Opinion

Tupou’s Political Future Hangs In The Balance

Roko Tupou Draunidalo’s anti-Sitiveni Rabuka and anti-military obsession is energy-sapping and may have become counter-productive for her proposed HOPE Party. It appears to be gradually taking its toll on the
29 Jul 2017 11:47
Tupou’s Political Future Hangs In The Balance
Roko Tupou Draunidalo.

Roko Tupou Draunidalo’s anti-Sitiveni Rabuka and anti-military obsession is energy-sapping and may have become counter-productive for her proposed HOPE Party.

It appears to be gradually taking its toll on the much-talked about proposed party which has been taking forever, it seems, to get registered.

She was the first big-name signing for the pro­posed party. During the hype at the birth of the proposed party, it was said that more big names were going to follow.

After much anticipation, nothing much has happened so far.

There’s no doubt that there were talks of peo­ple defecting from SODELPA and other parties to join proposed HOPE.

Roko Tupou had resigned from the National Federation Party as president confident that some politicians from other parties, particularly SODELPA will join her.

It is understood that a significant number of people who had signed for SODELPA in the 2014 general election had withdrawn their endorse­ment from the records kept at the Fijian Elec­tions Office.

There has also been some withdrawals from the FijiFirst Party and other parties too, it is believed.

It is understood that many of those who have defected from SODELPA are joining Unity Fiji, FijiFirst or National Federation Party.

Proposed HOPE has one major problem. It is short of ideas. It cannot continue to survive on anti-SODELPA stand because of anti-Mr Rabu­ka sentiments and anti-FijiFirst and anti-Voreqe Bainimarama rhetorics.

Proposed HOPE needs more substantive poli­cies that differentiates the party from the rest.

So far it has not shown genuine evidence that it will become a viable party. The inability of the proposed party to register as a political party is indicative of the challenges it is facing to find traction.

Roko Tupou has been left high and dry by some supposedly big names who were supposed to join her. She now finds herself with some ex-SO­DELPA youths and dissidents who had no real following. They made a lot of noises in SODEL­PA and they wer hoping that Ro Teimumu Kepa would join them. But Ro Teimumu remains loy­al to SODELPA and appears to be working well with SODELPA leader Mr Rabuka.

Roko Tupou’s future in politics hangs in the balance. She has not got many options left. Don’t rely on HOPE.

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