PM Backs A-G

“Who is Honourable Nawaikula to tell me who my Minister of Economy should be?
13 Feb 2021 10:26
PM Backs A-G
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Attorney-General has my full support.

This was the message from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday after continuous personal attacks were made against Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum from the Opposition, especially SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula.

Referring to Mr Nawaikula, the Prime Minister said: “He said we need a new Minister for Economy.

“Who is Honourable Nawaikula to tell me who my Minister of Economy should be?

“If our economy had been run anything like SODELPA has run its own party, we wouldn’t have one anymore.

“Fijians would be left exposed to the full brunt of this pandemic and the climate crisis, while they backstabbed each other over who does what, and burned every bridge of friendship we’ve built around the world.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My Attorney-General and Minister for Economy has my total support, and the support of everybody on this side of the house and those two in the back (referring to MPs Dr Salik Govind and Sanjay Kirpal).

“They should not forget who we are. My Government set the record for the longest period of growth for our economy ever – nine straight years.

“We dropped unemployment. We reduced inequality. We expanded social protections which they have never heard before in their lives.

“We set our nation on the path to modernisation. And it is that same strong and united leadership that will guide Fiji through the crisis we face today.

“Again as the honourable Biman Prasad in the papers say the Bainimarama Boom is no more. That is the Bainimarama Boom that I have just talked to you about. Not the fake unity we see across the room.”


Provincial council appointments

Responding to SODELPA MP Anare Jale, Mr Bainimarama said the chairpersons of Fiji’s 14 provincial councils were appointed based on law and their ties to the province.

Their ability to navigate the economic landscape together with their potential to bring prosperity and accountability to their communities was also considered.

Mr Bainimarama said the appointments had brought new leadership styles to provincial council meetings and their proven leadership skills brings fresh blood and new energy to the meetings.


MP Mitieli Bulanauca

Mr Bainimarama also took a swipe at MP Mitieli Bulanauca by revealing that he was asked by the former Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa to keep a close watch on what he said because he was a liar.

“The honourable former Leader of Opposition told me that she can’t even understand Bulanauca because it seems like he’s got five marbles in his mouth when he speaks.”

When approached for a comment outside Parliament, Mr Bulanauca said he did not care while Ro Teimumu refused to comment.

Party leader Viliame Gavoka termed the exchange as traditional rivalry.



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