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Aborted Motion, Political Joke Of Parliament Week

An aborted Opposition motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is the political joke of the week. The motion submitted by Opposition SODELPA MP Semesa Karavaki said that
11 Feb 2016 12:46
Aborted Motion,  Political Joke Of Parliament Week
Analysis

An aborted Opposition motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is the political joke of the week.

The motion submitted by Opposition SODELPA MP Semesa Karavaki said that the PM “immediately ceased to hold office and propose the name of Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa, a member of Parliament to be Prime Minister.”

What was going on in their minds when they knew that it was a waste of time because they did not have the numbers. They withdrew the motion later, but what was the motive of the move?

There is no comparison between Mr Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu when it comes to service delivery.

Mr Bainimarama is miles ahead of the Opposition Leader in public support. He continues to pull away from where he left off in the September 2014 General Election.

Ro Teimumu has no effective response to the Bainimarama juggernaut.

This motion is a sign of desperation from a desperate Opposition trying to find some traction in its preparation for the 2018 General Election.

It will not find it in an ill-conceived motion that would have become a source of extreme embarrassment on the floors of Parliament’s debating chamber.

It would have become the laughing stock of this session of Parliament.

The Opposition’s reference to “democracy is dying” with the symbolism of the wearing of the black ribbons tantamount to it hoisting the white flag.

It appears to be looking for a convenient excuse to make a quick exit from the front trenches where it should dig in and fight for every inch, issue by issue.

When it engages the Government side, it lacks the substance that would make people sit up and say “Hmm, they have a valid point.”

The big challenge it faces is two-pronged:

An unstoppable Prime Minister who keeps on delivering infrastructure development to the people, particularly in rural areas. The beneficiaries are in the best position to judge him, not the politicians who sit in their cosy offices and blow a lot of hot air in Parliament.

It simply does not have the numbers to have their wish granted. No matter how frustrating this is, the Opposition must accept the realities of our democracy. The majority rule. Prior to the 2014 General Election, everyone was clamouring for democracy and an election. We had it and there was a decisive outcome. FijiFirst won it in a landslide. But some people (the losers) are still not happy. It begs the question: “What sort of democracy do they really want?”

In two years, we will go to the polls again. At the rate it is going, the Opposition is likely to continue its role, unless it makes some drastic changes.

 

Speaker:

The Opposition also had a motion of no confidence in the Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, and wanted her removed. But it was rejected by the Business Committee because it failed to conform to basic parliamentary standards over the suspension of three MPs of the suspended National Federation Party.

If they had done their homework, the Opposition MPs would have discovered that Dr Luveni gets her legal advice from the Solicitor-General’s Office.

She went with the advice she was given. The administration of Parliament comes under the jurisdiction of the Attorney-General’s Office. This was confirmed and gazetted on December 29, 2015.

 

Edited by Maikeli Seru.

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