Split advocacy group
Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada
From an iTaukei perspective, irrespective of our political differences, what happened to the Leader of the Opposition and Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi in Los Angeles is unacceptable. Even though Honourable Niko Nawaikula has accepted to take the blame as second in command of the advocacy group responsible, no high ranking iTaukei chief should be treated like this.
It just paints a bad picture on us iTaukei Fijians, known to be friendly, loving, hospitable, respectful and would go the second mile for one who is in need. On a serious note, we have heard that SODELPA intends to win the next General Election and it would be good to know what they will achieve through this split advocacy groups in the United States.
We are told that the Fiji Native Tribal Congress (FNTC) and the Fiji Indigenous People’s Foundation (FIPF) are fighting on two different fronts for the same cause at the United Nations agencies and forums. Would the above move to resolve all the issues they are presenting and if resolved, would it be grounds to alter the will of the people in Fiji and change what is already accepted by the majority in the Fiji Constitution? SODELPA has already tried bringing up the GCC issue in Parliament, so why can’t they present in Parliament all the issues they want the United Nations to resolve? We all know what happens when a house is divided.