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Rinakama: 1987 Rabuka Coup Was Good For Fiji

A SODELPA candidate who was jailed for the role he played in the 2000 coup says the 1987 coup car­ried out by their leader was good for Fiji. Ratu Peceli
24 Oct 2018 11:24
Rinakama: 1987 Rabuka Coup Was Good For Fiji
Ratu Peceli Rinakama

A SODELPA candidate who was jailed for the role he played in the 2000 coup says the 1987 coup car­ried out by their leader was good for Fiji.

Ratu Peceli Rinakama was addressing the residents of Tamavua village on Monday night as part of SODELPA’s campaign rally.

More than 50 people attended.

“If the coup did not happen then the iTaukei would be nowhere today,” Ratu Peceli said.

“It was 1987 that our party leader did the coup and there was a coalition be­tween Federation (National Federation Party) and Labour (Fiji Labour Party).

“There was a lot of talk that came about. There was a coup again in 2000 and if we look at what happened we will understand that it was God’s will.

“If Mr Rabuka did not do the coup in 1987 then Fiji would have been fin­ished,” he said.

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka weighed in and told people not to be discouraged when opposing views were heard from different candidates within the party.

His comments were in reference to a number of opposing views from the SODELPA camp.

As an example, while Opposition Lead­er Ro Teimumu Kepa is in favour of all citizens being called Fijians while Mr Rabuka has been against it.

Mr Rabuka went ahead and announced SODELPA President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as the party deputy leader while party general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi and Ratu Naiqama were forced to deny it.

They emphatically denied that Ratu Naiqama was taking up the deputy par­ty leader post, saying that it would be announced after the management board meets.

“A lot of people used to ask me why are there a lot of different views from the party,” Mr Rabuka said.

“We want to tell you this evening that there will be different views, but after­wards when a decision is made it is fol­lowed.

“Don’t be discouraged when you hear about it. We believe in democracy and individual democratic rights of the members of the party.

“I was called to serve and I respect that. Some will not like me, but I am here for the party and the decisions of the lead­ers of SODELPA.”

Inoke Nodra, who has been living at Tamavua most of his life, told the SO­DELPA candidates that they wanted SO­DELPA to think of them when they win the 2018 General Election.

“How will the people ensure that our vote is not wasted,” he said.

“SODELPA will not be the only party we ask; this is to all the parties. Please ensure that we are not forgotten when you get into power.

“If there is no truth then everything would be wasted.

“Please protect us and what we have asked for. Please keep your words”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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