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Nasinu mayor wins

Sunday, April 15, 2007

NEWLY elected Fiji Local Government Association president Rajeshwar Kumar, pictured, has vowed to improve the association's financial status during his term in office.

The Nasinu mayor, who won the election ahead of Lord Mayor Ratu Peni Volavola in Ba yesterday, said the aim was to rake in more revenue for the association.

Mr Kumar said during his term, he would make sure they generated their own income instead of relying on overseas funding. He said this would be possible through a fundraising drive by all the 12 municipalities in the country.

He said the funds raised would be used in improving the association.

Mr Kumar said he would be seeking the assistance of his predecessor, Ba mayor Praveen Bala.

"He had been in office for the past three years and knows a lot about what is happening there," he said.

"We will be working closely in the early stages so that I can be learn from him and be well aware of the whole thing." Mr Bala said he could not contest the election because the constitution did not allow him to do so.

"I have completed my three-year term and I cannot re-contest the post," he said.

Ratu Peni said he accepted the outcome of the election.

He said he would support Mr Kumar during his three-year term.

Ratu Peni thanked Mr Bala for the contribution he had made during his term as president of the association.