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Row Erupts Over Baba

A row has erupted over the appointment of Tupeni Baba to SODELPA’s disciplinary committee. It is understood that SODELPA’s management board will meet again soon to make a decision. A
11 Oct 2015 11:21
Row Erupts Over Baba
Tupeni Baba.

A row has erupted over the appointment of Tupeni Baba to SODELPA’s disciplinary committee.

It is understood that SODELPA’s management board will meet again soon to make a decision.

A group has challenged his appointment because he was nominated in the management board meeting last Tuesday in Suva by Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca.

Ratu Isoa and others were named in the controversial Gaunavinaka confidential report. The report, compiled after an audit of the Opposition Office, is highly critical of the office’s governance and the leadership of Ro Teimumu Kepa as Opposition Leader.

The disciplinary committee will study the findings of a board of inquiry chaired by Anare Jale and suggest action to be taken. The board of inquiry looked at the Gaunavinaka report and complaints associated with it from members.

Ratu Isoa attended the management board meeting as the representative of SODELPA’s parliamentary caucus. He should have declared his interests and get somebody else to nominate Mr Baba, his opponents say.

Ratu Isoa refused to speak to the Fiji Sun at his Lomainasau Village, Tokatoka, Tailevu, yesterday, where he was attending a fundraiser.

Mr Baba claimed he was independent and “I am just a consultant.”

“I am not in a position to comment on what goes on in the party,” he said.

It seemed he was unaware of the latest developments.

“We will do our report and submit it to the management board,” he said.

The other committee member, former diplomat Emitai Boladuadua confirmed he was still part of the committee. It was speculated that he had turned down the appointment.  He declined to comment further because of the party rules about media releases. He said only the president, party leader and general-secretary were allowed to speak to the media.

General secretary Pio Tabaiwalu could not be reached to comment yesterday.

President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu is in the United States and could not be contacted.

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