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EDITORIAL-Join PM In War Against Mozzies, Rubbish

Join PM in War Against Mozzies, Rubbish Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday declared an all-out war against mosquitoes and rubbish. The two enemies co-exist and deliver damaging blows to our communities through sickness
13 May 2016 13:43
EDITORIAL-Join PM In War Against Mozzies, Rubbish
Editorial

Join PM in War Against Mozzies, Rubbish

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday declared an all-out war against mosquitoes and rubbish. The two enemies co-exist and deliver damaging blows to our communities through sickness and even death.

Our casualties could rise if we do not fight back with all our might.

That means committing our resources and energy to clean up our environment. It starts at home and our surroundings. Rubbish should be cleared as soon as possible. Compounds should be clean and tidy. All possible mosquito breeding places must be destroyed. Litter laws must be strictly enforced and the public should warn serial offenders or dob them in if they ignore you.

For the country to win this war everyone must  join it.

PAC’s future looks good

Politicians like Biman Prasad cannot blame the media, in this case, the Fiji Sun, for his removal as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. This newspaper has been reporting developments  in PAC and it is fulfilling one of its core roles of informing the people.

To label it as propaganda is unacceptable and it demonstrates his obsession to attack this newspaper when it suits him. It also displays his myopic view of how the media operates.

Mr Prasad and others like him should stop using the Fiji Sun as a scapegoat to hide their inadequacies, weaknesses and failures.

They should man up and face the consequences of their actions instead of blaming others, especially the media.

Buried among the innuendoes that were part of the fallout from his removal yesterday  are the real facts.

FACT: He went public on issues that were then being discussed by PAC instead of keeping them in the committee. Some PAC members felt uncomfortable with his public utterances. They felt Mr Prasad had prematurely gone to the media.

But he defended his action saying “ I have the right” to inform the people. He said the people also had the right “to hear from us not only from individual committee members but the chairman of the committee.” He said   the “comments that we were making was critical to the work of the committee in terms of informing the public.” No one begrudges his rights to inform the people but there is a time and place to do it. Simply put he forgot the committee protocols and put the bi-partisan stand of the committee in a precarious position. PAC  started with a fizz but midway through it appeared to be just coasting along until some meetings were cancelled because of a lack of quorum.

A change was inevitable and the election of  new chairman Ashneel Sudhakar  is timely.

Mr Prasad criticized the amendments of the Standing Orders which allowed for the vote yesterday. The changes do not apply to PAC only but to all standing committees.

The chair to these committees is open to the Opposition as well. Government members can extend the olive branch and elect a chair from the Opposition ranks.

So PAC’s future looks good.

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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