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SODELPA Lobbying Raises AGM Stakes

Last-ditch attempts were being made yesterday to get Sitiveni Rabuka to change his mind and attend SODELPA’s annual general meeting in Suva tomorrow. They followed the arrival in Suva of
04 Sep 2015 12:50
SODELPA Lobbying Raises AGM Stakes

Last-ditch attempts were being made yesterday to get Sitiveni Rabuka to change his mind and attend SODELPA’s annual general meeting in Suva tomorrow.

They followed the arrival in Suva of 60 strong SODELPA supporters from Vanua Levu who were planning to vote for him as a vice-president.

But Mr Rabuka said last night: “I won’t be attending the meeting. I will be attending a funeral on Saturday.”

Speaking from Deuba, he confirmed a call was made to his home in Suva by the matanivanua (spokesperson), but he did not know what it was about.

Mr Rabuka had announced he had resigned from the party because nothing had changed. Ro Teimumu Kepa, the party leader, women’s and youth wings had not changed after they rejected him last year, he said. Party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu had offered Mr Rabuka a vice-president slot.

“My supporters should go and see them (Ro Teimumu group) to see if they have changed.”

The Vanua Levu group could not be reached to comment last night.

But the lobbying has raised the stakes for the AGM which will debate proposed amendments to the party’s constitution. No one from different groups vying for positions is saying anything publicly.

A fiery debate is expected over the proposed changes, in particular over the question on whether elections should be held or not.

One group is arguing that those elected under the old constitution should complete their term.

The opposing group contends that there should be fresh elections under the amended constitution because it stipulates new guidelines and raises the bar for all officials.

The other issue is the inquiry into the controversial confidential report critical of Ro Teimumu’s leadership as Opposition leader and the governance of the Opposition office.

The inquiry was supposed to be completed before the AGM. Now, it’s going to begin on Monday. Those who have been implicated will appear before the management board.

It will become clear tomorrow whether the old board will sit or a new one to be elected.

Ratu Naiqama has disqualified himself from chairing the board because of his close links to MP and lawyer Mosese Bulitavu.

Mr Bulitavu and four other MPs have called for the inquiry. He is also a subject of complaint from  Mick Beddoes, the principal administrative officer in the Opposition Office.

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