Analysis

SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu Uses Stabbing Incident to Make Racist Statement

Such disgusting remarks should be condemned in the strongest terms by SODELPA hierarchy, but because they are too busy cementing their own position within the Party, such outrageous views go unchecked and people like Mr Bulitavu are able to spew poison through social media.
05 Jul 2019 14:15
SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu Uses Stabbing Incident to Make Racist Statement
A screenshot of the comment that Mosese Bulitavu made on his Facebook page with translations in italic font.

Analysis:

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) seems to have hit a new low. Their sitting Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu yesterday posted on his Facebook page that stabbing and killing was something the iTaukei community learned from the ‘vulagi’, those who were brought in from India.

These are his words. This is how the main Opposition Party thinks. This is how far they will go to divide people based on their race and ethnicity. He shared a newspaper article of a recent stabbing where a man allegedly killed his partner in an alleged stabbing incident and gave his own twist to it. An email seeking further comments was sent to Mr Bulitavu.

When any woman loses her life in domestic violence, the entire country grieves. But, it takes a politician like Mr Bulitavu to see such a grave matter on racial and ethnic lines.

It is this ideology that they preach to their electorate. This is dangerous and needs to be called out.

Such disgusting remarks should be condemned in the strongest terms by SODELPA hierarchy, but because they are too busy cementing their own position within the Party, such outrageous views go unchecked and people like Mr Bulitavu are able to spew poison through social media.

But, will Ro Filipe Tuisawau be able to condemn Mr Bulitavu? He was a very active member of the Conservative Alliance-Matanitu Vanua and they had made it their personal mission to divide this country on racial and ethnic lines, the “us” versus “them” mentality.

He had sat the basis for his MPs to openly turn everything towards race and ethnicity.

A screenshot of the comment that Mosese Bulitavu made on his Facebook page with translations in italic font.

A screenshot of the comment that Mosese Bulitavu made on his Facebook page with translations in italic font.

MOSESE BULITAVU RESPONDS:

Last night Mr Bulitavu had this to say about the Facebook post:

“The post never was intended to blame the Indo-Fijian community. It was my own opinion and not SODELPA’s.”

He further claimed that “It is not iTaukei to murder if a relationship breaks down because we have our bulubulu custom (tradition of seeking forgiveness).”

However when asked if he had any research to back his claim, he offered none, instead he talked about how he was brought up in Labasa.

“I was brought up in Labasa and it was common to hear an Indo-Fijian man murder his wife if she is caught in an affair in the cane settlement.”

He further went on to say it was common for married Indo-Fijians to have affairs.

Again, he didn’t offer any evidence or reasoning behind such a remark, but said: “These affairs are common amongst married Indo-Fijian women in rural areas. (A hindistani (sic) language in Labasa “Qahtai maro” was a slang that the juri (knife) is well sharpen.)”

“For iTaukei, assaults on women were common, given their built. In rural Vanualevu communities the use the juri (knife) or patar (stone) was common with Indo-Fijian boys when we get into a fight. But again it is uncommon or vulagi for iTaukei men to use knives or stones.”

Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu outside Parliament. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu outside Parliament. Photo: Ronald Kumar

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