RFMF commander refutes ‘no pay’ claims

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto. Picture: FT FILE

THE Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, has refuted claims that some soldiers were not paid while others were being half paid.

Members of the RFMF who spoke to this newspaper on the condition of anonymity, claimed some of them had not been paid, while others had been told to only work half a day because they would be getting half their pay.

Rear Admiral Naupoto refuted the claims, saying the RFMF was on a “reduce activity period”.

“What I mean by reduced activity period is that there are less activities, normal routine, no training as we are heading into the end of the financial year,” he said.

“This is the period where only the essential duties are going right now, but there is nothing about no one getting paid.”

There were also claims that RFMF personnel reporting for duty at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua, Suva, only worked half a day and returned home.

Out of the $103.3million allocated to the RFMF in the 2018/2019 National Budget, more than $74.5m was for salaries.

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