Bid to Ex­pel SODELPA MP

Radro­dro hits back on Ju­das claim over PAC con­tro­versy

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - NEMANI DELAIBATIKI SUVA Edited by Maraia Vula nemani.delaibatiki@fi­jisun.com.fj

Some SODELPA of­fi­cials are call­ing for the ex­pul­sion of MP Aseri Radro­dro from the party. The an­gry calls are in a heated ex­change of emails over the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee con­tro­versy.

One of­fi­cial de­scribed him as Ju­das, af­ter Ju­das Is­car­iot , one of 12 dis­ci­ples of Je­sus Christ. Ju­das betrayed Je­sus.

He wrote: “Can we af­ford to have Ju­dases amongst us if we se­ri­ously want to de­feat the Bain­i­marama Gov­ern­ment at the next elec­tion?” The flareup came af­ter for­mer PAC chair­man Bi­man Prasad had ques­tioned Mr Radro­dro whether he had com­plained to the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum about his per­for­mance. Mr Prasad re­signed from PAC af­ter he was voted out as chair­man. Mr Radro­dro is still a PAC mem­ber. He has de­clined to com­ment say­ing he will await the de­ci­sion of Op­po­si­tion leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa. Ro Tei­mumu is in the United States and could not be reached to com­ment. But in an email re­sponse to the SODELPA of­fi­cial’s email he said he had been forced to com­ment by the “Ju­das” state­ments. He said he was “quite fu­ri­ous in the way I was am­bushed by Bi­man in front of the me­dia.” He said he had “to bite my tongue and adopt a no com­ment stance in­stead of walk­ing out of the room.” He said Ro Tei­mumu had asked him to support Mr Prasad. Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi, SODELPA’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, said the par­lia­men­tary cau­cus would dis­cuss the is­sue first. She said the mat­ter would be re­ferred to the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee if there was a com­plaint. So far there was none. She said ev­ery­thing was hearsay at the mo­ment and ev­i­dence was needed. She ap­pealed to mem­bers to stop pub­licly dis­cussing the is­sue. If Mr Radro­dro is ex­pelled from the party, he would lose his par­lia­men­tary seat. Busi­ness­woman Mere Samisoni is next on the list if Mr Radro­dro goes.

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