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‘We Got It Wrong’

The Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, says human error and technology glitches caused discrepancies in the back pay payout. The discrepancies caused an uproar among the recipients when they received
10 Apr 2015 12:03
‘We Got It Wrong’

The Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, says human error and technology glitches caused discrepancies in the back pay payout.

The discrepancies caused an uproar among the recipients when they received the back pay last week.

After his initial cautious response and Minister Timoci Natuva’s defence of the payout, this was the first time that Mr Groenewald admitted the errors.

Mr Groenewald yesterday made the admission in a meeting with the executives of the Former Police Officers’ Association.

The payout is the balance of a back pay Police officers were awarded in 2004 during the term of the SDL Government. The back pay was the outcome of a job evaluation exercise involving the Police, corrections and military officers. Corrections and military officers received their full back pay. But Police officers only received part of it. They were to receive the remainder later. But it never happened.

The FijiFirst Government came to their rescue and set aside funding for it.

The payout did not go down well for many recipients. Some got only $140 and $200 while others had zero in their bank accounts.

“This might be because of technology or human error and we request those with grievance to come forward and we are rectifying the issue,” Mr Groenewald said.

“We understand there had been ‘short payments’ and it could be due to the input and output in the computer which was not properly synchronised but we are looking at ways to rectify the issue.”

Mr Groenewald also requested those whose husbands served in the police force and passed away to provide them with proper documentation.

“All we need is some legal documentation such as the marriage certificate and the death certificate to prove that they had been married and the wife legally inherits the money,” he said.

Widow Amalaini Kanasalusalu Torosi, from Navua, says the Government has done their part in allocating the money.

“It is now up to Police to do their task properly and pay out,” she said.

Her husband Inspector Ilikimi Torosi retired in 2013 but died two months later.

Mrs Torosi, a retired school teacher, said she had provided the documentation and was told to check by Friday (today).

“I just hope that they pay us properly because this has been left hanging since 2004.”

Another widow, Laisa Nadumu, wife of former soccer player Tevita Nadumu from Lautoka shared similar sentiments.

The Police requested those with queries to send an electronic mail (e-mail) to the address jeepayout@gmail.com or contact 3348235 or 9905037 for clarification.

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