Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Greed the Hallmark of Illegality

TPI query interim PM’s payout report
www.fijilive.com - 24/03/2009

Transparency International Fiji (TPI) has openly criticised the justice process concerning the holiday back pay made to the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.TPI chairperson Suliana Siwatibau said justice in Fiji was being compromised."
We are happy the auditor general has done the investigation but we’re not happy by the fact that it was done in a non-transparent manner," Siwatibau said."As we understand it, the payment was made even before he became head of the army, and the payment is set at the rate at which he was paid at the end of his contract as head of the army, and we are concerned that this report may not be released for the public to know,” she said.
Auditor General Eroni Vatuloka said the investigation into the payout was complete. However, he said the report had been forwarded to the military for its comments and no response had been received.Bainimarama was paid $178,000 for leave accrued from 1978.

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