The Police Commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, is in trouble again with some officers - this time over uniforms.
Naivalurua is reported to be proposing to replace the current blue uniform with maroon but the makeover is being seen as a waste of money and stupid.
One officer has described the new look as totally wrong for Fiji. He said: "The police force is being made a mockery of, with mufti colours. We are not African state police with flying maroon colours. We are the FPF, recognized with our proud blue colours and we, police officers, have no intention of being made laughing jokes while serving someone’s under petticoat advice."
Information seen by Coupfourpointfive reveal the maroon beret, shirt, khaki pants and boots will cost the taxpayers about $800,000 to kit out 9,000 officers.
Moles say Naivalurua, who is in China with the Acting Minister of Defence, is also planning to repaint the country's 37 police stations maroon at a cost of $500,000. The last renovations at the Central Police Station alone cost the force more than $300,000 in 2009.
Angry officers say Naivalurua is wasting money yet officers from all ranks are being told to pay rent for police quarters. They say he's mates with United Apparel, the company that will be supplying the uniforms and will earn a 10% commission.
Moles also say their boss bought 10 scooters from Westside Motorbike Rentals for $80,000 when the former police commissioner, Esala Teleni, had set it up so the bikes would be free.
They say in another abuse of office, he benefited from a $5 to $10,000 commission from the sale. The scooters are being used by women traffic officers and were bought without tender. The force had just purchased 10 new Hondas last year for $400,000.
Naivalurua is in China with Joketani Cokenasiga, working on a MOU for the two countries.
Editor's Note: Colonel Pio Tikoduadua (right) is also reported to be in China recovering from an operation. It's not known what surgery he had but informers say he is now out of hospital. The permanent secretary to the illegal Prime Minister's office is believed to have been flown to China more than a week ago for treatment.