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PM Warns: District Reps, Village Headman Risk Suspension or Termination If No Jab

District representatives and village headmen who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have their allowance suspended and risk termination. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama laid the directive yesterday while speaking
25 Oct 2021 13:41
PM Warns: District Reps, Village Headman Risk Suspension or Termination If No Jab
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

District representatives and village headmen who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have their allowance suspended and risk termination.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama laid the directive yesterday while speaking on the iTaukei Radio Program; Nai Lalakai, by Fijian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Bainimarama said he was following the vaccination developments in Vanua Levu, in the maritime islands and villages with low vaccination rates and it was disheartening to learn that it was compounded by Mata ni Tikina’s and Turaga ni Koro’s who refuse to be vaccinated.

“If this continues, your allowance will be suspended. Those who re- fuse to take their second jab by 30 November, 2021 will be terminated,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We cannot afford to leave you, and those around you, unprotected. Your villages and your country need you to be fully vaccinated by 1 December.”

He urged Fijians not to be side tracked by anti-vaxxers, adding that we have a bigger job to do which is to rebuild broken walls and fortify them from future pandemics and crises.

“Businesses, livelihoods, careers, education, and daily life have been altered, stunted, or even ceased,” he said.

“We have worked tirelessly to en- sure your safety and security. The courage, sacrifice, and determination of our health professionals and front-liners has saved thousands of lives.”

Cyclone season

However, he said the challenges do not halt because of the COV- ID-19 pandemic as we head into the cyclone season with two major cyclones already predicted to pass through Fiji.

“Resilience is one of our most valuable resources in overcoming hardships. When a cyclone or flood hits our communities, we immediately pick up the pieces and har- ness whatever useful material we find to get us going.

“Yes, help may come later, but rising immediately after falling is our forte. We fall seven times, but we get up eight times. This is who we are as villages, as communities, as a county.”

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere

Congratulating elected President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere Mr Bainimarama said his passion for inclusive and sustainable development complements Government’s effort to make Fiji secure and safe for future generations.

He said they are proud that the baton of leadership will pass from one steady hand to another.

“Stability is crucial to our nation- al leadership. And I am confident that the Tui Macuata will further entrench stability into our national leadership.

“Tui Macuata is a climate, environment and oceans champion. He has spoken at national, regional, and international conferences on protecting the ocean and its relationship with climate change and the environment.

“Resilience is at the heart of his passion and commitment. Some recent cyclones severely hit Macuata, but his traditional and community leadership experience enabled those badly affected to recover and resume everyday life again.”

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