11 Dec 2002

Fiji Government moves to combat public service corruption

5:44 pm on 11 December 2002

The Fiji government is to form an in-house unit to fight corruption within the public service.

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Sakesi Waqanivavalagi, says the anti-corruption body would be modelled on the New South Wales Corruption Commission and come under the Office of the Ombudsman.

He says scams, corruption, nepotism and favouritism among the 23-thousand people employed in the public service are hard to prove and it is necessary to have a check system.

Mr Waqanivavalagi has also thanked the media for exposing corruption in the public service.

In the latest case, Fiji TV secretly filmed an officer of the Fair Trading Department demanding a bribe of 37-thousand US dollars from a businessman in return for removing an incriminating file and showed the film on television.