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PM’s worry…..and he should be

July 15, 2016

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama says he’s a bit worried about continuing with development projects in the Northern Division because a lot of voters there didn’t vote for the FijiFirst party in the recent general election.

While addressing government officials and some villagers at Naulumatua House in Nabouwalu, Bua yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said a lot of people didn’t want developments to take place in their respective settings, prompting them to vote for SODELPA (Social Democratic Liberal Party).

Accompanied by wife, Mary and Labour Minister Jioje Konrote and some government officials, this was Mr Bainimarama’s first official tour of the North after the election.

“Dua na i wiliwili levu ni koro e Vanua Levu e ra sega ni vinakata na veivakatorocaketaki baleta ni ra sega ni digitaka na FijiFirst. E ra a digitaka ga na SODELPA (A high number of villages on Vanua Levu don’t want developments because they didn’t choose FijiFirst. They only chose SODELPA).”

Mr Bainimarama said such voters only wanted the restoration of the GCC and discussions about the church but they didn’t want free bus fare, among other developments and incentives his government had provided for the people of Fiji.

“That’s the bit that I am worried about right now, whether we should continue with developments or not in Vanua Levu.”

However, Mr Bainimarama said this would be an inclusive government.

“This will be an inclusive government as I have said earlier but at the same time, we’ll have to be worried about those people who don’t want developments. Let’s not shove developments down their throats.”

He added development projects tabled out by the Commissioner Northern were basically the government’s but unfortunately, a lot of people in the North didn’t want them.

Mr Bainimarama said they would have to relook at the list of developments and prioritise those who needed them in the North.

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama and his entourage will attend the FijiFirst party’s thanksgiving church service at Labasa’s Subrail Park today.

source  – FT; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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