Friday, May 22, 2009

Corruption Charges and Pitiful Wastage


Croz Walsh's blog outlines:
The corruption and gross Government inefficiency were among the reasons given by Bainimarama for the 2006 Coup, and many in Fiji were supporters of his "Clean Up" campaign.

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According to a Fiji Sun article, additional corruption charges also have been filed against the former General Manager of Native Lands Trust Board (NLTB)Kalivati Bakani and former permanent secretary for the Infrastructure and Public Utilities Ministry, Anasa Vocea.

The excerpt of Fiji Sun article:

Bakani, Vocea charged

5/22/2009


A hearing date for former Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) General Manager Kalivati Bakani and former permanent secretary for the Infrastructure and Public
Utilities Ministry, Anasa Vocea has been set.

Both accused appeared at the Suva Magistrate Court where a hearing date was set after they were charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last year.

Bakani and Vocea appeared before chief magistrate Ajmal Khan. Bakani was charged by FICAC with seven counts of abuse of office. FICAC alleges that between 2002 to 2003, Bakani approved investment of extinct Mataqali funds into various financial institutions without authority.

The funds total to $3million. FICAC says rightfully the funds should go to the Fijian Affairs Board to be used for the benefit of native Fijians.

Magistrate Khan has ordered Bakani to return to court on July 27. Meanwhile, Mr Vocea who was charged with eight counts of extortion by public officer also appeared in court yesterday. Magistrate Khan then adjourned the matter to June 25, for hearing.



Earlier SiFM posts had hightlighted the corruption in N.L.T.B. The post titled "More Vice Than Virtue-NLTB's General Manager" alluded to the character of Bakani.
7 Sins of NLTB, outlined the Natadola scandal that involved a former NLTB board director.

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