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Bilibili Race On Rewa River In Support Of COP23: Kepa

Bilibili Race On Rewa River In Support Of COP23: Kepa
Opposition party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa makes her way to Parliament on September 11, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
September 12
11:00 2017

The province of Rewa will host a bilibili (bamboo raft) race at the Rewa River in November, Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa said yesterday.

Speaking in Parliament, Ro Teimumu said whilst she endorsed and supported Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s presidency to the Conference of the Parties 23 (COP23), in her own part of the country, an event will be held in Syria Park, Nausori to show practical support.

“In our own part of the country on the Rewa River, together with our newly formed relatives who have been accepted by the Tui Noco and the people of Rewa as luvedra na Ratu, we are planning this practical support for COP23,” Ro Teimumu said.

“Whilst the meeting is happening in Bonn, Germany, we are having a bilibili race on the Rewa River on November 3 and 4 this year,” she said.

Ro Teimumu said the race would bring to the public’s attention climate change issues.

Highlighted at the event will be Rewa River issues from upstream in such areas as Tailevu, Naitasiri, Ra and Namosi and downstream concerns which include pollution from river banks, industries, pesticides and insecticides from farming lots and toxic materials from the Kinoya sewerage treatment.

She said this is a way of trying to offer support for people who rely on the river to provide them with a sustainable livelihood.

She added that there is also a need for support and protection for the hammerhead sharks that enjoy the lower reaches of the Rewa River as it is one of the best nurseries in the world.

Ro Teimumu invited the Members of Parliament to the event.

Response to President’s address:

Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa said members of the Opposition’s criticisms in Parliament yesterday were not against the Presidential address.

Speaking in response to the presidential address Ro Teimumu said: “At the outset of my response I wish to make it clear that our criticisms are not against the presidency but the policies and programmes of the Government of the day.”

She said the President’s address marked the beginning of the fourth year of the FijiFirst Government.

“Presidential address stated that we Fijians will be tested in the upcoming election, we will be and should be challenged to contest this election on the basis of policies, principles and truth,” she said.

Ro Teimumu said the true test of an election was a process that involved the organisation and conduct of an election, it must not only be credible but must be free and fair. It must be held under a system that seeks to represent people fairly.

She said Fiji’s system is not fair and does not reflect the aspirations, interests, and grievances of the people.

She said processes are disputed because they lack transparency, inclusivity and wide acceptance.

Ro Teimumu added that she was happy to report that they have been engaged with a number of youths with the initiative to continue to work on the grassroots level to address youth issues and mapping out strategies.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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