By CHARLES MOI
A LEADERSHIP Tribunal has convicted former Clerk to Parliament Vela Konivaro of approving and entering into a K2.9 million contract with a consultant without authority, contrary to the Public Finance (Management) Act.
It also convicted him of failing to distribute public funds totalling K25,000 and for approving an organisation and management structure in the Parliamentary services without authority.
Konivaro has been given the chance to make submission to the tribunal before it considers whether he should be removed from office.
The tribunal consisted of Justice Derek Hartshorn, Justice Martin Ipang and Justice Sir Kina Bona.
It found that Konivaro engaged services of the consultant when he did not have the requisite authority to do so. It constituted misbehaviour under Section 7(b) of the Organic Law on the Guarantee of Rights and Independence of Constitutional office holders.
“Any contract exceeding K300,000 must go to the Supply and Tenders Board of the Parliament,” the tribunal stated in a 12-page judgment.
A copy of a contract between consultant Joe Kudada and Parliament was tendered at the hearing. It was executed on June 18, 2013 and was for a period of six years.
On the charge of failing to distribute public funds totalling K25,000, the Tribunal stated: “We are satisfied that Konivaro engaged in a conduct that was wrong and unacceptable and which does not benefit an office occupied by a Constitutional office holder.”
Konivaro was appointed as the Clerk of Parliament in May 2013 by the National Executive Council.
By CHARLES MOI