The Vice-President of Fiji First Party Ratu Wiliame Katonivere left Bainimarama/Khaiyum's party after talking to the Tui Cakau
A High Court in Labasa this week ordered Adi Sera Katonivere, in her capacity as administrator of the late Ratu Aisea Katonivere's estate, to pay Macuata Holdings' $70,295 in damages for loss of income stemming from a payment it made in 2006 to settle a loan held by the deceased with the Fiji Development Bank. Macuata Holdings Limited had paid $47,200 to the deceased's FDB loan on June 23 that year. And Justice Chandrasiri Kotigalage topped it up by $23,095 for interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from June 23 up till two days ago when the judgment came to pass. Macuata Holdings had claimed for $129,789.62 in special damages and also requested that general damages be assessed. And in its writ of summons filed on 7 March this year provided the alternative that Adi Sera be ordered to transfer Crown Lease No.2957 being the estate of the late Ratu Aisea - Lot 54 Muanikau Subdivision - to Macuata Holdings. Court papers show that the establishment's claim of $129,789.62 stems from four payments it claimed to have been made from Macuata Holdings account to the late Ratu Aisea. Aside from the FDB loan, it had paid $5580 to Sun Insurance, $27,718 to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue and $49,300 to Asco Motors. Macuata Holdings claimed the said amount as specific damages on the basis that the said payments were made for the benefit of the late Ratu Aisea. However, Justice Kotigalage said based on evidence placed before the court, it only backed up claims of payments made to the FDB to discharge the mortgage of the crown lease No.2957. He said Macuata Holdings failed to establish before the court the other payments made to Sun Insurance, Commissioner General of Inland Revenue and Asco Motors were payments made for the liabilities of the late Ratu Aisea. Justice Kotigalage said there were also no ground for the court to use its discretion to award any general damages. He also issued no order for costs. Source: Fijilive.