SODELPA MPs: We Want Inquiry

Five SODELPA MPs have written to the party calling for an inquiry into a controversial confidential report. They are Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Aseri Radrodro, Semesa Karavaki, Mosese Bulitavu and Mikaele
18 Aug 2015 10:59
SODELPA MPs: We Want Inquiry
Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Five SODELPA MPs have written to the party calling for an inquiry into a controversial confidential report.

They are Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Aseri Radrodro, Semesa Karavaki, Mosese Bulitavu and Mikaele Lawere.

The party says it  has received a formal letter and has activated the provisions of the party constitution.

On a day of intense behind the scene lobbying by the opposing group to dismiss the report, the five have won round one.

The report, critical of Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and governance of the Opposition Office, has caused a split in the party.

The five want the party to discuss the report content. But Ro Teumumu’s group wants the report dismissed. The report criticized Ro Teimumu and called on her to step down. It also slated the Opposition Office for making unilateral decisions without consulting the party and the way it managed the Government grant of $225,000 SODELPA’s general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said: “I have now received a formal letter in regards to the issue. In this regard it now has to be considered under section 21.0 of the Party Constitution. I also include Section 22.0. It is now a matter for the Management Board to decide and I will advise the President on his return. May I kindly request that we refrain from discussing the issue for public consumption and allow the party constitutional process to proceed.”

The five MPs wrote on August 14: We the undersigned concerned members of Parliament wish to indicate our resolve urging the party to immediately convene the Management Board for the purpose of addressing the issues highlighted in the front page of the Fiji Sun yesterday and today, Thursday, Friday 13 and 14 respectively.”

“The report generated in the media is expected to continue until it has no more issue worthy of reporting. The party has every part to play in abating the media so called speculation the soonest by immediately taking action according to the party Constitution and Rules. It is unfortunate indeed that we as a party (Government in waiting) have to find ourselves in this situation, something we have to deal with, portraying our ability to lead this country with integrity and honesty.”

The MPs called for the suspension of all Constituency visits until the party has satisfactorily addressed the issues highlighted in the media.

“Our supporters are observing all what we are doing and many will decide whether they continue to support based on the conduct of the party in addressing the highlighted issues,” they said.

“The party must be steadfast and choose to uplift goodness instead of self deception, derived from placing our trust in human beings.

“We cannot deny the advice given in the Bible for our admonition, where Isaiah 2:22 states (Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of? The Fijian translation states: Dou kua ni goleva e dua na tamata sa tiko ena qara ni ucuna na nonai cegu, ni sa yaga kina cava  ko koya?

“The Apostle Paul counsels us in Acts 10:34 as follows: Then Peter opened his mouth and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.

“As a party, we must learn to find the solution to our adversities by seeking God’s face because His Word is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished  unto all good works.” (2Timothy 3: 16,17).

“We submit that the party must thoroughly examine its position under the 2013 Constitution and the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013 for any consequential penalty that may arise from the issues highlighted in the report given the facts are true.

“Under section 17 (1) (e) of Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013, the Registrar of Political Parties could demand the record showing the estimates of expenditure of the political party in accordance with the laws relating to public finance management.

“The party must therefore ensure that it has the record of the expenditure of the fund given to the party the Government. Subsection (4) provides for the penalty, which is a maximum of $10,000 fine and maximum imprisonment term of five years.

“We cannot over emphasise the importance of convening the Management Board without delay and discussions regarding the issues and to be done without fear or favour. This is in light of the advice given by King Solomon in Proverb 11,14 as follows: “Where no counsel (is), the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors (there is ) safety. Again, it is also emphasised in Prov 15: 22 as follows: “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”

“We understand that there is a process to follow but any delay in activating the process would be seen as a deliberate attempt to conceal the truth, therefore manifesting our inability to act bonafide and truly practise good governance on the basis of law of leadership, solid ground.

“During the period of inquiry or investigation, we submit that actions  to be taken in the interim, curtailing any further action or decision by those implicated in the leaked report that would or likely to exacerbate the prevailing situation.

“Arrangements to be made to immediately put a stop to any likely abuse from continuing. The party must ensure that a report is prepared for the coming AGM, so that the party can truly move forward. We now wait for your advice as to the process of the party will follow.

“It is our prayer that as a party, we will now acknowledge the importance of allowing  God to lead us forward for the purpose of fulfilling His will in this country and returning our inheritance to us and future generations forever.”




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