|ASCO MOTORS: CEO Abdul Afiz.|
But the cracks in the deal have emerged with sources saying the fine print will see the Fiji taxpayer paying unnecessarily for a deal that sees both the illegal PM and AG cashing in.
2) Any usage after 150,000km will incur a cost of $50.00 per km.
3) Any damage to the vehicles under lease must be met by the interim government as additional expenditure.
With the frequent use of lease vehicles (most of them are Twin cabs and will be used by the police), it is expected that they will reach 150,000km within a year and half.
In an earlier $10 million dollar deal with Asco Motors in 2009, about 80 vehicles out of 100 ended up being returned to the company well before the expected deadline of 2013.
Inside sources say taxpayers would've been spared such an exorbitant cost had the illegal government bought the vehicles outright. They say the vehicles would've had solid life of 10 years, especially as most of the government departments like police and army have their own traffic pools with about 20 mechanics servicing the fleets.
In fact, sources say the country is being taken for the ride of a lifetime and that the lease deal with Asco is just one example of the sort of business deals that Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum are benefiting from.