SPECIAL Secretary to Prime Minister Rence Sore and the Chief of Staff George Kuper have strongly rejected claims they were garaging government vehicles they were not entitled to.
The pair were accused in the Island Sun newspaper of garaging government funded vehicles while at the same time enjoying a $12,000 per month transport allowance.
Mr Kuper said the accusations were simply untrue.
“The real issue is, we did not at any time garage the vehicles as claimed,” he said.
“Yes, we did use government vehicles but only during official working hours and then left them for office use,” he added.
“I use my private car after official working hours most times unless there are other official duties that I have to attend to.
“I have no bad intention when using these vehicles, unlike those who misused government funded vehicles for leisure and personal interest.”
He explained their contracts clearly stated how they are going to use government vehicles.
“We know and understand the use of government funded vehicles in our case but to say we are greedy as the Island Sun tries to portray is not right.”
Mr Sore also denied garaging government vehicles, saying the media reports about their use of state vehicle was misleading.
“It’s a straight forward matter and I will not comment further,” he said.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI