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MP accused of cover-up

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FORMER Constituency Development Officer (CDO) for Baegu Asifola claims MP David Tome misused and covered up a number of constituency funds in 2011.

George Suri said during his time in office several funding were approved but there were no evidence of projects being implemented in rural communities in the constituency.

Mr Suri alleged that under the Ministry of Forestry Funding for Downstream Programme worth $240, 000, a Lucas Mill was bought under the name of Masu Tribe.

But he said the lucas mill was used in Honiara by Mr Tome and never been used by the tribe.

“Thus I take it that Masu Tribe is used only to pave way for this Lucas Mill to be bought.”

He added that $20,000 subsidy fund under the Ministry of Forestry and $100,000 under the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children were also released without implementation of any project.

“I would also like our member to produce the names of the so called 70 farmers who receive the assistance under the 2011 Livelihood worth $ 350,000 where they should receive $5000 each.”

Mr Suri said since his time in office as CDO these amounts of money were released yet how they were used remained questionable.

He said this misuse and cover up of public funds have affected rural people who are supposed to benefit from these funds.

The former CDO said he is seeking legal action with the view of taking the matter up with the courts.

Mr Tome when contacted on the allegations said he has nothing to say as all the funds claimed were used for their intended purposes.

He said recipients have already received assistance in form of materials.

“It is only the subsidy fund that we handed out in cash to recipients.”

Mr Tome said with the Lucas Mill it was already handed over to the tribe and is not for his own benefit.

“The Lucas Mill is handed over to them thus they have all the right to decide where to use it, whether in Malaita or other provinces for their own benefit.

 “Rural people are receiving assistance from the constituency funds and are benefiting from them and not as claimed by the former CDO,” he said.

By Jennifer Kakai