Millions paid in compensation
PM makes startling revelation in Nadi
Millions of dollars have been paid out in compensation to families of those in the military killed or wounded while serving Fiji. It came in a major campaign to help those who had been left without help. Prime Minister and Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made this revelation at a farewell church service in Nadi yesterday. He said between 2000 and 3000 cases of compensation claims were with the Ministry of Labour. A military commissioned team was sent to clear the backlog. He described the exercise as an untold story where the team went in and completed the processing of the claims. He said as a result many who had waited and cried for many years finally received a payout. He said prior to that only families of those killed or wounded while on duty from 1996/1997 were covered. There was no proper documentation for those who died or were wounded since 1978. He said the military went in and sorted out the papers. As a result the compensations were paid. This was one of the highlights of the achievements by the RFMF since 2000 when they began the new journey to a new and better Fiji. “We were spat at but we were firm in our resolve because we believed we were doing the right thing,” he said He said the After Care Fund which was initially set up for World War I, World War II, Malayan campaign and Christmas Islands ex-servicemen was expanded to cover for those who served in Sinai and Lebanon. Families of those who were wounded or killed in the Middle East received payments.