EDITORIAL: Ro Teimumu Out Of Touch

Talk about foot in mouth. Ro Teimumu Kepa’s glib remarks – about the brutal sex attack on a nine-year-old girl on her way home from school – show how out
13 Jul 2015 12:50
EDITORIAL: Ro Teimumu Out Of Touch
Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Talk about foot in mouth. Ro Teimumu Kepa’s glib remarks – about the brutal sex attack on a nine-year-old girl on her way home from school – show how out of touch she really is.

It underscores again how SODELPA under her leadership will politicise anything for their own struggling agenda.

It highlights how poorly informed and advised Ro Teimumu really is.

Let’s look at what happened. The Fiji Sun reported the brutal sex attack on a little girl on her way home from school.

This was an attack which is every parent or guardian’s worst nightmare.

As people read the Fiji Sun and found out about it there was a massive nationwide reaction.

Radio stations came alive with discussion on it. There was overwhelming condemnation of the attack and sympathy for the little girl.

Social media the same.

The entire nation quickly came together asking for justice and support for this little school girl who is still hospitalised.

But when asked by Fiji Sun journalists for comments on the heinous act, instead of sympathy, Ro Teimumu replied in what seems to be her forte: Sarcasm.

She said: “I haven’t read it. You know our policy. We don’t read your paper.”

That just shows how out of touch Ro Teimumu is. It shows why some within her own party have even whispered concerns about her leadership.

The very next day the Opposition were jumping into damage control mode. They came up with an urgent written question in Parliament seeking an update on the very same case.

Here again they were busy playing politics. No one from SODELPA was asking how we are planning to assist rape survivors. No, SODELPA was too busy, led by their out-of-touch leader, politicising issues even if this involves a little girl grabbed and raped in broad daylight on her way home from school.

The very same Opposition Leader was quick to release a statement when three Ra chiefs were arrested and state that a lawyer was on his way to assist them.

Does Ro Teimumu care more about what happens to fellow chiefs rather than this little girl? Does this little girl who is still in hospital not matter as much because she is a commoner from a community which does not support SODELPA?

Ro Teimumu could learn much from the FijiFirst leadership.

The strong sympathetic response from leaders like PM Voreqe Bainimarama, A-G Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Health Minister Jone Usamate and Women’s Minister Rosy Akbar reflect what people expect from leaders.

That, Ro Teimumu, is why FijiFirst got such overwhelming support in the elections and continues to enjoy this. Maybe as a first step to being more in touch you should start reading the Fiji Sun.



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