FijiFirst Secretary General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (left to right), NFP leader Biman Prasad.
Just over two weeks after getting caught in parliament for denying he ever wanted civil servant salaries and FNPF cuts, the National Federation Party leader was first challenged by Fiji for lying once again, this time outside parliament.
During the recent parliamentary session, the leader of the NFP, Professor Biman Prasad, made outlandish allegations that a member of Parliament for Fiji First claimed while drunk in a hotel that the last election had been rigged and that the next elections would again be won by Fiji First under the same circumstances.
Prasad then promised to reveal the name of Fiji’s alleged first MP later in the week.
However, in a strange and bizarre twist, Prasad is now denying the parliamentary episode more than two weeks after making the allegation, despite clear video evidence to the contrary.
It was on the first day of the last parliamentary session, Monday August 29, that a restless NFP leader, Biman Prasad, launched another savage allegation about a first Fijian MP.
“I don’t know the name of the member, but he was drunk somewhere in one of the hotels and he told his friends that we will win again like we won last time because we rigged it. We will rig it again. This is what a government member tells his friends. It’s not a story.”
Moments after being pressured by members of the government to reveal the name of the alleged FijiFirst MP, Prasad confidently promised to reveal the name in parliament later in the week.
“I will name when we debate this bill, don’t worry, but Mr. Speaker, I have a name, I have a name, I have a name.
But Prasad did not reveal any names in parliament, nor did he ask his fellow party members to do so on his behalf when he subsequently traveled abroad. And to date, he has yet to deliver on his promise despite repeated pleas from Fiji’s first secretary general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, to keep his word.
However, in an inexplicable twist, Prasad is now brazenly denying the promise he made to the Fiji Parliament while wildly ignoring video evidence of his promise to reveal the name of the FijiFirst MP.
Sayed-Khaiyum says Prasad is a man whose words are not to be trusted as evidenced by what he promised in parliament.
“The question is how can the Fijian public trust him now? People shouldn’t trust him because he made these kinds of allegations, and misrepresentations, in fact, treated the Fijian Electrode as some kind of stupid, going back on his word bunch of people. I mean, there is absolutely no integrity in this, in terms of what he says one day and says the other day and I urged the Fijian public to treat this NFP leader in this way. He has absolutely no credibility.
With general elections due before the end of this year, the desperate vote race is likely to lead to similar misleading and illogical claims from a number of like-minded politicians.