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The head of a Kadavu fundraiser, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, walked out accusing a SODELPA group of dragging politics into the event. The group, led by SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa,
05 Nov 2014 12:36
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The head of a Kadavu fundraiser, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, walked out accusing a SODELPA group of dragging politics into the event.

The group, led by SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, went to the fundraiser in Suva last Friday to thank the Kadavu people for their support in the general election.

But Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu, chairman of the Kadavu Diaspora Solevu Day, said: “I walked away because there were political discussions that began to take place. I didn’t want to be part of it.”

He said they had decided to have that function because they wanted it to be a chance for the people of Kadavu in Suva to come together.

He said when he walked out he also summoned the Prison Jazz Band to pack up and leave. He is also the Commissioner of Corrections.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said SODELPA should have chosen another day or even travel to the villages of Kadavu who had voted for it.

“Their arrival had really brought in a sour taste to the sweetness of the fundraising.”

The chairman of the Kadavu Provincial Council, Ratu Seci Nawalowalo, confirmed that Ro Teimumu with SODELPA parliamentarian Ratu Sela Nanovo and others arrived just when they were announcing the money collected from every district (tikina).

He said they did not donate to the fundrasing as they were there to make a traditional presentation to thank the people of Kadavu for their vote for SODELPA in the last general election.

“It would have been much better for them to make the presentation to all villages in Kadavu who had voted for SODELPA,” Ratu Seci said.

He said they had really made a wrong choice for the venue of their traditional presentation.

The Kadavu districts are Tavuki (Tavuki), Naceva (Soso), Nabukelevu (Daviqele), Nakasaleka (Lomanikoro), Sanima (Drue), Yale (Rakiraki), Yawe (Nalotu), Ono (Vabea) and Ravitaki (Ravitaki).

There are 75 villages in Kadavu. They were represented by those living in Suva.

Meanwhile, questions sent via email to the Opposition Office remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.

On the fundraising, Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said they were able to raise $176,000.

“We were not able to raise our targetted amount of $234,000.”

He said some of the people of Kadavu had promised they would be able to give in their levies at the end of the year.

Some of the funds, he said, would be invested into the scholarship fund.

“I thank those that attended the Solevu, for coming together and supporting a cause that will upgrade Kadavu”.

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