Roko Tupou’s Interest For FijiFirst Ticket

She was speaking on the margins of the Lau Provincial Council meeting, where she was pictured having a conversation with many FijiFirst Government MPs.
02 Jun 2022 15:32
Roko Tupou’s Interest For FijiFirst Ticket
From right: Roko Tupou Draunidalo with FijiFirst Government MPs, Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs Selai Adimaitoga, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate and Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Jale Sigarara during the Lau Provincial Council meeting at Studio 6 Apartments on June 1, 2022. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Roko Tupou Draunidalo, the former leader of the deregistered HOPE (Humanity Opportunity Prosperity Equality) party has revealed her interest to return to politics under the FijiFirst banner.

The former president of the National Federation Party, who resigned in 2017 to form her own party HOPE, has outlined why she wished to apply for the ticket.

The revelation comes after speculation in political circles that the lawyer was returning to politics.


Roko Tupou said the ideas and policies of the party matched her own and believed they   worked for the Fijian people.

She was speaking on the margins of the Lau Provincial Council meeting, where she was pictured having a conversation with many FijiFirst Government MPs.

“I am very much interested in policy work and so if I was to continue any role in politics, I had to choose to take my policy ideas and experience to the party I think was the most suitable,” she said.


“In an unstable environment, you can’t get much done, certainly not the serious, intensive work of policy formulation and implementation.

“On top of that stability, I like the big ideas of the FFP- equality; one person one vote, no ethnicity politics, education especially scholarships on merit and TELS, focus on agriculture, maintenance and improvements within the ministry of iTaukei Affairs and its various arms of service, upgrades in the ministry of Health and many more.

“We certainly have a lot of policy agreements.”

“That is the first job of any politician and political party, policy to set out what and how we can improve the lives of the majority Fijians,” she said.


“My primary goal in politics has always been about getting the policy settings right so that we can serve the Fijian people at a very high standard.”

She has attended two of the party meetings already.

“We believe that the FijiFirst adopted many policy ideas and recommendations from the HOPE party.”


“They include the pandemic in economics, law, foreign affairs, education, agriculture, environment, health, governance and military development/upskilling.”

Roko Tupou has given her deregistered party members the freedom to choose whichever party they prefer.


Meeting party members

“Whether I join FFP or not depends on FFP.”

“But I have attended two public gatherings officiated by the PM and although I have not met the Prime Minister personally, the members of the FFP including other members of cabinet and their spouses have been very warm and welcoming at those functions.”


“I wanted to say hello and thank the Minister for infrastructure Mr Usumate today at the Lau provincial council for the works going on in Navosa interior, especially the bridge near home but I didn’t get a chance to.”

“I’m sure there will be another time to do so.”

Roko Tupou said only time would tell if she makes the party selection.

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