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Former Fiji Member Of Parliament Accuses SODELPA Leadership of “dirty politics”

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner, a founder of the party and an unsuccessful 2018 election candidate, also called the party “a dictatorship dressed up like democracy”.
23 Apr 2019 11:41
Former Fiji Member Of Parliament Accuses SODELPA Leadership of “dirty politics”
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Former Member of Parliament Mere Samisoni has accused the SODELPA leadership of “dirty politics”.

This is the first time she is speaking out publicly after declaring her position in a confidential email exchange with other party members leaked to the Fiji Sun.

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner, a founder of the party and an unsuccessful 2018 election candidate, also called the party “a dictatorship dressed up like democracy”.

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner said that the party conspired to kick her out of the 2018 General Election by telling the voters that if they did not like the local candidate, they could vote for the party.

The voters were confused, she added. Ms Samisoni said the communication between the party and the voters must have clarity. It was part of good governance, accountability and transparency.

She said that the same pattern was evident statistically in the Central – Naitasiri, Tailevu South, Rewa, Lami, Nasinu, Suva; the West, the South and minimally in the North.

“I was informed by one of the successful candidates, from the North, that he chased away the HQ team when he identified their motives in time,” she said.

“About 10 SODELPA candidates did not find out in time to prevent the HQs team violating its own SODELPA policy and mission, which is to develop talent from the grassroots up and not just down the organisational structure.”

Ms Samisoni said the whole idea of the constituency was to identify candidates, who members could access help from before and after the election.

It required candidates who were active and well-grounded in serving their local communities, she said.

She said the party violated its own policy objective to win more seats.

Opposition leader and former party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, said her comments were unfair. He said the strategy used was in the best interests of the party.
Other points Ms Samisoni raised:

She and her supporters have submitted justifications why they believe it best for the annual general meeting to be in Suva. The North can have it next year;

Respect for women and their abilities – Ms Samisoni said these were often not welcomed by men used to positions and relationships of power.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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