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$2 Fee Row Escalates SODELPA Standoff

A $2 fee dispute has escalated an internal row between a dissident group and top three SODELPA officials. One of the five dissidents was sent a letter from the party
19 Feb 2018 11:50
$2 Fee Row Escalates SODELPA  Standoff
Adi Litia Qionibaravi

A $2 fee dispute has escalated an internal row between a dissident group and top three SODELPA officials.

One of the five dissidents was sent a letter from the party president, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, claiming that he was not a financial member.

It is understood the dissident member had paid the $2 fee when he attended the special general meeting on December 9 last year in Suva. But no receipt was issued.

It is understood that letter has been referred to a lawyer and legal action has not been ruled out.

His group had written to Ratu Naiqama, general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi and party leader Sitiveni Rabuka wanting another special general meeting to discuss the:

  • Party’s financial situation. The group had questions.
  • Controversial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PDP and SODELPA
  • Election of Vijay Singh as a party vice-president when he was not a financial member  and “other issues.”

The group wanted these issues to be discussed to avoid the embarrassing December 9 incidents which led to a ruling by the Supervisor of Election, Mohammed Saneem.

Mr Saneem ruled that Mr Singh breached the Political Parties decree and referred the matter to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

The group had also informed Mr Saneem of  its concern and he had told it to settle the matter internally.

The group wants the party to call a new special general meeting or have a face to face meeting with the top officials.

It wants transparency and accountability enforced in the party’s internal processes and systems.

Mr Rabuka said last night Ratu Naiqama and Adi Litia were handling the issue.

He said he had seen the response from Ratu Naiqama and could not understand why the group had not seen it.

Adi Litia said: “The Supervisor of Election is satisfied that the MOU is not a merger as we had stated from the beginning.

“It is not a matter of concern to the party.” She declined to comment on other issues.

Ratu Naiqama could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa  is rumoured to be trying to defuse the tension.

But she said yesterday: “I haven’t been advised as to what was happening.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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