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PM: Who’s Kepa?

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday fired a broadside against Ro Teimumu Kepa over an aborted no-confidence motion against him. The motion also proposed that Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu become the
11 Feb 2016 13:18
PM: Who’s Kepa?
Opposition Leader Ro Temumu Kepa and PM Voreqe Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday fired a broadside against Ro Teimumu Kepa over an aborted no-confidence motion against him.

The motion also proposed that Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu become the new prime minister.

Mr Bainimarama said: “I was looking forward for them to come with that motion  because I wanted to tell the whole of Fiji that this woman cannot be Prime Minister.

“She caters for the elite. She doesn’t cater for the ordinary Fijian- that’s the difference between her and me.

“The Prime Ministership is not about having a Ro in front of your name or a Ratu in front of your name. It’s about working for Fijians and I can’t see her doing what I have been doing for the past six months at least. First she needs to walk one eighth of the distance I run before she can do anything about this.”

The motion in question was submitted by SODELPA MP and lawyer Semesa Karavaki on behalf of the Opposition to Parliament’s Business Committee on Tuesday in Suva. But it was withdrawn later. No reason was given. It is understood that the motion reflected the Opposition’s growing frustrations about not getting its way. It also follows the suspension of three MPs of the suspended National Federation Party, SODELPA Opposition’s junior partner.

Ro Teimumu could not be reached to comment yesterday. She has previously said she does not talk to the Fiji Sun.

Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa said: “The matter will need to be discussed before any statement is released on the issue.”

SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka said: “It will have to go through the proper channel of discussions before any statement is released.”

Another SODELPA MP, Anare Vadei, said: “I’m still not aware if the motion had been approved.”

Mr Bainimarama said: “I understand last night they withdrew it, which is a pity really because I want to tell whole of Fiji what Ro Teimumu is like and the difference between Ro Teimumu and me as Prime Minister.

“Even if that motion had been brought to Parliament, even if that motion went through, she would be defeated because she does not have the numbers in Parliament.

“That’s how stupid this group of people are – the Opposition. They come up with very stupid ideas. This to them is democracy- the idea of removing the Speaker. They have come up with that motion again, it is going to be a very exciting afternoon.”

This is not the first time the two leaders have clashed.

 

Edited by Maraia Vula

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