Where Is The Care For Fiji?

So far 21 out of the 24 Opposition MPs have given reasons from not knowing how to download to having no idea what careFIJI app does.
18 Aug 2020 11:42
Where Is The Care For Fiji?

Opposition leader and SODELPA caretaker leader Sitiveni Rabuka, Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya and Aseri Radrodro are the only confirmed Opposition Members of Parliament, who have downloaded the careFIJI app.

So far 21 out of the 24 Opposition MPs have given reasons from not knowing how to download to having no idea what careFIJI app does.

In contrast, all 26 Government MPs, have the app on their phones.

National Federation Party (NFP) MP Biman Prasad said: “Why are you people asking stupid questions to individuals? Don’t ask me this silly question.”

His fellow MP Pio Tikoduadua, declined to comment while fellow MP Lenora Qereqeretabua rejected the calls after numerous attempts.

Protecting him and his comments

Mr Rabuka said he had heard that some members of his party were not supportive of the app but he had downloaded it for his own good and the good of his close contacts.

“I have done it because to helps the authorities inform me if I am close to a person who has been tested positive,” Mr Rabuka said.

“It warns me of the threat of being contaminated and if they found out that I have come into contact with someone, then they know who else I have been in contact with,” he said.

“If it’s coming from the Government and you believe it’s good, do your own assessment and if you determine if it’s good, then go for it.”

Ms Tabuya said: “I downloaded it because I thought it was as important as my civic duty as the Government has asked us to do so.

“I know there has been a lot of talk about it, there has been a lot of opposition towards it but for me I did it,” she said.

“I felt it was important for me to honour those workers who are on the frontline.”

Mr Radrodro said he downloaded the app but was yet to learn how to operate it.

Opposition comments

SODELPA Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula said: “I don’t know if my phone has it or not, I don’t know what it is, what it does, and where to download it from. I don’t want to have it.”

SODELPA Opposition MP Ro Filipe Tuisawau said: “It should have been downloaded. We have Parliament phones. The app should be there because they have returned it to us, but I will check it.”

SODELPA Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka said: “I am one of those people who cannot relate to technology. It’s because of my ignorance about technology, more than anything else. I would use the app if a member of my family helps me download the app.”

MP Anare Jale said: “I have not downloaded the app. I’m not very well versed with using technology.”

MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi said: “I have not downloaded the app.”

MP Ro Teimumu Kepa said: “I don’t have it on my mobile.”

MP Mitileli Bulanauca said: “I have not downloaded the app.”

MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua said: “I was in the village. I haven’t downloaded the app because of poor internet connection.”

The app is available on Google Playstore and Apple Store.

The app will only request your phone number, name and turning on the phone Bluetooth to activate it. The requirements will assist the Ministry of Health and Medical Services officials in their contact tracing programme.

Government MPs

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar confirmed downloading the app also encouraged her family, relatives and friends to do the same.

“Also it sends a strong message to people living abroad who intend to visit Fiji that we care about their lives and our lives,” she said.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed saying: “It (app) will allow us in case we have COVID-19 in the community to quickly find the phone numbers of those who may have been in contact with the infected person.”

Minister for Employment, Productivity, Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports Parveen Bala confirmed downloading the app adding: “We need to have a safe and secure country from the impacts of COVID-19 and if we want to go back to the normal way of life we need to take heed of these things.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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