Premier rebuffs alleged diversion of funds for residence

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

RENNELL and Bellona Premier Hon Collin Singamoana has rebuffed allegation that on several occasions he requested huge amounts of money for the renovation of the Premier’s Residence at provincial capital Tupuaki.

During the motion of no confidence last week against the Premier, which he defeated, it was raised to him by the motion mover, Nicholas Taika (MPA for Ward 9) that though in the last three years the funds were expended, there has not been any renovation work yet done.

“This is yet another act of diversion of public funds that is not only criminal in nature but warrants the removal of the Premier,” said Taika.

However according to Mr Singamoana, he does not know how such allegation has been raised, asking the mover to produce any proof for his allegations. Taika could not give any.

“How will we prove that I diverted fund if no evidence is attached as well,” questioned the Premier.

The Premier last week clarified over other financial accusations that there are areas where he can explain on and there are other areas that can be explained by the Renbel provincial technical officers.

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