December 17, 2010

The "Spirit of "Giving" - Military Junta Style

If you're wondering how it was that Namosi folded to the regime's will, read the media statements on their version of "christmas gift exchanges" as churned out by the illegal and treasonous military regime's propaganda arm below:
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Date: 16 December 2010 11:43
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A visit by the people of Namosi to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua is an early Christmas and New Year’s blessings says the Prime Minister and Military Commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

A delegation of close to 200 people of the province were led by the Turaga na Tui Namosi, Ratu Suliano Matanotobua.

“This is an early Christmas present for us here in the military barracks and for Government,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

“We thank you for coming and visiting us because we are here for you.”

He thanked the vanua of Namosi for its continued support towards Government and the military

Meanwhile, Commodore Bainimarama continued to highlight the importance of choosing the right people to lead the country after 2014.

“Everyone need to know the People’s Charter for Change Peace and Progress which entails government’s commitment towards a truly democratic government and elections process,” the Prime Minister said.

“We do not want a corrupt Government coming in. We want every citizen of this nation to get the fruits of their labour in every little way they contribute.”  

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Date: 17 December 2010 08:14
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Hidden in the highlands of Namosi, where one has to travel along narrow gravel roads passing dense forests, one will reach the beautiful villages of Namosi and Nakavika.

The two villages are cushioned by mountain ranges, green vegetation and rivers creating a scene that leaves one mesmerized with the natural creations of God, which are still preserved in the interior of the province.

Women in these two villages, who rarely get to see any visitors, could not hold back their joy when the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni visited them on Thursday.

The Minister’s visit was not only to have discussions about their needs but to present a gift, which these women would have wished  for in time for the Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations.

Dr Luveni donated four sewing machines to the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in the two communities to be a source of generating income. 

When handing over the sewing machines the Minister encouraged the women to make full use of the machines, and added it was a gift for them to celebrate Christmas.

“I wish you all a merry Christmas and hope these machines will be used to make clothes for your children and families. It is given with a hope to generate income for your livelihood, especially when you live so far from the main town,” Dr Luveni said.

The Namosi Soqosoqo Vakamarama vice president Ms Veronika Teresa Gukibau said the sewing machines could not have come at a better time.

“Now our women will make use them to sew new dresses for the festive season celebrations,” she said.

“These women hardly go to Navua town because it costs $20 for a return trip.  Since they already have the materials and skills it will now be easy for them to make clothes in their villages. They will make clothes for Christmas, the church service and of course school uniforms for children.”

Namosi provincial administrator Viliame Raka thanked Dr Luveni for visiting the two communities and having dialogue with them. 

“We are grateful to the Minister for donating four sewing machines because our goal is to improve the financial resources for our province. We have seen a lot of development where Government has assisted in terms of farming and land use, ecotourism and agriculture and we are fortunate the Minister visited the women here today and sat with them and heard them out, it motivates them,” Mr Raka said. 

Ms Salote Vakavudali, the Nakavika Women’s Club representative said the women were touched by the Minister’s kind words of encouragement and the sewing machines were a blessing for women in the two communities.

“The sewing machines are the best Christmas gift we could have wished for at this time of the year, we can start making the school uniforms now and can plan for a kalavata during this festive season. We thank the Minister for this gift,” Ms Vakavudali added.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isa - this says much about us as a people when we can capitulate on principles for a few meager baubles .

Does this simple example reveal a leader-less, rudder-less amoral society happy and willing to accept kickbacks in any form ?

Jesus wept.