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Manifesto Gets Rural Treat

Manifesto Gets  Rural Treat
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September 03
10:35 2014

The Fiji United Freedom Party (FUFP) highlighted the rural emphasis of its manifesto by launching it in a village yesterday.

While other parties launched their manifesto in urban centres, FUFP did it in Bavu village, Nadroga, yesterday.

Co-leader Jagath Karunaratne said: “We need to take it (manifesto) to the people and see how the response will be.”

He said the party focus in the coming general elections was to play a supporting role with the Government that would be formed to push for specific areas that needed attention.

The party manifesto will be implemented by lobbying in parliament.

“The theme and the focus of the FUFP are to provide a decent home for every single family in the country,” he added.

He said the manifesto had been endorsed by more than 250 chiefs and title holders of various resource owning units in the Nadroga/Navosa division.

He claimed it would play a major role in achieving the goals set out on a larger scale in growing the economy, providing employment and empowering youth in the business sector.

“The manifesto is for sustainability and growth in the country. We need to develop our resources to assist in economic development of Fiji. To create ways of getting investors and rural employment to assist in the containment of urban drift,” he said.

Former parliamentarian Ratu Osea Gavidi who is an ardent supporter of the party said the manifesto launch marked another very significant movement in the Nadroga province.

“Too often we launch in the urban areas with media hype where there is good road and infrastructure but they totally forget the development in the rural areas like this,” said Ratu Osea said.

“These rural people are rich in resources but are cash poor, there is a lot of land but not many developments are there but that is what we want to be developed.”

Ratu Osea, a forester by profession, contested the parliamentary election of March 1977 and September 1977 as an independent candidate, and formed the Western United Front.

 

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