First Family Party leader – on one of his visits to an overseas bank account?
No-one is surprised that when the Dictator Duo unveiled their income and assets, no multiple salaries could be found and no huge bank accounts were reported (in Fiji anyway). But the question remains – what took so long? If candidates for elected office are required to reveal their assets and income why shouldn’t holders of unelected office do the same as soon as they hold office and award themselves jobs and salaries? The suspicion will remain that they have tidied up their affairs to enable this little show and tell to go ahead. And even if they have made false declarations they still can’t be touched. While anyone else who makes a false declaration under the Parties Decree can be jailed, under their own tailor-made Constitution the Dictator Duo have get out of jail free cards. Section 157. of the Khaiyum Konstitution grants “Absolute and unconditional immunity” and that is, naturally, “irrevocably” to holders of illegal office. This doesn’t cover ordinary criminal offences, but this is not an ordinary crminal offence. It’s part of the special criminal offence of hijacking a state.