"In my experience, Mohammed Saneem has always adopted a posture of deference to the AG, visiting him at his office on Level 7 of Suvavou House and standing before him as the AG sits at his desk addressing him as “Sir”. To my eyes, this was highly unusual for the holder of an independent office of state, who would normally be expected to be treated as an equal to a politician, even when that politician is his line minister. And I can personally attest to the level of apprehension Mohammed Saneem displayed before any encounter with the AG because I have witnessed it on multiple occasions. When I worked on the 7th floor, he would sometimes come to my office along the corridor from the AG and ask “is he in yet?”, peering around the door like an anxious meerkat waiting for the AG to arrive in majestic procession with his security detail. It was so striking as to be a subject of wider discussion in government." Graham Davis on Mohammed Saneem
'BROWN OWL' - NEITHER WISE NOR JUDICIOUS: Graham Davis on the spat betwen NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad and aspiring High Court Judge, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem - 'Anxious Meerkat'
TRAVELLING ON SAME ROAD TO FIJIFIRST PARTY: DINESH PATEL, the former chairperson of Fiji Roads Authority donated $30,000 to FijiFIRST PARTY. The director of R.C. Manubhai's wife and son - another $20,000
IN AUGUST 2015, when the names of the five Board members of the Fiji Roads Authority was announced by the then Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar Bala, one Deo Raj Raju posted a comment on the FBC News website, asking whether "we have a list of all the people and companies that donated money to political parties...TRANSPARENCY'. Five years later, we can reveal that Dinesh Patel, the Managing Director of R.C.Manubhai, who was appointed chairperson of FRA in August 2015, donated $30,000 to FijiFIRST Party. On 1 September 2014, he donated $10,000 to the FFP Treasurer. A year after his appointment as Chairperson, he donated another $10,000. He is listed as having donated to FFP Head Office on 28 January 2016. The following year, on 17 March 2017, he donated another $10,000 but we don't know who at FFP received his donation. His wife, Mayuri Patel, also donated to FFP. She donated $10,000 on the same time, 1 September 2014, as her husband Dinesh Patel. Their son, Premal Patel, made two donations of $5,000 each, on 17 May 2016 and on 28 January 2016. The Dinesh Patel family donated a total of $50,000 to FFP between 2014 and 2017. The other R. C. Manubhai family members donated thousands of dollars to FijiFIRST Party. We will reveal their donations later on.
FIJI ROADS AUTHORITY
MWH ISSUES CONTRACT TERMINATION NOTICE
23 September 2016
The Board of Directors and Senior Management of The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) have been notified today by MWH Global (MWH) that they have terminated their contract for the provision of road management services with the FRA effective 23 September 2016.
This action has been undertaken unilaterally by MWH. FRA considers MWH’s action to be unlawful and will be addressing this conduct as part of the broader on-going commercial dispute between MWH and FRA.
The FRA does not discuss commercial/contractual matters with anyone other than the affected parties.
The FRA has a commitment to ensuring any and all services provided to the Authority meets and achieves value for money; are efficient and effective; are in accordance with the law.
The FRA expects that notwithstanding their unilateral termination that MWH will be working closely with FRA to effect as seamless a transition as possible.
The FRA will be taking in-house many of the functions of the FRA that FRA used to rely upon MWH to perform under the terms of the contract and will be advertising for those roles. The FRA is committed to an open and transparent employment policy based on merit and in that context will consider any application from MWH’s employees affected by MWH’s unilateral decision to terminate the contract who meet FRA’s requirements.
FRA has implemented its contingency plans for the situation created by MWH’s conduct and will be contacting all contractors over the next few days to explain transitional arrangements.
FRA’s commitment to meet the service charter to the people of Fiji in respect of roading shall continue unabated by MWH’s conduct and is reaffirmed.
Fiji Roads Authority
FIJI DEVELOPMENT BANK and FIJIFIRST PARTY: Three FDB Directors along with three other directors were paid $114,134 in Directors Fees in 2019. And yet the THREE FDB Directors donated $90,000 to FijiFirst Party
THE THREE are Wella [Vadivelu] Pillay, Rajesh Patel, and Romit Meghji.