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Bid to re­move Lynda Tabuya as Op­po­si­tion Whip?

There are plans within the So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) to ap­point Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Mos­ese Buli­tavu as Op­po­si­tion Whip and to have MP Salote Radro­dro as his deputy.

Those who watched the last Par­lia­ment sit­ting would have noted the chaos SODELPA side were in re­gard­ing who would be speak­ing on which mo­tion and on their re­sponses. Now, the SODELPA Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus seems to put the blame of their poor per­for­mance squarely on Op­po­si­tion Whip Lynda Tabuya.

MPs cri­tise Lynda Tabuya

Dur­ing the week-long ses­sion, more SODELPA MPs were heard openly crit­i­cis­ing Ms Tabuya. 17 out of 21 SODELPA MPs had al­ready tabled a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the re­moval of Ms Tabuya as Op­po­si­tion Whip, but she was not re­moved only be­cause care­taker leader Si­tiveni Rabuka backed her. Now, the Par­lia­men­tary cau­cus is de­ter­mined that come Novem­ber, they want the changes done. Ms Tabuya’s ‘term’ as Op­po­si­tion Whip ex­pires in Novem­ber and this is when Mr Buli­tavu is ex­pected to be ap­pointed as Op­po­si­tion Whip and Ms Radro­dro as his deputy. And, the SODELPA Par­lia­men­tary cau­cus has al­ready taken steps to es­tab­lish their on­line pres­ence, away from the var­i­ous SODELPA

Face­book pages which ex­ist on Face­book. A page which was cre­ated on May 13, 2016 on Face­book, which was ini­tially named So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party Fiji was re­named on Au­gust 4, 2020 to Sodelpa Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus.

Di­vi­sion still vis­i­ble

While this page pur­ports to be for all 21 SODELPA MPs, the only ones who are fea­tured on the page are those MPs who are part of the Ksha­triya Hall fac­tion. There are no men­tions of those who have sup­ported Ro Tei­mumu Kepa or those who are sup­port­ing the Hol­i­day Inn fac­tion.

Since Au­gust 4, the only MPs who were fea­tured were: Salote Radro­dro’s state­ment de­liv­ered in Par­lia­ment, and three other up­dates shared from her per­sonal page. Also shared were com­ments of MP Inosi Kuridrani, Ro Filipe Tui­sawau, Dr Ato­nio Lal­a­bal­avu, Ratu Naiqama Lal­a­bal­avu, Ratu Su­liano Matan­i­to­bua, Adi Li­tia Qion­i­bar­avi and Mos­ese Buli­tavu. Prior to the re­nam­ing of the page, the con­tent was largely pro­mot­ing the Ksha­triya Hall fac­tion.

Op­po­si­tion Whip Lynda Tabuya. Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

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