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ELECTIONS 2014 WHY pm CHOSE OPEN BUS it will help bainimarama reach out to the people more easily than a closed bus

wati talebula, AQELA SUSU suva The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, said he chose an open campaign bus because it would allow him to reach out to the
31 Mar 2014 12:42

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The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, said he chose an open campaign bus because it would allow him to reach out to the public.
He made this comment after launching his proposed political party, FijiFirst, and a campaign bus that he would be taking around the country to collect his 5000 signatures.
“I chose this bus because it’s open and one that can reach out to the public at large, we don’t want a closed one,” Mr Bainimarama said.
The bus is owned by the Island Buses Limited and is only hired by the Prime Minister.
Company director Virendra Kewal confirmed it.
He said the bus had been running for 40 years.
“I can confirm that it is being hired by the Prime Minister for his campaign and this bus has been kept very well, in demand and an antique,” he said.
“The bus has an AB registration and has been running for 40 years servicing the Suva- Nausori corridor but has been well maintained,” Mr Kewal said.
The 56-seat bus is blue in colour with the Fiji flag painted on both sides with the proposed party name FijiFirst.
The bus, Mr Bainimarama said, would be used for his trip around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, beginning on Thursday.
Mr Kewal said the company was proud to be associated with the Government.
“We are grateful that he picked our bus instead of other buses,” Mr Kewal said.
He added the two parties had negotiated the fee charged on the hiring of their bus but he, however, could not disclose the cost because of its commercial sensitivity.
Meanwhile, Island Buses driver, Imam Mohammed, said he felt honoured to be driving the bus for the Prime Minister. He said the job would be normal routine for him.
“I have been a bus driver for 18 years now and this task being given to me will be just normal but it seems we’ll be like a family,” Mr Mohammed said.
The campaign bus is one of the 40 buses in the Island Buses fleet.
The signatures the Prime Minister gets will allow him to register FijiFirst as a party and then contest the election.

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