Suva City Council's special administrator, Vijendra Prakash, is being investigated for malpractice and abuse of office.
This follows a letter of complaint from the advertising agnecy, GO Advertising, to the current acting interim Prime Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, on Wednesday May the 13th about certain dealings by Prakash.
Prakash, a school teacher by profession, was appointed Administrator for Suva City and Lami Town Councils three months ago, after all 12 municipal councils were dissolved by interim Local Government Minister, Filipe Bole.
Prakash is the general secretary of Sanatan Dharam Sabha of Fiji, which has actively supported the interim regime since the December 2006 coup. Sabha President Dewan Chand Maharaj was a member of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBF) that compiled the People’s Charter.
We have obtained a copy of the letters from GO Advertising and from Ratu Epeli as well to Filipe Bole.
The letter to Bole states:
13th May, 2009
Mr Filipe Bole
(interim) Minister for Education & Local Government
Re: ALLEGATIONS OF VESTED INTEREST AGAINST SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR SUVA/LAMI BY “GO ADVERTISING”
I am forwarding to you a letter from “GO ADVERTISING” on an issue that they came to see us about early this year.
I gather from the letter that the matter has remained “unresolved” and one of the reasons stated therein is that the special Administrator Suva has vested interest in the issue.
There are some very serious allegation made in the letter which in my view warrants immediate investigation. However, as it would be premature at this stage to involve the Police or FICAC, it would be appreciated if your Ministry could conduct preliminary investigations to ascertain facts pertaining to these allegations and the results forwarded to my office at the earliest for further action.
Furthermore, I think we need to resolve this issue once and for all, and it may be prudent to appoint an independent person, to facilitate discussion between “GO ADVERTISING” and Suva City Council and ensure that all statutory requirements are complete with and issue resolved amicably between the two parties at the earliest.
With warm personal regards,
[E G Ganilau]
ACTING PRIME MINISTER & MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND IMMIGRATION.”
See Go Advertising letter of complaint under leaked documents on right side of this blog