Opposition: PM, A-G absent in time of crisis

Savenaca Narube. Picture: RAMA/FILE

Human rights activist Shamima Ali, Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka and Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube have all questioned the absence of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as the country battles COVID-19 and widespread flooding.

Ms Ali also raised concerns about the Nadi Hospital facing power outages which she claimed was caused by the generator not working when power went out across the Western Division.

Tighten border protocols, limit all meetings, delay the start of school by three weeks and encourage people to work from home where possible.

These were the suggestions made by Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube in a statement issued yesterday where he quizzed the absence of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“We are facing another crisis which will kill more of our people,” he said.

“There is widespread flooding from the recent cyclone.

“But the Prime Minister and his right-hand man, the Attorney-General, are nowhere to be seen.

“This is totally irresponsible and unacceptable.”

Mr Narube said people had died from the third wave and hospitals were “starting to fill up with COVID patients”.

“The more dangerous delta variant is still around.

“When all this is happening, where are our leaders?” Mr Narube claimed there was no government plan to manage the crisis.

“It is now left to the Minister for Trade to announce measures to control the third wave.

“It is highly unlikely that higher fines will work. “While we do not have to impose a total lockdown, there are other ways to help control the virus.”

Questions sent to Mr Bainimarama and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum on the comments made by Mr Narube remain unanswered.

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