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SODELPA Plunges Deeper In Crisis

SODELPA Plunges Deeper In  Crisis
September 28
10:56 2015

SODELPA yesterday plunged deeper into crisis as battle lines were drawn over the future direction the party should take.

Some senior party members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, have called on party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu to take necessary action and resolve the issues to prevent the party heading to destruction.

Their call follows the disclosure of the Jese Sikivou letter and the subsequent fallout. SODELPA MP and lawyer Niko Nawaikula “sick and tired” about the leaking of the letter and other documents to the Fiji Sun and social media wants offenders to be expelled from the party.

Some members say the leaking of party documents reflects the internal situation that some are not happy. They say the only way to stop the leaks is to fix the contentious issues. The issues include on-going differences between the Opposition Office and party headquarters regarding governance and the future direction of the party.

The party constitutional changes approved in the recent special general meeting which stripped Ro Teimumu of the party leader role have heightened tension.

Yesterday, there was a lot of finger pointing going on via emails between members about the leaking of the letter and other party documents and information.

Management board members and general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu were being  criticised. How could board papers be leaked out, critics ask.

Mr Tabaiwalu could not be reached to comment last night. But on Saturday he said that there were party procedures and systems in place to deal with complaints about any issue.

Mr Nawaikula said the Sikivou letter was personal and confidential and should not have been given to the Fiji Sun.

The letter claimed that the “vanua of Rewa” was deeply hurt and disappointed by the way their chief Ro Teimumu Kepa was treated in the controversial Gaunavinaka confidential report debate.

It criticised SODELPA MP and lawyer Mosese Bulitavu and four other MPs, Semesa Karavaki, Mikaele Leawere, Aseri Radrodro and Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki for writing to the management board calling for an inquiry into the report.

The report is now subject of a party inquiry.

It is critical of the leadership of Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and the conduct of Mick Beddoes, the principal administrative officer in the Opposition Office.

Mr Beddoes also filed a counter complaint against Mr Bulitavu.



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