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between the lines: 31st July, 2018

between the lines: 31st July, 2018
SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka.
July 31
13:58 2018

New twist in SODELPA sequel

A number of provisional candidates for SODELPA are understood to have pledged their support for their party leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

It probably explains why Mr Rabuka is so confident about defeating any possible leadership challenge.

Has he got the numbers? That remains to be seen because some have not signed. What is not clear at this stage is whether the petition that has been taken around has been endorsed by the party.  Or is it engineered by the Rabuka loyalists? Once that is clarified then the situation will be a lot clearer.

But one question that has been asked is: What happens to those that refuse to sign? If democratic principles are going to be upheld then their position will be respected.

This exercise will also tell Mr Rabuka who is on the opposite side who could feature in a leadership challenge.

Some in the party say this is like an internal referendum. The outcome will determine the future direction of the party in terms of leadership and policies. But they ask if it is necessary to do it now because the general election writ has not been issued yet. It is understood that it is part of a strategy that will reveal a lot of things. It’s another twist in the SODELPA sequel.

Corporal punishment

A Fijian teacher who allegedly slapped a child has been dismissed, Radio New Zealand reported. It quoted  the SODELPA spokesperson on Education Mikaele Leawere who had protested that normal judicial processes were not followed and the Permanent Secretary was judge and jury.

But what must be remembered is that the law is the law. The teacher can seek redress in the Employment Court after exhausting the civil service disputes resolution mechanisms.

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