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Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, New Leader On The Rise

The heir to the Vunivalu title, paramount chief of the Kubuna Confederacy, has emerged as a new political power broker and adviser.
30 Jun 2020 09:59
Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, New Leader On The Rise
Ratu Epenisa Cakobau.

Bau Chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau has been hailed as a voice of reason in embattled SODELPA.

The heir to the Vunivalu title, paramount chief of the Kubuna Confederacy, has emerged as a new political power broker and adviser.

He stepped up big time on Saturday when he extended the olive branch and invited a stubborn caretaker party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to attend the Management Board meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The meeting was set to start without Mr Rabuka who was  sitting outside in protest against the refusal to let four suspended MPs attend the meeting.

Ratu Epenisa asked the chair to hold on so he could go outside and invite Mr Rabuka who was the only one from the conservative right wing who could attend.

Although Mr Rabuka did not budge, Ratu Epenisa was civil about the meeting.

He has stressed that the moderates should not close the door to the right wingers.

He has also made it clear SODELPA should have inclusive policies. While it advocates for indigenous interests, he stresses that SODELPA stands for all races.

Yesterday his name was mentioned in prayers before he and a team went to meet Mohammed Saneem, the Registrar of Political Parties, and presented documents that would allow for the suspension to be lifted.

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