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SODELPA leader Si­tiveni Rabuka has ad­mit­ted that he had an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair and fa­thered a son.

He said his son was al­most 18 years old and that he had been pay­ing for his main­te­nance since 2002.

“He is well and okay,” he said.

Mr Rabuka was re­spond­ing to a state­ment made in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day by At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum dur­ing the 2018-2019 Na­tional Bud­get de­bate.

Re­ply­ing to a state­ment by SODELPA MP Ro Kinivil­iame Kili­raki that the ab­sence of God from the 2013 Con­sti­tu­tion showed the Gov­ern­ment side was god­less, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum crit­i­cised the then SVT Gov­ern­ment.

He said mem­bers of SVT now SODELPA MPs who were min­is­ters then led by then Prime Min­is­ter Si­tiveni Rabuka were break­ing their mar­riage vows ev­ery night de­spite hav­ing a Con­sti­tu­tion in which God was

present. Mr SayedKhaiyum said all the shenani­gans were go­ing on de­spite God be­ing men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous Con­sti­tu­tions. He said the crime rate was high, night­clubs were ex­pected to be shut to ob­serve Sab­bath, but for night­club own­ers who could bribe Po­lice of­fi­cers their premises re­mained open and for­mer Gov­ern­ment MPs were openly seen in those night­clubs dur­ing hours when it was sup­posed to be closed for busi­ness.

When ques­tioned on how he had been deal­ing with talks about his past in Par­lia­ment, Mr Rabuka said he did not want to come down to that level be­cause he had moved on. “I thought they were much above that level be­cause I cred­ited them with a lot of ma­tu­rity, but…”

It is un­der­stood that he had sought for­give­ness from his fam­ily, the Vanua and the

Church. Mean­while, Mr Rabuka had to cut short his Vanua Levu tour af­ter he was again sum­moned by the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC). FICAC stated that it would not make any com­ment. Mr Rabuka re­turned to Suva yes­ter­day.

LEFT: SODELPA leader Si­tiveni Rabuka.

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