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Govt Staff Breach Frequent

“It has been a weekly occurrence now where names of government workers were popping up in breaches, which was approximately two to three times a week.
25 Aug 2021 12:49
Govt Staff Breach Frequent
Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has written to Permanent Secretaries of all Government Ministries informing them of the increase in COVID-safe breaches by civil servants.

One such incident that was highlighted to the Fiji Sun involved a Police Constable and a Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation driver who were drinking kava and social gathering with others at the Women’s barracks in Vatukoula on Sunday, August 15.

The incident happened during curfew hours and officers on duty found a government vehicle parked in the compound with people inside the barracks consuming kava.

The vehicle has since been impounded and the offenders were issued with Public Health Infringement Notices.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “Now, we are not only issuing them with the Public Health Infringement Notices (PHINs), but I have also started writing to the Permanent Secretaries of those Ministries so that they are aware of what breaches their staff have been involved in.

“It has been a weekly occurrence now where names of government workers were popping up in breaches, which was approximately two to three times a week.

“We have had Police Officers involved in COVID-19 breaches. They have been issued with PHINs and we are also dealing with them internally with our disciplinary mechanisms regarding the conduct of Police Officers.”

Permanent Secretary for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation, Jennifer Poole confirmed receiving the letter from the Commissioner of Police and said the Ministry would be investigating the case.

“The staff who is the Ministry’s driver and the vehicle was assigned to another Ministry at the time, however, we shall investigate and undertake the nessary disciplinary steps.”

Attempts to get comments from the Permanent Secretary for Civil Service Susan Kiran was unsuccessful.

 



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