Speaker rules against Rabuka’s complaint
May 17, 2019 1:03 pm
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Parliament Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka
Parliament Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has ruled against a report brought to his attention by the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.
Rabuka lodged an official complaint to the speaker alleging Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of misleading the parliament.
Rabuka claimed that Sayed-Khaiyum brought dishonor and disrepute to parliament when he said on Monday that he cannot wave procurement regulations but the regulations allowed him to wave certain processes.
The issue came up when Rabuka asked Sayed-Khaiyum why the waiver of tender for the Government Tenders Board were not applied when they wanted the renovation to their office.
Rabuka alleged these comments by AG were blatant lies and the privileges committee should investigate the truth in what was said by Sayed-Khaiyum.
While giving his ruling in parliament this morning, Ratu Epeli says after going through the comments made by the Attorney General, it is clear that there is no evidence to show that Sayed-Khaiyum deliberately misled parliament.
“It is clear to me that neither of the statements quoted by the honorable leader of the Opposition are false or misleading, there is no law in this any known jurisdiction which allows any Minister to wave subsidiary laws.”
Ratu Epeli says there is no breach of privilege and there will be no further discussion on this matter.