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ANALYSIS: 5 Questions Ro Teimumu Can’t Avoid

Like it or not Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and her allies face continuing questions from within SODELPA. These are over the running of the party’s parliamentary office and how
17 Aug 2015 12:03
ANALYSIS: 5 Questions Ro Teimumu Can’t Avoid
Leader of Opposition and SODELPA Party Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Like it or not Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and her allies face continuing questions from within SODELPA. These are over the running of the party’s parliamentary office and how key decisions within the party are being made and by whom.

Here’s your guide to five of the key ones as SODELPA affairs come under scrutiny from within.

 

  1. Why was the high-profile position of Public Accounts Committee chairperson – which goes to the Opposition – handed to Biman Prasad, the National Federation Party leader?

Mr Prasad has been using this position to gain support for his own party. Why was this role given to Mr Prasad, it is being asked, when other candidates with the right credentials were within SODELPA, the biggest Opposition partner?

 

  1. Who decided Suva lawyer Richard Naidu should be appointed an Opposition nominee to the Constitutional Offices Commission?

Questions are being asked whether there was any consultation within SODELPA on this – and if there was, who was involved. And what role Mr Naidu played in advising the Opposition on stance to take on acting appointments?

 

  1. Why was $150,000 out of the $225,000 which was given for Parliamentary Offices put in term deposit?

Questions are being asked about who decided this, why and what the purpose is? Questions are being asked about why this is not being used more to support the work of Opposition Members of Parliament?

 

  1. Was $20,000 actually borrowed from security company businessman Sakiusa Raivoce, as claimed, and in return was he repaid $30,000?

Questions are being asked about Mr Raivoce’s connections, influence and role within the party.

If such a loan was taken, the question being asked is whether there were more economical alternatives?

 

  1. Who decided the pay of Opposition Office employees Mick Beddoes ($45,000) and Laufitu Malani ($36,000)?

The pair are said to be close to Ro Teimumu. But questions are being asked about how these positions were decided, what the process was, and how well advertised they were?

Within the party the big question is being asked how the party can question the Government on such issues when it does not allegedly have its own house in order.

Another question is whether Ro Teimumu has the authority to make unilateral decisions or should be working through caucus and the SODELPA executive?

Again, the question is being asked whether she can talk about dictatorship if her own actions could be construed as not really much different.

Or maybe, it is being asked, Ro Teimumu has been getting advice from the wrong people. The role of Mr Beddoes is being raised again.

A showdown over how SODELPA is run looms.

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