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Between The Lines
August 31
10:27 2018

Top two on FijiFirst’s radar?

A high profile doctor and a senior civil servant with a military background are tipped to join a powerful lineup of provisional candidates for FijiFirst in the 2018 general election.

The doctor, if he is confirmed, and wins a seat in Parliament, would be the logical Minister for Health and Medical Services.

Incumbent Rosy Akbar, with her education background, would be an ideal choice as Minister for Education.

The doctor is a prominent figure in the medical profession and embraces FijiFirst’s policies.

The former senior military officer would be ideal as Minister for National Security and Defence replacing Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Ratu Inoke is not contesting the election. The military man has had an impressive service record. FijiFirst is expected to announce its lineup soon.

Rewa dredging saga

One thing that is precious for the Rewa delta is land because it does not have much.

In fact it has more mangroves than land where they can build houses and plant crops.

But climate change is having a major impact on their natural resources. So when there is a new development on the river banks the Rewans demand the environmental impact assessment report (EIA).

They also want transparency.

Some Rewans are asking questions about the dredging operation near Naililili at the mouth of the river that leads to Nasali Landing.

One dredging machine, apparently owned by the Government, has been berthed there for months. It has seen some action but appears to have gone quiet.

There was a lot of fanfare when Waterways Minister Mahendra Reddy visited the dredging machine on May 25.

But a privately-owned dredging machine has appeared on the scene and has grabbed the limelight.

Preliminary inquiries discover that the Rewa Provincial Council’s committee on natural resources is aware of the development. But whether the council has been well briefed by the committee is not clear.

TOMORROW: More revelation on the dredging saga

Dinner ticket rush

There is a frantic rush to sell tickets for SODELPA’s fundraising dinner tomorrow night at the Novotel. The $150 tickets would not be sold at the door. As the Fundraising Committee finalises arrangements, the party’s provisional candidates are trying to sell all their allocated tickets.

One of them, Tanya Waqanika, has 20 tickets left to sell. In November last year, tickets were sold out for a similar fundraiser. What’s different this time? Dwindling interest in such activities.

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