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Julius Ka­mali,

Nadi

So of­ten we con­stantly hear up­dates of where the eye of the cy­clone is lo­cated or mov­ing. This mode of com­mu­ni­ca­tion best suits mariners.

Lo­ca­tion codes like de­grees, west-south­west and the likes are un­known to the ma­jor­ity of ru­ral dwellers and some ur­ban dwellers, like my­self, who strug­gle to fig­ure out where the eye of the cy­clone is.

It’s time to mod­ify this to the ben­e­fit of all cross sec­tions of Fiji and the Pa­cific. By now the names of all the vil­lages and set­tle­ments in Fiji are well known to all forms of the me­dia – ra­dio, TV, mo­bile phones and news­pa­pers. When the path of the cy­clone is known or ex­pected, the names of all the af­fected vil­lages should be an­nounced so that all those di­rectly im­pacted will take heed ac­cord­ingly, es­pe­cially the young, old and vul­ner­a­ble. pe­ri­ence for me as well as peo­ple try­ing to con­tact me. My only other al­ter­na­tive has been to use my mo­bile phone and pray a lot while us­ing the in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

It is re­ally like liv­ing on a de­serted is­land where Telecom has the only boat an­chored out at the reef. You can see it but it’s no use to you or any­one else. I am send­ing this mes­sage in a bot­tle and I hope you get it. Maybe Telecom might come closer to land and res­cue me be­fore you get this mes­sage.

Ev­ery time it rains heav­ily the blocked drains and side­ways emerges of pile of rub­bish, bot­tles, car­tons, house-hold and in­dus­trial waste.

Don’t blame the drains; it’s the rub­bish that peo­ple throw ev­ery­where ends up in drains. Lit­ter aware­ness seems to be ne­glected. wel­come to show Fi­jians her plans on how best she can con­trib­ute con­struc­tively and more mean­ing­fully. Our Fi­jiFirst gov­ern­ment was over­whelm­ingly voted in by the ma­jor­ity and man­dated to govern, reengi­neer and man­age our econ­omy, clear the back­logs, weed cor­rup­tion and strictly not to en­gage with Ro Tei­mumu’s Op­po­si­tion for the next four years as it will be po­lit­i­cally sui­ci­dal.

Please, let us not politi­cise our cur­rent situation but con­cen­trate on the task at hand be­cause it is ab­so­lutely non­sense when our fel­low dear Fi­jians af­fected are still suf­fer­ing and reel­ing from the af­ter­math, de­struc­tion, shock, trauma and dev­as­ta­tion from the Mon­ster TC Win­ston. Just a re­minder to those that have for­got­ten, SODELPA and Ro Tei­mumu were voted into the Op­po­si­tion by their sup­port­ers but not to govern. That is sim­ply where they be­long un­til the 2018 elec­tions. It is the Fi­jian peo­ples’ ver­dict and so will the Fi­jiFirst gov­ern­ment’s po­lit­i­cal agenda.

In hind­sight, all these in­ter­na­tional donors will syn­chro­nise, col­lab­o­rate as they only recog­nise the le­git­i­mate rul­ing Fi­jiFirst gov­ern­ment of the day but not the Op­po­si­tion; it has al­ways been like that ever since in any cir­cum­stance. The ul­ti­mate corner­stone and demon­stra­tion of our Fi­jian made democ­racy was when Ro Tei­mumu’s vote of no con­fi­dence against Voreqe Bain­i­marama’s tested lead­er­ship was over­whelm­ingly de­feated dur­ing our last Par­lia­ment ses­sion.

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