23rd May 01:03 PM
Kubuabola said he had a private medical check during meetings in China last year
By Vijay Narayan
Saturday 15/07/2017
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has told the Auditor General’s Office that he had a private medical check in China in between having bilateral meetings in China in 2016.

This follows an audit conducted in 2016 which noted that the Minister at the time was paid 3 days per diem allowance from the 14th to 16th of April, 2016 while on his private medical check up in Shanghai, China totalling $4,343.

The Auditor General’s 2016 report noted that the then Minister was not entitled to per diem allowance while on medical treatment overseas.

It also says that the airline fare to China cannot be determined as it was lumped together in the travel itinerary.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought clarification from Ratu Inoke Kubuabola after this was noted by the Auditor General’s Office.

Ratu Inoke said in his response that he had meetings in Seoul that were arranged by the Fiji Embassy in Seoul in his capacity as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

He said that he had his medical check up but also worked as he had bilateral meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials from Beijing and that all trips were approved by the Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is awaiting responses from missions in Beijing and Seoul on the official copies of the outcome of the bilateral meetings conducted by the then Minister on the mentioned trips.

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