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5 Questions With Tabuya: Claims Party Has No Money

What money? The party has no money!  I have contributed my fair share to the party so I do not know where this is coming from!
16 Apr 2021 10:00
5 Questions With Tabuya: Claims Party Has No Money
SODELPA MP and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya on April 15, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

SODELPA has no money, says SODELPA MP and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya.

Ms Tabuya was responding to claims that she chose not to leave SODELPA because of money she was getting as a Member of Parliament under SODELPA.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun yesterday, Ms Tabuya also responded to claims by SODELPA general secretary Lenaitasi Duru who had said she was only trying to ruin the party’s image.

“Stop trying to shift the blame, its lies fairly and squarely with the party executive.  Just do your job, general secretary,” Ms Tabuya said.

Excerpts of her interview with the Fiji Sun are as follows:

 

  1. SODELPA general secretary Lenaitasi Duru in his response had said that terminating yourself from the party was not necessary as you were welcome to leave if you wanted to. What are your comments on this?

I was only alluding to being kicked out because he had publicly warned me of facing discipline and formally put me on notice in his statement on the official SODELPA Facebook page.

The worst case scenario of any disciplinary proceedings would be expulsion as provided for in the constitution.  I’m not going anywhere until I’ve tried my best to hold the party executive accountable.

 

  1. With what Mr Duru had mentioned above, would you take a principled stand and leave SODELPA?

The only principle I’m standing up for is representative democracy, vital to any organisation that purports to be the voice of the people.  Without it, not even good governance matters.

They can keep harping on about compliance to the constitution, but if our people are not aptly represented in the decision-making body which is the management board, it’s disingenuous and paying lip service only.

 

  1. If you are ever to leave SODELPA, have you considered which party you would join?

At this stage I’m not even considering leaving.  I’m focused on holding my party executive accountable. On being able to express my free speech as a member of the management board being the president of the largest constituency in the country, Nasinu. Standing up for the little guys who represent huge provinces of Kadavu, Bua and Lomaiviti who, in my opinion, are being bullied and excluded from our management board meetings to achieve their unrighteous purpose of manipulating the votes in the management board when decisions are being made.

By excluding Kadavu, Bua and Lomaiviti, it guarantees them their majority vote in the management board, and that is bad governance, intentional and deceitful, and vote rigging, hidden under the guise of compliance with the constitution.

If they want to lead and bring their motions to the people’s forum, do it fairly and freely.  You can’t demand free and fair elections in 2022 when your own leadership is rigging the votes in the management board this way.

It was their job to conduct AGMs, and they have purposely failed to do it so in the last five months, in the last three management board meetings, so that they can have an excuse to exclude our valuable members.

It is intentional and it is an affront to good governance and representative democracy within the party.  I will say it again, the people don’t need SODELPA, SODELPA needs the people!

 

  1. Mr Duru has also said that you were trying to ruin the party’s image. Is this your intention?

The party executive does not own the party, the party belongs to its supporters, and the party executive have done a great job already in ruining the party image and losing supporters for some time now. Stop trying to shift the blame, it lies fairly and squarely with the executive.  Just do your job, General Secretary!

 

  1. There is word that you are remaining with SODELPA because of money. Is this true?

What money? The party has no money!  I have contributed my fair share to the party so I do not know where this is coming from!

Feedbackinoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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