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PM Slams Slur On Speaker

An abusive remark against the Speaker to Parliament has now landed Opposition parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in trouble with the Prime Minister’s Office. Ratu Naiqama used a derogatory iTaukei word
16 May 2015 10:19
PM Slams Slur On Speaker
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu address the members of the Penueli Methodist Church during their meeting last night. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

An abusive remark against the Speaker to Parliament has now landed Opposition parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in trouble with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ratu Naiqama used a derogatory iTaukei word to describe Dr Jiko Luveni, in response to a question, at a constituency meeting on Thursday night.  The meeting was held at the Penueli Methodist Church, Makoi.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the attack on the Speaker was an attack on the Fijian parliamentary system.

“I am very saddened to hear that the Member of Parliament, Honourable Lalabalavu has chosen to denigrate the Office of the Speaker of our Parliament by swearing in the vernacular at the Honourable Speaker, Madam Jiko Luveni,” he said.

“As you know, the Speaker of Parliament holds a very esteemed position in our Constitutional system of Government in which Parliament is the supreme law making body.

“To have Honourable Lalabalavu, who has not acted very honourably, publicly use abusive terms is scandalous to say the least and indeed is an attack on the Fijian Parliamentary system of governance.

“The Speaker represents the Parliament and an attack on the Speaker is an attack on Parliamentary democracy. The unfortunate thing for the Opposition has been that it has not come to grips with the fact that they did not win the elections and they are not in government and thus, have resorted to cheap and abusive politics.

“Furthermore, as a result of this frustration of theirs, they have simply embarked now both in and out of Parliament on an agenda of vilifying individuals and spreading misinformation on the proceedings in Parliament. They have nothing constructive to offer to the parliamentary proceedings nor to the people of Fiji.”

Ratu Naiqama  provoked laughter among some SODELPA supporters present at Penueli Methodist Church Hall in Makoi when he uttered the slur about Dr Luveni.  Upon realising that the members of the media were present he said his comments were just a joke.

He then changed his tone and said that Christians had their faith tested in Parliament and asked people to be patient with the Speaker.

Mr Bainimarama said the unfortunate attack on Dr Luveni was the height of all abuse.

“Parliament must not allow this type of unbecoming behaviour to ever take place again,” he said.

Feedback:  litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 



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