We believes in youths: SODELPA
February 20, 2014 09:04:46 AM
Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party believes that youths of Fiji today are better resourced than their parents were at their age to make responsible decisions on matters of national interest.
Party’s general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said they do not doubt that youths of today may in one way or the other felt the consequences of the past coups that they would have gained maturity to make decisions on crucial issues affecting their present and future.
“SODELPA does not doubt the capacity of our youths to engage in discussions with respect to their interests and needs, leading up to the national elections in September,” Tabaiwalu said.
“The party appreciates that though our younger voters will have barely remembered the political upheavals of 1987 and 2000, they would have felt the impact of those events one way or the other.”
Tabaiwalu said many families directly suffered following the two upheavals.
“As a direct result of the coups, some families lost their homes and others experienced unemployment, whilst a lot of families were separated and a lot of professionals fled Fiji.
“These are the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties of the nations’ youths. The greatest upheavals in recent Fijian history will certainly through their shared experience with their parents and close relatives become a part of the lived experience of a great many young Fijians.”
You cannot separate the past from the present “our past is part of our lived experience, Tabaiwalu said.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari