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PM’s ‘The Best’

PM’s ‘The Best’
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama walked into Subrail Park in Labasa and stopped to shake hands with Karuna Devi and her two month old baby Rajesh Kumar as her husband Rajesh Kumar watch during the Fiji Day celebration on October 10, 2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu
October 11
11:00 2018

A couple in Labasa has la­belled Voreqe Bainimara­ma as “the best Prime Min­ister” Fiji has had.

Rajesh Kumar and Karuna Devi made the remark while meeting PM Bainimarama face to face dur­ing the 48th Fiji Day celebration in Labasa.

They were amazed yesterday af­ter Mr Bainimarama had spotted them among the many Fijians who crowded Subrail Park.

Mr Kumar, 45, and Ms Devi, 35, who watched proceedings from the ground because the pavilion was full, were fortunate to meet Mr Bainimarama during the celebra­tion. Initially, the PM had walked past them heading towards the main stage, but turned back just to shake hands with the couple and their two-month-old baby.

Mr Kumar and Ms Devi had lost three daughters in a house fire last year in Labasa.

“When I saw the Prime Minister I waved at him while my son was sleeping,” said Ms Devi.

“It has always been my wish to see him face to face and other ministers as we of­ten see them on television. A poor family like us who lost everything in the fire on March 24, 2017 including three daughters, having a wish of such a nature sometimes is hard to dream of.

“He passed by us to walk to the main stage and suddenly he walked back before thou­sands of people to shake hands with my son.

“I was in awe and speechless while holding a Fiji flag. I wish I could say thank you to him; he is the best prime minister.”

The family from Bulileka, Labasa, left home at around 9am to catch the free service bus to attend the celebration, held in the Northern Division for the first time.

Mr Kumar said: “I am very happy to bring my family to the park to attend the Fiji Day celebration.

“He is indeed a man of great heart. I wish him all the best for the election and I am con­fident he will win because he knows the value of family and has done a lot for Labasa.”

Mr Bainimarama, while walking around Subrail Park, met many children and Fijians young and old, and shook hands with them before he took his seat next to his wife, Mary.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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