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Ro Teimumu Interview Reveals all in Mai Life August issue

Ro Teimumu Interview Reveals all in Mai Life August issue
August 13
18:13 2014

The Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi and SODELPA party leader, Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa, gives her most revealing interview yet on her life as paramount chief and political party leader to Mai Life magazine.

Here is a snippet of what to expect, according to Mai Life:

“It’s late midnight on Tuesday 21 July, 2009. Following a hectic day of tending to the traditional obligations of her vanua, the Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa was sound asleep in her home in Lomanikoro, Rewa. The air was particularly chilly and all was quiet when the heavy sound of boots stomping through her wooden home pierced the silence. Alarmed, the paramount chief leapt out of bed to find the source of the commotion only to come face to face with 16 police officers there on orders to arrest her. Her crime? The high chief, a staunch Catholic, had extended an invitation to the nation’s largest Christian denomination, the Methodist Church, to conduct their annual conference in Rewa after the Government had banned their gathering.

“It’s the middle of the night,” she said, enraged, according to Mai Life. “Have you no decency not to wait till morning?”

But orders were to be obeyed, the magazine said, Ro Teimumu was escorted from her home and taken to Central Police Station in Suva, where she would spend the remainder of the night in a cell.

She sat on the floor of the cell that usually caged delinquents and felons. What was to happen to her she did not know, but she did what was familiar when she didn’t know what to do: she prayed.

In this interview, which will be  available tomorrow, Ro Teimumu also addresses what many perceive as SODELPA’s race-based policies and campaigns in the interview.

Mai Life is a monthly general interest magazine carrying lifestyle features, in-depth reports, cooking, social events and opinions.



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