13 Nov 2014

Fiji Chief Justice told to end extravagance

12:48 pm on 13 November 2014

The Auditor-General in Fiji has advised that the Chief Justice, Anthony Gates, should stop using a government limousine for private matters while at the same time receiving a yearly motor vehicle allowance of more than 7,000 US dollars.

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In the report for 2013, the Auditor General says this was raised earlier and continues to lead to extravagant and unnecessary expenditure for the justice department.

The report says the government car was mostly used to pick up and drop off the Chief Justice for his early morning walk.

It recommends to the Registrar that Mr Gates be told to use the government car for official purposes only.

However, the department 's comment on the matter says the Office of the President approved a government vehicle, and the driver was assigned to pick up a bodyguard to go for a morning walk with the Chief Justice every day except Sunday.

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