Leader of Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama has written to Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, refusing to accept the paid Government quarters as it is illegal to make such an offer in the first place.
Bainimarama says the current law does not allow for such a benefit for the Leader of Opposition.
He says neither the Prime Minister nor the Speaker of Parliament can unilaterally go outside the scope of the law.
Bainimarama says that in this instance, parliamentary approval is required for any amendments to the existing benefits.
Rabuka has given time to Bainimarama to stay at the official PM’s residence until he is ready to vacate the house in Muanikau.
Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pita Wise says the Prime Minister has given Bainimarama time to organise himself and there is no hurry.
Wise confirms that they will make the necessary amendments to the regulations and ensure that Bainimarama is given a government quarters if he wants to take up Rabuka’s offer and move to one as the Leader of the Opposition.
Rabuka continues to stay at his private residence at Namadi Heights after being sworn-in as Prime Minister on December 24th.
Wise also says they will make assessments after Bainimarama vacates the current official residence as it used to be the official residence of the Chief Justice.
The Public Service Commission and Public Works Department will also carry out an assessment of the official PM’s residence at Ratu Sukuna Road.
Wise says the cost to repair that official residence will be determined and they will then see what is best for the Prime Minister.
fijivillage News has asked Bainimarama what is his plan.
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