SODELPA replies to claims by former youth president
The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has replied to claims made by former party youth leader, Pita Waqavonovono. On its Facebook page, SODELPA Fiji, the party said: “The Party considers the statements by Pita Waqavonovono following his resignation from the Party as regrettable, and issues this clarification. “Pita was reminded of the need for the Youth AGM to be held before the Party AGM earlier this year by the then interim party general secretary. However, Pita insisted that the Youth AGM to be a closed meeting only, and not public, as annual general meetings usually are. Pita insisted that the SODELPA Youth Forum AGM should be open only to already registered youth forum members, which is contrary to the party’s constitution and contrary to the party’s ideals and advocacy for democracy, transparency and good governance. Despite numerous requests for a discussion on the youth forum AGM, Pita refused to meet with the general secretary” It went on to state that from February/March 2016, Mr Waqavonovono purported to be the president of the SODELPA youth forum in communications with the Party general secretary. “However he had resigned as president of the youth president forum on 28th January, 2016. The general secretary was advised of this resignation on June 15th, 2016.” Setareki Loco and Talei Karavaki were representing the youth forum in the management board from October, 2015 and in the first half of 2016. On June 24, on the day of the SODELPA annual general meeting Mr Waqavonovono posted on his Facebook account: “I decided to resign from SODELPA 2 days ago. Majority of the reasoning, is to do with leadership styles and the exercise of duties, including attempts to block SODELPA youth representatives from sitting on the management board or even hosting a youth AGM. “This was all done in order to usher in SITIVENI RABUKA as the new Party Leader. Preventing young people from participating, so you can force the election of a Dictator is disgusting and that’s the kind of thing I did not sign up for!” Questions were sent to Mr Waqavonovono yesterday, but remained unanswered when this edition went to press.