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SODELPA Meets Supporters In Suva

At least 160 people. Three locations around Suva, last night.  It was more than enough opportunity for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) supporters to air their views. The list of
15 May 2015 09:34
SODELPA Meets Supporters In Suva
Members of the public during the SODELPA constituency meeting in Raiwaqa Methodist Church last night. Photo: Ronald Kumar

At least 160 people. Three locations around Suva, last night.  It was more than enough opportunity for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) supporters to air their views.

The list of grievances was not unexpected. Supporters raised concerns about the time given to the Opposition to raise their concerns in Parliament. Other issues included the allocation of scholarships to iTaukei students, the allocation of places for urban-based students at Queen Victoria School, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Adi Cakobau School.  The meetings came with the backdrop of negotiations with police over the issue of a permit for the meetings.

Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa had queried about the issue in Parliament yesterday but this was resolved.

Raiwaqa

Close to 60 people attended the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) Constituency meeting at the Raiwaqa Methodist church last night.

A delegation led by party leader and Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and Opposition Members Jiosefa Dulakiverata, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Semesa Karavaki and Bill Gavoka were present to meet with party supporters at Raiwaqa.

Issues such as the extraction of bauxite in Bua, registration of children of other races in the Vola ni Kawa Bula, the iTaukei traditional fishing grounds, the changing of the Fijian flag, the rezoning of Shirley Park were among the various issues that were raised during the meeting.

Ro Teimumu advised the supporters that it would only be best and beneficial for them  if they attended the various Standing Committee meetings that were frequently meeting in Parliament.

Makoi

Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu led the meeting at Penueli Methodist Church, also attended by MPs Mikaele Leawere, Marika Vadei, Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki and Opposition Officer senior administrative officer Mick Beddoes. Some of the issues included scaling of marks and issue of scholarship allocation.

Nauluvatu

About 50 people gathered at the Nauluvatu Methodist Church to listen to MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca talk about the SODELPA manifesto and ways they can improve the lives of the people.

Mr Tikoca highlighted the concerns of the Government not listening to the people and how they he claimed bribe the people instead.

“The three legged stool theory Ratu Sukuna followed involved the Church , Land and the government and we wish to uphold that but the current government’s politicisation is interfering with our vanua,” he claimed.

Mr Tikoca also mentioned the idea of being de-linked from the government’s so-called interference so that the church and the land could work together freely.

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