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Waqavonovono: I will Not Return To SODELPA

  Former Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) youth leader Pita Waqavonovono has made it clear that he will not be a member of the party again. “I wish the party
27 Jul 2016 09:49
Waqavonovono: I will Not Return To SODELPA
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Former Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) youth leader Pita Waqavonovono has made it clear that he will not be a member of the party again.

“I wish the party all the best. I have been invited numerous times, even via the media to re-join the party,” he told the Fiji Sun.

“I will not re-join but I do ask young people in the party to help Mr Rabuka. He will need whatever help he can get to stay out of jail and keep his immunity for the crimes of 1987.

“As the matter of principle and because I do not believe that SODELPA is genuine in engaging young people, I refuse to give my endorsement to SODELPA or its party leader via membership.”

Mr Waqavonono’s comments come despite request made by the new party leader Sitiveni Rabuka and vice president Anare Jale to discuss issues.

The party had issued a statement in early July via its Facebook page that Mr Waqavonovono’s resignation was regrettable.

It went on to state that from February/March 2016, Mr Waqavonovono purported to be the president of the SODELPA youth forum in communication with the party general secretary.

“However he had resigned as president of the youth forum on January 28, 2016. The general secretary was advised of this resignation on June 15, 2016.”

Setareki Loco and Talei Karavaki were representing the youth forum in the management board from October, 2015 and in the first half of 2016.

On June 24, on the day of the SODELPA annual general meeting, Mr Waqavonovono posted on his Facebook account: “I decided to resign from SODELPA two days ago. Majority of the reasoning is to do with the leadership styles and the exercise of duties including attempts to block SODELPA youth representatives from sitting on the management board or even hosting a youth AGM.”

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

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