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Bulitavu Apologises To Bainimarama

SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu yesterday apologised to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and to his government, for “my own role in Fiji’s recent political history.” He was among five others charged
14 Oct 2014 12:09
Bulitavu Apologises  To Bainimarama

SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu yesterday apologised to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and to his government, for “my own role in Fiji’s recent political history.”

He was among five others charged with writing seditious words in public places and billboards along the Suva-Nausori corridor with seditious intention to excite dissatisfaction against the government in 2011. The case is still pending in court.

In his maiden speech in Parliament he admitted having “strong political aspirations especially for the things that an Indigenous Fijian and a freedom fighter like me holds so dear.

“Though my political dreams were clear, like any human, I am also vulnerable to error of judgment. And I know that I cannot undo some things I have done, however I can atone for some of it by seeking forgiveness and moving forward.

“It is my hope therefore, to be acknowledged as equally useful as all other honorable Members of Parliament without stain or prejudice based on the principle of interpretation, stipulated in section 3 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji which promotes the spirit of human dignity, equality and freedom.”

He appealed to the MPs “to reach out to each other and heal our past wounds, learn from it and help build a better future for all our children.”

“I fondly remember today that there are times when in our human frail bodies, we feel there is no other reason to go on, the human spirit offers you restitute in the form of the briefest of smiles. I take the example here of one of my darkest periods in my life, as I languished in my prison cell and when it seemed like my conviction was pushed to the limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but it was enough to reassure me and keep me going.

“It is this human affection whether intended or not, that I ask that we exercise without boundaries in this august house. If Fiji is to progress and for us to be long remembered as the 50 Members of Parliament that truly united Fiji, we must break down all barriers and embrace each other’s differences. After all, we are here in Fiji to stay. Just as the quote goes,

“A man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished,” I plead to each one of us to reach across the racial, cultural and religious barriers and make this work. I am inspired to say that Yes We Can and Yes We Will”

 

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