So it’s nonsense when his political opponents say he should be in the office than out in the field. Government ministers have the executive arm to deal with administrative matters.
more immediate need. For them it means transport to schools, to the nearest urban centres, markets, health centres or hospitals or to the fishing grounds. A generator means power for households’ food preservation, light to do school homework and business and economic activities. A chainsaw means firewood, clearing of bushes to cultivate new farmland and source of income. The $1000 small business grants to people in the low socio-economic group may be ridiculed as a votebuying gimmick. But it means a lot to the recipients who desperately need assistance to get ahead in life in their own little business ventures. When Mr Bainimarama is personally there to present the cheques, it is a major morale boost for these people. It’s an opportunity for them to meet the nation’s leader and feel of his spirit. They will know whether he genuinely cares for them or not. So far the feedback from the people has been overwhelming.
So it’s nonsense when his political opponents say he should be in the office than out in the field. Government ministers have the executive arm to deal with administrative matters. They do not have to be sitting in their offices to communicate with stakeholders at various levels. Modern technology allows them to maintain contact with people via phone and internet. The only time when they are required to be in their office is when they personally meet visiting groups or dignitaries. But when they are out in the field, they have a wonderful opportunity to meet the people in talanoa sessions. This is an effective forum where they listen to people’s hopes and aspirations. Mr Bainimarama also listens to their grievances and those who have travelled with him on these trips know that he takes seriously what people tell him. He attempts to resolve them on the spot and points them in the right direction where they can access help. Most of what he hears at these meetings will not reach him if he sits in his Suva office all the time. That’s why these trips are more valuable to him and Government. So those who question him about these trips really do not understand why he does it. One day if and when they become the Government, they will understand.