A-G clears air on ‘letter’ saga

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: FT FILE/JOVESA NAISUA

FIJIFIRST party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they had not asked the school management of Votualevu Public School in Nadi to send out any invitation about the party’s consultative meeting at the school.

The school manager Pramendra Nath Bharos had sent out a newsletter to parents of students attending the school of a FijiFirst party consultative meeting at the school last Sunday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said as a registered officer of the party, the fact of the matter was there was nothing stopping him from doing so legally.

He said Votualevu Public School was not a government school and its manager was not a civil servant.

“It would be problematic if we had a principal of the school sending out such correspondence because the principal of the school is a civil servant and is being paid for by government,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“As you know in the last election also, you can actually hold meetings at schools as long as they’re not government schools because government schools are taxpayer-funded schools.”

He said a lot of schools hired out their halls and people had to pay to use them.

And in the case of the school manager sending out the correspondence, he said that was for the school management committee to decide.

“There’s no pressure put on them by FijiFirst party to tell them to do anything, but of course we had to pay a fee,” he said.

“The reality is the manager in question is not a civil servant.

He is at liberty to support any party he wants.”

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