Attorney General Aiyaz Khaiyum needs to get his own house in order first before preaching to others about transparency and accountability, says the Fiji Labour Party.
FLP is referring to Khaiyum’s address at the Fiji Taxi Association general meeting in Lautoka on Sunday where he called for transparency within the Association.
This is becoming something of a joke now. The prime minister and the attorney general are constantly calling for transparency from everyone else except themselves.
Yet the Bainimarama-Khaiyum regime itself is totally devoid of transparency and accountability: Government financial accounts and Auditor General’s reports have not been published since 2008, proper procedures are not being followed for the awarding of government contracts and consultancies.
The regime has not responded to questions on why the Public Accounts Committee was disbanded when it began examining accounts for the years 2007 onwards.
Most importantly, the salaries of Bainimarama and Khaiyum, and the rest of the Cabinet, are being kept a tight secret from the people of Fiji.
For the past three years, the regime has been talking about Code of Conduct and Freedom of Information legislations but has not produced anything. At the FTA meeting on Sunday, Khaiyum said the legislation would be out in the next few months.
The truth is that no such legislation will be promulgated by the regime as it has no intention of making itself answerable to the people of Fiji.