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PM On Radio: Teamwork With A-G v. SODELPA JOKE

PM On Radio: Teamwork With A-G  v. SODELPA JOKE
BEST COMBINATION: Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (left) and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
July 18
10:45 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while speaking on FBC’s Aaina programme yesterday stressed that his Government wants to see an educated nation.

He also spoke candidly about the camaraderie that exists between him and his right hand man Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said the Muslim community was being picked on by faceless keyboard warriors because of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s religion.

“Our combination has been the best Fiji has seen in a long time,” he said.

He said he was confident that Fijian people have seen the progress Fiji has made under his leadership.

When asked by show host Shammi Lochan what he thought about SODELPA’s slogan “leadership that listens”, Mr Bainimarama questioned whether it was a joke.

When asked for his views on National Federation Party’s slogan of “Change is Coming”, Mr Bainimarama said NFP had “missed the bus” and that change had already come through his leadership.

He was also asked what his focus would be in the coming years. Mr Bainimarama said continuing access to education was high on their agenda as well as continuing with social welfare programmes.

No preacher in my party: PM

Meanwhile, FBC reported the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama saying that no church minister (talatala) will be involved or allowed to be a provisional candidate for the FijiFirst party.

Mr Bainimarama, also the FijiFirst Party leader, made his stand clear about church ministers not to be involved in Politics.

Mr Bainimarama said some other political parties are engaging preachers in campaigns and also electing them as proposed candidates but this will not happen in the FijiFirst party.

“To see a talatala talking or backing a political party, I would not want any talatala to be involved with politics in my party FijiFirst party, I want talatalas to be independent to do what they are supposed to do.”

The PM says Fijians have every right to support any political party but it’s inappropriate to mix religion with politics.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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