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Town father sacked

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BA Town Council special administrator Arun Prasad has been terminated from the position.

In a Ministry of Information statement issued yesterday afternoon, acting Minister for Local Government and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Prasad's termination stemmed from a complaint lodged by Clopcott squatter settlement residents who were allegedly threatened by Mr Prasad.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the residents were alleged victims of Mr Prasad's aggressive threats to illegally cut off water and electricity.

He said the residents were not properly consulted regarding resettlement.

"There is incontestable evidence that has emerged that Mr Prasad obtained waivers and discounts on rates he and his family owed for properties," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"Mr Prasad has abused his position for personal gain and has often and repeatedly acted in a manner unbecoming of a public officer.

"These breaches in conduct are in direct contravention to the Bainimarama government's commitment to serving the members of the public with the utmost integrity, transparency, and courtesy."

Mr Prasad, who said he would not comment, has been replaced by the special administrator of the Lautoka City Council, Praveen Bala, who was recently appointed acting special administrator of Nadi.

Mr Bala's position as interim SA of the Nadi Town Council has been taken over by former CEO of the council, Robin Ali.

The Attorney-General said the interests of the residents of Ba and Nadi would be much better served with the new appointments.

"Mr Bala, as a previous mayor of Ba Town, is well versed with the needs and challenges of the town.

"Mr Ali is a former CEO of the Nadi Town Council and has decades-long proven track record as a local government administrator."