“Instead of holding unconvincing press conferences and shifting responsibility to others, the gentlemen from the Office of the President should be more responsible in spending their office’s budget, so there would be no problems they had mentioned. While I am minister, the Ministry of Defence will not cover for their incompetence,” Banožić wrote on Facebook.
The head of the president’s office, Orsat Miljenić, and presidential defence adviser Dragan Lozančić said today that Banožić’s abuse had spread to soldiers who supported the president because they had not received their per diems.
Miljenić said Banožić decided a month ago not to pay per diems to soldiers who supported President Zoran Milanović in any way, specifically soldiers who recently were lined up in Vukovar and carried wreaths in Škabrnja.
Miljenić said the military chief-of-staff warned the president’s office about dozens of such cases in the past month. He added that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was notified but has taken no action.
Miljenić said this situation was unacceptable and hoped that Banožić would rescind his “unconstitutional and unlawful decision” and resume paying people what they had earned.
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