“The salaries declared by them are not what they were getting paid in the last four years. The amounts disclosed have been substantially reduced from what both were actually paid from April 2010,” Chaudhry said in a statement. He maintained allegations the prime minister and the attorney-general were paid around $1million each through a private accounting firm.
"We have also said that the arrangement was made clandestinely and was not acceptable government practice," Chaudhry said. "To this day our allegations have not been refuted by the two who have chosen to remain silent." He also alleged the assets disclosed by the FijiFirst party, of $636,000 "within just days of its formation under the very restrictive funding provisions in the Political Parties Decree" also raises questions about the party’s funding sources which have not been published as required under section 16(2) of the Political Parties Decree.
"We call on the Registrar to publish the sources of funds as required by law so that the people can get to know just who is funding the prime minister’s party," Chaudhry said. He also queried the publication of the declaration in small print alleging it may have been done deliberately "to discourage people from reading or analysing the good financial health of the newly formed FijiFirst Party." Meanwhile, in a note accompanying the declaration, Saneem stated he would, in due course verify the published particulars of FijiFirst in compliance with the decree. The note further invited members of the public to contact him via the FEO landline, 331-6225, if they feel particulars provided by the FijiFirst via their declaration were incorrect. Source: Fijilive