13 Sep 2017

Claims of possible interference with Fiji audits

From , 3:06 pm on 13 September 2017

A Fiji economist says the controversy surrounding the recent release of the Auditor General's reports smacks of political interference.

Last week, the Auditor General, Ajay Nand, stood alongside the permanent secretary of the economy ministry and told a news conference that his recently-published report was riddled with errors.

That came only weeks after the chair of the Public Accounts Committee excoriated the media for publishing details of the publicly available report, which identified areas of mis-spending, unaccounted funds and a lack of transparency in the government's books.

Neelesh Gounder, from the University of the South Pacific, told Jamie Tahana recent news conferences have brought the independence of the Auditor General's office into question.

No caption

Photo: 123RF