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By Maika Bolatiki
Government officers have been surcharged for the use of Government vehicles after hours without proper authorisation.
The vehicles are impounded at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) compound at Nabua, Suva.
Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday, RFMF chief of staff operations, Lieutenant-Colonel Amani Suliano, confirmed that the impounded vehicles are in their hands.
“Surcharges had been laid against some Government officers involved in the operation of Government vehicles after hours,” Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano said.
He said some soldiers were on the road checking Government vehicles and most of them had been operating after hours for many months without proper authorisation.
“This is an act of ignorance by those responsible, especially when they had known of the Public Service Commission directive on the use of Government vehicles after hours.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano said some more Government vehicles were impounded on Wednesday night.
He said Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had given them the directive to check Government vehicles on the road after hours.
Some of the impounded vehicles had been returned to their ministries.
This happened after they received instructions from the Prime Minister.
He said some vehicles were still at Queen Elizabeth Barracks and would only be released after a clear explanation had been given to the Prime Minister on why they were on the road after hours and who would be surcharged.
Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano had again reminded civil servants of Government’s zero tolerance against corruption.
He said some Government vehicles had been used for personal use and this had to stop.
The military, he said, would do all their best to stop the abuse of Government vehicles after hours.