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Gavoka’s Motion Rejected On Grounds Of Being Racial

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni yesterday cleared the air on why a motion from Social Democratic Liberal Party Opposition member Viliame Gavoka was rejected. Dr Luveni said Mr Gavoka’s
25 Apr 2017 11:07
Gavoka’s Motion Rejected  On Grounds Of Being Racial
SODELPA Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka.

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni yesterday cleared the air on why a motion from Social Democratic Liberal Party Opposition member Viliame Gavoka was rejected.

Dr Luveni said Mr Gavoka’s motion was out of order and had breached standing orders because it attempted to highlight a particular ethnic group.

The motion was for Parliament to express support for the Fiji Sugar Corporation in partnering with the iTaukei cane farmers through cooperative and joint ventures.

Dr Luveni said the Secretary General of Parliament received objections on the inclusion of Gavoka’s motion. She said that the objections were received past the deadline and considering the objections at length, the motion was ruled out of order.

Dr Luveni said the motion had breached Standing Order 48 (a) as it sought to highlight a particular ethnic group of Fijian farmers.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation and Government ministries, she said provided assistance to all Fijians across the country on the basis of needs where applicable on merit and ethnicity. Mr Gavoka claimed his motion was rejected by Parliament after it had gone through the business committee on Thursday which had agreed for the motion to be raised in Parliament. He said that he got a phone call on Sunday night that his motion was rejected as it had breached the Standing Orders.

Mr Gavoka said the motion was simply to benefit the sugar industry as a lot of iTaukei farmers had lost interest in the industry.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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