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Why I Choose PDP: Dakuvula

People’s Democratic Party candidate, Jone Dakuvula said he choose PDP over the Social Democratic Liberal Party because it is a genuine multiracial party. He said the party also represents the
27 Aug 2014 05:07
Why I Choose PDP: Dakuvula
Jone Bilitaki.. Photo: Wati Talebula

People’s Democratic Party candidate, Jone Dakuvula said he choose PDP over the Social Democratic Liberal Party because it is a genuine multiracial party.

He said the party also represents the poor and especially the struggling workers, rural dwellers, farmers, women and the youths.

“It is really representative of our multicultural country and you can see that the majority of the PDP candidates for this election are iTaukei. These are people who know what it is like to be poor and struggling to put food on the table every day.”

Not a newcomer to politics, he was an official with the Fiji Labour party under Dr Timoci Bavadra’s leadership. Later he joined the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei and even became the private secretary of the then Prime Minister and first coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka.

Mr Dakuvula describes himself as a a firm opponent of Fiji’s coup culture.

“I was one of the very few i-Taukei who had publicly opposed the first coups in 1987 by publishing criticism of the event in the newspapers that were widely read and inspired people in Fiji and overseas.

“I supported the deposed Prime Minister Dr. Timoci Bavadra and his family when they were without a source of income.”

For this election, Mr Dakuvula described PDP’s manifesto as progressive and in line with his political beliefs in democracy, the rule of law, human rights and social justice.

“Its policies on indigenous and group rights are more progressive that neither SODELPA and Fiji Labour Party has.

“It is open to examining and reforming iTaukei institutions in line with deep and broad consultation with the iTaukei. I had considered the FLP manifesto which has some good things but I do not think FLP represents the aspirations and concerns of the young generation whose future this election is really about.”

Mr Dakuvula believes that PDP is the party for the future.

“A friend of mine who is a candidate for Fiji First described SODELPA as the old peoples Party. It is merely harking back to 20th century Fiji and not promising anything new for the future.

“Our strength going into the general election is that we are new and not encumbered by past problems of racial conflict and deep mistrust.”

While on the campaign trail, Mr Dakuvula observed that people were interested in what PDP are about. They often ask for longer meetings or that we come back the next day, he said.

He said people want hear something new.

Like other candidates, Mr Dakuvula said he was invited to apply for candidacy.

On whether he has resigned or on leave from the Fiji National University where he held the post of  an administrator, he said “I do not want to comment on this question as it is not relevant to the election.

“I was invited and I also applied like all the candidates.

“I am very confident that PDP will do well in this election.”

Mr Dakuvula also emphasized that a Constitution should not be imposed.

“However well written it might be, it is not worth the paper it was published on because it had not gone through a process of broad public consultation and a unifying process of discussion and endorsement by leaders of our communities.”

rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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