#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Ben Padarath touted for FNPF board

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ben Padarath touted for FNPF board

Another name has surfaced for the FNPF board - Ben Padarath, the son of the Fiji Labour Party stalwart, Lavenia Padarath.

Coupfourpointfive yesterday named Village Six Cinemas director, Div Damodar, as the other contender for the new board.

Five of the six FNPF board members were axed by the interim regime on Wednesday.

The acting permanent Secretary for Finance, John Prasad, has already been named chairman with the chief financial officer for CJ Patel Group of Companies, Ajith Kodagoda, and Fosters Group Limited's marketing manager, Joe Rodan, named board members.

Prasad and Kodagoda are expatriates - Prasad a New Zealand citizen and Kodagoda a Sri Lankan National. Both are friends of the interim attorney general, Aiyay Sayed-Khaiyum.

Padarath is a failed businessman and was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after the car he was driving was involved in an accident in Suva, more than three years ago.

The accident resulted in the death of a passenger, Julia Stark.

Padarath was jailed and disqualified from driving.

During the 2006 general election, Padarath contested the Lami Open Constituency for the National Alliance Party, led by Ratu Epeli Ganilau, an interim minister since January 2007. Sayed-Khaiyum was legal advisor to National Alliance.

For almost a year now, Padarath has been a close friend of Pita Driti, the Land Force Commander of Fiji Military Forces.

Sources also told us the newly-constituted board was to meet for the first time today (Friday) after 4pm.

The announcement of Damodar and Padarath as board members will rob workers of a representative, for the first time since 1966, when the fund was established.


Anonymous said...

Oh boy - are we in trouble now! Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.

I am surprised at Joe Rodan letting himself in for this - it's almost a no-win situation. Maybe the Archbishop put him up to it. I hope so because only a miracle can save them now.

Anonymous said...

Ben Padarath is the biggest thief around. We might as well let Tony Stevens or Peter Foster in as a board member

Anonymous said...

Look what the corrupt pig and his National Alliance thieves have done for the nation. The people were right all along!

Anonymous said...

What sort of credentials does this guy have apart from the self confessed big tool that he has between his legs?

Anonymous said...

Don't know about Tony but Peter's definately willing & available? Aready sent out feelers via Oz media...They wouldn't would they?

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Anonymous said...

well me and my family support div damodar. he is the best son anyone can have..he gives charity to our trust without telling any press.. other people use it in night clubs.. god bless div