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PM’s comments worry Opposition MP
Opposition MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

PM’s comments worry Opposition MP

Opposition MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has expressed concern at comments attributed to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama over planned Government developments in the Northern Division.

Ratu Naiqama, who is Shadow Minister for iTaukei Affairs, said in a statement that less than three weeks after the first sitting of the new Parliament the Prime Minister, who promised to take care of all, threatened the cancellation of government development for those citizens who did not vote for him.

He was reacting to front page stories in the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun this week (26 October), saying Mr Bainimarama’s comments were in breach of the constitution – specifically Sec 1 (a), (d), (e) and (f) covering Common and equal citizenry, and Sec 26 of the Bill of Rights (1), (2) and (3) covering Right to equality and freedom from discrimination.

Mr Bainimarama is reported to have said during a tour of the Northern Division last weekend that it appeared some in the North did not want Government developments to take place there because they did not vote for him in last month’s general election.

“Development funds come from all taxpayers of Fiji as well as foreign donors. These are not the personal funds of PM Bainimarama to do with as he pleases. He should understand this by now. Taxpayers include many who did not vote for Mr Bainimarama and his Fiji First Party. They have equal rights for their tax dollars to be used for their wellbeing,” Ratu Naiqama said.

Opposition Parliamentary Office

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