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Between The Lines

September 06
11:44 2018

Candidate questions

As anticipated, Peceli Rinakama, the 2000 convicted coupist with George Speight, is now a SODELPA candidate.

And Simione Drole? Is he the same Mr Drole who, while serving his time on Nukulau Island for his role in the Speight coup, had turned State witness and had testified against other coup accomplices Timoci Silatolu and Jo Nata?

Election bells

The election bells are getting louder and louder. They signify that the writ of election are coming out soon – in a matter of days. We could be looking at the first week of November to go to the polls.

No EIA carried out

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) should be the buzz words for all developments.

It must be done before any development takes place. We ignore it at our peril. It is understood the people of Narikoso village in Kadavu are paying a high price because developers allegedly bypassed the EIA.

Heavy rain had washed away soil from an excavation site earmarked for relocation. The silt,  washed into the sea, has buried the marine life on the coast, destroying shellfish, shrimps, crabs and lobsters. The relocation project has been held up for five years because of it.

Ministry investigates

Talking about EIA, the issue of the Rewa Dredging saga in the Nasali River is now being investigated by the Ministry of Waterways and Environment.

Some of the questions being asked: Were villagers consulted about the dredging? Was it explained to them all the environment implications? Has an EIA been granted? The villagers originally wanted a proper seawall. But it was expensive and funding was not available. So plan B was dredging. Part of the sand would be used to strengthen the waterfront. The rest would be sold. There’s an inherent worry about what could happen to the environment after the bad experience of Vutia villagers who claim they were not consulted. Today they are still counting the losses.

Mr Strict

Changes in the leadership at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks made by the RFMF Commander have been reflected in the cleanliness of the barracks. The senior officer instigating the changes has been given the name Mr Strict. Mr Strict is also very strict on the total discipline of a soldier.

Seen in town

Amongst the many seen in Suva this week two famous names with Fijian connections. Johnny Lewis, the world champion boxing trainer who has nurtured some good Fijian boxers as well, was on a short holiday.

Mr Lewis trained six world boxing champions. He also did a stint as trainer of the world champion Australian Kangaroos rugby league team.

Cam Slater, the Suva born award-winning New Zealand blogger is in town too and may be here for a while. Mr Slater published the Whale Oil blog and edited the New Zealand Truth newspaper.  He famously skewered Mike Field, the serial anti-Fiji critic from New Zealand. Mr Field won’t be seen in Fiji.

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