TC Winston

Police investigate unfair ration distribution

The Fiji Police Force is now investigating claims of illegal activities on the part of government officials who are distributing food rations to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. National Disaster Management Office, Director Akapusi Tuifagalele said they have observed complaints on social media and also received calls alleging unfair distribution of and the sale […]

Peni Shute

March 9, 2016 4:57 pm

The Fiji Police Force is now investigating claims of illegal activities on the part of government officials who are distributing food rations to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

National Disaster Management Office, Director Akapusi Tuifagalele said they have observed complaints on social media and also received calls alleging unfair distribution of and the sale of food rations.

Tuifagalele said the NDMO had asked the Fiji Police Force to look into the allegations.

We have actually requested the police to look into that, and so far we are still waiting for the reports to come back. From here all the Divisional Commissioners have been informed to check on any issues like that may have happened in their division, and so far there has not been any negative reporting that has come back.

Director Tuifagalele said the NDMO office has not received any reports from the ground of any irregularities in the way rations are distributed.

Government would not want to condone those things to happen so that is why we have asked the Divisional Commissioners to look into these issues that were being brought up.

Food rations were distributed to an estimated 350,000 people who the government believes lived directly on the devastation line of TC Winston and on a 50kilometre radius.

Tuifagalele said they would have a confirmed number of people who have received rations from the government in 12 days time.

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