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Analysis: Rabuka Steals Radrodro Budget Day

Analysis: Rabuka Steals Radrodro Budget Day
Sitiveni Rabuka.
July 09
10:48 2018

More cracks in SODELPA were visible last night on the eve of the Budget de­bate in Parliament.

Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka has released a video online critiquing the Budget and pre-empting the response by Opposition SO­DELPA’s Economy spokesper­son Aseri Radrodro.

Most of the points raised in the video were discussed in a Budget workshop at the Oppo­sition Office last week attend­ed by MPs and guided by Mr Radrodro.

Mr Radrodro could not be reached to comment last night. It is understood he is not happy with Mr Rabuka’s action.

Some in the party feel either Mr Rabuka was trying to take away the limelight from Mr Radrodro or it was part of a move to undermine those who belong to Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa’s camp.

Mr Radrodro is understood to be supporting Ro Teimumu in the power battle against Mr Rabuka.

Mr Rabuka last Friday publicly criticised Ro Teimumu over her comments in the party’s staff overtime row. He described Ro Teimumu as irresponsible. That statement has drawn a line in the sand between the two camps.

Mr Rabuka’s video has taken the sting out of Mr Radrodro’s Budget response. Because it’s out in pub­lic now many people who have in­ternet access may likely skip Mr Radrodro’s address.

Some members are asking the motive behind Mr Rabuka’s ac­tion.


Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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