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Ratu Suliano Reflects On Role Of Past Leaders

Ratu Suliano Reflects On Role Of Past Leaders
Opposition Member of Parliament, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalvu and Ratu Suliano Matanitabua outside Parliament on September 12, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 13
10:34 2017

Shadow Minister for Youth and Sports and SODELPA MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua says whatever he addressed in Parliament yesterday were directed to the Government of the day which he strongly opposes.
Ratu Suliano in response to the Presidential address says the history of Fiji is a testimony that the nation achieved its independence without a drop of blood.
He said the leaders resolved land issues in 1976 and were on the verge of doing the same in 1999. Leaders averted strikes, sailed the ship clear of rocks in the aftermath of 1987 and 2000.
Ratu Suliano says Fiji’s past leaders led Fiji to greater heights in the international forum with the Pacific Way.
“Something that the current Prime Minister has accepted and embraced with regard to his chairmanship of COP23,” he said.
Ratu Suliano said these things did not happen overnight but because the leaders then were able to overcome their ego and personal differences, they put the interest of the nation first, had dialogue and reached acceptable solutions for the people.
He said unity between the leaders of Fiji today is the creation of a conducive environment for dialogue to develop trust and faith.
However, he said this has not happened and the truth about attaining unity amongst the leaders has been a puzzle.
“When the leaders are divided, it is natural our people will be divided and that division is clearly reflected as you traverse Fiji. I have never seen Fiji divided so much as it is today,” he said.
Ratu Suliano believes that the amendment of the 2013 Constitution will unite the Fijian people.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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