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'Cheap politics'

Luke Nacei
Thursday, March 08, 2018

ATTORNEY-General and Acting Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday labelled a media release issued by the National Federation Party as "cheap politics".

NFP earlier issued a statement claiming that residents of Duguvatu in Rakiraki were still waiting for power supply by the Fiji Electricity Authority under the rural electrification project despite promises made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last year.

"The media release said Duguvatu families still in dark. And Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in his last consultation visit made promise to 37 canefarmers' families residing in Duguvatu area," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the press release also stated that NFP met residents of Duguvatu during a talanoa session that included discussions on the failure by Government to fulfil a promise to supply electricity to the residents.

"Madam Speaker, this is what you call cheap politicians. If they had been in doubt they could have phoned up the Prime Minister," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Standing on a point of order, NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said the A-G was again extending his comments and broadening on the accusations which were not true.

Prof Prasad clarified that the statement was issued after residents of Duguvatu raised their plight with the party's general secretary.

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