Fiji Times Editorial
By Ifereimi Nadore
By Ifereimi Nadore
COMMODORE Voreqe Bainimarama has given an assurance that those who are implicated in the Fiji National Provident Fund saga will stand trial for their actions.
"O ni sa na raica talega ka rogoca na kedra tuvalaki vou na veitabana bibi eso ka voleka sara me ra kasura sobu me vaka na tabana ni lavo musuki na FNPF, ka vakanuinui tu kina na i wase levu ni lewe ni vanua ena i lavo ni vakacegu. (You would have seen and heard the new reforms currently being taken in important/key areas that are almost collapsing, such as the FNPF, in which lies the hope of a good number of our citizens when they retire)," he said.
"Ena tikina oqo e sa bokoca kina na FNPF ena macawa sa oti na dinau levu e $327milioni ka biuta ka vakacuruma na matabose ni FNPF kina otela mai Natadola ka vakayacori tu ena sala butobuto kei na veivakalolomataki ena nodra i yau na tamata cakacaka e Viti (The FNPF has written down a big debt of $327m, part of which it had invested in Natadola, and conducted under shady dealings, abusing workers' savings in Fiji)," he said.
"Era na beitaki kina mataveilewai ko ira kece era tiki ni gacagaca ni veivakalolomataki oqo (All those who are party to this oppression/abuse will be charged (taken to court)," he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said members' money had been misused by some people through dubious means and corruption.
Opening the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting yesterday, Commodore Bainimarama said after having seen how the FNPF members were ill-treated, they would see that those who did wrong would be dealt with accordingly.
The comments come after the Fiji National Provident Fund announced that it had to write down $327million worth of investments that were not performing.
Meanwhile, Commodore Bainimarama also told the meeting that changes were also made within the Native Land Trust Board to improve its service to landowners and tenants.
He said Government had also liquidated the business arm of the NLTB, the Vanua Development Corporation, which had used up $3million on its business dealings with businessman Ballu Khan.
He said the money, which was owned by the landowners, was not recovered.
Commodore Bainimarama said apart from that, Government had also injected new life into the Rewa Co-Operative Dairy Co Ltd to improve its production, which will see it extend to Vanua Levu.
He said Government had drawn up plans for the utilisation of vacant land under the new land reforms.