Local government reform
Saimoni Lutu, Namosi
Our ebullient, hard working and tireless Minister of Local Government announced some time ago that local government elections would be held shortly. So far nothing has transpired on this front. Has the good Minister overruled from above? Whatever the reasons for the non-show elections, it is in fact a blessing in disguise. Think about it. Barely two years ago the country went into a general election after being in the wilderness.
We are still learning the intricacies of the Parliamentary system and another election, local government or otherwise would be merely an exercise in buck passing let alone the high cost. There is a better model which has been time tested. This is the Corporate Type Structure which, as you would know, the private sector operates under quite successfully. This time around, local governance should adopt the approach of managing the affairs by local technocrats recruited from technical experts from different fields through an open public solicitation like an Expression of Interest (EOI). That would bring out the brightest and the best of Fijian brain power.
We still retain the title of Council. The Councillors however will be like the board of directors of a company: competent, experienced, visionary and incorruptible, much like Caesar’s wife.