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PM intends to take action against NFP MPs

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he intends to take action against National Federation Party Members of Parliament that voted against the recommendations of the Emoluments Committee.

Speaking to the media, Rabuka did not disclose how he intends to follow through with his threat.

The Fijian Parliament approved the salary increases for the President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Ministers, and Members of Parliament on Friday.

The recommendation for an increase was made by the Special Emoluments Committee which was directed to Review the Salaries, Allowances, and Benefits and the Parliament Retirement Act 1989.

FijiLive questioned the process that he and Cabinet intend to take following the recommendations of the Emoluments Committee; Rabuka said the report would be tabled to Cabinet before the Ministry of Finance makes the final calculations before Cabinet endorses the final changes which then would be tabled back in Parliament.

However, this was not the process. In Parliament, the Speaker apologised for not being prepared.

“The Secretariat was working hard to try and keep abreast with the changing decisions as we made from the Government’s side.”

“Do this, wait for this and that is why had to send the flying minute across at midday to ensure that we complied with the time required,” Ratu Naiqama said.

Responding to the threats by the Prime Minister that he intended to take action on the NFP, Prof Prasad said he plans to hear the full context of what the Prime Minister said.

Prof Prasad declined to make any comments on the matter.

All NFP MPs voted against the motion except the Minister for Labour Agni Deo Singh who wrongly abstained during the vote.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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