​Elder interrupts Pala’s rally with accusations

A village elder interrupted a candidate’s rally in Rigo, Central Province, on Saturday, with accusations of failing the people.

Rigo MP and Justice and Attorney-General Minister, Ano Pala, has been asked not to tell lies in regards to delivery of services to the people.

Tauruba village elder Gai Araga took to the stage and told Pala that there was nothing much to show for in the last 10 years he has been in office.

"You (Pala) have been in Government and enjoyed receiving K10 million each year for the past 5 years. There is really nothing tangible to show for the K50 million that was received," Araga said.

He went on and told the people gathered that much of the developments, like the Kwikila Hospital, was from development partners’ initiatives while the current road project, undertaken at a snail’s pace, was funded by the World Bank through the National Implementation.

Araga went on to mention that during the drought, only four bags of rice were given for the entire Tauruba village.

"What kind of a leader does this?"

Pala was accompanied by his electoral officers, former Clerk of Parliament and supporters from other villages.

The master of ceremony quickly ended the rally, after only two speakers; fearing for Pala's safety after noticing the growing resentment in the crowd.

Tauruba is one of the biggest villages along the Rigo Coast, with almost 2,000 eligible voters.

Freddy Mou