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PM to Ro Teimumu: Know Your Role

The Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa should know her role, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He was reacting to a statement by Ro Teimumu that she was now
16 Dec 2015 13:02
PM to Ro Teimumu: Know Your Role

The Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa should know her role, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He was reacting to a statement by Ro Teimumu that she was now looking at the option to call a so-called Great Council of Chiefs meeting to discuss ways to give land to climate refugees.

“She can’t figure out her role as Opposition Leader and that of mine as PM,” he said.

Anything of that nature, he said, was the work of Government.

He said Ro Teimumu did not even understand the first thing on climate change.

In her statement released yesterday Ro Teimumu said she was glad that almost 200 nations had finally agreed that the age of coal had ended.

However, she said it was not clear whether the PM, leading the charge by small island countries to reach an acceptable agreement, was present when the final deal was agreed.

In fact, as was widely reported, the PM had to return early to the country after his elder brother Ratu Meli Bainimarama died.

Bau chief, Ratu George Kadavulevu (Junior) said the PM was playing a lead role on climate change. He said Ro Teimumu’s comments were uncalled for and said the Opposition should work with Government.

Ratu George said she could not call a GCC meeting as there was no chiefly body.

“How can she call a GCC meeting and what power does she have?” he asked.

The PM, he said, had done a lot on climate change. His counterpart from Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, who arrived in the country on Monday from COP21 in Paris, praised Fiji’s efforts at the COP21.

“What else does Ro Teimumu want?” he asked.

Wainunu chief, Tui Wainunu, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said Ro Teimumu should not make a comment as she failed to appreciate PM’s contribution at the COP 21.

He said she should give her support on Government’s move on climate change.

Ratu Orisi said RoTeimumu had forgotten that Fiji had offered to take the people of Tuvalu and Kiribati – if the worst case scenario happened and their countries ended up being submerged.

He said she had no power to call a GCC meeting.

Rewa chief Ro Epeli Mataitini said Ro Teimumu was turning a blind eye on what the Bainimarama Government was doing.

He said the PM had made his offer to Kiribati and Tuvalu for resettlement but legal processes had to be followed.

On her option to call the GCC meeting, he said the GCC had already been abolished and that would remain.

The meeting he said would need a permit and the question is – who would issue the permit?

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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