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Computer error deletes all Fiji govt accounts

AFP - A programming error has deleted all last year's Fiji Government accounts, the Fiji Times reported.

The error, which has caused deferment of official audits, led to speculation of a cover up of mismanagement or abuse of taxpayer funds.

But the permanent secretary of finance, Sila Kotobalavu, is quoted as saying the error occurred at the government's Information Technology and Computing (ITC) centre.

"Confronted with the loss of the entire 12 months' financial data, The finance Ministry had to request the government's 52 ministries and departments to manually repost these data with ITC," said Kotobalavu.

He said to avoid a recurrence of the error, the government recently approved the replacement of its current financial information system which was put in place in the mid-70s.

-- Carl Jenkins (, July 25, 2001

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