Saturday, July 19, 2008

Corruption at its Worst in Fiji Illegal Regime

Rot at its best, Beddoes warns
Saturday, July 19, 2008


THE leave payout to interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is corruption of the highest order, says deposed opposition leader Mick Beddoes.
The payment was for 698 days leave owed to the military commander since 1978.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Beddoes said the interim Government's failed attempt to keep the payout hushed up was "an outrageous abuse of office".
He said if the article was even partially correct then this would be the single worst case of corruption to be highlighted since the December 2006 military takeover.
He said this payout showed the interim Government up to be nothing more than a bunch of crooks.
"It exposes a more sinister side for all to see," said Mr Beddoes.
"And that is, while they have been telling everyone that they want to clean up corruption, introduce good governance and ensure greater transparency and saying the Government funds are tightly controlled so they can't help the poor and disadvantaged to fight off the rising food and fuel prices, they have been busy making claims going back 30 years to pay themselves outrageous sums of money from taxpayers' funds, creating the worst act of corruption, good governance and transparency since the coup."
He called on the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption to fully investigate and expose everyone involved in the conspiracy to defraud the taxpayers.
He said the interim Finance Minister must reveal all officers who received similar payments.
Mr Beddoes said the source from which payments were made should be revealed as well as who authorised it.
He said it would be interesting to hear what Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Archbishop Petero Mataca, Father Kevin Barr and Father David Arms had to say in relation to this payout and its impact on their principles.

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