SADLY, the Opposition parties in Fiji are bereft of political common sense. They will run to celebrate Australia Day or American 4th of July. They should have inter-mingled with Winston victims to find out the TRUTH from FICTION promoted by the FijiFirst Party government
Fijileaks: We wanted the anniversary to be held so that the victims could mourn not only their loss and lost but to also hold FFP government to account; the President says 40,000 homes were destroyed by Cyclone Winston but Aiyaz Khaiyum states that 23,388 families have received rebuilding grant. So, where and who are the missing 17,000 families not included in the rebuilding scheme?
From Fijileaks archive, 7/12/2016
This has been confirmed by the Minister for Economy and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum. Sayed‑Khaiyum says that 11,331 applicants received $1,500 each, 4,100 applicants received $3,000 each while 7,957 applicants received $7,000 each after Cyclone Winston.
Sayed‑Khaiyum says people whose names were not in the NDMO’s list for this initiative were also assisted. He stresses that there was a significant demand of building materials in Fiji and also internationally therefore it was noted that there was a shortage of some materials such as concrete blocks, iron and timber. He says this is one of the factors that caused delays in delivering of materials to residents.
The Minister says hardware companies could not contact recipients since they moved from where they used to live and the tropical depression in December was also one of the factors that caused delays. He also highlighted that hardware companies who had not performed well had also complied with the 4 percent interest imposed on them and paid government a total sum of $697, 662. He says the companies who paid the interest are Vinod Patel, RC Manubhai and Carpenters Hardware.
These companies have been also excluded from the phase 2 of the initiative. The government has spent $88 million so far to assist people living in cyclone affected areas and another $20 million was allocated in the 2016/2017 National Budget. 80% of schools will still be under construction this month. Sayed‑Khaiyum says more than 490 schools were affected in Cyclone Winston and a total of 166 schools comprising of more than 1,500 buildings have been identified for rehabilitation.
He says that out of 1,550 buildings, 844 buildings required structural upgrading while the remaining 340 buildings required new construction. A total of 36 contractors were approached for the contract. The Minister also highlights that there is a shortage of tradesman in Fiji and this is one of the factors that may cause the delay. He says a number of contractors have made applications to bring tradesmen from Indonesia, Philippines and Bangladesh. Source: Fijivillage News, 20 February 2017
RABUKA'S RACIST STORMY COUPS CELEBRATED IN HIS BOOKS:
The racist coupist didn't want Winston victims to be remembered in a service and yet got over $50,000 in book publishing deal to CELEBRATE his 1987 coups and the violence and beatings he and his nationalists inflicted on the Indo-Fijians in the name of indigenous rights. He had claimed that GOD came to him in his sleep, WOKE HIM UP, and told him to turn Fiji into a "SATAN'S PARADISE" - to carry out the 1987 coups;
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Fijians still living in leaky tents a year after Cyclone Winston
One year after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, the number of people still living in temporary accommodation, including tents, is frustrating the country's Red Cross organisation. Fiji Red Cross director general, Felipe Nainoca, says people on Koro Island are still in tents which are now leaking, so one of his teams has had to go there to put tarpaulins over the tents. Nainoca told Bruce Hill that although a year has passed since the disaster, things in Fiji are still a long way from being back to normal.
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