‘There were talks of split’

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka makes his way to the management board meeting at Stuido 6 in Suva yesterday. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

Talks for an official split from the Social Democratic Liberal Party of Fiji (SODELPA) had been initiated by certain party members after its suspension, claims general secretary Emele Duituturaga.

Ms Duituturaga said the idea was initiated during a critical time for the party, adding it however made members rethink reasons for the suspension. Commenting on a motion by the Rewa constituency for a review committee to draw points from the suspension, Ms Duituturaga said the findings would be a learning strategy for the party to prevent further troubles in future.

“The spirit of solidarity and unity in the party is well intact,” she said. “The review is not an investigation for further disciplinary actions.

We are trying to get down to where people are and get what they are talking about, because when people are talking about our internal problems we need to look at ourselves.”

In a second motion at the party’s management board meeting last Saturday, Ms Duituturaga revealed that the Suva constituency had moved that the position of general secretary not run for election.

“The motions will be looked at by the working committee and the committee will talk with the motion movers and bring back results to the next management meeting before they will be tabled at the November 28 annual general meeting,” she said.

Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the review committee would look into why the party was suspended as a learning step in future.

“It was a motion the management board has approved,” said Mr Rabuka

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