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Akauola, a breath of fresh air in Parliament

Matai Akauola, one of our two newest MPs, brings a breath of fresh air to Parliament. Yesterday he delivered his maiden speech and made it clear the principles that he
10 Feb 2016 10:30
Akauola, a breath of  fresh air in Parliament

Matai Akauola, one of our two newest MPs, brings a breath of fresh air to Parliament. Yesterday he delivered his maiden speech and made it clear the principles that he believes and stands for.

As a former journalist and prominent media personality, Mr Akauola, has a lot to offer in the legislature because of his experience.

He has the capacity to influence and change negative media perceptions. Politicians and leaders who refuse to open up to the media for whatever reasons fail to enhance their positions.

They need to learn that whether they like it or not that there is a symbiotic relationship between them and the media.

Those who refuse to talk to the media stand to lose more because they lose the opportunity to express themselves and tell their side of the story.

To illustrate how important the media is,  Thomas Jefferson, a former American president, once said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Mr Akauola no doubt will encourage politicians to engage with the media.

There is no better example than Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He has no problems fielding questions from journalists even when he is on the move.

He is open and upfront with them. If he has the answers to the questions, he will disclose them. That’s why his popularity continues to soar because the ordinary people like his openness and simplicity.

Stop grandstanding and do the right thing

The suspended National Federation Party was caught out because of an administrative blunder.

That can be rectified easily. All it has to do is hire another accountant/auditor with a current practising certificate to go over the accounts again.

If the accounts are in order, he or she should be able to certify them in a half a day. Once that is done and re-submitted to the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, it should not take long to lift the suspension.

But the Opposition has milked this incident for whatever its worth to gain political mileage at a time when it’s trailing way behind the FijiFirst Government in public rating.

The black ribbon display by Opposition MPs  to show what they describe as “democracy is dying” is an over-reaction.

The suspended NFP broke the law and paid the price. It and its three MPs, Biman Prasad, Tupou Draunidalo and Prem Singh  got suspended for 30 days. To get back in, they know what to do.

They should do less grandstanding and focus on what needs to be done to remove the suspension..

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedbacknemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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