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iTaukei Better Off Now Than Before: PM

More work has been to develop the iT-aukei in the last ei-ght years than at any point in Fiji’s history, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The Prime Minister, speaking outside
18 Oct 2014 08:26
iTaukei Better Off Now Than Before: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

More work has been to develop the iT-aukei in the last ei-ght years than at any point in Fiji’s history, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Prime Minister, speaking outside Parliament yesterday, was indignant at claims by members of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) in Parliament this week that iTaukei continued to lose out on development benefits.

Speakers like Semesa Karavaki had tried to use the Bible to justify the iTaukei exclusive rights to the land and claimed divine judgment was waiting people who opposed him.

“They’re talking like they’re the only iTaukei in the country,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“I feel very insulted by what they are saying because we’ve got more out of the last eight years for the iTaukei than ever before especially in Vanua Levu.”

Mr Bainimarama was effusive in praise of Pio Tikoduadua, Leader of Government Business, who delivered the right of reply on behalf of the Government (full text on pages four and five) in Parliament and Minister for Lands, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, both of whom delivered their maiden speeches.

“The speakers spoke very nicely about the direction we should take. Mere (Minister for Lands) spoke very nicely about some of the issues and the direction we are trying to take, especially the land bank,” he said.

Mrs Vuniwaqa took a swipe at Opposition members who had questioned the integrity of the Land Bank, a voluntary concept for unused land, saying it was totally voluntary and offered maximum benefits for landowners.

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