11 Mar 2015

Fiji military defends spending

6:55 am on 11 March 2015

Fiji's military commander has told the parliament's Public Accounts Committee the military has operated within budget since 2010, and insisted his force operates transparently.

Mosese Tikoitoga.

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has defended the military's transparency. Photo: AFP

This is despite reluctance in allowing the Auditor General's office to delve into private funds held by the military, despite recent supreme court orders.

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga says those funds are private military funds which the military needs to first discuss with the OAG on how they will be audited, if need be.

He says the military has several layers of private funds which may take years for the OAG to look through.

But the committee's chair, Biman Prasad, says the same level of scrutiny is given to the private accounts of all other departments and ministries, and the military should be no exception.