The I for Illegal and Incompetent so-called Government is again making a
mockery of process with the 2005 Auditor General’s report.
The announcement (below) that the report will “have to be tabled in
Cabinet by the interim finance minister in line with the normal procedure”
is a joke. The normal practice, in accordance with the constitution is the
tabling of the report in PARLIAMENT, not the cabinet. It is meant to
scrutinize the executive, not work under it.
When you read the report itself, I mean the parts on the RFMF, it’s
obvious that the Commander (now illegal PM) has no idea of proper process
or good governance.
Have a look at this announcement and then sample a few excerpts
from the Auditor General’s report dealing with the military.
PM studies auditor’s report
Recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee in the 2005 Auditor
General’s report are being studied by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The committee had forwarded files on several government departments and
ministries which were heavily scrutinized in the report. Permanent
secretary in the PM’s Office Parmesh Chand said they had received and
studied the recommendations made by the committee.
It will then have to be tabled in Cabinet by the interim finance minister
in line with the normal procedure.
After their scrutiny the report will then be forwarded to a committee made
up of the central agencies, namely, the PM’s office, Finance ministry,
Solicitor-General’s office and the Public Service Commission The committee
would meet to discuss the public accounts committee’s findings and monitor
its implementation when it is released to the respective ministries marked
in the report.
The public accounts committee has been visiting ministries and departments
identified in the AG’s 2005 report for discrepancies and they had made
recommendations, which were forwarded to the President’s Office.
EXCERPTS FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL’S 2005 REPORT
Over-spending – by a huge amount
“The Force incurred a total expenditure of $80,438,406 against the revised
expenditure of $67,186,100 resulting in an over expenditure of
Pocketing revenue that should have gone to the Ministry of Finance
“Between 2004 and 2005, Telecom paid RFMF $1,515,219 for the installation
of modern high quality telephone satellite stations in 87 villages around
Fiji. Out of this amount, $1.2 million was receipted in 2004. However,
audit could not substantiate this from the ledgers as the records were not
“Audit noted that the fund was used for purchases of goods and services
that were not related to the Telesat Project. These include:
• the payment of rugby gear and travel expenses of the RFMF rugby team;
• expenses for the Truth and Justice Campaign of which details of only
$55,467 was provided;
• per diem allowances and advances that were approved by the Commander
instead of the Chief Accountant as required under Finance Instructions
207. Refer to the Appendix 16.3 for details of payments.
RFMF used an inactive trust account and re-titled it to Telesat
RFMF/Telecom Project thus not complying with Finance Circular 14/03.” (SO
THIS IS THE COMMANDER’S VIEW OF PROPER PROCESS.)
• Expenditure relating to the Tetesat project should be met from the Trust
• Necessary action should be taken against officers who abused the fund.”
WHAT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN????
FLOUTING RULES AND CAUSING EXTRAVAGENT LOSSES
“Audit noted that on 17th July, 1994 an Army truck which carted some
villagers to a church service was involved in an accident at Somosomo,
Taveuni in which 6 civilian passengers died and several others were
It was revealed that the RFMF on 10/8/05 paid a sum of $586,550 as
compensation to the victims and relatives of the deceased. The payment of
compensation claims are tabulated in Appendix 16.5. The extravagant
expenditure could have been avoided had the driver complied with the
Transport Rules and Instructions.”
DODGY CONTRACT PROCESSES
“Audit noted that the Republic of Fiji Military Force entered into
contracts with several companies without going through the normal tender
process or obtaining competitive quotations. The following discrepancies
• Taina’s Travel Service was contracted to facilitate overseas and
domestic travels at a cost of $102,408 for services rendered during the
• Omega Computers Ltd was hired to provide computer services and repairs
at the considerable sum of $67,928.
• Sunshine Bakery was contracted to supply bread totalling $60,179.
• Dee Cees Buses Ltd was engaged to provide transportation services for
• Rental cars were hired from Budget Rentals to supplement the transport
needs at a cost of $31,712.”
DOUBLE DIPPING PERMITTED
“Audit scrutiny of the RFMF’s other ranks married quarters and tenancy
return revealed that some officers living in the army quarters were also
receiving lodging allowances. Refer to Table 16.2 for Examples.”
“The audit of the RFMF’s quarters records at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks
revealed that some officers occupying government quarters were not paying
SOME EXAMPLES – Tikoitoga and Teleni!!!!!
“The salary payments for Pay No. 26 of 2005 with regards to the 3% COLA
revealed that most of the Officers of the RFMF were overpaid. The officers
were paid 732 days (2 years) instead of the approved 366 days (1 year)
SLOPPY RECORD KEEPING
“Audit revealed that the two sections did not maintain fuel stock card or
registers nor was any supporting documents produced for audit. In addition
the Plant Pool store room was in a deplorable state and therefore
inappropriate to store spare parts of motor vehicles.”
UNACCOUNTABLE HANDLING OF TRUSTS
“Trust Fund Accounts comprise monies, which are not the property of the
State and are not utilized for the purposes of government. The RFMFs Trust
Fund Account comprises of contributions to the Fiji National Provident
Fund and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) deductions. Apart from these, deductions
directly from staff remunerations to Fiji Care Insurance, CMLA, British
American Insurance, Housing Authority, Credit Unions and FMF Fines are
included under the FMF Trust Fund Account.
The balance of the Trust Account substantially decreased by 43% from
$4,049,084 in 2004 to $2,307,137 in 2005. The detail of the balance and
the reasons for the decline were not revealed to audit. The RFMF does not
maintain proper its own Departmental Underline Trust Ledgers.”
THIS IS A SHOCKING REPORT BUT DO NOT EXPECT ANY KIND OF EXPLANATION FROM A
GOVERNMENT THAT IS SELF-APPOINTED AND A LAW UNTO ITSELF.