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No Contest In House

No Contest In House
Standing front: Khem Swagat with his family and staff at the opening Swagat restaurant at Flagstaff Plaza on November 19, 2018. Photo: Maraia Vula
September 24
09:55 2014

The sabre rattling has already started even before the convening of Parliament. Ro Teimumu Kepa in the Opposition corner is just raring to go and get stuck into Government, claiming that in eight years they have not had a voice.

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, can’t wait to seize his opportunity to unleash his “Myth busters” against the Opposition. But it will be no contest. Judging by the leaders’ debate before the election on CFL radio, Mr Bainimarama will have too much firepower.

He will have at his fingertips all the facts and figures to counter Ro Teimumu

Ro Teimumu’s persistence to highlight their Mick Beddoes group claims of  vote rigging and irregularities in the election is a waste of time when the Electoral Commission had dismissed their allegations because they lacked substance.

Mr Bainimarama could not see any sense in Ro Teimumu pursuing it.

He hopes that the Opposition will focus on developments rather than issues that have no relevance to nation building. He also believes that SODELPA MPs rode to Parliament on the back of lies spread during the election campaign and they would talk about  the same things in Parliament. He will be prepared to destroy these lies.

High on Ro Teimumu’s agenda is the public accounts committee.  In the campaign, she kept referring to the Auditor-General’s reports which SODELPA claimed had not been released. Government has released some reports but the rest are to be tabled in Parliament.

Ro Teimumu has enlisted the services of economist Dr Biman Prasad, the National Federation Party leader to lead the Opposition team in the committee. There is no one in SODELPA of the same calibre to handle public accounts.

Dr Prasad will be able to ask the right questions. This will be part of the coalition agreement between the two parties.

He could also be the Opposition finance spokesperson.

Ro Teimumu has been busy trying to draw up a list of MPs to be spokespersons for other portfolios.

She has to lift her game from her performance during the radio debate with PM.

She will need to be more decisive and have facts and figures on various issues. She got caught out in the radio debate because she did not have the details to back up her claims.

While Mr Bainimarama wants to get on about discussing developments, he will have to respond to SODELPA’s attacks which are likely to include some of the misinformation that was spread during the campaign. He is expected to come out on top as he did in their debate.




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