Assets and liabilities of politicians revealed

mahendra chaudhry
The assets and liabilities of the officials and applicants of the three registered political parties have been published by the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem today.
However many of the officials and applicants are not showing their sources of income in the declarations, some are not showing specific bank balances in different accounts here and abroad and many have not revealed the assets and liabilities of their children if they are over 18 years.
According to the Registration of Political Parties Decree, any official or applicant should provide a statement containing their total assets whether in Fiji or abroad, the total income in Fiji or abroad and the source of such income, any business connections, any directorships, any gifts received, any assets acquired by each of them whether in Fiji or abroad during the period to which the statement relates and the liabilities incurred or discharged by each of them.
This includes their spouses and children according to the decree.
According to the declarations, the registered officer of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry has total assets amounting to $3.8 million while his wife Hannah Virmati has $78,000.
They say their children are above 18 years and financially independent.
The Chaudhrys declaration also said that they do not have the financial information of their children and they are unable to provide that.
Others who have provided declarations in the FLP include Lavenia Padarath who has provided total assets standing at $139,500 without any breakdowns or details on her children, Sachida Nand Sharma with an income of $11,259 and personal overdraft of $5,000.
Sharma is also saying that he cannot provide the financial information of their children as they are over 18 years.
David and Eleanor Eyre have provided a breakdown of assets including cash at bank, FNPF, the Credit Union, investments, home property and cars.
Their total joint assets amount to $686,683.
They say their children are above 18 years and financially independent.
The declaration also said that they do not have the financial information of their children and they are unable to provide that.
Monica Raghwan, Kini Maraiwai, Surendra Lal and Udit Narayan are the other officials who have made their declarations for the Fiji Labour Party.
Officials and applicants of the Social Democratic Liberal Party or SODELPA have also made their declarations.  Ro Teimumu Kepa who is the interim President of SODELPA has listed are net assets at $291,000 which includes $1,000 cash at bank, $250,000 for land and building and $40,000 for motor vehicle.
Many of the officials have only provided information on their spouses and not their children.
SODELPA official, Ratu Isikeli Komaisavai has signed the declarations however the financial information details are blank.
Others who have provided declarations for SODELPA are Pio Tabaiwalu, Timoci Bulitavu, Isoa Kamarusi, Nanise Kinivuwai, Vilimone Soqeta, Ratu Silivenusi Tabakaucoro, Lote Yavuca and Ruci Karuru.
The National Federation Party’s Raman Pratap Singh, Virendra Singh, Jag Nadan, Dhani Ram, Mohammed Rafiq, Vishwa Nadan and Dalip Kumar have also made their declarations.
They have provided a breakdown of their assets, income and liabilities but the financial information of their children is not included in the declaration.
Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem said he will now verify the published particulars of the Fiji Labour Party, the National Federation Party and SODELPA for compliance with the Political Parties Decree.
Any member of the public who believes that the particulars provided are incorrect can contact Saneem.
According to the decree, any person who fails to comply with the requirements or provides information that is false, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.
– fijivillage