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Editorial: A-G’s Budget consultations becoming a win-win

Editorial: A-G’s Budget consultations becoming a win-win
Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
May 22
14:56 2017

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s Budget consultations are turning out to be much more than just consultations on the coming Budget.

They are also proving yet another example of the top levels of Government listening to other concerns of people in rural and more remote areas. And acting on them.

Example: A citizen who felt that he was being victimised told Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that there were Police officers who were not doing their duty.

The Attorney-General – and Minister for Economy and Acting Prime Minister – said he was deeply concerned with the issues raised against Police officers in Korovou, Tailevu.

The taxi driver informed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that some Police officers in Korovou Town were biased and not transparent.

He said he was not afraid to raise his concerns because he had a right to do so as a Fijian Citizen and this was something everyone in the Tailevu North area was facing.

The concerned citizen also named Police officers allegedly involved and an illegal operator whom he alleges was feared by taxi drivers in the town. No complaints against this man had been investigated, he alleged.

“Anyone who lodges report against him has failed, this is what we face daily,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was unfortunate and apologised for what has been happening in the town.

There seems to be some kind of politically motivated behaviour in Korovou, a small town that has so many issues coming out of it.

The Budget consultations Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is holding in places big and small give the opportunity for the public to tell Government of the developments they would like to see in the Budget. But the public are also taking advantage of the consultations to voice any concerns about other issues. Like the taxi driver in Kovovou.

Our grassroots people are taking this opportunity to inform Government what they are facing and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and his staff are taking note and following up.

Just as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also does during his ‘talanoa’ sessions when he is visiting villages and rural communities.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has now ensured this Korovou matter is being investigated after involving Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. This is confirmed by the Police spokesperson. You can also be sure the Attorney-General will ensure there is a follow up and a resolution of the matter.

People need to live in a community where there is no fear of practising their freedom of speech, no fear of walking around at night and no fear living amongst people who are duty bound to serve the community at large.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s continuing Budget consultations. with people young and old, urban and rural, are turning into a win-win situation for the people and Government.



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