PM and 3FIR plant man­groves at Nas­ese fore­shore

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama joined the Third Bat­tal­ion Fi­jian In­fantry Reg­i­ment (3FIR) of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) in a man­grove plant­ing ac­tiv­ity at the Nas­ese Fore­shore in Suva on June 20, 2020.

This was part of In­fantry Week cel­e­bra­tions, which will con­clude on June 23 at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks in Nabua.

Ei­ther Emele Duitu­turaga or Mick Bed­does for gen­eral sec­re­tary of sus­pended SODELPA.

That’s if they ap­ply for the po­si­tion. Ms Duitu­turaga, some mem­bers say, has been do­ing the work since the sus­pended party split into two fac­tions. Those close to her say she has the in­ter­est of the party at heart. Her lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in civil so­ci­ety roles equips her for the fu­ture chal­lenges of the sus­pended party.

She is the wife of Anare Jale, one of the sus­pended SODELPA MPs. Would this af­fect her fi­nal stand­ing be­cause of her re­la­tion­ship with a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Would it af­fect her neu­tral­ity and the way she con­ducts her­self ? Some say the re­la­tion­ship should not be an is­sue or an ob­sta­cle, As long as she is com­pe­tent to do the job, she is a can­di­date for the post.

Her stead­fast­ness in the face of strong chal­lenge from for­mer post holder Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi has earned her stripes to take on the cru­cial job two years be­fore the next gen­eral elec­tion.

The only per­son who will stand in the way is Mr Bed­does if he sub­mits an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est. Mr Bed­does has an ad­van­tage. He has had ex­pe­ri­ence in the party as the chief ad­min­is­tra­tor in the Op­po­si­tion Of­fice when Ro Tei­mumu Kepa was party leader and Op­po­si­tion leader. He was an ad­vi­sor and close con­fi­dante of Ro Tei­mumu. So it will be busi­ness as usual if he re­turns.

The peo­ple who were re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing his time in the sus­pended party chal­leng­ing and frus­trat­ing are no longer in con­trol.

Mr Bed­does en­hances the mul­tira­cial mix in the party. If he comes in he will be a great as­set be­cause of his wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new gen­eral sec­re­tary’s num­ber one pri­or­ity is to set in mo­tion com­pli­ance of gov­er­nance is­sues to avoid the pit­falls that the sus­pended party ran into. He or she will be con­tracted, paid a salary un­der­stood to be $50,000 a year and sub­jected to the same con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions un­der the Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions Act. The next big item is pre­par­ing the sus­pended party for the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in ei­ther Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

Photo: Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter

For­mer key ad­min­is­tra­tor in the now sus­pended SODELPA Mick Bed­does.

Sus­pended SODELPA party mem­ber Emele Duitu­turaga.

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