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SODELPA Censure For MP?

SODELPA officials and members yesterday wrestled over whether MP and lawyer Mosese Bulitavu should be censured for his comments on chiefs. While they are staying away from the glare of
30 Sep 2015 11:34
SODELPA Censure For MP?

SODELPA officials and members yesterday wrestled over whether MP and lawyer Mosese Bulitavu should be censured for his comments on chiefs.

While they are staying away from the glare of the media, party insiders say, there is a debate whether he needs to be disciplined.

On social media the regular bloggers are calling for his expulsion.

But his supporters in the party say that was his opinion and it was said in the spirit of the democratic principle of freedom of expression.

Mr Bulitavu said last night: “I stand by my opinion. This is the only issue that I backed the PM on. There are many other issues that I have criticized Government for.”

After an extensive research into Fiji’s history, Mr Bulitavu claimed the chiefly system “is not the iTaukei’s ancient heritage”. He further claimed that it was a “colonial” legacy created to protect the supremacy of Bau. He also endorsed the scrapping of the Great Council of Chiefs. He said it was set up by the British as a form of “indirect rule” to govern and control the iTaukei. He said Mr Bainimarama still had to finish the work he had started.  Bau was the last hurdle and this had contributed to many conflicts in the iTaukei’s chequered political history. He said the split in SODELPA was part of it.

His claims set him on a collision course with the party and the Fiji Native Tribal Congress (FNTC) which want the reinstatement of the GCC.

FNTC’s legal adviser and secretary MP Niko Nawaikula said “such a comment made by Bulitavu will have an impact on Sodelpa’s principles and policies”.

“As a Sodelpa member I don’t have the right  to say anything in regards to Bulitavu’s comments about the chiefly system. The party’s general secretary can be reached for comments on that issue.”

General secretary Pio Tabaiwalu could not be reached. Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu said: “I am willing to comment to any media,” except the Fiji Sun. Party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu refused to comment.

Wainunu chief, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said Mr  Bulitavu was entitled to his opinion.

He said what Mr Bulitavu forgot was that iTaukei chiefs fought and shed blood to earn their titles. Ratu Orisi said for his forefathers they had strong blood ties to the Tui Macuata and the Tui Cakau.

He said the iTaukei chiefly system was from God.

The Nadroga/Navosa chief, Turaga Na Ka Levu’s  spokesman, Tevita Makutu said Mr Bulitavu was entitled to his opinion.

He said his chief; Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi owned lands in Ra, Navosa and Serua.

It was through Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna that the Turaga Na Ka Levu gave back those lands.

Several party members say the Bau factor has been a discussion issue in many iTaukei circles. They say Mr Bulitavu has shown courage to put it in the public arena. Many leaders including Ro Teimumu, Ratu Naiqama and  National Federation Party president Roko Tupou Draunidalo have traditional links to Bau.

This is why it is a sensitive issue.

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