Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Officials silent on Kean salary

Sai's Comment:

This is just one example of corruption on the part of the current illegal interim regime led by Bainimarama. When will Fiji be rid of this cancerous type of rule by a government without a popular mandate and propped up by losers??

Monday, February 11, 2008

THE Fiji Military Forces and the Prisons Department are tightlipped on whether former commander of the Fiji Navy, Francis Kean was still being paid while he was in prison.

When asked yesterday RFMF spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said the Prisons Department would be in a better position to comment on the issue.

Commissioner of Prisons Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua did not want to talk to The Fiji Times when asked about the issue.

Kean is serving an 18-month sentence for manslaughter.

Last year, a senior army officer confirmed that Kean was on full pay while behind bars and was still listed as a reserve soldier in the RFMF.

The issue attracted comments from political parties like the National Federation Party and the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua.

NFP party president Pramod Rae had said Kean made history by becoming the first senior civil servant who continues to be paid from taxpayers' coffers and hold a job in the Fiji Military Forces while in prison.

He said the revelation that Kean, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was on the army pay roll and listed as a reserve, was something never heard of before.

"People in high places should be seen to be doing the right thing, especially by senior officers who should show respect for the law," he said.

"He can be compensated if he comes out the winner in his appeal but this (full pay and job) is favouritism.

"We agree with the criticism.

"You can draw some comparison to those charged after the 2000 coup - the military comments then should apply to them (military) now."

Kean was jailed last October for the death of salesman John Whippy at the wedding reception of army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's daughter in December 2006.

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