Qarase and I did not see eye to eye on issues, but that does not diminish my respect towards him

Qarase and I did not see eye to eye on issues, but that does not diminish my respect towards him

By Iva Danford
Monday 25/05/2020
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he was sorry to see that some members of the Opposition cannot summon the decency to grant the Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase a send-off unsullied by their personal point-scoring.

Bainimarama highlighted this when Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka moved a motion that Parliament expresses its profound gratitude to the late former Prime Minister for his selfless service to the people of Fiji.

The Prime Minister says this is not a time for pettiness and politics, this is a time for respect.

He says the late Qarase passed away in the midst of a challenging chapter for Fiji, but despite this difficult time, his Office found a way to manage Qarase’s funeral arrangement in a manner that afforded the dignity to the late former Prime Minister and his family in honor to his service to the nation.


Bainimarama says he and Qarase had differences but he knows that Qarase would have been proud to see the virtues of decency and respect in Fiji, as parliament comes together to honor his life.

Bainimarama says he is grateful to the role played by the Office of the Prime Minister in granting the late former PM a farewell fitting of a life long servant of the Fijian people.

He says whether a Fijian works on behalf of their family, community or nation, their services undoubtedly demands a level of selflessness.

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
SODELPA spectacle
With SODELPA going through changes and opposition within the party, we give you all the stories that covered these ...
11 days ago

USP Saga
Full coverage of the USP saga including coverage of protests, investigations, reports and ...
11 days ago

Fiji's approach to deal with effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
As Fiji battles against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and organisations have come forward to lend a helping ...
75 days ago
Catholic Church in Fiji to respond to allegations of sexual abuse against children
The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says the church will be issuing a formal statement tomorrow in response to allegati...
12 hours ago
75 police officers graduate from Basic Recruits Course
Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu has conveyed his appreciation for the operations conducted by the police officers ...
11 hours ago

3 people involved in Caubati accident taken to CWM hospital
Three people who were involved in a car accident in Caubati, Nasinu this afternoon are undergoing medical treatment at the CWM Hospital. Two ...
12 hours ago

PM stresses leadership lacks compassion in Fiji
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stresses that leadership lacks compassion in all sectors. Bainimarama highlighted this while speaking to the ...
12 hours ago

17 Special and Inclusive Education Schools receive 50 boxes of cleaning agents
Seventeen Special and Inclusive Education Schools in Fiji have received 50 boxes of cleaning agents donated by Newline Chemicals to help protect ...
14 hours ago

Woman who allegedly stole vehicle arrested in Nabua
A 23-year-old woman who allegedly stole a vehicle from Navua yesterday has been arrested at Nabua Muslim League settlement. She allegedly stole ...
14 hours ago