Cartoon story sourced from Veronica Malani.
Radio NZ reports Fiji's NGOs saying that now is not the time to spend big on the PM's offices. A handful of Opposition MP's also voiced the same concerns, while other Opposition MPs remain silent!
Fiji's Alliance for the Covid-19 Humanitarian Response said that the government's plan to spend $7million dollars on a new office block for Bainimarama is despicable, especially when the country is facing a national crisis, due to the pandemic.
The latest COVID-19 outbreak says SBS News forced Fiji's capital into lockdown.
This occurred just a few days after Fiji's least educated PM Frank Bainimarama, who refused to close the borders, boasted that no other nation could match his governments [fake] record of avoiding transmission for a year! The Indian variant is reported by various sources to have entered Fiji on a flight from Singapore with Fiji's most detested and corrupt individual Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Now Fiji's health officials are saying they feared a "tsunami" of cases.
Spokesperson for Fiji's Alliance for the Covid-19 Humanitarian Response Shamima Ali said all the NGOs hear constantly from people needing food or PPE or those already poverty-stricken and struggling.
About 258,053 Fijians were living in poverty BEFORE COVID arrived in Fiji. This is according to the estimates in the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey conducted by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. It is based on 864,132 Fijians living in 199,688 conventional households and excludes those living at the ‘fringes’ of poverty.
The report also claims that approximately 86,218 children [ages 1-14], 157,558 adults [15-64] and 14,276 senior citizens are classified as ‘poor ’. These citizens were already living in poverty when Bainimarama's fake economic boom crashed in 2019.
245,000 citizens are now unemployed or under employed.
So Ali rightfully said that the announcement of the new building complex at such a time is callous. But Bainimarama doesn't care! His decision also reaffirms what many already know, that Frank Bainimaram cares more for himself and his corrupt family and friends than he does for the people suffering under his failed leadership!
"It makes you really very angry" says Ali, "that, how can a leader, how can leadership be so callous and so uncaring about the people. And they can announce this luxury, which is totally unneeded. Is this the time to do such things, you know? So it really is so disheartening and enraging,"
Ali also said that the present offices could easily be refurbished and all available government money needed to go towards dealing with the pandemic, rescuing the country's hospitals and improving food security.
Fiji has received over $80million in donated assistance from Australia and New Zealand, but only 10% has been used to assist the people.
Reposting from Michael Field's Facebook post.
Suva pandemic scene. After encouraging people to stay at home, and to be distant when out, the Fiji Government has given $90 to those in need to carry them over the pending lockdown. The delivery system for this money has the money sent by the government to Vodafone phones held by individuals. To get the cash, each person then has to take it to Vodafone, or an agent, and present it to be paid the $90. Vodafone is a government owned company that takes a profit on the transaction. More importantly, the system now being used has required thousands of people to stand on streets queuing for hours to get their $90 cash. All in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, a Fijian politician and Member of the Parliament of Fiji who is also the current Minister for Health and Medical Services in the FijiFirst government, listens to Fiji's dictator Frank JV Bainimarama explaining something at a Covid virus briefing....
The same Bainimarama that refused to close borders and boasted about his Covid containment record. Then just days later Fiji imposed a three-day lockdown in response to a sudden outbreak of COVID-19 cases, linked to the B16-17 variant from India that was reported to have come on a flight from Singapore with the AG Sayed-Khaiyum. The move was announced only 30 minutes before it was enforced.
wsws.org reported that "while limited and inadequate, the measure was the strictest since COVID-19 hit the country in March last year. The main island of Viti Levu and other parts of the country went into lockdown, with people ordered indoors from May 1 to May 3. No businesses were allowed to operate for a 56-hour period and contact tracing was carried out around the capital Suva and neighbouring towns. Authorities banned inter-island travel and Fiji Airways suspended all international and domestic passenger flights.
The three-day lockdown came after the Health Ministry declared the total number of active cases had risen sharply with 29 transmitted locally. The numbers are continuing to escalate. As of May 6, Fiji has had 125 cases of COVID-19, 50 active cases, and three deaths since its first case in March last year. Testing, however, is low. Just 55,000 tests have been conducted nationwide since testing began in 2020.
Two doctors at Lautoka Hospital are among the newest cases. On Wednesday the hospital was cordoned off and closed after a 53-year-old surgical patent was found to be a “late stage” carrier of the virus and died. More than 400 patients, doctors, nurses, and other staff have been sequestered and effectively quarantined until it is determined who else may have had contact with the patient."
The Fiji Times reported that acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu has issued a warning that people who do not follow the Health stipulated two-metre social distancing requirement inside or outside a supermarket will be arrested.
“It was noticed that people still do not adhere to the instructions and are not seriously taking into consideration the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tudravu, “This has forced the institution to enforce restrictions on the ground and take to task those who still do not comply.”
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