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ANALYSIS: Who Is Adi Laufitu Malani?

Adi Laufitu Malani quietly joined SODELPA as a volunteer in the run-up to last year’s general election. Now she is emerging as a key player. Adi Laufitu at first was
16 Sep 2015 10:39
ANALYSIS: Who Is Adi Laufitu Malani?
Adi Laufitu Malani

Adi Laufitu Malani quietly joined SODELPA as a volunteer in the run-up to last year’s general election. Now she is emerging as a key player.

Adi Laufitu at first was involved in administrative work and generally kept a low profile.

After the election, she surprised  many when she joined the inner circle of Ro Teimumu Kepa, the Opposition Leader. She became one of Ro Teimumu’s closest, trusted and loyal advisers.

She usually stays in the background while her “boss” in the Opposition Office, Mick Beddoes, is visible on the frontline.

Her greatest strength is her ability to use her traditional links in working for the party. She is from the chiefly clan, Gonesau of Ra, with traditional ties to Bau and Lau.

But in 2001, it wasn’t enough to win her a seat in the general election as an independent candidate despite an intense campaign in the Ra Province.

In 2006, she was appointed a senator as a nominee of the then Great Council of Chiefs in June. She was there until December when the takeover happened.

She was appointed Minister for Women and Social Welfare in the Bainimarama interim government. One of her first tasks was to find jobs for those living on the streets.

She was also involved in consultation with the Fiji American Chamber of Commerce over possibilities of exportation of handicraft work to the US from women in the North.

She was later appointed as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, a position she held before the PAC was dissolved before the general election.Adi Laufitu had also worked for the United Nations Population Fund for Women prior to the 2001 general election.

Adi Laufitu was educated at Adi Cakobau School at the same time as lawyer and SODELPA adviser Adi Litia Qionibaravi and MP Salote Radrodro.Last week, she was vocal in the discussion over the proposed amendments to the party constitution during SODELPA’s annual general meeting in Suva. She and Mr Beddoes wanted the vote deferred to October, but failed to convince those present.

Some have heard of her, but that was the first time they saw her in person.

And they are likely to be seeing more of her as the party prepares for the 2018 General Election.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki @fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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