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Forces that destroyed democracy in the past should not be allowed to do it again – Usamate

Forces that destroyed democracy in the past should not be allowed to do it again – Usamate

By Dhanjay Deo
Thursday 02/12/2021
Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate.

Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate says they need to ensure that those forces that destroyed democracy in Fiji in the past do not do so again and destroy what they have built so far.

While responding to the President’s speech, Usamate says they have had the events of 1987 and 2000 where the politics of ethnicity and religion brought about the loss of democracy and economic turmoil.

He says this is what they need to control in order to strengthen their democracy and future.

Usamate says the events of 2006 were the beginnings of rectifying the forces that led to the problems in the past.

The Minister for Infrastructure says scare tactics of ethnicity has started again and he has seen allegations on social media about Muslims in Fiji taking over the country.

Usamate says some people have got into parliament by tendering and aiding to this kind of rhetoric in the past to gain votes.

He says the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has told us not to do this.

Usamate also stresses they focus on those who are in poverty equally irrespective of who they are and that is what the FijiFirst Government stands for.

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