Mua back in court today - Solomon Star News

Mua back in court today

05 December 2018

THE matter of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Savo/Russell Dickson Mua accused of converting $3million intended to purchase a ship for his constituency in 2013 will return to court again Wednesday.

Mua had his bail condition varied on the last court date allowing him to travel to Australia to under a medical review.

He flew out of the country on November 21 and returned last week and is expected to turn up in court today for the mention of his matter.

The MP is facing one count of conversion where he was accused of converting $3million in shipping grant in 2013 for his own use.

Prosecution alleged that a payment of $2.8million was to purchase a ship for his constituency.

The constituency however never received a ship.

It was further alleged that the remaining $200,000 was allegedly used by the accused to purchase other items not related to the purpose of the grant.

According to the allegation, it was alleged that whilst the shipping grant was available in the Savo/Russell constituency bank account, Mua allegedly made withdrawals in early 2014.

He also allegedly issued cheques to other private companies.

Prosecution alleged that instead of purchasing a vessel as proposed in the shipping project Mua used the money to purchase different items such as boats and out-board motor engines.

Those items were then allegedly distributed to his own supporters in his constituency.

Lazarus Kwaiga of L & L Lawyers represents Mua while Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda is appearing for the Crown.