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EDITORIAL: PM Shows Focusing On Positive Ideas Way To Go In General Election

EDITORIAL: PM Shows Focusing On Positive Ideas Way To Go In General Election
Voreqe Bainimarama
August 16
11:24 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama could not have said it better when he described the role of a Government when he opened the Natadradave Water Project in Tailevu on Tuesday.

Mr Bainimarama said keeping his focus on development to improve the lives of people was the sacred duty of his Government.

In fact it is the sacred duty of any Government to care for its people. It is the main reason why the people gave them their mandate to govern.

Despite what his detractors think about his Government’s development emphasis, Mr Bainimarama has not lost sight of his focus on the most important responsibility of his Government.

He chose Natadradave, a place well known for its healing water, to focus on positive thinking as a healing element that will help us move forward despite our challenges.

The following words describe a leader who has the nation’s interests at heart.

“I’m not focussed on the mud-slinging we see from politicians in Fiji today. I’m not focused on the personal attacks or the politicking. I’m certainly not focused on dividing Fijians up along ethnic or religious lines. I’ve kept my focus on development from the very beginning, real development that is making real improvements in the lives of our people.”

That’s the kind of words that will uplift and motivate people to move forward.

If we spend more time on the mudslinging and politicking we will not progress. Divisive talks based on race and religion only ratchet up ill feelings, tension and fear.

That used to be the practice in the past since we became an independent nation. Some of it is creeping back into this 2018 general election and we all need to be vigilant to ensure that they do not escalate and spoil the real and genuine democratic spirit of this election.

Fijians are not so much interested in the verbal exchanges that that we hear on the campaign trail. What they want to hear is how their plight and needs will be addressed by an incoming government, like water, electricity, roads, housing and so on.

The villagers of Natadradave are among 150,000 Fijians in rural communities who have expressed similar feelings of joy and security when their water taps were turned on for the first time.

That’s  what Mr Bainimarama is focused on. If he continues with the same focus, as he says he will, then he will return as PM after the election.

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