23 Jun 2015

Vanuatu kava drinking public servants told off

9:02 am on 23 June 2015

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Sato Kilman has warned politicians and public servants not to drink too much kava and then fail to get to work on time.

Mr Kilman, who came to power 12 days ago after a no confidence vote, says government workers use all sorts of excuses for turning up late for work, when they trying to hide a hangover.

The Prime Minister has reminded them of their duties and says traditionally chiefs and older men drink kava as a daily relaxant at sun down then go to sleep early to wake up fresh the next day.

Sato Kilman - pictured during a visit to Russia in March 2015

Photo: Vladimir Pesnya / RIA Novosti

The Opposition Leader, Edward Natapei, agrees and wants guidelines laid out for workers.