Ezekiel Sharma dreams of change
SODELPA provisional candidate Ezekiel Sharma believes it is time for a change in Government. Mr Sharma, of Wailevu in Labasa, is the latest SODELPA provisional candidate vying for a ticket to contest the 2018 General Election.
His name was announced by party leader Sitiveni Rabuka during the SODELPA annual general meeting at Namoli Village in Lautoka on June 30. He said he would be banking on voters from Labasa Town areas and Wailevu Village.
During a SODELPA meeting at the Wailevu Sikh Temple on Wednesday night, he said.
“A genuine democracy brings together the view and interests of all the people so that our future is decided collectively,” Mr Sharma said. “SODELPA represents what I believe in, that is a multiracial Fiji where we respect each other’s differences, where no one is above the law, and where if we want to lead, we must first serve.”
He said if SODELPA won the 2018 General Election, all Fijians should expect changes for the better. “SODELPA is wary of the imposition of so many fines, licences and rules,” Mr Sharma said.
“Most of those who turned up to the meeting aired their concerns and worries. These include their collective future, scholarships, jobs and minimum wage.
“The foundation of democracy is to hear each other’s views so that better solutions can be developed through dialogue and consultation.” Mr Sharma said agriculture was an issue that he held close to his heart. It is understood that Mr Sharma was a senior pastor of the Kings of Kings Church, a Pentecostal-based church, in Labasa. The 54-year-old is married with three children.