Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Police mole claims Commissioner's directives questionable

Posted on Coup four Point Five - 21 November 2010

Fiji's 'Police Mole' has blizted freedom blogs with more revelations about alleged corruption in the police force.

The Police Ferret claims the Police Commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, has among other things wasted taxpayer's money by duplicating a physical training programme for officers.

He says, worse, Naivalurua recently told officers that people who pass the physical training test will be given new uniforms but that these uniforms are supplied by United Apparel, 'a close ally of Naivalurua, his wife and his family'.

Alleging corruption, Naivalurua's nemesis says with the current nominal roll of special and regular officer at 3800 and a set of uniforms costing $60.00, that's 3800 x 2 sets (standard issue) = 7600 sets x $60.00 totals $456,000.00. With Commission at 10% that's $45,600.00 of easy money!"

Coupfourpointfive can't verify the claims firsthand but can say that earlier revelations by the same Police Ferret matched details documented in a report about police overspending and waste.

His or her information can have only come from inside. We've run it in good faith and in the interest of exposing dodgy management and misspending by sectors of the illegal regime.

The Police Mole claims Naivalurua's wife also runs a pot plant business and that if members of the public visit the Police Headquarters or police stations "'You will see many pot plants being displayed. Recently, they delivered 100 pot plants @ $25.00 per plant to the police."

He says: "The commissioner's wife is earning $2500.00 per week from the police x 52 weeks = $130,000.00 per year."

He also claims Naivalurua's son recently went overseas in the basketball competition and the new commissioner hosted several parties in the police headquarters, raising more than $3,000 from police officers sponsoring the team.

He says Naivalurua then went with the police band to Nadi to farewell and receive the basketball team, and says the travel and expenses for him and other officers was met by taxpayers.

The police insider goes on to claim Naivalurua, who was only appointed a few months ago, has also directed officers to do 12 hours shifts and be visible on the roads.

But he claims: "The police officers have grown tried of being on the road patrolling for 12 hours as the morale goes down, this is what police officers are doing now:

"They come to the stations to sign in and as required are to go off to patrol in the streets for next 12 hours. They catch a taxi and go home, and come back to sign off again after 12 hours. They even sit around in house to watch TV or drink grog to kill time!"

Ioane Naivalurua today featured in an article in the Fiji Times under the headline 'Force Chief leads understanding tour.'

The story focused on a tour of the Western Division Naivalurua last week that was organised for officers to better understand the economic values of tourism.

The Times qutoed police spokesman, Fred Elbourne, as saying the command crew wanted to know how to formulate strategies to better protect the centre of economic productivity in Fiji.

"The Western Division is responsible for 70 per cent of national economic productivity and is a key investment region," said Mr Elbourne.

"There is Fiji Water, the Vatukoula God Mines and the tourism industry. We want these industries to trust the force and we want to hear their opinions."

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