Letters To The Editor, 17th, July, 2018

Undisputed champions Tomasi Boginiso Nepani, Nasinu France once again dominated the world in football, with some rich players emerg­ing from this World Cup. Belgium won the bronze and Croatia the
17 Jul 2018 12:05
Letters To The Editor, 17th, July, 2018

Undisputed champions

Tomasi Boginiso

Nepani, Nasinu

France once again dominated the world in football, with some rich players emerg­ing from this World Cup.

Belgium won the bronze and Croatia the silver, but what matters is the gold medal or being the world champion. France proved to be champion even through the score line said it all.

Let’s put aside Neymar, Messi and Ron­aldo for the time being and let’s bring in the stars such as Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann into the limelight.

The French coach, Didier Deschamps, also becomes the third person to win the World Cup as player and manager and the second as captain after France beat Croatia in Russia.

What an achievement!

What a fitting Bastille Day celebration.

Police patrols

Edwin Sandys


With an increase in robberies in Suva City, we need to step up Police presence on the streets.

In the days of old there were many Po­lice officers doing foot patrols and this is something that we don’t see any more.

Perhaps we need to reintroduce foot pa­trols to try to curb the increase in robber­ies in Suva city.

Police brutality

  1. Shariff Shah


People always blame the Police when they are late to any crime scene.

When the Police speak to thugs in “our language” the thugs don’t seem to under­stand.

When the Police speak to thugs in “Po­lice language” we go against them and voice our concern on Police brutality.

What is left for them to do?

It’s not fair if we tell them what to do.

Please be mindful that it’s through their presence on the streets that we sleep in our homes peacefully.

The reality is we have “tied the Police force’s hands”.

We are controlling them totally as what to do and what not to do.

So stop complaining.

Police cannot be everywhere every time.

Fighting crime is a collective effort.

It starts from home.

PM’s per diem

Tukai Lagonilakeba

Namaka, Nadi

Leader of Opposition, SODELPA MP and Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimu­mu Kepa seems to be a very desperate woman relevant to her outburst regard­ing the perks for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He also holds the Minister for Sugar, iTaukei Affairs and Foreign Affairs port­folios.

Ro Teimumu’s criticised the fact that many FijiFirst Cabinet ministers hold four ministerial portfolios under their belt.

Ro Teimumu holds a substantial amount of per diem and parliamentary perks plus a brand-new Land Cruiser Prado with a full-time driver including her insurance cover, travelling allow­ances locally and abroad with $120,000 annual salary.

This makes her almost similar to what some of our hardworking FijiFirst min­isters are paid.

Opposition MPs, and our Government backbenchers, are paid an annual salary of $50,000.

My point is the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi is comfortably enjoying her perks.

She knows clearly well that if Rabuka wins a seat then she will have to forfeit all her current entitlements or emolu­ments to her party leader.

That is the case by convention from which he will automatically inherit the bounty and relegate Ro Teimumu to a $50,000 demotion.

I would like to encourage her not stand for election because that will be a dis­grace.

But even if she wins and Rabuka does not stand there will be another bigger split within SODELPA where the CBM (Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata) will come full force to oust her as Opposition leader.

Can Ro Teimumu give an account to the Fijian people on how she has positively contributed to nation building and in the process impacting the lives of all through payments of her salary and perks, which are taxpayers’ monies.

It is all about provincialism with vanua power politics at the SODELPA house.

I do not see the reason Ro Teimumu is so concerned with the per diem of our PM because they have both different scales and totally different roles that come with its responsibilities.

Be constructive with all fairness Roko Tui Dreketi because Fijians are watch­ing you.

Her claims and rhetoric of $3000 a day per diem is nothing but a witchhunt.

That is what bigger nations pay their PM’s and much more.

I challenge her to come out in the open to inform and confirm the evidence to the taxpayers of this country.

Or is this just to take advantage of their last sitting in Parliament to attack our caring government and its very popular leader.

The odds are heavily stacked against SODELPA and Ro Teimumu.

But, I know people will respect her for being one of the only two women to be­come Opposition Leaders, apart from Mrs Irene Jai Narayan from the NFP (Na­tional Federation Party).

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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