Po­lice state­ment

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Vil­iame Ga­voka, Nadroga

I am greatly dis­turbed with the state­ment by the Po­lice on Satur­day that homes in Navosa built from pro­ceeds of il­licit drugs will be de­mol­ished.

While I ap­pre­ci­ate the work of the Po­lice; and it’s true that the de­cree al­lows the au­thor­i­ties to ad­min­is­ter such pun­ish­ment; and also true that the vanua doesn’t con­done the cul­ti­va­tion of il­licit drugs, I plead that a more hu­mane op­tion be con­sid­ered. Per­haps those homes could be turned into dis­pen­saries, kinder­gartens, li­braries, meet­ing houses, community halls, guest houses for vis­i­tors or homes for the old and the weak. Im­ple­ment­ing th­ese op­tions will help strengthen the plat­form for ad­vance­ment in Navosa which to­day is strug­gling with de­vel­op­ment. Bull­doz­ing all those homes will def­i­nitely set us back. We should also con­sider the psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact of such pun­ish­ment on the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the chil­dren.

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