The NFP's accountants who audited the party's accounts are Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia) but not members of CPP; what about the Government Whip Sudhakar and error riddled Companies Bill?
"I can certainly say that this draconian circumstances under which we operate has never, ever existed in the history of Fiji until this latest
Fijileaks: The NFP auditors are members of FIA but they don't have the public practice certificate from FIA; Meanwhile, shouldn't the wannabe Ba lawyer and Government Whip Ashneel Sudhakar be reprimanded or even sacked for presiding over the hastily passed Companies Act which contains over 300+ ERRORS - now two local lawyers have been drafted in to clean up the legal mess left behind by Sudhakar- 'Mr Mortein' - not to mention the thousands of dollars to be paid to the two lawyers!
As Aiyaz Khaiyum's nephew and Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem hastily reports National Federation Party to FICAC for investigation, it has emerged that the NFP's accountants at the centre of political storm are Certified Practising Accountants, Australia. In 2013, after the NFP was registered under Khaiyum's Political Parties Decree, APNR Accountants (Suite 1A, FHL Properties, 41 Gladstone Rd, Suva) submitted the audited accounts for 2013 on behalf of the party and it did the same for 2014. Saneem (aka Uncle Khaiyum) did not complain then. Now they have lumped 2013 and 2014 together. The firm, run by Labasa born Ziya Khan and others, does auditing for many big companies and FRCA accepts it all. Saneem says NFP's accounts were not audited by an Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) certified accountant - he means it should have been audited by the likes of Aunty Nur Bano Ali or Nalin Patel of G. Lal and Co. Documents obtained by Fijileaks reveal that on 6 January 2016, the accountancy firm wrote to Saneem as follows:
As per decree, there is no requirement for the auditors to be CPP. As long as they are members of Fiji Institute of Accountants: "The accounts of every political party shall be audited annually by an auditor certified by the Fiji Institute of Accountants and shall be submitted to the Registrar within 3 months after the end of each financial year, who shall publish the accounts in the Gazette and in the media, and the costs of any such publication shall be paid by or recovered from the political party"
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From Fijileaks Archive, 30 May 2014:
Fiji 1st Party slams Saneem for acting against letter of the law; and for not forwarding Khaiyum's response for counter-reply!