Politics

Rabuka’s promise — I will protect them

I will look after them. This was the promise made by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to hundreds of supporters at a campaign meeting in Ba on Thursday night. Mr Rabuka said he...

Biman: People will not be fooled

No amount of cosmetic roadworks or promises by the FijiFirst Government will take away the harsh realities faced by the Fijian people under their rule, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign meeting in the West this week, he said the people “will not be fooled”. “Our people understand where we...

PM on ‘asset rich, cash poor’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the work Government has undertaken to develop iTaukei land is a step closer to ending the notion of the iTaukei people being “asset rich and cash poor”. He said this when he officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the iTaukei Land Development Grant in Tavua on Wednesday. “We don’t only...

State ‘out of ideas’

They keep talking about the past. This, according to National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. In Nadi this week, Prof Prasad said the Government was running out of ideas to improve Fijian livelihoods. “We are not going into the past because the people need the solutions to our current issues,” he said. “You know...

Change with me – Rabuka’s plea to Fijians of Indian descent

Change with me. This was the plea by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to a large number of supporters in Ba where the former PM urged Fijians of Indian descent to support their campaign with the National Federation Party in the 2022 General Election. “We pay our respects to the leaders who formed...

20th May

Rabuka to take PM’s role if parties win

The People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party have agreed that Sitiveni Rabuka will be appointed prime minister if they win the 2022 General Election. Mr Rabuka told supporters in Lautoka yesterday that following discussions between their members, both parties agreed that he would take on the role of PM. However, he said, the...

FLP out to ‘get freedom back’

The Fiji Labour Party will fight this year’s election on a platform “to get our freedom back”. Leader Mahendra Chaudhry made the comments at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “We want our freedom back,” he said. “Everything else comes after that. We are all born free men and women and we...

‘Dead corpse’ atmosphere

The atmosphere during elections and campaigning these days is like a “dead corpse”, said Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Mr Chaudhry made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “We used to have robust election campaigns before, but how about now,” he said. “It seems like it’s...

State can ‘bow down to your demands’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said if the sugarcane farmers in Fiji unite, they can force the Government to “bow down to your demands”. He made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Qalitu, Lautoka on Wednesday night. “There has been only one party that has worked for you and only one...

‘Please go to the State’s FB page’

Please go to the Government’s Facebook page! You have all the information there that is the source of truth. The plea was made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to the people of Tavua on Wednesday. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum accompanied the PM to the West to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony of the...

Coalition will review MIDA

A National Federation Party and The People’s Alliance government will review the Media Industry Development Act within six months of taking office, said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad at a talanoa session in Sigatoka on Wednesday. He said the MIDA Decree (Act) was a “draconian law”. “We will free the media in this country from...

FF ‘can drown themselves in the past’

The FijiFirst party can “drown themselves in the past” and talk more about the 1987 coup, said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad at a talanoa session in Sigatoka on Wednesday. He said the current Government has “lost direction”. “They are lost far behind,” said Professor Prasad. “They can continue to talk about 1987, they can...

Choice for PM – People’s Alliance, NFP give Rabuka the nod

Sitiveni Rabuka is the People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party’s choice for prime minister should they win the 2022 General Election. The former PM revealed this when questioned during a campaign meeting in Lautoka yesterday. Mr Rabuka said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad’s willingness to work with him was similar to that of...

19th May

NFP will not form a coalition with FijiFirst – Biman

The National Federation Party will not form a coalition or partnership with the FijiFirst party, says its leader, Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Malolo, Nadi on Monday night. “The NFP doesn’t want to partner with a party that has brought this country to its knees,”...

18th May

Anne Tamarei Bolavatu – A keen learner

Success comes to those who seek it diligently — these words have inspired, Anne Tamarei Bolavatu, one of Suva’s budding handicraft vendors. Becoming a businesswoman was never on the 43-year old’s mind when she was growing up in rural Cakaudrove. But being a quick and keen learner, she carved her way to business success by...

Singh: Ministers ‘scurrying’ to Nadi for votes

Aspiring National Federation Party candidate Prem Singh claims Government ministers are “scurrying to Nadi” because of the significant number of Indo-Fijian votes in the Jet Set Town. Speaking at a meeting in Malolo on Monday night, he said there were 33,000 Fijians of Indian descent in Nadi alone. “The elections could be won by National...

FLP attacks A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum ‘campaigning for votes at public expense

The Attorney-General is “campaigning for votes at public expense” by attending prefects’ induction ceremonies at schools, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the same tactics were used by the A-G in the build-up to the 2018 polls. “It is a blatant case of abuse of authority for Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum to be campaigning...

Voter registration drive to begin in NZ this week

Teams from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be travelling to New Zealand tomorrow May 19, 2022 to conduct voter registration. The FEO teams will be travelling to venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The will conclude their registration drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Meanwhile, the FEO teams have provided voter services to 198...

16th May

Revenue available to service debt -A-G

Fiji has over 10 times more revenue available to service its debt, says Economy Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment in Parliament last week in response to an oral questions asked to him by the Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs Selai Adimaitoga. Ms Adimaitoga in her oral questions asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to...

Kumar: Action against children roaming streets

Education Minister Premila Kumar says if children are roaming the streets during school hours then relevant authorities including police will take action. She made the comment in Parliament on Friday in response to a supplementary question by Opposition MP Ro Teimumu Kepa who asked the minister to bring issues such as young teenagers and children...

Recovery sooner than expected – Koya

Reports from all the tourism operators are that the corporate group travel has recovered sooner than expected, Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya told Parliament last week. He said Fiji has back-to-back corporate groups from Australia and hundreds were arriving for five to six-day itineraries and during their stay they were actually engaging in...

Kava to Australia rakes in $3.4m

As of this month Fiji has already exported around a total of 30.4 metric tonnes of kava to Australia earning around $3.4 million. This was revealed in Parliament by Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy who also stated that there are 146 exporters where Fiji is not the only country. He said there were other countries...

Health Ministry carries out larvae surveys

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services from February to April this year carried out larvae surveys in 22 subdivisions and municipal councils where 2473 households were inspected. And during this larvae survey, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said awareness on mosquito breeding sites were carried out and persons harbouring immature stages of mosquitoes at...

PM: Biman has baseless motions

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama accused Opposition member of Parliament and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad for always coming up with baseless motions for money-wasting ideas so that he can “shilly-shally” and idle away the nation’s time. Prof Prasad moved a motion that Parliament authorises the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs to assess the...

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