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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Citizens concerned over sick parliamentarians

Concerned citizens speaking to Lifhaus have expressed grave concern over the growing number of parliamentarians who have fallen ill. Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Fred Fono is reported to be at the St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney after falling ill recently. MP Toswell Kaua is said to have been discharged from the National Referral Hospital after suffering a stroke.

Already sick but still serving in parliament are East Makira MP, David Sitai whose constituents are concerned over his apparent blindness. East Are Are MP Edward Hunuehu has been sick for a while now. "I once saw the MP being slowly led on his way to Panatina Plaza." Another said "I was unfortunate to be driving behind the MP and the line was so long as he slowly navigated his way along the busy Pt. Cruz traffic."

Hon. Martin Magga of Temotu Pele is practically unable to function properly but a Lifhaus source has revealed that he is still doing his parliamentary duties. "He was brought to the bank to sign a few cheques and then taken away. It was such a sad sight." Hon. Enele Kwanairara suffered a mild stroke and had an accident. He has since been relieved off his ministerial duty but still serves in parliament.

Three MP's have since passed away. Long serving politician Hon. Barthelomeuw Ulufa'alu passed away then East Malaita MP Hon. Joses Sanga. MP for Lau Mbaelelea Hon. Bentley Ragosomani also passed away after a short illness.

"Our concern is that we need members of parliament who are fit to perform their duties. At this time when the demands of the world require leaders who are capable of leading a nation through tough times, we have a house full of old men who are sick and most probably unable to cope with the demand their duties demand of them" said a person in Honiara.

Another person spoken to indicated that the ballot box is a great time to "change these parliamentarians because either our leaders are sick or corrupt or unable to perform their duty because they are not qualified to be in parliament in the first place."

Source: Lifhaus

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