HE trial on the case of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural Development, Selina Boso did not proceed on Monday.
This was because Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota,who was supposed to hear the trial, was not available.
He is currently overseas.
The trial was listed for five days, and was supposed to start on Monday.
As a result, Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea had to adjourn the matter to Tuesday next week for mention.
Boso is facing a charge of failure to furnish information or failure to produce document as requested by the Ombudsman office or any member of staff acting on behalf of her duties.
She was charged contrary to section 20 (2) of Ombudsman (Further Provisions) Act. This was in relation to the allegation between 29 May 2013 and 25, September, 2014. Prosecution alleged she failed to furnish information on the Rural Constituency Development funds as lawfully requested by the Ombudsman and members of his staff.
Public Prosecutor Sirepu Ramosaea appeared for the State in this matter while the Public Solicitor’s Office is representing Boso.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN