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Chief denies SODELPA support

By MAIKA BOLATIKI Wainunu district chief, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea wants the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to continue his leadership after the September elections. Speaking to the Fiji Sun from
24 Feb 2014 10:43

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Wainunu district chief, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea wants the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to continue his leadership after the September elections.
Speaking to the Fiji Sun from Labasa Ratu Orisi said his people had received help from the current Government.
Government’s help, he said, had improved their living standards.
“My district is underdeveloped and had been ignored by past governments,” Ratu Orisi said.
Now he said the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led Government has come to their aid.
He said this was the type of Government that should be elected to lead the nation.
Past governments, Ratu Orisi said, used the `whom you know’ policy and that was a fact.
“They cannot deny this and this had made the poor people much poorer.”

Free education policy
He said parents in Wainunu were more than happy with the new free education policy.
This, he said, had removed a big burden from the parents especially on the school fees.
“The free education in Fiji introduced for the first time for primary and secondary school students by the Government has eased the burden on all parents not only in Wainunu but Fiji wide,” he said.
He also appreciated the Government’s introduction of the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme which has enabled all families to go for higher studies at a technical college or university.
“This, I must admit, is a very bold decision especially when past governments could not introduce this policy.”

Poll support
The people of Wainunu would go to the poll in September and give their tick to the Prime Minister’s party candidates.
Asked whether other political parties had visited the district, he said he was not aware of any such visit.

Denies claim of switch
When told that the Fiji Sun had been informed that he had joined the Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA), he furiously denied it.
“I don’t know of SODELPA and I’m not associated with it. I only support the Prime Minister’s party,” he claimed.
He said he had reconfirmed his support to the Prime Minister’s new party to the Prime Minister when he was farewelled at Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa recently.

The Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea (front), with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: SITERI TALEITAKI




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