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Residents unhappy with empty promises

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

promises made by previous politicians have been labelled a joke by villagers of Taveuni.

Some people at Nalovo settlement in Qarawalu said they had grown tired of the false promises made by previous politicians.

Sixty-one-year old Vijay Kumar said despite the various promises made to them by previous governments during their campaigns, nothing had eventuated.

Mr Kumar said conditions of farm roads around the island were still in a pathetic condition and people were still suffering.

"This is becoming a big joke," he said.

"This government is trying to get everything to our doorstep but the price of living is becoming higher every day so there is no real change."

Nalovo housewife Lalita Devi says her children still wake up at 4am every morning to prepare for school.

"They have to walk three miles to catch the bus at the main road and often come back home at 9 or 8pm due to transportation problems," she said.

"Nothing has changed since we were promised by previous political parties that life would improve.

"I do not feel like voting at all because it does not make any change, the cycle continues and we'd rather mind our own business and suffer in silence."

Farmer Rusiate Tuyaca said the price of dalo continued to be regulated by middlemen and their pleas had fallen on deaf ears.

Mr Tuyaca said nothing had changed much and people needed leaders who could walk the talk.

Responding to the concerns raised, Be the Change campaign leader and aspiring politician Roshika Deo told residents her group aimed at getting a feel of the real situation that ordinary people faced before making a manifesto.

"This way we will have manifestos that is owned by the people and that deals with the problems they face," she said.

"It will put an end to the cycle of false promises that previous politicians have made in the past."


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