It took 22 months for the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem to realise that the auditor who certified the National Federation Party's accounts did not have audit certification from the Fiji Institute of Accountants.
Saneem, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's nephew, has suspended the National Federation Party for 30 days for contravening Section 26 (2) of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013.
NFP could face deregistration as a political party if it doesn't
remedy the 'contravention'.
The NFP's 2013 accounts were audited by the same accountants and accepted by Saneem. However, when the 2014 accounts were submitted, Saneem woke up to the contravention and found the NFP guilty of breaching the decree.
The NFP auditors are members of the Australian equivalent of the Fiji Institute of Accountants.
Was it really necessary to take such adverse action against the NFP?
What about the missing millions that the Public Accounts Committee is trying to get to the bottom of? NFP leader Prof Biman Prasad heads the Public Accounts Committtee so it is interesting that the NFP has been reprimanded after 22 months.
We are still waiting for an investigation into how and why Khaiyum's aunty, Nur Bano Ali's company, Aliz Pacific Limited, was used to pay the regime's ministers salaries from 2010-2013?
Or an investigation into the $1.8 million paid to ministers with no supporting documents of how the money was to be spent?
We can go on and on.