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Inquiry into Office of the Auditor-General makes the Fiji First GovernmentA laughing stock

December 31, 2021

The Fiji Government will end 2021 deservedly as a laughing stock.

We all know why the Government has announced this so-called inquiry into conduct, operations and performance of the Office of the Auditor-General.

It is to deflect questions about the tens of millions of dollars it has spent on Walesi. The Government refuses to talk about Walesi’s accounts. Even though Walesi’s accounts up to 2017 are ready, the Government refuses to release them.

In the past, Commissions of Inquiry are usually held in public. So we ask the Government if this will be a public inquiry. Will the public hear the allegations against the Auditor-General’s office? Will the Auditor-General be allowed to respond in public to the Government’s complaints?

Tens of thousands of people are still living in poverty and despair because of the pandemic. We are once again threatened by the Omicron variant.

Many families put in isolation because they have tested positive in homes, in villages, and settlements in Vanua Levu are struggling and are in need of help. What is the government doing to help? We should be preparing for the cyclone season and ensuring our people are safe.

And yet - all this Government cares about is winning a petty argument.

Professor Biman Prasad



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