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Bulitavu-Tabuya Row ‘Amicably Resolved’

After their war of words via e-mail Opposition Members of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and Lynda Tabuya buried the hatchet at the end of a meeting with Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka
09 Jan 2019 10:00
Bulitavu-Tabuya Row ‘Amicably Resolved’
From left: Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka, Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya.

After their war of words via e-mail Opposition Members of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and Lynda Tabuya buried the hatchet at the end of a meeting with Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka yesterday.

The row was over the ireguregu for the late Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni. It broke out in a series of email exchanges.

In a statement after the meeting in Suva, Mr Rabuka – who is Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) of which Mr Bulitavu and Ms Tabuya are members – said the issue had been resolved.

“SODELPA is a multiracial political party having its own institutional and structural mechanism to resolve any differences between its members,” he said.

“There are bound to be differences in opinions which are normal and encouraged in a diverse political party like SODELPA to foster better communications, an essential characteristic of any truly democratic institution.

“As a leadership that listens, it is my duty to defend the freedom of speech and expression of our citizens and what if I do not encourage that in my own household? I would be no different from the dictatorship holding Fiji to political ransom for more than a decade now.

“As a caring and responsible Opposition loyal to the people of Fiji, we are conscious of our duty,” Mr Rabuka said.

The row started after Mr Bulitavu was offended when Ms Tabuya questioned his authority after he sent an email to the 21 party MPs about the ireguregu.

In his email response, he criticised Ms Tabuya for allegedly breaching party rules by making her own media releases without getting the approval of caucus.

Mr Bulitavu told her that her dress standard at the ceremonial opening of Parliament had sent shockwaves among party stalwarts who guarded our “itovo and vakarau” or culture and traditions. He also criticised her maiden speech.

Ms Tabuya is the SODELPA Whip in Parliament.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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