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Kepa Invited Me To Join Her Team: Mick Beddoes

Mick Beddoes has revealed that he was invited by Ro Teimumu Kepa to join Team Kepa for the General Election. This is after the former SODELPA member had appeared at
29 Oct 2018 14:34
Kepa Invited Me To Join Her Team: Mick Beddoes
Mick Beddoes

Mick Beddoes has revealed that he was invited by Ro Teimumu Kepa to join Team Kepa for the General Election.

This is after the former SODELPA member had appeared at Ro Teimumu’s first big campaign rally the previous week.

He and youth leader Pita Waqavonovono had resigned from SODELPA. They later joined HOPE.

He said they resigned because they had views about the circumstances of Sitiveni Rabuka’s election as party leader.

“When we disagreed we both made our own decisions and that was to resign,” Mr Beddoes said.

At the time of our resignation, HOPE was not even a thought.

“But in contemplating the future the 34 per cent undecideds were a motivating factor that gave rise to HOPE,” Mr Beddoes said.

“Even though I resigned my position as the Marama’s principal administrative officer, as well as my membership of SODELPA, my support for the Marama Bale Ro Teimumu Kepa never wavered. So when she invited me to join TEAM KEPA I did.

“I was right there with her during the period of internal dissension – and all democratic political parties experience this – and I was able to observe how she remained steadfast, calm and unmoved.

“I sat in on most of the caucus meetings. I cannot disclose discussions because they were confidential. But I can confirm the Marama allowed all the members to ‘speak their minds’ even if they disagreed with her. But when time came for a decision, she would take her position.

“Ro Teimumu does not just talk about democracy, she walks her talk and practises it on a daily basis.”

So as part of her team, he said, they were  pushing to improve on the votes she received in 2014.

He denied this was not for a leadership challenge against Mr Rabuka.

“She is determined to do all she can to assist SODELPA increase its total of seats and form the next Government.”

He said he served as an adviser for HOPE.

“Once Tupou Draunidalo took charge, I was able to step back. For a while I continued to offer advice,” he said.

“By March this year, things were pretty much set; Tupou was away and the need for my input eventually faded and I withdrew.

“One of the original ideas behind HOPE was to accommodate some unhappy SODELPA members. But the intention was never to take away any of the levels of support from Opposition parties.

“Instead the strategy was  to identify and focus on the 34 per cent  of undecided voters identified by polls.”

 Edited by Epineri Vula

 nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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