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Rotuma Pledges Support for Bainimarama’s Government

The chiefs and people of Rotuma yesterday pledged their support for the FijiFirst Government. Gagaj Maraf, speaking on behalf of the Rotuma Council also apologised to the Prime Minister Voreqe
30 Oct 2018 11:53
Rotuma Pledges Support for Bainimarama’s Government
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with school children in Rotuma after the opening of the new $12.8 million, 1400 metre runway at Malhaha on October 29, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers

The chiefs and people of Rotuma yesterday pledged their support for the FijiFirst Government.

Gagaj Maraf, speaking on behalf of the Rotuma Council also apologised to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Government for the problems and differences they previously had.

Mr Bainimarama was in Rotuma yesterday to open the new $12.8 million 1400 metres chip-sealed pavement runway at Malhaha.

“I would like to reiterate our apologies towards the Government of the day for past events that had happened due to misunderstanding amongst the chiefs of Rotuma.”

Gagaj Maraf said the council had travelled to Suva to relay its apology to Mr Bainimarama, but he was not there.

“It is unfortunate that when we came to Suva, you were away in another country and we do hope that when you returned the message was relayed to you,” the Rotuman chief said.

“I would like to reassure you that the Rotuman community will always rally behind your Government, the Bainimarama Government in trying to make Fiji a better Fiji. The General Election is just around the corner and with immense commitment that the Government of the day has made towards the development of Rotuma, I will no doubt say today that we all wish you another success in this coming election.”

Gagaj Maraf said he was certain that there would be joy in the hearts of the Rotuman community not only in Rotuma, but also in other parts of the world at the opening of the new runway.

Meanwhile, Rotuma Council chairman Gagaj Samuela Manav said: “Today marks an iconic and exceptional milestone achievement in our history.

“This day shall be forever etched in our memories and we forecast a promising future for the coming generations.”

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the great visit, kind assistance, support and vision of the Government of the day and we are very grateful to the Prime Minister and his administration.

“On behalf of the districts of Rotuma and our people I wish to sincerely thank you for all the hard work you have been doing for the betterment of the nation and Rotuma.

“Rotuma welcomes you with open arms.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama travelled to the Government Station after the opening and witnessed a number of houses with the FijiFirst banner draping over the side.

He met with army engineers building the new Rotuma Hospital.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama surrounded by chiefs of Rotuma as he opens the new runway on October 29, 2018.  Photo: Charles Chambers

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama surrounded by chiefs of Rotuma as he opens the new runway on October 29, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers

Yesterday's 'talanoa' session with Prime Minister in Rotuma yesterday. PHOTO BY CHARLES CHAMBERS

Army engineers with the Prime Miister Voreqe Bainimarama in Rotuma on October 29, 2018. The engineers are building the new Rotuma Hospital.  Photo: Charles Chambers

Army engineers with the Prime Miister Voreqe Bainimarama in Rotuma on October 29, 2018. The engineers are building the new Rotuma Hospital. Photo: Charles Chambers

Civil servants in Rotuma and Government and Fiji Airports officials at the Government station in Rotuma yesterday. PHOTO BY CHARLES CHAMBERS

Civil servants in Rotuma and Government and Fiji Airports officials at the Government station in Rotuma yesterday. PHOTO BY CHARLES CHAMBERS

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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