Between the Lines

BTL: 20th June, 2019

Dr Waqainabete set the record straight. He told the House that mothers didn’t breastfeed after two years and to suggest that rural mothers were breastfeeding up until six or seven years was belittling these rural mothers.
20 Jun 2019 12:55
BTL: 20th June, 2019
SODELPA MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi.

‘Lady in Pink’

SODELPA MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi earned the “Lady in Pink” tag yesterday after the Speaker  Ratu Epeli Nailatikau almost missed her after she indicated she wanted to speak yesterday in Parliament.

Ratu Epeli apologised to Adi Litia, who was wearing a pink coat.

He said: “The dazzle of the pink was blinding.”

As MPs broke out in laughter, Adi Litia finally had her turn to ask her question whether the annual reports of the independent commissions were up to date.  She even got a positive reply from the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who acknowledged her question. He commended her  for bringing the issue out so that the commissions would update their reports.

“I think we need to name and shame them,” he said.

Adi Litia would have been happy with that response. As for the “Lady in Pink” tag,  BTL thinks she is likely to wear it for the remainder of this Parliament session.

Which milk?

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete was amused when SODELPA Opposition MP Simione Rasova said in Parliament yesterday that the children in rural areas have been getting fresh milk from their mothers’ breasts.

Mr Rasova said as a result the children did not need the free milk programme introduced  for Year One students at primary schools. These students are usually between six and seven years old. As a medical doctor,

Dr Waqainabete set the record straight. He told the House that mothers didn’t breastfeed after two years and to suggest that rural mothers were breastfeeding up until six or seven years was belittling these rural mothers.

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