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.