(From the Grubsheet Facebook page)
The price of complacency and hubris – the deadly Indian variant of Covid-19 well and truly established in the Pacific. Fijians deserve answers to the following questions: Why have certain locals been permitted to travel to India since the border closure last year, including – it is said – to buy gold and attend weddings? Who precisely are the passengers on the Fiji Airways “repatriation” flights that have continued on a regular basis long after most people have been repatriated from Fiji? Precisely what lapses took place in the quarantine protocols that the government has long trumpeted as being secure enough to allow a travel bubble with Australia and New Zealand? What is the status of the Health Minister, Ifereimi Waqainabete, who appears to have disappeared from public view?
The drip-feeding of selective information is no longer acceptable from a government that just a week before this outbreak, had been boasting of being world’s best in containing Covid. It is a question of trust. And as they come to terms with the fact that the “Bula Bubble” they’ve been sold is an illusion if borders can’t be secured, an increasing number of Fijians believe they can no longer trust the Bainimarama government to be transparent and accountable and adequately protect the country and themselves.