Ro Teimumu Under Fire

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has come under fire from two sources. A confidential report of an audit of the Opposition Office, has called on her to step down or
13 Aug 2015 11:17
Ro Teimumu Under Fire
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has come under fire from two sources.

A confidential report of an audit of the Opposition Office, has called on her to step down or be replaced or expelled.

And SODELPA president, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, in a letter to Ro Teimumu, said he was disappointed that the Opposition Office statement on the resignation of Mosese Tikoitoga as RFMF Commander was made without consultation with the party.

The  confidential report, critical of the performance and conduct of the Opposition Office, Ro Teimumu and others, was circulated to SODELPA MPs and officials.

It  is titled “Investigations and Findings – Opposition Office Clean-up Campaign.”

In its conclusion, the report recommends that Ro Teimumu “resign as member of Parliament because the position warrants professionalism to meet international best practice, when one leads a party to general election and if the party has lost the leader steps down.

“The Leader of the Opposition must remove the idea that SODELPA won and FijiFirst rigged the elections. Whether it was rigged or not, her leadership so far has been highly questionable and has brought distrust among the people who look up to SODELPA as a symbol of hope.”

The report said SODELPA “cannot afford to survive politically” if Ro Teimumu and her inner circle “continue to lead without any strategic plan or take actions without the direction and endorsement of the party.”

“These findings are submitted without prejudice or hatred and only intend to propose that the Opposition Office is cleaned up, so the transparency, accountability and good governance is maintained”


Ratu Naiqama

In his letter to Ro Teimumu, he said he conveyed to Mick Beddoes “my grave disappointment over his statement which stated that the acting appointment of Commodore Viliame Naupoto was “in order.”

He questioned the validity of the position taken “especially one done in my understanding, without consultation as to the position of the party.

“During such times, it calls for national leadership to be adopted and we must exercise maturity of mind and spirit and display real leadership especially to an institution that ‘is at one of its fragile and dark moments yet again.’

“We do not have the numbers in Parliament to sway the decisions our way and this is for all other committees and commissions established under the Constitution of 2013 which requires our membership in. However, we can still voice our dissatisfaction over the resolutions emanating from such deliberations.

“In my view we should have done that on Saturday. The people of Fiji are watching us on our every move as in this instant case, if we are to be rightfully called the government in waiting.”

“Every right-thinking person had expected the Opposition Office to make a statement to show that we were outnumbered in the Government’s resolve to give the chairperson of the Constitutional Offices Commission the right to make acting appointments up to 3 months instead of putting the statement that the ‘acting appointment was in order’.”

“To give the chairperson this blanket approval to make appointment up to 3 months means that the Commission members have sadly restricted their duty under the Constitution including their rights to raise questions…

“Any falling out that will come from these issues, will also affect the Party and our following and therefore we must remember that the RFMF is an institution with majority indigenous Fijians and it will in our best interest to protect and support them as well during these difficult times.

“I am recommending that we change our stance on the matter and discuss these together with party executives as soon as possible and I can make myself available via teleconference to do so.”

He wrote the letter from Melbourne. He is still there doing advocacy work.




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