Primary schoolteacher enters politics to change the system

Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry (2nd from right) with Executive members after the Party’s National Council Meeting in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

HAVING worked in the civil service for the past 28 years was what motivated primary school teacher Fane Kacimaiwai to venture into politics.

The 52-year-old is one of the provisional candidates for the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) for the coming general election.

With three more years before retirement, Ms Kacimaiwai said she had finally made up her mind that she wanted to become a politician.

She said politics decided a nation’s future and she wanted to bring that change for the future.

“I want to be part of those things that have the initiative to changing the political system in Fiji,” Ms Kacimaiwai said.

“I want to reach out and be part of the game and also do something good for my c

ountry.”

She said she chose FLP because of its leadership and manifesto, which she said was a multiracial one.

Ms Kacimaiwai had always dreamt of becoming a politician after graduating from Waikato University in New Zealand with a Graduate Diploma in Political Science, 24 years ago.

She hopes to use the platform of contesting this year’s general election as a way to address the various issues that teachers and workers in the country currently face.

“If we (FLP) become successful, I think we have to invest enormous amount of time and energy to look into the entire processes and satisfy the citizens of our country,” she added.