The scale of the misspending of the Fiji military was further revealed today with the FijiVillage detailing specific dodgy practices. And not only was there a huge scale of waste but purchases were signed off retrospectively by Cabinet and then Minister of Finance, Mahendra Chaudry.
It was found that:
1) The RFMF had preferred suppliers and did not use the normal tender processes. Nor did it get competitive quotes
2) Retrospective approval was sought from the Minister of Finance through Cabinet with the Major Tenders Board also approving waivers
3) Suppliers were paid before hand and many did not deliver the goods or services, accounting for about $5.335 million dollars
4) Old stock was found still sitting in stores, while other stock went to waste because it wasn't stored properly
5) For example, Cabinet validated thousands be spent on vaccines but these ended up sitting on shelves because there wasn't enough room for them in a domestic fridge
6) The vaccines appear to have been ordered in anticipation of additional troops for Operation Sasamaki
7) A lot of the medical supplies were bought from Budget Pharmacy and stored at the RFMF Pharmacy
8) The total cost of drugs that were not properly stored was $73,607
9) A Private Funds Fines Account contained fines paid by RFMF servicemen as determined by the Internal Courts of the RFMF and was used mainly to provide loans to Senior Officers from the rank of Captain and above10) At the time when the $45.5 million over-expenditure in 2007 was highlighted in the budget accounts, the then Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry and the military had highlighted that this occurred due to additional troops and operations after the events of December 2006.