FIJI GOVERNMENT DECLARES WAR ON CRIME

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By Ashwant Dwivedi

SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 27, 1998 - Daily Post/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The Fiji Government yesterday declared war on crime. And to get the ball rolling, Cabinet has instructed Home Affairs Minister Paul Manueli to confer with Finance Minister Jim Ah Koy on a budgetary provision to equip the police force to combat crime, the Daily Post reports.

The declaration of the crime war came after Police Commissioner Isikia Savua briefed cabinet on the crime situation in the country yesterday.

Mr. Savua reportedly asked for an additional F$ 2.7 million (US$ 1.37 million) over the next three months if his men were to be successful in the war against crime.

He spoke of the need to provide proper equipment and more vehicles for the force.

Mr. Savua is also understood to have asked for a 10 to 12.5 percent increase in duty allowance for police officers.

Yesterday's meeting was called following a public outcry on a series of robberies and violent crimes throughout the country.

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said after the meeting that an all out effort was to be made to combat the crime situation in Fiji.

To this effect, both Mr. Manueli and Mr. Ah Koy have been asked to reexamine the budgetary provisions for police and facilitate the force to combat crime.

Title -- 1775 CRIME: Fiji steps up support for police Date -- 27 October 1998 Byline -- Ashwant Dwivedi Origin -- niusedita@pactok.net.au Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 27/10/98 Copyright -- Daily Post

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