MPs con­demn Buli­tavu

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Com­piled by Selita Bolanavanu­a Pho­tos by Ron­ald Ku­mar

Fol­low­ing the strong state­ments by the Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama against Op­po­si­tion MP Mos­ese Buli­tavu, Gov­ern­ment MPs also joined in the cho­rus to sup­port the mo­tion. Here are some no­table com­ments:

Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Mere­seini Vu­ni­waqa said:

The state­ment points to a men­tal­ity which ap­pears to ac­cept that it is ok for a man to beat or even kill a woman, es­pe­cially if she is hav­ing an af­fair; a men­tal­ity which ap­pears to ac­cept that when men beat up their spouses, it is not a crime, as a tra­di­tional apol­ogy will cure it; a men­tal­ity which ap­pears to pro­mote the non-prose­cu­tion of the hideous crime of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions,Youth and Sports Parveen Bala said:

Fi­jian lead­ers de­serve much bet­ter lead­ers than Buli­tavu. The state­ment ex­presses hor­ri­ble sen­ti­ments of racist views. The state­ment as such de­serves no less than strictest con­dem­na­tion and cen­sure from all Fi­jians.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Rosy Ak­bar said as lead­ers:

We need to lead with in­tegrity, com­pas­sion and with com­mit­ment to all of the peo­ple we serve. If we are not able to do this, we should not be rep­re­sent­ing Fiji at all.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for iTaukei Af­fairs Se­lai Adi­maitoga said:

When he said on so­cial me­dia that stab­bing of women was com­mon in de­scen­dants of in­den­tured labour­ers be­cause they had ex­tra mar­i­tal af­fairs, I was ashamed that some­one who sits in this House with me would make such com­ments.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Veena Bhat­na­gar said:

Women are not ob­jects, they are source of life. Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Pary leader and Op­pos­tion MP Bi­man Prasad sup­ported the mo­tion to con­demn Mr Buli­tavu’s state­ment.

This is shame­ful. Leader of Op­po­si­tion Si­tiveni Rabuka said:

SODELPA stands for the rule of the law. There­fore Mr Speaker Sir, I will be the only speaker from our Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus on this mo­tion and we will be vot­ing against the Mo­tion on th­ese grounds

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