Monday, January 25, 2010

Kadavu Chief wants Fiji PM to go beyond 2014

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation - Monday, January 25, 2010

Chiefs on the island of Kadavu have expressed their support for the Bainimarama government and want the military commander to continue if developments are not completed by 2014.

The expression of support was given as the island traditionally welcomed the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and his government delegation at the chiefly village of Tavuki.

During a talanoa session with the villagers, Bainimarama stressed that his week long tour of the province was only about developing the island. The Commander said that the Military staged the coup in 1987 to develop Fiji but those who went into power used the coup for their own benefit.

He said there was another coup in 2000, in which a number of military officers lost their lives and Bainimarama told the vanua of Nacolase that they will never forget their fellow comrades who died in 2000.

He says governments elections plan in 2014 is clear and needs the support of the people. Bainimarama told the Vanua of Nacolase, those who do not support the reforms underway must step aside. He said they will take down all barriers to their work.

He also revealed that he appointed four of his Colonels as Commissioners because he wanted rapid development in the country. Bainimarama told the community if the military had not staged the 2006 coup, no one else would have done what they are doing today.

In reply to the statement of Commodore Bainimarama, the Tui Tavuki Ratu Jone Dukete told the Prime Minister never to think wrong about Kadavu with regards to supporting the government of the day.

Ratu Jone told the Prime Minister the Vanua of Nacolase have gone against the will of their head chief the Gone Marama Bale the Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa. He said Ro Teimumu had warned all provinces under the Burebasaga confederacy not to support, but the Vanua of Nacolase visited the Military camp to show their support.

Ratu Jone stressed to Bainimaram it has been 40 years since construction of roads started in Kadavu. Today only 50 per cent of the island has access roads. Ratu Jone told the PM the whole of Kadavu supports his leadership as they have witnessed first hand developments they have never seen in the past 40 to 50 years.

The Vanua of Nacolase has also asked the PM to continue his term if developments in the country have not been completed come 2014. The PM will visit civil servants, at the Vunisea government station after discussions in Tavuki

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

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