BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
THE President of Peoples’ Power Association, Mr John Visivisi is calling on the provincial member for Southwest Gela ward, James Galini to explain how he has spent his touring grant since taking office in 2014.
Visivisi voiced that Mr Galini has not held any political meeting or toured his ward and still continues to submit false budgets for his yearly touring grant to the ministry of provincial government.
Referring to the money as public money, he said that it should be used for the betterment of the people in the rural areas.
However, speaking with Island Sun, Galini refuted Visivisi’s claims, saying that he has held political meetings and has toured his ward in 2015 and 2016.
Galini explained that although he did not tour his ward in 2017, he arranged for a meeting that was attended by two representatives from each village of his ward and a delegation from the provincial government.
He also denied continuous submission of false budgets to the ministry of provincial government.
Regarding the touring grant budget, Galini pointed out that it is to enable him to visit his people in the ward so he can communicate with them and inform them about his work in the provincial assembly and his development plans for Southwest Gela ward.
He furthered that the ward development grant is the grant that is used to assist people in the ward and not the touring grant.