Analysis

Mere Samisoni Praised For Speaking Her Mind

She said it was naughty for someone in the party to leak the emails when they were meant for internal discussions with members.
17 Apr 2019 16:42
Mere Samisoni Praised For Speaking Her Mind
Mere Samisoni

Mere Samisoni is no stranger to fighting for what she believes in even if her battle is against the establishment.

Her latest battle against the leadership hierarchy of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is on a matter of principle.

And she is steadily gathering support from within the party’s rank and file.

Ms Samisoni declined to comment yesterday on her email exchanges with MP Mosese Bulitavu on a range of issues as reported in the Fiji Sun.

She said it was naughty for someone in the party to leak the emails when they were meant for internal discussions with members.

Her close associates say she is deeply religious and exercises her faith in God in what she says and does.

“That’s why she is not afraid to speak out when she sees something that she thinks is not right,” one of them said.

When she discovered from the Lami electorate that the party had told voters that if they did not like the local candidate they could vote for the party, in this case then party leader Sitiveni Rabuka and president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, she was not happy, to put it mildly.

“She could not believe that the party had done that when she had worked so hard to build SODELPA’s support base in the area.

She had helped people and was involved in a lot of charitable work to turn the hearts of the people away from FijiFirst to SODELPA,” the associate says.

“She felt betrayed. As a founding member of SODELPA and a financier it was like someone had stabbed her in the back.”

As a successful businesswoman who had built up the flourishing Hot Bread Kitchen chain, she had mapped out a winning strategy for the party.

She believed that if each constituency candidate had won a seat, and she was confident of winning hers, SODELPA would have formed a new government.

But, she could not believe that the party had campaigned against her and other candidates.

“Mr Rabuka did not need to win all those votes. If the surplus had been spread out to the constituency candidates we would have won the election,” the associate said.

“Now, she is getting calls from members, including MPs, praising her for speaking her mind. She is a champion.”

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