15 Aug 2002

Fiji PM warns cabinet not to get drunk or engage in immoral activities

10:51 am on 15 August 2002

Fiji's prime minister, Lasisenia Qarase, has warned his cabinet ministers not to be found drunk or engage in immoral activities.

The Daily Post reports Mr Qarase delivered the warning at a cabinet meeting this week.

He told cabinet ministers they are public figures, ministers 24 hours a day and should set an example to other citizens.

The warning follows several recent reports of ministerial drunkeness at public functions, including the recent ACP summit and squabbles over women.

Outside cabinet, Mr Qarase said his government was working on a Code of Conduct Bill which, if enacted, would raise the standard of behaviour of parliamentarians and ministers.