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Rabuka to get rid of current executives

06:35 Sat Nov 10, 2018

FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama and SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle

The war of words continue between FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama and Leader for the Social Democratic Liberal Party, Sitiveni Rabuka.

In the latest rebuke, the FijiFirst party leader has called out Rabuka’s proposal to remove all senior government executives and chief executive officers from government statutory bodies.

Bainimarama says a SODELPA government brings nothing but chaos and disenfranchises many Fijians.

In a campaign rally this week, the SODELPA leader made it clear that should they form the next government, an overhaul of the civil service would be immediate.

“On the appointment of senior executives in government and government owned entities, I believe and it is a universal practice that appointments are coterminous with the appointing authority. If they are appointed by this government, their appointment comes to an end.”

Moments later, Rabuka has this to say.

“We can change them, we may change some immediately, on the other hand, some of them we may retain.”

In response, the FijiFirst leader says this is the narrow mindedness of what a SODELPA government would represent.

“And he’s talked about removing everyone even if they’re doing good, even if they in a position to bring about the raising of standards of our living, they have to be removed because they are Muslims, most of these people holding these posts are there not because they are Muslims but they there because of merit, they can do the job.”

Politics aside, Bainimarama says with SODELPA’s policies, Fiji will be worse off.

“They bring nothing but chaos and they will bring nothing but trouble for us and if they ever enter, God forbid, God forbid, if they ever get into governance, Fiji goes down the drain, I’m not saying this because of politics, I’m just telling you, telling the people of Fiji the facts.”

Three days remain before Fiji heads to the polls.

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