Leader of Op­po­si­tion

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Ame­natave Ya­con­isau, De­lainavesi

The SODELPA ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment board has made its de­ci­sion to select Si­tiveni Rabuka to lead the op­po­si­tion party on the ba­sis of their be­lief that this per­son will bring back vot­ers and hope. Whether that can be sub­stan­ti­ated; as a su­pe­rior po­lit­i­cal strat­egy for na­tional in­ter­est I don’t know. Whether it will bring party loy­al­ties or it is some­thing un­wise is some­thing else.

It’s ob­vi­ous that civil­ian con­trol in the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment board is dom­i­nant and the in­volve­ment of the vanua will only com­pli­cate the strain and ten­sion in re­la­tion­ship with fur­ther po­ten­tial for di­vi­sion. Let us be frank, that vot­ers are get­ting im­pa­tient with SODELPA with its di­vi­sive politics and if they don’t mea­sure up it will be the be­gin­ning of the end.

It’s also dis­cour­ag­ing that peo­ple have writ­ten to this good news­pa­per with their usual drip of crit­i­cism full of wicked­ness and ig­no­rance with an op­por­tu­nity to de­base peo­ple from the past how­ever di­vi­sive it may have been.

It’s def­i­nitely the po­lit­i­cal rights of the peo­ple to choose their can­di­dates and in­deed their party leader not any Tom, Dick or Harry who speak from be­hind the fa­cade of free­dom of the press and the­atri­cal politics of dog whistling. I wish the SODELPA man­age­ment all that is best with such ap­point­ment.

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