The leave payments made by Bainimarama to himself and his cronies is nothing but robbery. This is no different from the gun point robberies of Banks or shops by hooligans. Perhaps the only difference is this time the robbers are in full uniform and sitting in plush offices and are chauffer driven around in luxury cars owned by the very people they have robbed.
It is an abuse of power; power that was obtained through the barrel of the gun.
The leave payment schedule was calculated and checked by Warrant Officer J. Degei on 1 February 2008. The Auditor General should do the right thing and check this schedule for a number of reasons.
Firstly it is clear that simple arithmetic is not one of WO J. Degei’s strengths as when one tries to follow the calculations one notices the glaring arithmetical errors let alone the justification of the entitlements. For instance in 1985/86 the schedule shows that Bainimarama used up all his leave but WO J. Degei allocated 8 days of outstanding leave.
Secondly, when one scrutinizes the entitlements one sees that Bainimarama earned 30 days long service leave in 1980/1981, 56 days in 1983/984 and 56 days in 1987/1988. Given that Bainimarama joined the navy in July 1975, it works out that in 13 years of service he earned 142 days of long service leave. Is that how the system work? Perhaps WO J Degei could tell the public, whose money has been swindled, if that is indeed the policy of the RFMF.
It gets worse. According the to the leave schedule, Bainimarama did not take a sinlge day leave in 10 years between 1983 and 1999, and again in the 8 years between 2000 and 2008. Are we to believe this? He is often seen watching rugby matches during working days here and abroad. Can he put his hand on his heart and tell the people of Fiji that he never took a single day off in18 years. Surely he cannot be serious.
Apart from the142 days long service leave he has been allocated he gets another 80 days at the end of the schedule. All these add up to 698 days to which is applied a rate of $263.77 per day. I can only presume that this is current salary rate. To add salt to injury, he then claimed another $29,139.11 in expense and ration allowance.
The schedule shows a FNPF deduction of $20,406.71 which goes straight to his FNPF account. What the schedule does not show is that the taxpayer would have paid a similar amount ($20,406.71) to FNPF as the employer’s contribution to Bainimarama’s account.
In total Bainimarama collected a whooping $205,147.29.
Apparently there are 40 other senior officers who also received the leave back pays. Let’s hope that WO J Degei did not do their calculation sheet.
This is an utter abuse of office. Mahendra Chaudhry says it is justifiable. His double standards are laughable.These are the same people who are denying Laisenia Qarase of his pensions.