6 Aug 2015

Fiji govt given deadline over private payments

3:34 pm on 6 August 2015

Fiji's Public Accounts Committee has given the finance ministry until the end of the month to prepare a detailed report on why a private firm made salary payments to government ministers between 2010 and 2013.

Fiji Village reports that the Finance Ministry told the committee last month that it doesn't know the reason behind the decision to divert 841 thousand US dollars worth of payments through the firm, Aliz Pacific.

It said its salary payment system changed after it received a letter from the Prime Minister's office.

The auditor general's office says it has asked the Prime Minister's office to provide the Committee with supporting documents.

The Committee has also recommended the ministry ask Aliz Pacific to provide documents as well.

Salaries are now paid through the government payroll system.

Government buildings, Suva

Government buildings, Suva Photo: RNZ / Sally Round