Everyone knows that the unelected regime is on a spending bender to buy votes, but who would have expected one of the regime unelected Ministers to be so blatant as to admit this was the game. Dr Jiko Luveni has been handing out sewing machines all over the country for sometime but she admitted “We have 80 machines left in our office for distribution and we will hand these out before elections”. She makes no secret of the fact that she thinks villagers can be bought with hand-outs provided by the governments of China and India. Does she really think they’ll vote for a government that has made laws that give Bainimarama and Khaiyum complete control over iTaukei land. A few sewing machines for control of all iTaukei land so it’s ready to hand-out to their backers when they’ve won the election? Is that the way they think it will work?
Fiji Times, January 27, 2014 37 machines for 19 villages