Former WAF employees deny allegations

Laisiasa Valesu (left) Vilimaina Kalokalo (right) Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

TWO former Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) staff members charged with corruption-related offences pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Suva Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama yesterday.

Laisiasa Valesu, the former land acquisition officer for WAF, is charged with a count each of abuse of office, forgery and obtaining a financial advantage while Vilimaina Kalokalo, who is the former assistant project manager for WAF, is charged with one count of abuse of office.

It is alleged that Mr Valesu and Ms Kalokalo facilitated the processing of false payments of $13,348.19 as claims for crop compensation for the Painapiu Sewerage Project.

The alleged incident occurred between April 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 in Suva.

FICAC lawyer Joseph Work informed the court there were full admissions in the caution interview made by Mr Valesu.

He added they would be calling 20 witnesses during the trial.

Defence lawyer Talei Kean who is representing Mr Valesu informed the court they would not be challenging the caution interview statement.

Their bail had been extended and the case adjourned to April 4.

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