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Ro Teimumu to face management board

Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and those named in the controversial confidential report will have to front up before the SODELPA management board and answer questions. This is according to
19 Aug 2015 11:19
Ro Teimumu to face management board
Opposition member of Parliament, Mika Leawere with Oppositon Leader and SODELPA party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: SODELPA Facebook

Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and those named in the controversial confidential report will have to front up before the SODELPA management board and answer questions.

This is according to the Dispute and Disciplinary Procedures mechanisms stipulated by the party constitution.

The board will “institute a full investigation of any member who is accused of misconduct.”

Misconduct is defined as having “brought or like to bring the party into disrepute, or where the misconduct includes a breach of this Constitution or any of its rules as promulgated by the party from time to time.”

The party has received a formal complaint from five SODELPA MPs Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Aseri Radrodro, Semesa Karavaki, Mosese Bulitavu and Mikaele Leawere.

The MPs want the management board to conduct an inquiry into a confidential report critical of Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu and her inner circle plus the Opposition Office. The report calls for the resignation of Ro Teimumu and others.

What the constitution says:

 

 DISPUTE PROCEDURES

 Any aggrieved member in regards to the affairs of the Party or other matters shall put a notice of his grievances, to the Management Board who shall appoint an independent person as an Arbiter to discuss the case of the aggrieved and make recommendations to the Management Board.

 

 DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

 (a)   The Management Board is empowered with the full authority of this Constitution to institute a full investigation of any member who is accused of misconduct which has brought or is likely to bring the Party into disrepute, or where the misconduct includes a breach of this Constitution or any of its rules as promulgated by the Party from time to time.

 (b)  Any member accused of misconduct has the right to be informed in writing the nature of the charges being brought against him or her and be given the  opportunity to  respond to the charges within a reasonable time as well as his or her right to be represented by another member of the Party of his/her choice.

 (c)   The Management Board shall investigate the allegations against the member and present the results of investigation before a three member Disciplinary Committee appointed from outside the Management Board of which one member should have a legal background.  

 (d)  The Disciplinary Committee in considering the case shall have full powers to recommend to the Management Board to:

 (i)  dismiss the complaint;

(ii) reprimand the member concerned;

(iii) suspend the member for a period;

(iv) expel the member from the Party, or

(v) take any other action it considers appropriate.

 (e) Any member who has been disciplined or expelled as a result of a decision of the Disciplinary Committee shall have the right of appeal against such decision to the General Assembly.  The decision of the General Assembly shall be final and binding.

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