Will these individuals make up the "Gaunavinaka" Inquiry Team?
INVESTIGATION INTO THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE SODELPA PARTY
The General Secretary of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party (hereinafter SODELPA) had received the following formal complaints against certain officials and members of the party between the period, 14th August to August to 19th August, 2015.
1. Letter signed by 5 Members of Parliament dated 14th August, 2015
2. Letter by the Principal Administrative Officer at the Sodelpa Opposition Office, Mr. Beddoes, dated…………
3. Letter signed by 5 Members of Parliament dated 19th August, 2015
Prior to the first written complaint was received, an anonymous Report termed as the Gaunavinaka Report was circulated via the internet and such report was published by the Fiji Sun newspaper on………
SODELPA has provisions on Disputes and Disciplinary Action in its Constitution.
The Management Board as the governing body of the Party is fully authorized to investigate the subject of complaints and is further empowered to constitute a 3-member Disciplinary Committee to assess the investigation report and recommend to the Management Board the penalty(ies) and or fine(s) that may be imposed on those implicated in the breach of the party Constitution.
A team of …. has been put together to investigate the subject of the letters of complaint the last 8 days.
The Investigating Team is mandated by and reports to the SODELPA Management Board to facilitate and nature of the complaints and t the Nadave outcomes.
Members of the Investigating Team will be drawn from the professional rank of the Party as well as independent individual with the integrity, skills and professional knowledge. The confirmed names are attached.
Duration of service
The Investigating Team formally will commence its work on endorsement by the Management Board and operate until the 3rd September, 2015.
Members of the Taskforce are expected to volunteer their time and meet the cost of their own expenses.
The functions of the Investigating Team are as follows –
The Investigating Team is to summon witnesses, take evidence on oath and report their findings and recommendations to the Management Board not later than 3 September 2015 on the following matters:
I Allegation on the ANZ Bank, SODELPA Opposition Account no. 12258786
a. Is the Opposition Office or the Party responsible to administer this government grant of $225,000?
b. What was the caucus decision on this government grant?
c. What was the Management Board decision on this government grant?
d. Was the opening of account no. 12258786 in compliance with section 17(1) (e) of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosure) Decree, 2013? (ie. Estimates of expenditures of the political party in accordance with the laws relating to public finance management)?
e. Does account no. 12258786 exist at ANZ?
f. When was this account opened and who are the signatories?
g. Who gave the directive to deposit the government grant cheque with a sum of $225,000 into account no. 12258786 at ANZ?
h. Was the Caucus consulted on the opening of account no. 12258786?
i. Did the Management Board resolve that funds allocated for each Opposition Members of Parliament be brought to the Party Head Quarters?
j. Did the General Secretary of the Party make enquiries with the Secretary General of Parliament on the purpose of the fund?
k. Was any fund withdrawn from account no. 12258786 used for the flag campaign and other expenses without the knowledge of the Caucus?
II Allegation on the ANZ Bank, SODELPA Opposition Account no. 12267701
l. Was a sum of $150,000 transferred as a term deposit to Account no. 12267701 from the $225,000 government grant?
m. Can public funds be term deposited and who gave the orders for this to be done?
III Allegation that some Members of Parliament, Senior Party Officials and some members of the Management Board had knowledge of the Gaunavinaka Report before it was leaked.
n. Is Hon. Bulitavu and other Members of Parliament who had signed the complaint lodged with the Management linked to the Gaunavinaka Report?
o. When did Hon. Bulitavu and other Members of Parliament first find out about the Gaunavinaka Report?
p. Why were Hon. Bulitavu and other Members of Parliament concerned with the issues raised in the Gaunavinaka Report?
IV Allegation that the Caucus was not consulted on certain appointments
q. Did Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa consult the Caucus before announcing in the media that she is Opposition Leader?
r. When did Hon. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu move that Ro TeimumuKepa is to be Opposition Leader? Was it after it was already publically announced by Ro Teimumu in the media and before the first Caucus meeting that was held at the SODELPA HQ Conference Room?
s. Did Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa comply with section 78(1) of the 2013 Constitution?
t. Did Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa consult her caucus on the appointment of Hon. Biman Prasad to be Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee?
u. Did Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa consult the Management Board before the National Federation Party was approached on the offer and what was the intention of the offer?
v. Who all were part of the delegation that went to the National Federation Party to offer the position of Chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee to Hon. Biman Prasad?
w. Does Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa as Opposition Leader consult the Caucus in appointing Members of Parliament for overseas trips?
V Allegation on the appointment of Opposition staffs
x. How were the current Opposition staffs recruited and what are their job descriptions? (Were the posts advertised?)
y. How were their salaries determined and what is the current salary scale of each of the Opposition staff?
VI Allegation on Laufitu Malani and Mick Beddoes
z. What is Laufitu Malani’s job description at the Opposition Office and if she is paid a sum of $36,000 per annum?
aa. What is Mick Beddoes job description at the Opposition Office and if he is paid a sum of $45,000 per annum?
bb. Was Mick Beddoes responsible for the Opposition Statement on the RESIGNATION OF THE MILITARY COMMANDER AND APPOINTMENT OF VILIAME NAUPOTO TO ACT AS MILITARY COMMANDER was “in order”?
VII Allegation on Retired Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce
cc. How much was lent by Retired Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce to the Opposition Office?
dd. How much was repaid to Retired Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce from the Opposition office Account No. 12258786 at ANZ and how much was paid as interest from the public fund?
ee. Any other matters.