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Wheels for ex-PMs

Aqela Susu
Thursday, February 22, 2018

FORMER prime ministers Laisenia Qarase and Sitiveni Rabuka have each received an official "ministerial-type" vehicle together with a driver as Fiji's former leaders.

Mr Qarase and Mr Rabuka have confirmed that the vehicles have been given to them as per the relevant provisions stipulated under the Prime Minister's Pensions Act 1994.

Section 9 subsection 1 (ii) of the Act states, "The following additional benefits shall apply to a person in receipt of a pension under this Act until his demise, provided that such person had completed five years' service: (ii) provision for a ministerial-type vehicle and a driver, including free travel on scheduled trips of government ships."

Mr Rabuka served as Fiji's PM from 1992 to 1999 while Mr Qarase led the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Government from 2000 to 2006.

"The driver was approved by the Prime Minister this week," Mr Rabuka said.

"As per the conditions, it (vehicle) will not be used for any party work or campaign."

Mr Qarase yesterday confirmed that he received his official vehicle earlier this month.

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