Ezekiel Sharma dreams of change

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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.

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