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Natuva Quashes NFP Bid Rumour

Former Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva, has quashed rumours that he will be joining another political party. He said he had accepted his family’s request to
12 Apr 2017 11:21
Natuva Quashes NFP Bid Rumour
Timoci Natuva

Former Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva, has quashed rumours that he will be joining another political party.

He said he had accepted his family’s request to stay away from politics and concentrate on his farm in Naitasiri.

Fiji Sun had received information that Mr Natuva was to join the National Federation Party along with former FijiFirst Minister for Infrastructure, Pio Tikoduadua.

The pair are former senior officers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

While Mr Tikoduadua said he will be making his stand known soon, Mr Natuva confirmed yesterday that he would stay away from politics.

“I had intentions to join politics, but after discussions with my family, I will be concentrating on our farm and small family business.”

Mr Natuva also confirmed that he had been approached by other political parties.

“But before making any decision I sat down with my family and they all suggested that I stay away from politics.”

Mr Natuva has four children and nine grandchildren.

His 250-acre farm is located in Bureni settlement in Naitasiri. Mr Natuva grows different types of root-crops including ginger and yaqona along with a cattle farm and a piggery. He also operates a small shop.

Mr Natuva resigned in September last year citing “personal reasons”.

In a statement, he had said that it was time to spend quality time with his family.

Months leading up to his resignation, Mr Natuva displayed loss of enthusiasm and interest which was evident in his blunt response to the RFNS Kiro running aground on Cakauyawa Reef near Nukulau Island.

He was also put in a precarious position when he was required to give evidence in the abuse of office trial of Sainiana Radrodro, a former employee in the Ministry of Works when he was Works Minister.

Mr Natuva had also thanked Mr Bainimarama for the support he had given him as minister and said he would always support his strong leadership.

He had said then he would be available for the FijiFirst party to help in the next general elections. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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