Cabinate To Have Old And New Faces

Don’t be surprised to see some exciting talents in the new Cabinet line-up to be sworn in soon. Among those possibly knocking on the door are: –  Lorna Eden, a
23 Sep 2014 10:43

Don’t be surprised to see some exciting talents in the new Cabinet line-up to be sworn in soon.

Nemani-DelaibatikiAmong those possibly knocking on the door are:

–  Lorna Eden, a highly respected tourism industry personality

– Mereseini Vuniwaqa, a lawyer and former Permanent Secretary for Justice

– Dr Mahendra Reddy, economist, former chairman of the Fiji Commerce Commission

– Pio Tikoduadua, former Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is spoilt for choices. Apart from the new faces, he has a formidable team from his previous Cabinet led by his key ally Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is number 2 in the Cabinet ranking.  Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, a senior member of the team, is likely to retain his Foreign Affairs portfolio because of his incredible achievements. His latest was asking Qatar for help to free our captured 45 Golan Heights peacekeepers who were held by the Syrian rebel group Al-Nusra Front.

Dr Jiko Luveni is likely to keep the women’s portfolio where she has done considerable work and established a national network. She could also retain her social welfare and poverty alleviation responsibilities or they could be assigned to another minister.

Other ministers who could retain their portfolios are: Dr Neil Sharma (Health), Jone Usamate (Labour),  Timoci Natuva (Works, Transport, Energy), Inia Seruiratu (Agriculture). Mr. Natuva may see his ministry split up to lighten the load.

Two former divisional commissioners Joeli Cawaki (West) and Netani Rika (Eastern) are also in contention.

Dr Brij Lal, former Permanent Secretary of Education,  could also be considered for Education Minister. Mr Bainimarama knows the KPIs of his former ministers and senior civil servants. He will reward them accordingly. He will also divvy up his several responsibilities.


The only change in the list of members of Parliament is with FijiFirst. Former Commissioner Central Laisenia Tuitubou drops out and former FBC Hindi announcer Veena Bhatnagar gets in.

In the SODELPA list, some of the prominent candidates who missed out included Ratu Jone Kubuabola (ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank, ex-permanent secretary of finance, and former Minister of Finance), Pio Tabaiwalu (SODELPA’s general secretary), Mere Samisoni (businesswoman),  Nanise Nagusuca (SDL government minister),   Losena Salabula (SDL assistant minister),  Dr Tupeni Baba (SDL & Labour Party minister) and Luke Ratuvuki (ex-permanent secretary in President’s office.


The solidarity of the Mick Beddoes group that alleged election irregularities is breaking up.

Already president of the People’s Democratic Party, Lynda Tabuya, has distanced herself from the group. She now says the party finds the election free, fair and credible.

The National Federation Party leader Dr Biman Prasad says the NFP has accepted the results.

But SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, who is likely to be the Opposition leader in Parliament, said they would take their fight to Parliament.



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