9 Nov 2005

Fiji government restructures immigration department

8:04 pm on 9 November 2005

The Fiji government is undertaking a major restructure of its Immigration Department after years of allegations of bribery and corruption.

Radio Legend quotes the home affairs minister, Josefa Vosanibola, as saying the work is being done to close the loopholes which have led to long-standing abuses by some officers of the department.

Mr Vosanibola has defended the appointment of the chief executive of the home affairs ministry, Dr Lesi Korovavala, as the acting director of immigration.

The minister says the removal of the director of immigration, Eroni Luveniyali, from the post is part of the restructure.

Mr Vosanibola also says government Senator Kenneth Low should take any evidence of the allegations he has made to the police for investigation.

Mr Low has accused immigration officials of demanding cash and sex for issuing work permits, residency papers and Fiji passports to illegal Chinese immigrants.