War Of Words Erupts In Fiji Parliament

Prime Minister calls opposition MP a liar; withdraws comment after objection

By Arieta Vakasukawaqa

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Sept. 28, 2016) –  A war of words erupted in Parliament yesterday after a claim was made that National Federation Party leader, Biman Prasad was in jail at the opening of the current session.

Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka claimed that Mr Prasad was not at the Parliament session opening because he was in jail.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama fired interjections stating that Mr Gavoka was lying and that Mr Prasad was not in jail.

Opposition MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca raised a point of order saying the word ‘lie’ was prohibited from being used in Parliament.

He said that Mr Bainimarama should withdraw that statement.

Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni said that Parliament had made a ruling that the term lies should not be used in Parliament.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said “Madam Speaker he of course lied, he said he (Biman Prasad) was in jail, he was not in jail on that day so he lied, what’s wrong about that?”

Ratu Isoa responded ‘he continued to use the word lie in this august House’.

Dr Luveni said that Mr Bainimarama needed to withdraw the statement to follow the procedures of the House.

Mr Bainimarama responded ‘Thank you Madam, I made my point, I withdraw’.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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