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NFP Don’t Work With Rabuka? Yeah, Right

Fine sounding have been spoken by National Federation Party president Roko Tupou Draunidalo when she made an impassionate speech about not working with SODELPA under Sitiveni Rabuka’s leadership. What she
28 Jun 2016 09:00
NFP Don’t Work With Rabuka? Yeah, Right
from left: National Federation Party general secretary Bala Dass, party leader Biman Prasad and party president Tupou Draunidalo at the National Federation Party's working committe meet yesterday. Photo: ARISHMA DEVI

Fine sounding have been spoken by National Federation Party president Roko Tupou Draunidalo when she made an impassionate speech about not working with SODELPA under Sitiveni Rabuka’s leadership.

What she says, of course, is a Party stand.

The line that the Party took over the years, right? Maybe not so.

A quick look into our political history speaks of another reality, one where NFP did agree to work with the then Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei Party which lo and behold was led by Mr Rabuka.

This relationship that time caused NFP much grief and was seen as a tactical mistake by its voters who chose to abandon the Party and handed victory to Fiji Labour Party in 1999.

So, when Ms Draunidalo makes such an impassionate speech about coups and coup makers, it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.

In 1999, the NFP thought forming a coalition or at least agreeing in principle to form a coalition with SVT would salvage the Party.

That time, they had no qualms about Mr Rabuka’s past as the person who introduced the concept of coup to this paradise.

That time, NFP was ready to look the other way. And, they did.

Why should this time around be any different?

Maybe this time ‘not working with coup makers’ makes a nice tagline.

When Ms Draunidalo says NFP does not want to work with Mr Rabuka she means that the last time NFP worked with the former military man NFP was annihilated in the polls.

Once bitten, twice shy?

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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