THE government has intervened in the troubled Fiji Cancer Society, months after a dispute over fund use led to the organisation's accounts being frozen.
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday an amendment under the Charitable Trusts Act enabled the responsible minister to put procedures in place should there be issues to a charitable trust to which the government had contributed in any way.
In accordance with the act, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum nullified the appointments of all office bearers of the society, and a three-member committee has been tasked to investigate the complaints.
Former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem will chair the committee, which also includes medical specialist Dr James Fong and financial expert Manjula Suraweera.
"Government is very perturbed by these allegations. We've also been given some factual material where funds have been used perhaps not in the right manner or what it was intended for, and we understand that there has also been abuse of property regarding the Fiji Cancer Society," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said the government had provided a lot of attention in terms of improving medical facilities and the Fiji Cancer Society played a "pivotal role".
"Individual taxpayers of this country put their trust in this organisation and we want to ensure that this money is used wisely."
While no time frame has been given, the new committee will present its report to the minister responsible.