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Ro Teimumu Pardoned

SODELPA has pardoned Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and others involved in the row over the controversial Gaunavinaka Report. But the issues highlighted by the report will be actioned. The
03 Feb 2016 11:26
Ro Teimumu Pardoned

SODELPA has pardoned Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and others involved in the row over the controversial Gaunavinaka Report.

But the issues highlighted by the report will be actioned.

The move is designed to bury the hatchet and foster unity in the party’s buildup to the 2018 General Election.

The pardon of Member of Parliament and lawyer Mosese Bulitavu last December stays despite attempts to reopen his case.

Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca has also been pardoned.

Ro Teimumu declined to comment yesterday.

The pardons were granted at the management board meeting in Suva last Saturday.

The party had instituted an inquiry after Mr Bulitavu and four other MPs had called for it. Mick Beddoes of a rival group backing Ro Teimumu had filed complaints against Mr Bulitavu. The Gaunavinaka Report was critical of the leadership of Ro Teimumu and the governance of the Opposition Office. It’s fallout had split the party between the old guard representing Ro Teimumu’s group and the reformers spearheaded by Mr Bulitavu.

An internal inquiry led by Anare Jale found serious breaches. It recommended the closing of the Opposition Office bank account and transfer of all the money to the party’s main account.

The resignation of Mr Beddoes, Opposition’s principal administrative officer and Pita Waqavonovono as SODELPA youth leader, Ro Teimumu’s loyal supporters, made it easy for the reconciliation to happen.

Other highlights:

– No mention of the move by the suspended National Federation Party to review its future participation in Parliament. SODELPA was not consulted. However, it had learned from previous experience that boycott of Parliament fails to achieve anything. The gulf between the Opposition partners has not narrowed. From day one, many of the MPs had privately expressed their disdain about a minority partner holding prominent positions. SODELPA is keeping its distance from the issue facing the suspended NFP.

– Reforms will continue as planned.

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