SODELPA Parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu made wild accusation in the parliament yesterday saying that government has “No Money, No Paisa, Sega Nailavo.”
However, his party leader Sitiveni Rabuka in his budget response said that the government revenue has steadily increased over the years.
“On the revenue side Mr. Speaker Sir, it is interesting to note that actual revenue increased from $2.38 billion in 2014 to $3.23 billion in 2018/2019 financial year, and anticipated to increase to $3.49 billion in the 2019/2020, an increase of 8%. Based on the current scenario, expenditure will be reduced by 17% and revenue will increase by 8%,” said Mr Rabuka.
Bulitavu claims that the “some” are saying government does not have enough money to sustain the economy.
“People are asking why the Budget has been reduced by $809m compared to the 2018/2019 Budget. Some are saying that “No Money” No Paisa”, “Sega Na-ilavo”. The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tried hard in his budget address to convince that nation that the reduction by $809m is due to government’s overarching fiscal consolidation strategy.”
In the pre-budget announcement, SODELPA called on the government to cut down on the expenditures however Mr Bulitavu now seems to be singing a different tune.
He now claims that the government service delivery will be further constrained by the cut in various Ministry’s allocations.
He also said that the Prime Minister sounds weak with his speech.
“After hearing the Hon. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s speech people will know that he read a script prepared by someone else. He sounded very weak,” said Mr Bulitavu.
He also added that the government is confused and it is a deceptive budget.
“The 2019/2020 Budget is the worst Budget that has ever been produced by any government since independence. This Budget is full of Smoke and Mirrors. It is by name a “Deceptive Budget by a confused Fiji First government.”