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Usamate told Opposition to check their facts

November 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Minister of Infrastructure Jone Usamate challenged Opposition MP Salote Radrodro to carry out a thorough fact check before making any accusation in Parliament.

Minister of Infrastructure Jone Usamate challenged Opposition MP to carry out a thorough fact check before making any accusation in Parliament.

Opposition MP Salote Radrodro had earlier accused the government of giving away land in Navua to Grace Road Group.

Usamate clarified the piece of land in question was leased by the Fiji National University and was earmarked for the new Koronivia Agricultural college.

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Radrodro questioned Usamate on the credibility of his information and requested him to prove his statement.

“I would like to correct that misleading information statement that’s been brought into the house by honorable Usamate. If he disputes that information than we have the Hansard¬†report of the committee that can verify what I said in this house.”

Usamate than told Radrodro not to believe everything she read or heard on social media and to carry out thorough fact-checking before presenting information in Parliament.

“You come with integrity you say the truth, you make sure that everything you say is the truth. What the honorable Radrodro has said is factually incorrect and is a lie. That land was not given by government. It was a lease that was owned by the Fiji National University and on their own volition they decided to give a portion out. Government simply have nothing to do with it. You come into this house you tell the truth. You fact check and fact check and fact check. Check your facts before you say anything in this house. That is something that all of us must do. Not that you just read something from somewhere, or social media and take it to be right. You come here and you have the responsibility to tell the truth tell the truth and tell the truth. Fact-check everything that you say.”

The Infrastructure Minister also echoed the sentiment made by Government Leader Inia Seruiratu, calling for the resignation of Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

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