Dear Editor,

It is appreciated that the Lord Mayor of Port Vila Municipal Council has apologized for hitting a bus full of tourists at Banana Bay while driving an official vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

It is appreciated that Mr. Albert Daniel acknowledges that it was wrong to not stop and check if the victims of the accident were ok. It is appreciated that he ‘understands the consequences’ and ‘will do anything and everything to correct my mistakes,’ as published in the Daily Post newspaper.

However if he is truly sorry for his ‘mistakes’ rather than being sorry for being caught, he will step down from his position to maintain the integrity of the Port Vila Municipal Council. This is what a leader does – accepts the consequences of his actions and walks the talk. There is not one rule for them and another for everyone else.

It’s 2019, the youth of Vanuatu are demanding accountability and transparency from our leaders.

We want our country to be led by men and women who believe in upholding the law and want to serve the country’s best interests with dignity and respect.

Furthermore we expect our duty bearers to hold each other to account – prior to the commencement of the festive season, the police and Ministry of Internal Affairs have made it clear that no one is above the law, so the public can expect that Mr. Daniel will pay the 500, 000 VUV fine for drink driving and go through the appropriate judicial process. May we enter 2019 fully relishing our motto, ‘Long God Yumi Stanap’.

Yasmine Bjornum

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