A FORMER Fiji National Provident Fund employee told the High Court in Suva how her department prepared the responsibility allowances for former deputy general manager Foana Nemani and then general manager Olota Rokovunisei.
Epenisa Mutukula was employed by the fund for 22 years, heading the Investment Division which prepared the payrolls of senior executives.
Ms Mutukula told Justice Janaka Bandara that a staff member prepared the calculation sheet of the responsibility allowance and approved the release of the funds.
This was only after it was approved by the then chief operations officer Winston Chan.
Ms Mutukula said she checked the calculation sheet which stated that payment of 114 days arrears should be done to Ms Nemani, amounting to $5991.18.
This payment was for the responsibility allowance arrears from February 15, 2005 to July 22 the same year, she said.
Ms Mutukula said the amount paid to Ms Foana was part of the responsibility allowance of $20,000 per annum she should have received at the time. This also included a fortnightly payment of $769.23 beginning on August 4, 2005.
FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam showed Ms Mutukula the payslip of Ms Nemani, who is accused of one count of extortion by a public servant and another of abuse of office.
Mr Aslam asked Ms Mutukula to explain how a payout of $1458.13, which was Ms Nemani's responsibility allowance, was under the acting allowance category in the payslip.
Ms Mutukula replied: "Our payroll system is such that it cannot allow an additional line. If we were to create another line in the payslip; we will have to delete a line, for example, the car allowance line."
Ms Nemani is being tried in absentia. The trial continues tomorrow.