Fiji Opposition Leader Confirms Inter-Party Grievances

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Kepa says management board is following procedures

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Aug. 21, 2015) – Two grievances have been lodged with the management board of the Opposition, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa confirmed.

This includes the grievance from party member and member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and from members that co-signed his complaints with another from party principal administrative officer, Mick Beddoes.

It is understood the letter from Mr Bulitavu demanded Ro Teimumu stand down from her position was signed by Semesa Karavaki, Aseri Radrodro and Ratu Kiniviliame Kiliraki.

Ro Teimumu said they were obliged to follow disciplinary procedures.

"The matter is now with the management board and they are obliged to follow our disciplinary procedures as laid down in our party constitution and this is why we will not comment on the specifics involved, in order to allow the process to take its course," Ro Teimumu said.

Ro Teimumu requested party supporters and members to be patient and allow the management board to carry out its responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Mr Bulitavu said his decision to resign would be finalised today.

Ro Teimumu said Mr Bulitavu's threat to resign on Friday was a matter for him to decide.

It is also understood that there was increasing support for him to do so, as to allow Ratu Jone Kubuabola to come in.

"Under the current electoral system, any resignation by a member of Parliament does not result in a by-election. The vacant seat will simply go to the candidate in our party with the next highest number of votes. We have about 30 candidates on our list that can step in and fill any vacancies that arise from resignations.

"If Hon Bulitavu resigns, the Electoral Commission will initiate the process for his seat to go to the next person in line. This is Ratu Yavala Kubuabola, a highly-qualified former Minister of Finance," Ro Teimumu said.

Meanwhile, party general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said they would wait for party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu to sit with the board and decide who would be the independent arbiter to deal with the cases.

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