PM, A-G responsible – Gavoka

Viliame Gavoka and Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum share their thoughts after the 2020 Budget Announcement. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should know “they are held responsible for every COVID-19 death for not listening and not doing what is right”.

“To the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General, this is the message, health first,” he said.

“The economy is second and will rebound.

“There is no balancing act between the two as clearly evident by the disaster we have today.”

Mr Gavoka said “the disastrous situation with COVID-19” was because of the “we know best attitude” on the part of the PM and the A-G and “unimaginable recklessness”.

“The current situation could have been avoided if the Prime Minister and Attorney-General listened to repeated calls for a national lockdown to contain the virus within a zone or border and carry out mass vaccination.

“Instead, the Government decided to allow people to travel through borders bragging about its protocols, recklessly taking huge risks at a time when cases were spiking. The permanent secretary for Health keeps saying, “when people move, the virus moves”.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and Mr Bainimarama did not respond to the statement made by Mr Gavoka after a copy was sent via email yesterday.

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