Friday, January 29, 2010

Fijians used for ‘dirty politics’, says PM

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says his government wants to put a stop to ordinary Fijians being used for political gain by leaders in politics and in churches.

Speaking during his first official visit this year to Nalotawa Village in the western province of Ba, the PM said most of the time, Fijians, especially those in the rural areas, were being used in what he said was useless talk for dirty politics.

“No more will Fijians be used in dirty politics or racist issues. We want Fiji to become prosperous and we want you to become successful,” Bainimarama said.

“We want to make sure that come the 2014 elections, we will not be dealing anymore with any dirty politics as such,” he told the villagers.

“We want our leaders in politics, in churches and in all cross-sections of the community to be good role models, not to involve people in politics,” he added.

Villagers raised wide-ranging concerns from inaccessibility to urban areas due to poor road conditions to the need for a reliable supply of water.

The PM was invited there by the tikina (district) of Yakete.

The government has banned the influential Methodist Church from holding its annual conference until 2014, saying the church’s hierarchy needs to remove political elements from its midst.

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