Yadra Bloggers, well Kurusiga and gang have now been disbanded after 15 months of investigations with nothing to show for it. Kurusiga is known for his lack of business acumen together with several others on this team, yet they wasted so much of tax payers monies into conducting investigations they never were competent to undertake from the very beginning. At the end of the day, it seems Chodo too has had enough and refused them monies because that is one commodity the illegal junta is fast running out of.
Monday, July 07, 2008
THE independent team appointed to investigate Fijian institutions has been disbanded 15 months after it was set up.
Interim Prime Minister and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this yesterday.
The team was commissioned to investigate major Fijian institutions such as the Native Land Trust Board, the Fijian Affairs Board and the Native Land Commission in March last year.
But the team’s work ended in March this year, with only NLTB and FAB investigated.
“Yes, that team is now disbanded,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“We will call them up again if the need arises.”
It is understood the team had asked the Finance Ministry to give $1.3million in March so it could investigate the Native Land Commission’s work and address complaints against it.
Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry said he did not know anything about it.
“You have to talk to the PM about that. I don’t know anything about it,” Mr Chaudhry said.
Commodore Bainimarama said the team of five members would change and its work would depend on the availability of funds from the State.
Efforts to determine how much was spent so far on the investigations proved futile yesterday.
The team was headed by Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga, who is now assigned to be Fijian Affairs Board deputy secretary.
In the team’s report on the NLTB investigation, it stated that the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, echoed his concern in his proclamation and singled out the need to restructure the NLTB.
Colonel Kurusiga could not be reached for comment yesterday.
He was not at home when The Fiji Times went to his house.
The team conducted its investigations into the NLTB from March to June last year.
The investigations led to the sacking of some staff and overhaul of management at NLTB. The team submitted its report to the interim Prime Minister on their findings.
Part of the findings showed that extinct mataqali funds up to $3.44million kept by the NLTB had been misused.
The team’s findings are being probed by the anti-corruption commission.
Then the team headed to the Fijian Affairs Board from August to December.
The team was to have investigated the NLC early this year, but their budget proposal of $1.3 million was shelved by the Finance Ministry.
The five member team includes Colonel Kurusiga, Ratu Luke Yavaca, Captain Timoci Tuisawau, Kalivati Batibasaga and a senior military officer.
Mr Batibasaga said he would comment later, adding he preferred that Colonel Kurusiga talk on behalf of the team.