New Political Movement Bid

A new political movement, said to comprise professionals and intellectuals, is taking shape. Its aim is to provide a political alternative outside of the existing or proposed parties. This was
13 Apr 2017 10:00
New Political Movement Bid
Adi Sivia Qoro. Photo: FILE\Ronald Kumar.

A new political movement, said to comprise professionals and intellectuals, is taking shape.

Its aim is to provide a political alternative outside of the existing or proposed parties.

This was confirmed yesterday by a key movement member, Adi Sivia Qoro, who has been active in the West. Adi Sivia, a pioneer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), resigned from that party last year.

On the new group, she said: “It’s been talked about. I am sure very soon they are going to come out and make a statement.”

When asked who was leading the movement, she said: “I am not in a position to answer that.”

On the composition of the core group and how it started, Adi Sivia said: “I don’t think you can get me to comment on that. You are asking a leading question. There is a movement, people are interested….”

On details about the movement she added: “At the right time we will come forward and state those things we believe in.”

It has been speculated that among names allegedly linked to the movement include Kaliopate Tavola (economist, ex-diplomat and politician), Paula Uluinaceva (Former Finance chief executive officer, Asian Development Bank co-ordinator in Solomons, financial adviser for Regional Assistance for Nauru), Savenaca Narube (Former Permanent Secretary for Finance and ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji) and Pio Tikoduadua (Former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport).

Mr Tikoduadua has also been linked to the National Federation Party. He has said he would release a statement soon. The others could not be reached to comment.

Adi Sivia is a private consultant specialising in monitoring, evaluation of projects that are implemented by donors and development partners, social adaptation, gender work and media in the Middle-East, Asia and the Pacific.

She has just returned from Afghanistan doing work on European Union-funded projects. She was a Fiji Labour Party MP in 2006 and served as Minister for Commerce and Industry in the multi-party government of the then-SDL Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Adi Sivia said: “People who are interested in getting back into politics will do their homework, will go out and do their own fact-finding. That’s what I have done.”

“I may be out of PDP, but I am not out of politics.”

Adi Sivia said if you looked at the political scenario now, “I am sure there is an alternative.

“I do believe that people deserve better. We need to offer our people a better alternative in terms of opportunities, of nation building. We really need to come together and build this nation together.

“I would still like to be involved in politics in terms of good governance, accountability and transparency.”

She said the comments, even from lay people, generally were not very endearing.

She made it clear they were not joining the proposed HOPE Party, or any other existing political parties.

“Right now I will not disclose the reasons,” she said.

“We are exploring all avenues.”

When she resigned from PDP last year, she said: “Given the political landscape in Fiji, I made the decision that it was prudent for me to take a step back and assess what is happening in our country and its implications at a personal, family and national level.”

She said she would uphold principles of transparency, accountability, the rule of law, good governance, freedom of expressions and the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judicial branches.

“Currently, however, I am of the view that there is a need for serious discussions from those who have a passion for serving our nation and its people.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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