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Rabuka: Yes, SODELPA Had Approached Me

Rabuka: Yes, SODELPA Had Approached Me
Sitiveni Rabuka resigns from SODELPA.
September 01
10:25 2015

Sitiveni Rabuka has confirmed SODELPA has approached him to be a  vice-presidential nominee.

But Mr Rabuka, a former prime minister, said at his Namadi Heights residence in Tamavua, Suva, yesterday, that his membership had lapsed and technically he could not attend the annual general meeting in Suva on Saturday.

But this was quickly resolved last night. The group wanting to nominate him paid the required $2 fee and reactivated his membership.

A group spokesperson said: “It’s all done. He is a member now. All he has to do is turn up for the meeting on Saturday. Mr Rabuka is wanted by popular demand.”

Mr Rabuka said that he had a phone call last week, on  Friday afternoon from  the party’s president, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

“He called me up last week at exactly twenty three minutes to two Friday afternoon and informed me of their plans to nominate me as their vice-president and a member of their party,” he said.

“Yes I have been approached by the party president, Ratu Naiqama but at this moment I still haven’t decided anything.

“The president wanted me to attend the party’s special general meeting and accept the nomination as vice-president.

“If they are going to change their party rules then how many of their members will agree to change the rule?

“Are they willing work with me if I am appointed as a member of their party or vice-president?

“As you know the women’s wing objected my joining their party as their leader during the 2014 general elections and also the youth wing so I am not sure if they have changed,” Mr Rabuka said.

The annual general meeting on Saturday will discuss proposed changes to the party’s constitution.  They include increasing the number of vice-presidents from two to three.

The roles of the party president and parliamentary party leader will be clearly defined to avoid the tension and sometimes confusion that arise because of the unclear demarcation of responsibilities.

The proposed new changes are strong on performance and accountability and take into consideration the modern political, economic and social realities.

Those elected to various positions including the new management board will be monitored through a set of key performance indicators.

Ultimately the changes aim to improve service delivery to the voters to avoid the party becoming irrelevant.

For example the management board will be open to all races in the 14 provinces which will be represented. It’s part of the move to ensure that the party is compliant with the provisions of the Constitution.

The new party document has already been labelled  by some of  the architects as the ‘People’s Constitution.’

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