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ANALYSIS:Northerners Assure Loyalty To Government

ANALYSIS:Northerners Assure Loyalty To Government
June 26
14:13 2017

Most of the villages visited by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in the Northern Division have come out to pledge their loyalty to the FijiFirst Government.

And these proclamations were accompanied by the iTaukei forgiveness protocol matanigasau.

This was so in Tunuloa and the vanua of Korocau in Cakaudrove –Vunisavisavi and Nakobo Village- who are usually considered SODELPA strongholds.

Speaking on behalf of Tui Tunuloa, Ratu Karalo Maibuca and his people, Sirilo Vukica while presenting a vakavinakavinaka to Mr Bainimarama said they had made a mistake for not voting for him in the last election.

Mr Vukica, who made the presentation during the commissioning of the Napuka Secondary School solar system, said it was a blunder they do not plan to repeat.

The people of Korocau shared similar sentiments as they welcomed Mr Bainimarama and his delegation in a grand way.

“Qo a neimami dru’a a a’i ‘Orocau. ‘Eimami ‘ere veivosoji ji’o ina vei emuni, ni ‘eimami a saqata va’alevu, va’abibi na gauna e sa qai cabe mai ‘ina a matanisiga ni omuni vei’liuta’i,” Taniela Caucau of Nakobo Village said while presenting a matanigasau to Mr Bainimarama.

(“We are begging for your forgiveness because we use to go against you especially when you first came to power. This was a loss on our part.”)

Mr Bainimarama was well received in all the areas that he treaded during last week’s four-day visit to Vanua Levu.

Elders, parents, youths and children travelled far and wide to different locations to welcome him, some to see him for the first time and for most, to highlight their challenges.

Some families and children braved the hot sun and took to the road to shake hands with the Prime Minister and, even though he was on a tight schedule, he would often stop along the way to meet them.

Apart from all the projects that continue to pour in to the North through Government’s Look North Policy, those small acts of kindness are indeed big for the people.

Northerners are feeling the winds of change and they realise that forward was the only way now.

And this Government has undoubtedly continued to make this a reality.

While talking to people who benefitted from these incentives, some only had tears of relief and joy as their response.

Most of these are isolated areas who have requested past Governments for better services but to no avail, like Nabua Village in Koroalau, Cakaudrove, who received solar systems this year.

And while the Government is working towards equal service accessibility to all, some members of the Opposition continue to highlight petty, irrelevant issues in a desperate attempt to keep their voters, who now have electricity supply something they have been praying to get for decades.

A recent social media post claimed that the people of Koroivonu – the village of the Tui Tunuloa Ratu Karalo – in Cakaudrove refused to accord the Prime Minister a traditional welcome.

Mr Bainimarama however, received a full traditional welcome in the presence of their chief at Napuka Secondary School which also came with a matanigasau.

The head of Government who encountered such a situation during the opening of the Hydro in Somosomo earlier this year reminded the people that a traditional welcome was not a necessity as he was there to deliver services to them.

He commissioned more than 10 projects costing more than a million dollars in the North from solar electrification, handing of fibre-glass boats to a suspension bridge bound to make life easier for members of the community.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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