MPs Rem­i­nisce As Gen­eral Elec­tion Looms

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Epineri Vula

Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion MPs rem­i­nisced about their past four years as law­mak­ers as Par­lia­ment ad­journed sine die last night in its last sit­ting be­fore the 2018 gen­eral.

The ad­journ­ment fol­lowed heated de­bates on the 2018-2019 Na­tional Bud­get which was passed.

Speaker of Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni thanked all MPs for their con­tri­bu­tion on is­sues af­fect­ing the na­tion and hoped she has suc­cess­fully car­ried out her role in main­tain­ing or­der dur­ing Par­lia­ment pro­ceed­ings.

It was an emo­tional mo­ment for MPs as they bid farewell.

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Jone Usa­mate said he was hon­oured to con­trib­ute to the law­mak­ing process of this na­tion and hoped to re­turn af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion.

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Min­eral Re­sources Faiyaz Koya said he was hon­oured to serve his na­tion and peo­ple.

“It's been a won­der­ful jour­ney and a great op­por­tu­nity to serve my peo­ple. I did my job with pas­sion and I love my coun­try," he said. “There is a part of me that al­ways wanted to give back and I thank all my sup­port­ers.” Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou said he learned a lot from the Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He added pol­i­tics had be­come part of his life and that it was an hon­our to serve the com­mu­nity.

“I've ap­plied for an­other Fi­jiFirst ticket, but it will de­pend on the se­lec­tion panel,”

I hope that I've served my peo­ple ac­cord­ing to their needs and if I didn't please for­give me for not be­ing able to per­form. I'm stand­ing again in this year's gen­eral elec­tion

Ro Tei­mumu Kepa Leader of the Op­po­si­tion SODELPA MP

he said.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa thanked all her fam­ily mem­bers and sup­port­ers for stand­ing by her.

“I hope that I've served my peo­ple ac­cord­ing to their needs and if I didn't please for­give me for not be­ing able to per­form. I'm stand­ing again in this year's gen­eral elec­tion,” she added.

Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party Leader Bi­man Prasad said they had done their job as elected MPs to raise their sup­port­ers' views. “I would like to thank all those who voted for us in the last elec­tion and I look for­ward to their sup­port in the fu­ture,” he said. Gov­ern­ment MP and for­mer jour­nal­ist Matai Ak­oula said it had been a good ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing from a me­dia back­ground and a lot of learn­ing had been at­tained. SODELPA Op­po­si­tion MP Vil­iame Ga­voka said he en­joyed his term as an MP.

“I've en­joyed the chal­lenges and process in mak­ing laws. I hope to come back,” he said.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

From left: Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Jone Usa­mate, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Local Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment Lorna Eden, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion Veena Bhat­na­gar and Op­po­si­tion Leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa out­side Par­lia­ment on July 12, 2018.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Min­eral Re­sources Faiyaz Koya (left), with Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama out­side Par­lia­ment on July 12, 2018.

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