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Chiefs Tell Why

Chiefs Tell Why
Unity Fiji
June 20
11:00 2017

Two chiefs in the West have signed up for the proposed Unity Fiji Party.

And yesterday they revealed why they were backing the proposed party.

Tui Nawaka, Ratu Asaeli Driu Borabora Naevo, said it was the professional history of the proposed leaders, Savenaca Narube, a consultant and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, and consultant Adi Sivia Qoro that impressed him.

Ratu Tevita Makutu Vosailagi, who is a member of the chiefly clan of Nakuruvakarua in Nadroga, said Mr Narube was a true son of Cuvu. He said Mr Narube had proved himself professionally and had helped out in the chiefly village.

Ratu Tevita and Ratu Asaeli, who said they did not sign for any party in the 2014 general election, are members of the proposed party’s interim leadership group led by Mr Narube.

The others are Adi Sivia and Sawani businessman Satish Kumar. Mr Narube and Mr Kumar said yesterday they could not comment because they were still going through the registration process.

Adi Sivia could not be reached for comment. But she was the first to reveal this new political movement to the Fiji Sun.

Details of the proposed party’s constitution and the required 5000 signatures, released by the Fijian Elections Office, were published in the Fiji Sun yesterday.

The speed in which the proposed Unity Fiji got its 5000 signatures is impressive. The proposed HOPE Party, which started much earlier is still working to reach the target. The proposed Unity Fiji says it will promote:

ν Consensus building in policy decision-making on issues of national importance

ν Good governance, integrity, transparency, accountability, equity, human dignity, equality and non-discrimination and social justice.

Mr  Narube was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji from May 2000 to April 2009. He was Permanent Secretary for Finance from 1997 to 2000.

He worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington DC. He is now a consultant based in Suva.

Adi Sivia Qoro served in senior positions in various ministries in the civil service for 30 years.

She also worked as Women’s Adviser for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, as a diplomat and as member of Parliament in 2006 for the Fiji Labour Party.

She served as the Minister for Commerce and the Minister for Industry in the multiparty cabinet of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

She was one of the pioneers of the People’s Democratic Party. She resigned after the PDP failed to win a seat in the 2014 general election.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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