Bloggers, this is the height of nepotism and cronyism, but these idiots are no longer concerned nor are they bothering to conceal this from the public! Kurusiga’s track record is dismal, for eg: his involvement with Kadavu Holdings. He now is #2 to Vore’s older brother, who too is highly incompatible. For instance, he never came to the defence of Litia Qionibaravi (Deputy PS Fijian Affairs) when Vore wrongly attacked her for abusing FAB funds, when Meli macawa knew all along it was lies, but kept his mouth shut, resulting in Litia’s job loss and ultimately being abused at QEB. Meli will be held accountable for this one day.
Bloggers, please keep a look out for Batibasaga, as he is currently out of a job and will be looking for handouts. KURUSIGA – MAI YA SO, E VALE E MINO!!!
Sunday 13 July 2008.
COLONEL Apakuki Kurusiga’s appointment as deputy secretary at the Fijian Affairs Board (FAB) is for three years, says Ministry of Indigenous Affairs permanent secretary Ratu Meli Bainimarama.
“Col Kurusiga was assigned to this post from 17 June 2008,” said Ratu Meli.”He replaced three officers who were acting in two positions of deputy secretary but reverted to their substantive positions in July 2007.
“He was assigned to this post to, among other things, see to the implementation of recommendations his team has made during its visit to the Provincial Councils and the FAB.
“He has been offered a contract appointment of three years with the board.” Col Kurusiga preferred not to comment instead referring all queries to Ratu Meli. Public Service Commission deputy secretary Maria Matavewa said the commission was unaware of the appointment.
However, she confirmed that the FAB was an autonomous body which made its own appointments. Meanwhile, two political parties said the appointment was a continuation of the militarisation of the government machinery.
Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party director Peceli Kinivuwai said the military was putting its people in strategic posts within the civil service. “Why are they bringing in a retired colonel?” “By doing that they are depriving a career civil servant from a promotion or getting ahead within the civil service and that’s demoralising,” he said.
National Federation Party general secretary Pramod Rae said the appointment of Col Kurusiga was suspicious and the militarisation of the government machinery was continuing. He said it raised eyebrows because Col Kurusiga had been tasked with investigating Fijian institutions and was now appointed to one of the very institutions he reviewed.
“This goes against good governance and shows this is just another job for the boys,” said Mr Rae. “This is nepotism and cronyism.”