Monday, July 21, 2008

Interim PMs pay shameful

Interim PMs pay shameful
Monday, July 21, 2008

THE Fiji Nursing Association has described interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's leave pay as "shameful".

FNA general secretary Kuini Lutua said it's shameful because there were people who'd lost jobs and were unable to provide food for their families - and here the interim Government has paid out so much money to Commodore Bainimarama.

"It's shameful that people in leadership positions are using power to defraud the government and people," said Ms Lutua.

She said the interim Government had been saying it would weed out corruption but this showed it was encouraging it.

"They are being so unfair and unjust to the rest of the people who are finding it so hard to make a living," she said.

Ms Lutua said there are families who have been displaced from their homes in Raiwaqa and Nasese.

She said instead of weeding out corruption, the interim Government was encouraging corruption.

"This is where the racial divide would come in," she said.

Ms Lutua said the people were not concerned at the racial factor at this point because everyone was trying to make a living but it would set in if such bias practices continued.

State has last say: Interim PM
Monday, July 21, 2008

Update: 3:13PM THE interim Government will have the last say into matters affecting the nation, says interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking to Radio Fiji, Commodore Bainimarama said the military will not back down until it has achieved what the soldiers had set out to do initially.

"It must be clear that the Military is responsible for the December 2006 Coup and no matter what people say the interim Government will have the last say for Fiji."

He reiterated the reason for the coup was to make changes and build a better Fiji.

Chaudhry defends PM’s paid leave
20 JUL 2008 -

Fiji’s interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has defended the $184, 740 leave pay given to the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Amidst much criticism, the military confirmed that Bainimarama was paid more than $180,000 for his leave, which was backdated to 1978.

Chaudhry told Fijilive that money was due to Bainimarama and the Finance Ministry did the right thing in giving what was owed to him.

He said such things happened when the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua government was in power but no one questioned their motives.

He added that no one has a right to dwell into the private matters of the interim Prime Minister.

The amount paid to the commander was reached after his basic salary of $263.77 was multiplied by 698 days.

It is understood that his service allowance came to $3832.02, duty allowance was $23,013.92, gratuity for a year was $24,069 and for another 10 months it was $20,057.50.

It has been confirmed that military officers now working in Government departments have also been paid leave owed to them.

Military Chief of Staff, Colonel Mohammed Aziz said this has been normal practice for staff of the RFMF who have held positions in Government.

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