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We Did All We Could: SODELPA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has revealed that they did all they could to protect suspended Parliamentarian and Member of Opposition, the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu. Ratu Naiqama
23 May 2015 10:14
We Did All We Could: SODELPA
SODELPA members Salote Radrodro (left), and Mikaele Leawere at Jittu Estate last night.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has revealed that they did all they could to protect suspended Parliamentarian and Member of Opposition, the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

Ratu Naiqama had been suspended from Parliament for two years after passing a derogatory comment in iTaukei about the Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni during a SODELPA constituency meeting at Makoi, Nasinu, last week.

Party colleague and fellow Opposition member Niko Nawaikula made this statement after a question was raised by a youth during the party’s constituency meeting at the Navuloa Methodist Church hall in Nakasi, Nasinu, last night.

The youth asked the SODELPA team, including Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, why Ratu Naiqama was suspended when nothing was done to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama over comments he made.

“The law concerning everything that happens outside depends if one wants to make a complaint,” Mr Nawaikula said.

“It was the same case for the Tui Cakau, if the Government had not thought to complain, nothing would have happened but they pressed on their complaint to do what the Parliament can do for them.”

He said Government had dominated because they had a lot on their side.

“We tried very, very hard, pleading. I can still say some of the things we put forward are correct, but I have to respect what has happened.

“I want to say that there is no jurisdiction for what is said outside and the scrutinisation of the evidence. Our Constitution says everyone has the right to a fair hearing and that means that person has the right to be heard so there will not be any secondary evidence. To look at all the documents before you address your mind.

“They have the numbers, they can push us over and that happened. A lot of similar cases, it was only two days or if it was longer it would have been only one month, but this one is for two years because they had done it through a vote. We tried, we tried and we tried and we were exhausted, but that’s as far as we can go because we did not have the numbers,” Mr Nawaikula said.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included the Toppers Scholarship Scheme, grievances of some former Grand Pacific Hotel workers and the abolishment of the Great Council of Chiefs.

Close to 80 people attended the meeting, which was headed by Ro Teimumu, Mr Nawaikula and Jiosefa Dulakiverata.

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