MPs question SODELPA parliamentary funds
December 11, 2020 12:43 pm
Social Democratic Liberal Party General Secretary Emele Duituturaga
The Social Democratic Liberal Party General Secretary Emele Duituturaga has presented a financial report to the party’s parliamentary caucus.
This comes after some SODELPA MP’s queried why funds for the party’s parliamentary office were allegedly being used for other purposes.
When asked if SODELPA MP’s have raised this concern, Duituturaga says while she discussed party funds, she is unaware of any queries on parliamentary funding.
“We did talk about the parliamentary grant and the directive from the Speaker is very clear what the grant is about and the caucus wanted to get assurance from my office that we were working within those guidelines, so I produce a financial report.”
One SODELPA MP has told FBC News the funds are believed to have been spent to pay staff salaries at the SODELPA office amongst other expenses.
SODELPA Leader Viliame Gavok and Opposition Leader Ratu Naiqama are expected to give more details later today.