Dear Editor – The ongoing deteriorating bad road condition in south central Malaita is still heating the airwaves.
The responses made by John Sala against Eddie Leamae’s comments to the MID Permanent Secretary on the issue of not having enough engineers and fund to do road maintenance in Malaita province and as well as other provinces as a poor excuse, has created some negative responses by Mr Sala.
Protocol wise, the MID’s PS is the right officer to respond to Mr Leamae’s statement and not Mr J. Sala, because the centre of the issue is, giving the right job to the right people or contractor to be precise.
Mr J. Sala was calling on Mr Leamae to appreciate the work done by MP Fiulaua’s laborers because he has done the job out of his own pocket which is unbelievable.
What about the millions of dollars per year each MP received?
Minister for Planning and Aid Coordination Danny Philip last week during question and answering session said in his answer, some of the small projects in the constituencies should be catered for with the $7 million (RCDF) each MP received annually.
He even made a strong statement saying, “I want the people of this country to know that each MP was given that amount of money each year”.
The question is where are those money?
The constituents of CKC need justification on this, and we want annual reports from our MP, his CDO, CPO and congress committee to produce such reports for verification purposes to avoid unnecessary complaints and as well as for transparency and accountability’s sake.
I think Mr Sala needs to differentiate the words APPRECIATION and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.
In this case, yes we need to acknowledge the work done, but we don’t appreciate the job because of its poor quality.
Therefore, all of us southern road users don’t appreciate the job done by MP Fiulaua’s laborers because it falls below standard.
Let me give you a story, if you want to fling a stone to a pack of dogs sitting at a distance with an aim just to hit one, then this is what you’ll do.
Throw a stone up in the air as high as you can, and when the stone reaches its limit, when it falls, it will land on a particular dog then you will hear that dog will scream and try to escape from the others.
Why, because the stone had hit directly onto it.
This is exactly what had happened, Mr E. Leamae throw the issue up in the air, the one that the issue had hit on him and upset him, is screaming.
In Central Kwara’ae constituency, only few people are beneficiaries of both finances and materials given by the MP.
However, one or two have more benefits than the rest, for example, reliable source have it that, one constituent has acquired the constituency scholarship funding for three of his children plus his son-in-law to SINU 2017 and probably 2018 as well .
What a total disgrace and shame for such people with greed and selfishness. The question is, what about others?
Lastly, I call on Mr Sala to be considerate, what you said on the radio was not get in well with the majority of the Central Kwara’ae constituents, particularly south road users and travelling public.
The southern road repair work you have expressed, saying it’s done properly and should be appreciated, is now going from bad to worse again.
Take a visit now and you’ll see for yourself, I know you are talking about something you don’t see, because you are working on and off in Honiara.
I mean one week in Honiara and another in Malaita.
I don’t know the term and conditions of employment given to you by the DCCG, whether it’s formal, contract, political appointee or casual employment.
I guess it’s the casual employment because the nature of your frequent on and off Hon/Malaita indicates it.
Fred Guguta Taumolafala