3 Apr 2008

Ousted Fiji PM calls for accountability of interim regime

4:40 pm on 3 April 2008

The ousted prime minister of Fiji is calling on the interim government to reveal the budget and salary details of members of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

Laisenia Qarase says the interim government has spent one and a half million US dollars of taxpayers money on the Council and it is therefore accountable to the taxpayers.

He accuses the interim government of hypocrisy by claiming to teach about good governance but not upholding those standards itself.

"The interim regime has been telling the people of Fiji that one of the reasons for the coup was the lack of good governance, the lack of transparency and accountability in my government. At the same time, they refuse to disclose details of the remuneration of at least the top people who are involved in the preperation of the People's Charter."

The ousted prime minister of Fiji, Laisenia Qarase.

In the meantime, the Council has released a music video featuring a young male singer to promote a better Fiji. It has not been revealed how much the video has cost to make.