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More Queries On Police Cash

The former Qarase Government Finance Minister, Ratu Jone Kubuabola, says Police officers were supposed to be paid their back pay in 2004. He joins a growing number of people who
22 Dec 2014 11:25
More Queries On Police Cash
Widow Amalaini Kanasalusalu Torosi welcomes news about a Police payout. She is pictured with her grandson,Metuisela Torosi

The former Qarase Government Finance Minister, Ratu Jone Kubuabola, says Police officers were supposed to be paid their back pay in 2004.

He joins a growing number of people who have questioned why the Police officers were not paid in full then like members of the Military and Corrections.

Ratu Jone was a Cabinet member of Laisenia Qarase’s SDL government at the time.

The FijiFirst Government has now stepped in to help the officers and ex-officers who were not paid.

Ratu Jone said while he could not remember many of the details, the back pay was part of a job evaluation exercise that was carried out in line with the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Correction Services.

Ratu Jone said from his understanding, Police should have received their payout.

“Our priority was Police. If the two other security agencies, the Military and Corrections Services were paid and not the Police then something must have been wrong,” he said.

“We had always put an emphasis on the Police so I cannot see why they were not paid unless something very drastic happened.”

The FijiFirst Government is paying the long outstanding money owed to about 2000 former officers and others currently serving. It has allocated between $24 million and $26 million in the 2015 Budget for compensation payments.

This was after a spokesperson for the affected officers, Tevita Ralulu, wrote to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to ask for help in resolving their grievance.

Acting Commissioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa acknowledged that Police officers were only partly paid back then.

When asked about what happened to the money allocated in 2004, he referred queries to his public relations officer.

Questions sent have not been answered when this edition went to press.

Mr Ralulu said he wanted to know where the balance of the 2004 back pay went to. He said it was sad that some officers had died before receiving the remainder of their back pay.

Mr Ralulu said they had received a part payment of the back pay and were waiting for the balance. The wait had stretched to 10 years.

He expressed his appreciation to Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for their help in resolving an issue they were not responsible for.

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