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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Husband of Electoral Commission member key fundraiser for Fiji First

Kavita Raniga
Follow the money. 

That's what we've done and that's why we can reveal here that an Electoral Commission member is the wife of a Fiji First donor and a prominent fundraiser for the ruling party. 

A First First donation list, courtesy of a bank statement that's been provided to us, shows AJAY RANIGA gave $10,000 to Fiji First before the 2014 election. 

Raniga is a Fiji First financier and fundraiser, who is frequently seen with Aiyaz Khaiyum. 

His wife, Kavita, was appointed to the Electoral Commission early last year. 

The Raniga's $10,000 donation was banked in the Fiji First Account on the 7th August 2014. 

From the same bank statement it can also be seen that in July 2014 over 15 days, Fiji First's account ballooned from more than $85,000 to $530,000 plus!

Coup4.5 can also reveal that a month after Kavita Raniga was appointed to the Electoral Commission, her husband organised a fundraiser on Denarau Island at the Bombay Lodge Curry House and Beer garden.

The fundraiser was attended by Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, plus 55 leading local businessmen. The fundraiser took place less than 18 hours after a similar function at the Ba home of an RC Manubhai director, Bhavesh Patel. 

Insiders have confirmed that Ajay Raniga, along with Bhavesh Patel and Ashok Patel all directors of hardware giants R C Manubhai - are dedicated Fiji First fundraisers.

Sources say Raniga and others have exerted money from businessmen, refusing to settle for less than $10,000 from small to medium businessmen, extracting exorbitant amounts from prominent members of the business community who donate in the names of family and relatives to circumvent the $10,000 limit (a year) on political party donations. 

Most of these businessmen and their relatives have gone on to be appointed to boards of major statutory organisations. 

  • Ajay Raniga's wife, Kavita, is on the Electoral Commission
  • Bhavesh Patel is on the Water Authority Board
  • R C Manubhai director, Dinesh Patel, chairs the Fiji Roads Authority Board 
  • R C Manubhai director and Fiji Football Association president, Rajesh Patel, is on the Board of Fiji Development Bank 
  • Ashok Patel, the company's Suva based director, is a member of the Land Transport Authority Board.

Kavita Raniga was appointed to the Electoral Commission early last year. The entire former Electoral Commission chaired by lawyer Chen Bunn Young was not reappointed and Raniga was one of the 7 new members of a Commission chaired by controversial Suva lawyer Suresh Chandra.

Sanjay Kaba is a member of the Constitution Offices Commission, that is supposed to be an independent body. He is closely involved with interviewing Fiji First candidates, that came to light in July this years and this hasn't been denied by both Kaba and Khaiyum.

Insiders say Ajay Raniga has so much influence and power that he, like others, threaten businessmen that they will be investigated  by Fiji Revenue Customs Authority if they don't make a donation. 

Ajay Raniga and Kavita Raniga operate a chain of stores under Budget Pharmacy of Nadi and have other business interests as well.


Suomynona said...

A real shame that FlipFlop Party controls almost everything whether directly or indirectly. No wonder government being a dicktatorship is nothing more than a busy body that loves sticking its nose everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Most governments appoint political supporters to govt board positions. Remember Ratu Mara's appointees ranging from Motibhai Patel to Jim Ah Koy.

Nothing has changed.

Anonymous said...

The climate has changed !!

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corruption to the highest order....one day mafatu!

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Anonymous said...

Money talks. People with money are good mates of people holding political power. And between them they have a good thing going as this Fijileaks expose reveals.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

When Fiji first goes & the tide turns it will be the common man who will suffer...as for these gujerati assholes they will keep on greasing palms till their luck finally runs out.

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Anonymous said...

All Gujeratis are not assholes. Wadan Narsey is a Gujerati. And all South Indians ( Madarasis ) are not saints.
- chiku

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