The People’s Alliance-National Federation Party government’s first order of business will be an extensive audit of the country’s finances in its first 100 days to establish the true state of the Fijian economy.
PA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said this while criticising Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for his comments on the economy during a FijiFirst rally earlier this week, where he said other political parties did not understand debt and were predicting the economy would collapse in a week.
He said the question of whether or not the economy would collapse could not be blindly assessed and determined in a week.
“The truth will never be revealed if the FijiFirst party retains power,” he said.
“I urge the people to vote for our coalition so that the true financial position of our State is properly assessed and revealed instead of hiding the numbers from the public.
“It is the height of ignorance and arrogance for Bainimarama to say that Fiji’s economy still has not collapsed after a week because the people know we have incurred more debts in the last few weeks.”
Mr Rabuka said from available records provided by the State, Fiji’s debt was around $10 billion but no one would know for sure until an independent audit was done by the PA-NFP coalition.
He claimed the estimated $10b debt excluded “suspicious transactions” like the “Help for Home” and “Adopt a School” initiatives post-Tropical Cyclone Winston run by the Economy Ministry’s Construction Implementation Unit.
“These transactions and the like will be put before a Transparency and Accountability Commission with exclusive jurisdiction.
“Everyone giving evidence will have absolute freedom of information and confidentiality.”
Mr Rabuka said while on the campaign trail, people had come forward and raised concerns about the poor response post-TC Winston, where they were delivered tiles with no grout and fillers, bags of cement that had hardened with no iron rods, sand and cement blocks, and louvres without any frames.
He said a PA-NFP government would conduct a probe into the issue in their first 100 days of government.
“I will then make a call to the nation that experts in various fields come forward and help us investigate inflated costing, make findings, find all perpetrators, hold beneficiaries accountable for their actions and recommend prosecution to the DPPs Office.”