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Adi Litia’s Entry Marks New Era For SODELPA

The newly-appointed interim general secretary is seen as the voice of reason in a party battling to find a common ground for the warring groups The appointment of Adi Litia
04 Feb 2016 08:53
Adi Litia’s Entry Marks  New Era For SODELPA

The newly-appointed interim general secretary is seen as the voice of reason in a party battling to find a common ground for the warring groups

The appointment of Adi Litia Qionibaravi as SODELPA’s interim general secretary marks the beginning of a new era for the party.

It sets in motion a series of reforms aimed at positioning the party for the 2018 general elections.

The experienced lawyer, former senior public administrator and a business executive is seen as the voice of reason in a party battling to find a common ground for the warring groups. Adi Litia, in her sixties, won the confidence of the party hierarchy, to help steer SODELPA into the future.

While there is a quiet dignity about her, she is known to have challenged people and brought them on-line like she did with Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa in the management board meeting in Suva last Saturday.

Adi Litia had kept a low profile since the birth of SODELPA, helping out wherever she could using her own funds. When the reformers wanted someone to review the party’s constitution, they could not have got a better person. Adi Litia was the ideal person because of her wealth of experience.

Adi Litia was the chief architect of the party’s amended constitution. She has acted as advisor to Ro Teimumu and party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

Adi Litia’s professional way of doing things is welcomed by many in the party who see her as a welcome and refreshing change.

She will be one of the key officials who will supervise the recruitment of suitably qualified and experienced people to fill vacant positions in the party headquarters and the Opposition Office.

The changes include a new party leader to replace Ro Teimumu who retains her Opposition Leader post. A new principal administrative officer to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Mick Beddoes will also be part of the changes. Mr Beddoes was seen as an obstacle to change.

The reformers, learning from the issues raised in the controversial Gaunavinaka Report, want to implement new measures that align with international best practices.

Officials are watching with interest the developments after the suspension of the National Federation Party, SODELPA’s junior partner in the Opposition for breaching the Political Parties decree. It was this concern over compliance that drove the reformers to demand changes. They feared that if the change was not done, SODELPA could suffer a similar fate.

It’s the reason the board has decided that the Opposition bank account be closed and the money transferred to the party’s main account.

Adi Litia and the reformers want policies that are performance-driven and transparent. They also want post-holders to be held accountable.

Her close associates say she could not watch from the sidelines and see the party go into self-destruction. That’s why she stepped up to accept the call.

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