Meet­ing probe

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Aben­dra Ram Ta­hal, Cal­i­for­nia, USA

The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice should hold full and thor­ough probe into the re­cent meet­ing held by the SODELPA Leader, Si­tiveni Rabuka, in Imanueli Methodist Church in Nadera. Si­tiveni held the meet­ing as the SODELPA party leader’s ca­pac­ity yet he claims the meet­ing was in re­gard to thanks­giv­ing ser­vices.

Si­tiveni, be­ing the leader of a po­lit­i­cal party, should very well know that all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing Fi­jiFirst, SODELPA, NFP, Labour, etc are pro­hib­ited from con­duct­ing any kind of meet­ings in the name of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in any re­li­gious places like churches, mosque and tem­ples under the law.

The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice should in­ves­ti­gate if any laws were bro­ken and more so if the SODELPA party’s name was men­tioned in the meet­ing then the vi­o­la­tion was al­ready com­mit­ted and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion should be taken against Si­tiveni and the party. Also the au­thor­i­ties should check if Si­tiveni had the proper per­mit to hold the meet­ing. Like any demo­cratic na­tion state and reli­gion are to­tally in­de­pen­dent and hence Si­tiveni should be dis­missed by the elec­toral com­mis­sion as he still claims that he is Methodist Church lay preacher. Our Prime Min­is­ter, Mr Bain­i­marama is try­ing his best to elim­i­nate the racial and dis­crim­i­na­tory poli­cies of the past gov­ern­ments.

The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice should also in­ter­view and in­ves­ti­gate SODELPA se­nior mem­bers and op­po­si­tion MPs Aseri Radro­dro, Salote Radro­dro, Ratu Sela Nanovo and Mikaele Leawere who at­tended the meet­ing. The pres­i­dent of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Rev­erend Te­vita Bani­vanua, is wrong in say­ing that lay preach­ers were al­lowed to be in­volved in pol­i­tics.

Aben­dra Ta­hal with Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama in USA re­cently.

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