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What Is She Afraid Of?

SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has pulled out of a live debate with FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama which was to be telecast on FBC TV’s 4 the Record show. She
08 Sep 2014 11:37
What Is She Afraid Of?
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has pulled out of a live debate with FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama which was to be telecast on FBC TV’s 4 the Record show.

She had earlier challenged Mr Bainimarama to a debate. He accepted the challenge.

The debate would have been able to be seen widely because of the big reach and audience of FBC TV.

What was she afraid of in going on TV?

The following was being said last night.

4 The Record’s host Edwin Nand said that it was disappointing that Ro Teimumu chose to pull out of the debate, despite his team working hard to get both leaders and to work according to their schedules.

He said that they were looking forward to hosting the debate. Given the big reach that FBC TV and its six radio stations had throughout the country, it would have assisted voters in making up their minds in the lead-up to elections.

Mr Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu were to have a live on-air FBC radio debate in iTaukei before the live televised debate on 4 The Record, according to the FBC planning..

Mr Bainimarama was looking forward to the live debate with Ro Teimumu and he said he wanted to clear the air on issues.

Mr Nand said that Jese Sikivou, communications director for SODELPA, had questioned what would be the format of the show and who would be on the panel. He had given an indication that Ro Teimumu would be appearing on the show.

Mr Nand said that they were willing to go to the extent of accommodating any date or time suitable to Ro Teimumu.

After all was sorted, he received word from the SODELPA camp that Ro Teimumu would not be going ahead with the debate.

SODELPA media manager Sainiana Radrodro said their leader was not able to make it because of a “big rally to be held at Syria Park” in Nausori on  September 12.

But she is said to be still going ahead with a live debate on Communications Fiji Limited’s radio station VitiFM planned for September 14 and to be hosted by its news director Vijay Narayan.

This is unlikely to have anywhere near the audience as FBC TV, and will be only audio, not visual.

Ro Teimumu had challenged Mr Bainimarama to a live debate some weeks ago when she appeared in the 4 The Record programme. He could not respond immediately back then because of his busy schedule.

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