SODELPA Member of Parliament and lawyer Niko Nawaikula is desperately clutching at straws when he wrote a lengthy opinion piece on his Facebook page in his attempt to discredit an audit report which highlighted massive abuse within the Water Authority of Fiji.
In his desperation, he tried to discredit this newspaper as well for highlighting the abuse by saying we were putting the blame on the suppliers.
And he wants the WAF Board, the Prime Minister and the line Minister to resign. What a load of hogwash!
The Board chaired by Bhavesh Patel commissioned KPMG to do an audit of WAF.
The Board had received complaints and they wanted an independent firm to get to the root of the issues.
Mr Nawaikula has conveniently forgotten to mention the chief executive officer under whose watch this massive abuse happened.
His Facebook rant was no doubt an attempt to save a future SODELPA candidate, if word coming out from within SODELPA is to be believed.
Now, consider this scenario – if a similar abuse was found in the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation – Mr Naiwaikula would have been one of the first to call for the CEO to resign.
His desperate attempt to put a spin on the independent audit report is sad.
Instead, he should have asked whether the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had launched any investigation into what the KPMG report highlighted.
Instead, he should have questioned whether those employees implicated in the report have been stood down pending investigations.
But no. He is not asking these questions because once charges are laid, questions will no doubt be asked about how the former CEO let this happen under his watch.
It is plain stupid for Mr Nawaikula to call for the Prime Minister and the line Minister to resign. They are not responsible for the day-to-day running of every Government statutory body. That is why we have CEOs appointed.
If anything, this Board needs to be commended for getting such an audit done.
It is a fact that some WAF staff especially in the procurement department have benefitted from some underhanded dealings. No matter how much Mr Nawaikula hopes to spin the truth, it is out there for everyone to see.
The ball is now in FICAC’s court to see where their investigations take them.