29 Jan 2010

SDL expects Fiji regime to cut pension to 40 members

2:04 pm on 29 January 2010

The political party which was ousted from power in Fiji expects more than 40 of its members will lose their pensions under a new decree.

The Prime Minister's office has told reporters they should look to the last parliament if they want to know who has been sent pension termination letters under the decree, which gives the prime minister the power to stop retirement benefits to those who criticise the regime or incited hatred.

Peceli Kinivuwai, the general secretary of the SDL Party, which was ousted in the 2006 coup, says his party members have yet to receive notification their pensions have been cut.

But comments from the regime lead him to expect that they will.

"Our members are ready to face the wrath of the removal of our pensions. Basically there's not much we can do because someone is in control. They are running the show, and this is a government decision, and everyone will have to abide by that."

Peceli Kinivuwai

The former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has confirmed his pension has been cut.