Coupfourpointfive has been told the owners of Lotus Garments and the top brass of the military enjoy a close relationship.
Lotus Garments was recently awarded a $9.5 million order to supply uniforms to the army in 2006 by a senior military officer in serious violation of financial regulations.
Tenders for such an amount should be referred to the Major Tenders Board but this was not the case in this tender.
We have been told the senior military officer who approved the purchase is Timoci Lesi Natuva, the interim Transport Minister in the regime.
The managing director of Lotus Garments is Padam Lala, who spends most of his time in Sydney.
Lala was appointed the Chairman of Land Transport Authority after Natuva became the interim Transport Minister.