2022 General Election: FICAC is politicised and used as a weapon – Narube

Unity Fiji party leader, Savenaca Narube Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fijian Independence Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) is politicised and is being used as a weapon, claims Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube.

Speaking at a rally in Raiwaqa, he said FICAC could have been very effective in combating corruption.

“Corruption is on the increase, so we need an independent organisation like FICAC to fight corruption,” Mr Narube said.

“We can still have the police, but fighting corruption needs special skills, special legal skills, so FICAC is relevant.

“I believe it is just that it was established as a political weapon and is used as a political weapon.”

He said that the cases that are reported to FICAC are politically motivated.

“We know what’s happening; the government knows what it’s doing so we just need to expose that.”

Mr Narube also said a commission would also be established if they formed government, to address disciplinary issues within the Fiji Police Force.

“Another issue that we are raising is not quite related to the budget allocation is an establishment of an independent body called a police commission to look at disciplinary issues in the force.

“We have heard a lot of disciplinary issues in the force been happening and so that’s one way of dealing with it – an independent body.

“Rather than the Police Commissioner himself determining discipline, it could be determined by an independent body.”

Mr Narube said other countries also have this independent commission that helps the discipline of the police.

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