Analysis

Mere Samisoni Calls Bulitavu ‘Bully Drecala Strategist’

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner ap­pears to be on the warpath, demand­ing that the retreat be held so that she and others will explain how and why SODELPA could have won the elec­tion.
16 Apr 2019 11:34
Mere Samisoni Calls Bulitavu ‘Bully Drecala Strategist’
SODELPA founding member Mere Samisoni.

SODELPA’s eagerly-awaited re­treat to review the 2018 General Election results is expected to be explosive, if last weekend’s email ex­changes are anything to go by.

When failed election candidate, former member of Parliament and SODELPA founding member Mere Samisoni calls MP Mosese Bulitavu “Bully Drecala (rebel) Strategist”, it indicates how the debate over this issue has degenerated into unprec­edented personal attacks.

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner ap­pears to be on the warpath, demand­ing that the retreat be held so that she and others will explain how and why SODELPA could have won the elec­tion.

She said if party HQ had allowed con­stituency candidates unchallenged the party would have won more seats and would be in Government now.

In her case, Opposition leader and then party leader Sitiveni Rabuka and SODELPA president had campaigned in Lami and won votes that could have gone to her.

She said she had done her research claiming she had evidence. She said she had informed Mr Rabuka about it.

“We at Lami Constituency and I have been waiting for the retreat designed to discuss our concerns but we felt ‘gagged’,” Ms Samisoni said.

“The dictatorial culture of gagging is real because of the restructuring in the office.

“This brings me to the point that the President and leadership of SODEL­PA plan to continue their control on voters, at HQ level NOT at community and Member of Parliament level or power decentralised as envisioned by the late Ratu JYK (Ratu Jone Yavala Kubuabola) in his chaired policy state­ment.

“It will, thus, ensure good govern­ance, accountability, transparency and participation.

“FYI, so far I as a founder of SODEL­PA and Lami Constituency Counsellor feel left out of your system of decision making Hon. Bulitavu as spokesman for the Party just like you were during the ‘Gaunavinaka’ saga dirty politics.

“Why was the retreat delayed? Be­cause basically, justice delayed is jus­tice denied.

“I am therefore not surprised with the reaction from the Youth and I en­courage their empowerment.”

She was expressing her support for SODELPA Youth president Jope Ko­roisavou, who has sent a hard-hitting petition asking questions about many issues.

 

From left Member of Opposition Mosese Bulitavu, SODELPA President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

From left Member of Opposition Mosese Bulitavu, SODELPA President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

 

Mr Bulitavu in response said:

“I repeat, all your evidence and con­cerns need to be aired in the right forum not here. What you saying are just claims and wild allegations. Prob­ably, you did not campaign well or people did not trust you enough to be their MP. That’s why they voted for other candidates who campaigned in Lami apart from you. You were not appealing enough, but don’t use your hate to try to destabilise the Party which is doing great. Be a good loser who is gracious in defeat and a party person.”

Ms Samisoni told Mr Bulitavu: “Set up the election workshop then see for yourself, the response from the Cau­cus members there.

“Why should I tell you who they are when you just decided now to add the rest of the MPs previously left out of your responses? What is your team scared of?

“Call the open workshop and hold the AGM in Suva.”

She told Mr Bulitavu “you and your team are no longer wanted. Take heed of the winds of change. It’s coming. If your team wants to keep the block for yourselves, we’ll see you at the polls in 2022.”

Mr Bulitavu is a key member of the Vanua Levu bloc comprising Caka­udrove, Bua and Macuata provinces, commonly referred to as CBM.

Ms Samisoni claimed that Vanua Levu historically had never won with­out the rest, from Central, Western & Eastern support.

She told Mr Bulitavu: “On your own, you are sitting ducks. The ball is in your court. Call the workshop and see for yourselves.”

She said she had given a hard copy of her research statistics to Mr Rabuka because of her concerns.

She claimed Mr Rabuka and Ratu Naiqama campaigned in Lami against her with the phrase “if you don’t like the candidate vote for the Party”?

“I have evidence. This is not the type of leadership I, as a founding member, agreed to for SODELPA.

“This type of dirty politics cannot evolve into the SODELPA we had envi­sioned to serve our voter base.

“Your focus on CBM only, which is the same style and pattern, used by FFP, removed other candidates like me.

“This is not how democratic leaders treat their team.”

Mr Rabuka polled 77,040 in the last election. If some of those votes had gone to other candidates like Ms Sami­soni, they would have helped them get over the threshold and increase SO­DELPA’s seats and prospects of form­ing the Government

That’s the line that Ms Samisoni and her growing group will take to the re­treat.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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