Politics

Will Anare Jale Continue On As Party President After General Assembly?

It’s one of several petitions that the management board will hear between internal rival groups as the party heads into turmoil before the General Assembly at Yaroi Village, Savusavu, on June 28.
22 Jun 2019 13:42
Will Anare Jale Continue On As Party President After General Assembly?
Opposition Member of Parliament Anare Jale.

SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu wants fellow MP Anare Jale ousted as acting party president.

It’s one of several petitions that the management board will hear between internal rival groups as the party heads into turmoil before the General Assembly at Yaroi Village, Savusavu, on June 28.

The management board meeting will take place at the Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Cakaudrove House in Savusavu at 5pm on the eve of the General Assembly.

Party officials have closed ranks on details because of the sensitivity of the issues.

The number of grievances is unprecedented and underscores the serious differences that remain unresolved within the party on a range of issues.

Mr Bulitavu, regarded as the unofficial spokesperson of the Vanua Levu bloc, questioned Mr Jale’s integrity over his handling of an inquiry and the appointment of the independent arbiter Mesake Nawari.

In an email he sent to Mr Jale, Mr Bulitavu said “You must do the honourable thing and to prevent conflict of interest please step aside and allow VP (vice-president) Vijay Singh to step into your shoes.”

Mr Bulitavu has escalated his action by petitioning the management board to remove Mr Jale.

Mr Jale is acting president after the resignation of the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu. Neither MPs wanted to talk about the issue yesterday in Parliament.

Mr Bulitavu featured recently in a no hold barred clash against party founder, former MP and Hot Bread Kitchen owner Mere Samisoni over the party HQ’s conduct in the 2018 General Election. He also had a go at Jope Koroisavou, the Youth wing president.

Mr Koroisavou had submitted a raft of questions to the party about governance and transparency. They were among the issues examined by Mr Nawari. His report was expected to be tabled at the management board meeting.

But a cursory look at the draft agenda reveals it is not on the list.

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