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MPs Missing from SODELPA Unity Meet

  Some MPs were missing from a SODELPA reconciliation meeting in Suva last night. They included Mosese Bulitavu and Aseri Radrodro, two of the five MPs accused of being “disruptive
16 Dec 2015 12:08
MPs Missing  from SODELPA Unity Meet
SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu with Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca and other party officials at the talanoa session at the party headquarters in Suva last night. Photo: Aqela Susu.

 

Some MPs were missing from a SODELPA reconciliation meeting in Suva last night.

They included Mosese Bulitavu and Aseri Radrodro, two of the five MPs accused of being “disruptive elements” in the party by Mick Beddoes. Mr Beddoes is the principal administration officer in the Opposition Office.

The talanoa session around the yaqona bowl (tanoa) was called by Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca to patch up differences between the reformers (Mr Bulitavu, Mr Radrodro, Mikaele Leawere, Semesa Karavaki and Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki) and the old guard (Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Isoa, Mr Beddoes).

Ro Teimumu had not arrived when the Fiji Sun took some photos. Party president and suspended MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu was present. He declined to comment.

Ratu Isoa said the party had now left all the negativities behind them and looked forward to the Christmas season.

“The Marama (Ro Teimumu), the Tui Cakau (Ratu Naiqama) are coming in and all the members will be joining us. This is just to reconcile our differences regarding everything. The Tui Cakau has been busy but now that he’s free we are meeting today,” Ratu Isoa said.

“We will have yaqona and as Fijians we will reconcile and look forward to the birth of Jesus.”

When asked whether SODELPA Parliamentarians, Mosese Bulitavu and Aseri Radrodro would also attend the talanoa session, Ratu Isoa said they were all waiting for them.

“We have taken away our differences. So all the things you may have read have all been solved.”

Meanwhile, a petition was yesterday circulated on social media calling for the expulsion of Mr Radrodro and Mr Bulitavu from the party.

Ratu Isoa said the party had no idea and was not aware of the petition.

It is understood that the talanoa session will not derail the processes that are in place to reform the party.

The party has been split after the disclosure of the controversial Gaunavinaka Report which was critical of the governance of the Opposition Office and the leadership of Ro Teimumu. Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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