“Naevuevu villagers have expressed their disappointment at the government’s response in time of emergencies. So far in relation to the bus tragedy, interim prime minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and interim transport minister Timoci Natuva have called for an immediate inquiry. However, the villagers said the government failed to look after the welfare of the survivors who were traumatised by the incident. Josaia Cakaubusa said it was people around the area that had responded to the emergency on Thursday night and the government should re-examine at its ways of responding to such emergencies. “The two leaders have called for an immediate inquiry but we have not seen any government officials come down to visit the village or any of the victims,” said Mr Cakaubusa. He said the survivors of the tragedy should have received the government’s immediate response but until now the government has just given directives and hasn’t taken any actions.
“The incident took place on Thursday night and we had expected to see some of the government officials here on Friday morning,” but non of them turned up.” said Mr Cakaubusa.
“Instead people from Naevuevu village living around Vitilevu were here to attend to the matters and the government should change its approach in responding to these sorts of emergencies.”
Fiji Sun 3/9/08
SV asks why should anyone be surprised by the late unethusiastic response by the military regime to this heart-breaking tragedy? After all, as Rabuka had said sometime back, ‘they are not the elected government of the people and therefore, do not owe anyone an explanation’.
That really is the sickening, harsh reality. That people realise how this military regime is no different from THIEVES that force their way into your house, throw you and your family out into the streets like homeless orphans, and help themselves to your home, to all your goodies, looting your belongings and your hard earned money, bit by bit by bit… whilst you stand out there on the streets, a mere spectator… helpless to fight back on your own. You and your family are forced to make do with unsafe public transportation whilst they enjoy their joyrides around the country using your vehicles to entertain their relatives, their friends and LT’s. How sick is that?