Fijivillage
NEWS SPORTS

Overpayment of leave compensation completely paid off by Army Commander

Overpayment of leave compensation completely paid off by Army Commander

By fijivillage.com
Wednesday 20/02/2013
The Public Accounts Committee has today said in its report that the Army Commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has completely paid off the overpayment of his leave compensation.

After analyzing the Auditor General’s Special Investigation Report of 2009, the committee said 7 other senior officers have either paid off the leave compensation overpayment or have made arrangements through fortnightly salary deductions. 

People who have repaid in full are Lt Colonel Mason Smith and Major Sikuri.

The Public Accounts Committee said the balance owing for three officers could not be obtained. 

These officers are Commodore Esala Teleni, Captain Natuva and Major Narawa. 

Four officers who had underpaid leave have been compensated accordingly. 
    
According to the report, there were 18 senior officers who were compensated for leave, no one else. 

It also said that none of them knew that they were going to be compensated and it arose from Brigadier General Aziz Mohammed’s office.

The committee said the audit carried out by the Auditor General on the payment of leave compensation to the Army Commander and other senior RFMF officers were not wrong in law.

The Public Accounts Committee reveals that the major change came about in the 1988 RFMF leave regulation where soldiers previously enjoying 10 days leave got 24 and 29 working days. 

The committee said it equated to the same because in the past, weekends were not included as leave. 

The situation was similar with sick leave. 

For this, if a soldier did not exhaust the full 21 days, he could come back and take another 21 days leave even if he had used up his entitlement.
 
The committee said this was a drafting error in the legislation and has been corrected.


Story by: Vijay Narayan

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
Coca Cola Games 2021
The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 22nd to the 24th of this ...
3 days ago

Faith-Based Organisations told COVID-19 vaccine cannot be evil
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong has told religious leaders and representatives that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be ...
14 days ago

Joshua Rahman's $31 million drug trial
Josua Aziz Rahman was allegedly found in possession of 39.5kg of cocaine in Caubati on the 14th of February in ...
21 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
Tabuya raises serious concerns about SODELPA leadership flying blind and banning Kadavu from meetings
SODELPA Whip, Lynda Tabuya has raised serious concerns about how SODELPA is being run with no concrete plan for the 2022 general elections, the leader...
15 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine: Denmark stops rollout completely
Denmark has ceased giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid concerns about rare cases of blood clots. It is the first European country ...
2 minutes ago

27,705 Fijians vaccinated against COVID-19 so far
27,705 Fijians have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine so far. The Ministry of Health says 9,932 people were vaccinated ...
11 hours ago

18 youths allegedly involved in Nabua brawl yesterday questioned and released
The 18 youths from Sukanaivalu Road who were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the brawl in Nabua yesterday have been questioned ...
14 hours ago

Dominion Transport files case against LTA
Nadi based Dominion Transport Company Limited has filed a case against the Land Transport Authority in the Lautoka High Court. The company through ...
14 hours ago

Council members that have not had their AGM cannot be allowed in SODELPA’s management meeting – Gavoka
SODELPA Leader, Viliame Gavoka says the party’s constituency council members that have not had their AGM cannot be allowed in the party’s ...
14 hours ago

TOP