Konrote Backed By Chiefs, Rotuma

iTaukei chiefs and Rotuma yesterday welcomed Jioji Konrote as the incoming President and pledged to back him all the way. They said he was an excellent choice in the same
13 Oct 2015 09:05
Konrote Backed By Chiefs,  Rotuma
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iTaukei chiefs and Rotuma yesterday welcomed Jioji Konrote as the incoming President and pledged to back him all the way.

They said he was an excellent choice in the same mould as the incumbent, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The chiefs’ response refuted the Opposition claim that the traditional confederacies of Kubuna, Burebasaga and Tovata had unanimously endorsed Ratu Epeli Ganilau as its presidential candidate. It now appears the mandate was not what was claimed.

Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau, a high chief of Bau, the seat of power for Kubuna confederacy, said that Mr Konrote’s election was constitutional and he supported his election.

“I fully support Mr Konrote’s election as president,” he said.

His elder sister, Adi Litia Cakobau, said Mr Konrote’s election was a humble and gallant one.

“Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst Government made the right choice and I must congratulate them,” she said.

She said it was also historic for the people of Rotuma as he was the first from the island to get the top job.

Adi Finau Tabakaucoro said that Mr Konrote’s choice was an excellent one and must be given the support.

Rewa chief, Ro Epeli Mataitini said he supported Mr Konrote’s election.

“The PM had made the right choice and I support Mr Konrote as our new president,” he said.

Turaga na Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, said he fully supported Mr Konrote and thanked PM for his choice.

“I give my total support to Mr Konrote,” he said.

His election was constitutional, he said. Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said he supported Mr Konrote as the next president.

He said all Fijians should support Mr Konrote. Ratu Orisi said it was expected for SODELPA to be making noises after the election as their candidate was not voted.

The spokesman for Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi, the Nadroga/Navosa chief, Ratu Tevita Makutu, said his chief would comment later.

Speaking from Rotuma yesterday, the chairman of the Rotuma Council,  Tarterani Rigamoto said they were very proud of Mr Konrote to be the next president.

“Mr Konrote is a true son of Rotuma and we are proud he has been elected to be the next President,” he said.

He said they would plan for a celebration as soon as Mr Konrote started in the President’s office.

Mr Konrote was elected President in a special Parliament sitting yesterday. His name was put forward by Mr Bainimarama while the Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa, nominated Ratu Epeli.

The Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni, announced that Mr Konrote would be the new president when he received 31 votes. Ratu Epeli got 14 votes and the three National Federation Party parliamentarians, Biman Prasad,  Tupou Draunidalo and Prem Singh abstained.

In a release signed by party president, Ms Draunidalo and party leader Mr Prasad, they said NFP abstained because the process to elect a President who was supposed to symbolise the unity of the nation, had not been de-politicised and most importantly lacked bipartisanship with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition nominating their own nominees. They said it was not done through dialogue and consultation. But they were among the first to congratulate Mr Konrote.

The voting process followed the requirements of the Constitution. There is no mention of a bipartisan approach and a depoliticised process.



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