on by some me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions are more con­cerned about how the names came to be re­vealed. We have nine of our Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Fi­jiFirst has no is­sues iden­ti­fy­ing its MP. Fi­jiFirst did not wait to be told by FICAC.

Fi­jiFirst gen­eral sec­re­tary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had asked all their MPs to sub­mit their al­lowance his­tory. They did their own in­quiry and left FICAC to carry out its own in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

When asked, they went on to name the MP while wait­ing for FICAC to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) on the other hand had other is­sues, which they pri­ori­tised. Keep in mind that for a few weeks, SODELPA MPs had no idea who was in charge of the party and every­thing else that came with the sus­pen­sion and sub­se­quent un­sus­pen­sion.

The FICAC complaint was lodged by a neu­tral per­son – the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral to Par­lia­ment Vini­ana Namosi­malua. Of course it is a big deal that nine of our MPs are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for al­leged abuse of their travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion al­lowances.

Fiji Sun broke the story of the complaint and kept at it; dig­ging and pur­su­ing all an­gles to iden­tify who the nine are.

What does the other news­pa­per do? They thought it was wor­thy of front page to ques­tion how the names came to be re­vealed. How does that mat­ter?

Any­one would have thought all me­dia and all SODELPA sup­port­ers would have called for trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity. In­stead, they are em­ploy­ing di­ver­sion tac­tics and think that the so-called leak of names from within SODELPA is a big­ger news com­pared to al­leged abuse of tax­pay­ers money.

It is laugh­able that the talk of who leaked the names is big­ger than what the nine are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for. Ridicu­lous!

Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

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