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Bulitavu To Advocate For Workers In Campaign

SODELPA candidate Mosese Bulitavu says he will focus on fighting for workers in the November 14 General Elec­tion. He was one of the last candidates to be announced by SODELPA
02 Nov 2018 10:48
Bulitavu To Advocate For Workers In Campaign
SODELPA candidate Mosese Bulitavu

SODELPA candidate Mosese Bulitavu says he will focus on fighting for workers in the November 14 General Elec­tion.

He was one of the last candidates to be announced by SODELPA

It followed his release from pris­on with Fiji United Freedom Party leader Jagath Karunaratne where they served term for sedition. They had appealed their convic­tion in the High Court and it had ordered a retrial.

Mr Bulitavu was on the frontline of SODELPA campaign in Vanua Levu in the 2014 general election. He won a seat in Parliament and is working hard to retain it.

Seaking to party supporters at Tuvakaikoya in Naseakula Vil­lage, Labasa, on Monday Mr Bu­litavu said he was expecting to make a bigger difference this time around.

He said he would do whatever it took to fight for workers’ rights when he returned to Parliament.

“I am very passionate about what I do. Fiji needs a fighter who won’t back down and I believe I have shown that by fighting for our workers, by fighting for the $4 minimum wage rate, by fighting for Fiji,” he said.

“Our candidates are visiting set­tlements, communities and vil­lages around the country telling everyone about the party’s vision in an effort to win their votes.

“SODELPA is calling on our friends and relatives, our chiefs and our peers to support the party that will continue the march of civilisation. We will continue to develop education. We will con­tinue to improve health care and develop social services,” he said.

Mr Bulitavu also told supporters that the party proposed to stop the equal distribution of iTaukei land lease money – a change brought in by the Government. The equal rent distribution of land leases has been effective since May 2015.

Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said if they formed the next Gov­ernment they would ensure that the distribution of land lease went to the turaga (chief) ni (of) mataqali (clan) or yavusa (tribe) and they would make a decision as how much each member would receive.

“One of the first things we will do is to bring back the old pay­ment system of the iTaukei land lease money where distribution is based on the positions and the re­sponsibilities that the people have in a landowning unit,” Mr Rabuka said.

“A SODELPA Government will correct historical error and Gov­ernment dealings with native lands by budgeting for compensa­tory provision.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj

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