Unity preaches equality of races

Unity Fiji Party candidate Tomasi Vakatora speaking at Caubati on Tuesday night. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FIJIANS of Solomon Islands descent should be treated equally like other races because their forefathers have also played a major role in building Fiji’s economy.

This was the sentiment of Unity Fiji party candidate Tomasi Vakatora while speaking at a settlement for Fijians of Solomon Islands descent at Caubati, Nasinu on Tuesday night.

The issue came to light after residents in the area raised concerns on how they found it difficult to access services because of their status.

Mr Vakatora said they were Fijians and should be treated as such. He said there were provisions in the party manifesto which catered for their needs.

“We have forgotten the very same people that helped us. Fijians of Solomon Islands descent should be well looked after too,” Mr Vakatora said.

Party candidate Kelemedi Naidiri said Solomon Islanders were heavily involved in infrastructure development during the colonial days.

“We should help them because their forefathers were brought under the British rule to help build the economy; they worked on some of the major infrastructure developments like roads,” he added.

Their settlements are located throughout Viti Levu such as Wailoku, Kalekana, Caubati and Newtown.

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