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Every Govt Takes Loans, Not Only FijiFirst, says Rabuka

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SO­DELPA) leader Siti­veni Rabuka told about 50 people present during an awareness meeting that every Government took loans and not only the Fiji­First Government. He was
06 Oct 2018 09:58
Every Govt Takes Loans, Not Only FijiFirst, says Rabuka
Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SO­DELPA) leader Siti­veni Rabuka told about 50 people present during an awareness meeting that every Government took loans and not only the Fiji­First Government.

He was speaking at Cun­ningham on Thursday night.

This was in response to a question raised regarding the debts incurred by Fiji.

“Every country takes loans and not only Fiji. You must not be scared,” Mr Rabuka said.

“When a Government takes a loan, the next gov­ernment is obliged to pay off that loan. The loan re­payment will take some time.”

Change

Mr Rabuka said when peo­ple wanted change, they didn’t plan ahead.

“People want change, but what they should keep in mind is what they want to see changed,” he said.

SODELPA ‘victory’

Mr Rabuka was asked of his plans if SODELPA won the 2018 General Election: Would he stop all the assis­tance that the FijiFirst Gov­ernment was providing?

“No, we will not stop what this Government is doing. We will continue and im­prove them. We want life to become affordable for all and for the quality of life to get better,” he said.

“The assistance that this Government is provid­ing has always been there. The only new one it has brought in is the free bus fare schemes .”

Scholarship

Questions of scholarship were raised by participants during the awareness meet­ing.

“Previous governments also provided scholarships. TELS is a loan kind of scholarship. Before it used to be a bond,” Mr Rabuka said.

“The bond was for four years where they had to first work in Fiji. We will bring that back so that they don’t have to pay back, but for scholarship recipients to work in Fiji initially to generate Fiji’s economy.”

Is SODELPA an iTaukei party?

Mr Rabuka clarified that SODELPA was not an iTaukei party, but a party for all Fijians.

“There are eight tickets given to Fijians of Indian descent for the 2018 Gen­eral Election, but only four qualified,” he said.

“We have a criteria that prospective candidates must meet when they apply to join the party to stand for election.

“Fijians of Indian descent want security and we will always give them that.

“We can’t be seen as an iTaukei party and must embrace policies of other races.”

1987 coups

“Most people remember me for what I did in 1987. They see my starting block but not my reaching the tape,” Mr Rabuka said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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