What Some MPs Thought Of Their Last Sitting Year

Yesterday, some parliamentarians took stock of their performances and service over the last year. Question: What do you think of your performance as an MP for the last 12 months
22 Sep 2015 11:16
What Some MPs Thought Of Their Last Sitting Year
Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu and Minister for Women Rosy Akbar in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Yesterday, some parliamentarians took stock of their performances and service over the last year.


What do you think of your performance as an MP for the last 12 months and what are your goals this year?

– Government Whip and Member of Public Accounts Committee, Semi Koroilavesau.

“It has been very hectic as a Government Whip, we have gone through the last 12 months and I am sure we have learnt from this past 12 months and I will be doing a much better job. I think the work load will also ease as we have learned a lot during the past 12 months.”

– Opposition member, Mosese Bulitavu:

I have been bringing to Parliament the concerns of the people in the North and my goal is to make Government attend to the concerns I raise. I have consistently asked valid questions and debated on issues giving government a solution or asking government to find a solution. I like to challenge Government performance so they can do their job as government of the day. I keep them on check.”


– Opposition member and Member of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights,Semesa Karavaki:

“I am not sure of what I have done for the past 12 months  and I am not God. I do  not know what is going to happen next.”

– Government MP and Chairperson for the Standing Committee on Social Affairs,Viam Pillay:

I think our party is doing well and even what I was able to achieve prior to the elections. In one year time we are doing well, we are delivering what we are promising in the manifesto and I believe the community is also happy of how we are doing things so there are more things that need to be done, a lot of things that needs to be looked at. Therefore, in the years to come we can look into these issues.

What they said in parliament:

Rosy Akbar:

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said that economic success of the nation began with peace within families and communities.

She made this comment while responding to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s address last Monday.

She said that Ratu Epeli’s address focused on peaceful living, multi-racialism and unity towards a common goal of economic and social prosperity.

Ms  Akbar said this was in accordance with the United Nation International Day of Peace on September 21.

She added the aim of this year’s commemoration was to highlight the importance of all segments of society working cohesively together to strive for peace.

Therefore, Ms Akbar said her ministry’s Women’s Plan of Action was fundamental for women’s empowerment, independence, improved access to service and the law and commitment to the elimination of violence against women.

“Work and activities are centered on this plan in support of the implementation of our government’s first National Gender Policy,’’ she said.

She urges all government ministries and department to embrace the new policy.

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Mosese Bulitavu:

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian, Mosese Bulitavu said that the allegation of a christian state had two sides.

He said it could be the hoisting of a Christian flag, taking an oath as a minister in christian state and the alleged military- style training.

He said these were questions of facts that were normally part of the police caution interview.


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Opposition parliamentarian Josefa Dulakiverata had also called on Government to resolve the situation in Ra and Nadroga.

He called on Government to set up a Truth and Reconciliation to hear the concerns of the people.

Last month, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama warned threats to stability and national security would not be tolerated regarding alleged dissident groups in these provinces.



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