Bloggers, this man is really a worthless human being with no moral attributes at all. Read the crap he is saying to justify his involvement in the illegal junta. He justifies the over-spending on the basis that any government faced with threats of foreign invasion, etc would have over-spent to protect the nation. What he forgets to mention is the government he is referring to is an illegal one that usurped lawful authority from the lawful Qarase government. You can never draw comparisons of what a lawful government may do and this illegal junta! The fact is Chodo, that you and this illegal junta brought upon this curse urselves and you have created this quagmire of illegality, which is sucking the resources out of the country. SV is counting the days when you all face trial for treason and spend the rest of your miserable lives in prison as a lesson and deterrent for idiots in the future.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Former Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has admitted that Fiji Military Force overspent its 2007 Budget and that it did so without following proper procedures.
Chaudhry has told FBCL News today the overspending by the military in 2007 is not anything out of the ordinary, and is something any government at that time could have accommodated.
He says following threats of overseas invasion after the December 2006 takeover, safety and security measures were put in place by the military which required more money then what was in their budgetary allocation.
Mahendra Chaudhry says after Qarase had requested assistance from Australia, which saw warships and Black Hawck Helicopters in Fiji’s territorial waters, the military did what it had to, to protect itself and the citizens of this country.
In doing so, roadblocks and other safety and security measures were taken. Fiji was in a state of emergency for a good 8 months, and Chaudhry says the emergency and national security measures required this expenditure which was considered essential by the military, and were not budgeted in the 2007 allocation.
Seeing that this was an emergency, Chaudhry says this was normal and could have been implicated by any government that was in power at that time.
However the former finance minister did acknowledge that normal procedures were not followed in implementing these funds.
“No of course there was a budget overrun, this was not recorded until the expenditure was incurred but as I said, it was a situation of emergency and when the facts were known immediate action was taken to regularize that expenditure,” said Chaudhry.
“This happens in governments, this is nothing unusual, we had similar situations in the past, not related to such events but normal over expenditures, and this later one was regularized by parliament upon presentation of expenditures to parliament and request for additional provisions,” he added.
Chaudhry goes on to lash out at critics saying they should do their homework before speaking out against the military, who he says do contribute to the financial running of the country.
“It must also be drawn to the attention of these critics that the military is reimbursed by the United Nations for peacekeeping duties that it takes on behalf of the UN in various parts of the world. And this revenue amounts to around 20 to 25 million dollars a year, which goes into the governments revenue.”
Chaudhry likened the situation to natural disasters or any other situations which he says could have required the over expenditure of the normal budgetary allocations.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation LTD