Vinaka vaka levu to Michael Field for his tireless work in exposing the lies at the heart of the illegal regime.
Revealed: A couple of little known facts
Voreqe Bainimarama is paying himself an annual salary of FJD$267,000.
Not bad, but not as good as his peon, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
He pays himself FJD$336,000 per annum.
Makes you wonder who the boss really is? Whose coup is it?
The extravagant salaries for the two men are justified – in their eyes anyway – by saying that the collect payment for each portfolio they have awarded themselves.
In any other jurisdiction, this would be called looting, theft or robbery.
You get the sense that the looters know they are at risk because they receive their cash via a backdoor method, rather than through the Ministry of Finance.
An accountant, one Nur Bano Ali of BDO Ali, an accountancy firm, hands out the booty. BDO is part of a worldwide network of accountants; paymastering to a dictatorship is not, until now, been a major business focus for them.
BDO have also just won a big contract to reform Rewa Dairy.
Perhaps they are brilliant at cooking the books, but more than likely it has something to do with the fact that Nur Bano Ali is known to Sayed-Khaiyum as Aunty – she is his mother’s youngest sister.
Keep it all in the family….
While we’re talking about accountants, its intriguing to notice that Ernst and Young in Suva have had to brush up a lot lately about money laundering and the law applying to it. And their advice to the police was not invoiced; their accountants were being interrogated whether they liked it or not.
Not that Ernst and Young had anything especially on their conscience – just one of their high profile clients might be in serious trouble – unless Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum can persuade (or direct) the fraud to turn a blind eye.
And surely, that is impossible? Bainimarama seized power to end corruption, right?
August 7, 2010
Why should We The People have to put up with this regime any more? Free and fair elections NOW!
God bless Fiji