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Karunaratne calls out Rabuka claims

He said politicians should be truthful, consistent and honest with their words as it is not a fight to win people or power, but is about giving people the power.
15 Dec 2020 14:13
Karunaratne calls out Rabuka claims
Freedom Alliance Party leader, Jagath Karunaratne.

Freedom Alliance Party leader, Jagath Karunaratne, is calling Sitiveni Rabuka a liar.

This is after Mr Rabuka publicly claimed that other parties had refused his idea to form a coalition in the lead up to the 2018 election.

Mr Rabuka reached out to supporters yesterday through social media and gather feedback on whether voters had voted for him personally or for SODELPA as a party.

He said in his social media post that he decided to form a new party because he needed a new team to share his expertise and experience to bring Fiji back on track.

Mr Rabuka believes that other parties have not been able to work with him, adding that he had asked them in 2018 and they said no.

“He’s lying. He approached us, we discussed it and it was him who agreed with the whole paper,” Mr Karunaratne said.

“It’s pathetic to say something like that now that we didn’t agree. He has an agenda right now and he is trying to come up with statements. I don’t have an issue with that but don’t do it on false premise.”

Mr Karunaratne said in 2017, he had coordinated discussions and meetings with leaders of the Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party, SODELPA and Unity Fiji and the final coalition papers under one banner and party name was presented at a meeting at the SODELPA HQ in June of 2017.

He said at the conclusion of the meeting, Mr Rabuka’s words were to the effect that “this is the proposal I shall take to the management board on the June 28, 2017 and if they do not agree, I will tell them to find another leader. In any case, as soon as the meeting is over, I will let you leaders know the outcome”.

“However, after the SODELPA board meeting on or around June 28, 2017, the SODELPA leader then did not even have the courtesy to inform the other leaders of the outcome, instead went to media saying “SODELPA” is standing alone and to our surprise we all got the news only from the media,” Mr Karunaratne said.

“Therefore, the statement, “I asked them and they all said no” is false.”

He said politicians should be truthful, consistent and honest with their words as it is not a fight to win people or power, but is about giving people the power.

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