Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sorry State of Roads in Fiji Under the Bainimarama Dictatorship

by Sai Lealea
 "You can't expect to instil pride and confidence over others when your own source of authority and mandate over them is illegal and questionable. That is precisely what we have in Fiji and its State institutions under the current dictatorship and it will remain so until it relinquishes power. To deny this basic truth is to destine citizens of Fiji to a prolonged experience of poor public service."

Talk about living under a Dictatorship


Huge pot holes on Fiji roads common under Bainimarama dictatorship
If any area of worsening public service in Fiji that tells a story of the Bainimarama dictatorship's abysmal record, look no further than the deteriorating conditions of roads. One only has to scan pictures and comments in letters to daily papers on citizens' and visitor complaints about the extent of the problem. Even worse where there seem to be no relief in site despite wholesale revamp in the structure of government agencies responsible for road maintenance in Fiji.

Recent visitors to Fiji have also spoken of how road conditions have got worse since the Bainimarama regime has been in power. Yet its attempt to corporatise and contract out responsibility for road maintenance has only made matters worse. Gone are the PWD trucks fitted with road maintenance machinery to be replaced by rented trucks overloaded with machinery and equipment that appear to have passed their use by date. Often these are equipment and machinery purchased with monies loaned from the Dictatorship's Chinese banks.

A recent post on a Fijian social media site said this of the level of service directed at maintaing roads:
"Imagine a group of only about 10 people working around the clock throughout the eastern division. It is really pathetic and that's why it takes ages. Pretty sure after coming to the Western Division the lovo holes (road pot holes) appears again in the Eastern."

The pictures in this post from Fiji papers, clearly tell a sad and sorry state and are testimony to the extent of misrule by the current dictatorship in Fiji. They provide clear evidence of the problem and how inadequate are the attempts to deal with it. Creating a new department then corporatising its functions will not solve it if those running the overall show in government are under an illegal and questionable mandate. The impact on those providing services will show up in a "making do with bare minimum" attitude in relation to getting things done. The outcome will be even worse when faced with inadequate resourcing and poor and imposed leadership via military officers parachuted into permanent secretary roles.
Road gang making do with rented trucks & minimum resources

As workers come to learn of the level of corruption and fraud by regime leaders who pay themselves hefty salaries and refuse to come clean on it, they will of course react to it either by withdrawing their labour or cutting corners. They will correctly ask why should they be slaving themselves with pittance and inadequate resource level to do their jobs, while those illegally in power live the high life. That is human nature and the solution is simple - return to legal and democratically mandated authority as the source of discharging power over others. 

You can't expect to instil pride and confidence over others when your own source of authority and mandate over them is illegal and questionable. That is precisely what we have in Fiji and its State institutions under the current dictatorship and it will remain so until it relinquishes power. To deny this basic truth is to destine citizens of Fiji to a prolonged experience of poor public service. So expect lovo pits on roads in Fiji to get wider, deeper and common as long as the Bainimarama dictatorship rule in Fiji. 


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