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PM Happy with Kadavu Campaign

The FijiFirst leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is satisfied with the outcome of his recent campaign in Kadavu. “I’m very happy with our campaign in Kadavu as it was
01 Sep 2014 07:38

The FijiFirst leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is satisfied with the outcome of his recent campaign in Kadavu.

“I’m very happy with our campaign in Kadavu as it was very successful,” he said.

However, he accused other parties, particularly the Social Democratic Liberal party (SODELPA) of spreading ‘lies’ amongst villagers on the island.

SODELPA, he said, had a totally different interpretation on iTaukei land ownership and also the secular state.

On secular state, he said, Kadavu villagers had been told that they could not pray to the Christian God by SODELPA people.

“This is a lie and I had to correct it.”

The declaration of a secular state, he said, was not that people were unable to practise their religion but that the state should not favour any one religion.

“In other words the Government must not be seen as being a Catholic government or a Methodist government or a Muslim government.”

Freedom of religion, he stressed, meant that there must be no pressure on individuals from the State or State owned organisations to follow a particular religious faith. “Thus there is no restriction in relation to worshiping or praying in any religion but the Government must not sponsor any one religion over others.”

The point he added was that there must be freedom to worship or not to worship, and freedom to worship according to individual choice.

On land, he attacked SODELPA for saying that the current Government under the new constitution had eroded iTaukei land rights.

He said when the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenianua (SDL) was in power it allowed the conversion of native land to freehold title. “Now the SDL had changed its name to SODELPA and the members remained.”

The new constitution, gave landowners a fair share of royalties from mining activity. There are other protections and benefits. In short, the truth is FijiFirst has strengthened iTaukei rights, not eroded them.

Mr. Bainimarama arrived from his campaign in Kadavu on Saturday.

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