By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
NORTH Fly MP James Donald has suspended his district development authority (DDA) chief executive officer (CEO) for allegedly misappropriating K1 million allocated for the Covid-19 operations, Western administrator Robert Kaiyun says.
“MP Donald was surprised that K1 million was all spent within one week only on awareness and suspended both the North Fly DDA CEO and the deputy CEO for an indefinite period,” Kaiyun said.
“The suspended officers were accused of not contributing North Fly DDA’s component funding to the provincial task force team overall Covid-19 operations effort.
“Instead, the CEO and his deputy formed their own district Covid-19 task force team and used that money to do their own separate operation in the district.”
Kaiyun said Donald suspended these officers on Friday for not complying with the state of emergency (SOE) Covid-19 operations.
Earlier on, Donald had posted on Facebook that he couldn’t believe that the accused officers had allegedly spent K1 million in a week carrying out awareness in the district.
“They drew K1 million from the district’s funds without the provincial Covid-19 task force sanctioning it,” he said.
“And further, my concern was K1million to be just spent on awareness programme was unrealistic and didn’t convince me either.
“I was expecting things like purchasing of personal protection equipment (PPEs) such as masks and glove, establishing isolation centres and other interface programmes that would all be funded together with the provincial SOE task force team to combat Covid-19.
“SOE orders are that only the provincial task force team controls, coordinates and sanctions funds for the greater provincial key SOE indicators.”
Donald said that the accused officers had failed the North Fly DDA board directions on the overall national SOE expectations.
“I was surprised when they reported that the funding was nearly finishing and that prompted me to suspended them and carry out investigations,” he said.
Donald said once the investigation was completed, he would know how the fund was spent.
By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK