Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Twelve Police officers sent home

Sai's Comments:

  • Well, when the illegal regime sows the seeds of illegality, greed and exploitation, citizens will tend to ape such behaviour, in particular, and sadly, often by those tasked with its prevention. See below.
  • These are far from being unintended consequences of the regime's illegitimate rule - but in fact direct results of hardship faced by workers.
  • They are seeing themselves being led by an illegal regime yet expected to champion and guard against the erosion of good morals by citizens. They are therefore caught in this ongoing dilemma and hypocrisy which in turn shows up in their illegal actions as a way to reconcile their conflicting situations.
  • These are the classical responses of public servants juggling their professionalism in an illegal environment. The are are conscious of the illegalities of the rule by their political masters, yet they are directed to act professionally thus setting up a wholly unhealthy working climate which from time to time will be vented through transgressions against the law and against their own standards of decency.
  • Sadly though, these situation will continue until a change in political leadership is achieved in Fiji.

Theresa Ralogaivau
Fiji Times -Wednesday, February 03, 2010

TWELVE officers from the salaries section of the Fiji Police Force have been suspended over allegations they dipped into the paypackets of special constables.

Police spokeswoman Ema Dimila confirmed that the officers were sent home on Monday.

Ms Dimila said this was after the head of the salaries section observed anomalies in paychecks.

She said the matter was now being investigated by a special budget team.

"They were sent home pending investigations," she said.

"The head of the section discovered that some paypackets were missing and this had been going on for some time. Those that have been suspended are those that mainly deal with manual paychecks.

Ms Dimila said she could not reveal the amount of salaries or the number of cheques that had been taken.

"The missing cheques were discovered last Friday upon inquiry from those affected," she said.

She said the constables who had been affected will be paid.

"It is very unfair. Our accounts department has tried to allocate the budget so that all the needs of the force are met and there are special constables who have worked really hard,"

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