The Prime Minister of Fiji, Sitiveni Rabuka, has denied official travel permissions for the Minister of Women due to unresolved matters.

Fiji’s Sitiveni Rabuka Denies Women’s Minister Official Travel

Main Points

  • Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, the Fijian Minister for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation, was unable to travel officially due to unresolved matters, according to the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
  • A Fijian government statement revealed that there are pending matters regarding the minister, yet no details about these issues were provided. Rabuka made it clear that this travel delay does not signify the minister’s removal from office.
  • This unexpected travel refusal comes after Ratunabuabua’s apparent silence for a few weeks. Lenora Salusalu Qereqeretabua, opposition leader of the National Federation Party (NFP), has openly criticized the minister, claiming that she has neglected her ministerial duties.
  • Qereqeretabua alleged in a press statement that the minister hasn’t made any public statements, hasn’t attended important virtual meetings, and hasn’t responded to her calls or emails. Her criticisms fall amid the COVID-19 crisis, when most governing bodies are increasing their communications.