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Government MPs Defend Commission Chief, Say It’s His Job Mandate

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I frankly cannot understand why the Opposition is so much up in arms against the CEO fulfilling FCCC’s mandate.”
05 Apr 2019 10:00
Government MPs Defend Commission Chief, Say It’s His Job Mandate
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum assist Penisoni Saukelea outside Parliament on April 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Opposition is always looking for a bogeyman, they have this siege mentality that someone is out to get you.

No one is out to get you, you lost the elections, get over it, said Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Jone Usamate.

He was speaking in defence of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham who was bitterly attacked by Opposition members.

SODELPA MPs Viliame Gavoka, Niko Nawaikula, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Ro Filipe Tuisawau and National Federation Party’s Pio Tikoduadua criticised Mr Abraham for analysing their manifestos during the 2018 General Election and told the public that some of the promises made were not feasible and may not eventuate.

Local Government Minister Premila Kumar reminded the house that FCCC was mandated by law to review and analyse statements and inform general members of the public of its feasibility.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I frankly cannot understand why the Opposition is so much up in arms against the CEO fulfilling FCCC’s mandate.”

He said that the NFP was most aggrieved by the information put out in the market by the commission chief adding that more peo-

ple and more organisations needed to do the same, questioning why were Opposition fearful of such analysis.

“They should not be frightened of that if they have nothing to hide.”

He also reminded the house that Mr Abraham was a product of Votualevu College and that he and his team had done a fantastic job.

Youth and Sports Minister Parveen Bala said FCCC was the only organisation which stepped in to help the people who were allegedly hoodwinked by a man who claimed to have been selling land lots.

The Government side applauded the efforts of Mr Abraham and his team.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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