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I take full responsibility for my choice to remain politically active within PDP.

Lynda remains positive

March 11, 2014 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by:

USP Political participation policy disallows staff from holding  positions

Lynda Tabuya. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former University of the South Pacific law lecturer, Lynda Tabuya claims her employment was terminated by USP last week because of her participation in the People’s Democratic Party’s political activities. Ms Tabuya is PDP’s Suva branch secretary. She was elected in August last year. “I did inform USP about my election last year and they were fine with it,” she said. Last month USP staff members were notified about its political participation policy. The policy clarified that staff were not allowed to hold official positions in any political party whether it be local or national. Those who continued in their political pursuits would be terminated from USP.  Ms Tabuya chose not to give up her position with PDP. “I take full responsibility for my choice to remain politically active within PDP. The fact is – I was given that ultimatum, resign as secretary or your employment will be terminated.” The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, said no one was forced to resign. “That’s the choice they made,” she said. When asked about Ms Tabuya she said: “For Lynda it was her choice.” Despite this, Ms Tabuya is determined to make a difference.  She said her termination from USP pales in comparison to what she views is the mammoth task of contesting the elections. “I’m passionate about bringing real change to the poor and disadvantaged, especially those who have no security of tenure when it comes to land. Many people live on native land and pay lease moneys but they can be evicted anytime at the will of the landowners. There needs to be a complete overhaul of the current land laws that gives back the determination of land use to landowners who work mutually with tenants to ensure efficient use of native land and security of tenure to occupants.” She said too often settlers who had occupied land for generations were removed at will without proper compensation or resettlement plans. “With security of tenure comes a sense of identity, a belonging, a home. Many displaced communities exist in our squatter settlements and native land settlements that have no security whatsoever. This needs to change.” Ms Tabuya said this could only come with proper land innovation systems that a responsible government would implement to see the efficient use of native land and security for occupants in a mutually beneficial environment. “There is not one non iTaukei person I know that wants to remove the rights of iTaukei to own the land. They just want security of tenure – to be able to use the land with fair compensation and build a home that is secure for generations.” For Ms Tabuya the security of tenure issue was something she held close to her heart. She grew up in the Wakanisila settlement, Kalabu. “I am grateful for the goodwill and kindness of the chiefs of Kalabu who continue to honour agreements made by our forefathers to give settlers a home. Many other settlers are not so fortunate.  I believe there can be a way to provide land security to those in such predicaments to ensure a sense of belonging and identity.  This is important to ensure equality before the law and equal access to opportunity and human dignity.”

 

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12 thoughts on “I take full responsibility for my choice to remain politically active within PDP.

  1. I can tell a genuine mind from another. I had lost hope that Fiji has depleted away in its effort to produce better leaders. This is a ‘good’ omen. Hope she doesnt end up on the corrupt side of the political world. you could have my vote.

  2. Boy she sure has strong principles and practises what she preaches. She has my admiration for her stance and sacrifice and I wish her well in her political pursuit. I like her statement of her trying to make a difference. Go for it Lynda.

  3. Why can’t Rajesh Chandra resign who has being a pro regime supporter. He has openly supported the illegal government and seen around with them regularly. Madam I will vote for you. We need educated people like you.

  4. did
    didn’t this woman con investors in US with her husband and escaped us authorities to Fiji?
    can someone investigate….
    we don’t want more cons as they are already too many in politics

  5. Student in Fiji have no power. They should learn how students in other countries bring down a government.

  6. The person who should be terminated is Dean Akanisi Kedrayate.
    Her faculty is the worst-run at USP.
    She is totally ineffective.
    People like Lynda are the hope of the future.
    Not unprincipled academics like Akanisi who can’t support their own staff.

  7. USP VC Rajesh Chandra boasts that USP degrees are equivalent to Australian ones. In reality, most USP graduates are of a pretty low standard, and can’t string together a sentence. Kedrayate is dean of FALE which churns out substandard graduates from USP’s school of education and the school of law school. They are not fit to practice. This has been the case for years, with no improvement in sight. Low standard education graduates from USP explains why school standards have declined overs the years. poorly trained teachers churned out by USP make for poor school students. These students pass through the education system. When they reach university they lack basic writing skills. The result is manifested in the poor standards of graduates USP churns out. It’s a vicious cycle that affects national productivity. USP carries the large share of the responsibility. USP VC Rajesh Chandra should get off this arse and give the school of education a big shake up. ​

  8. Academics like Dr Akanisi Kedrayate are a disgrace to academia as are Prof Rajesh Chandra and Esther Williams.

  9. This lecturer’s students should protest her forced removal and other students should join the protest in solidarity and university staff who believe in academic freedom should join the protest and get hold of the VC Rajesh Chandra and take him for a dip in the USP swimming pool – Hindu style : dabe tucake in the water!

  10. It should not surprise anyone that USP now produces “low standard” graduates. Critical thinking must be an indispensable component of higher education. How can USP promote critical thinking when its VC and other top dogs at USP are regime stooge? They do not question the status quo and they clearly don’t want the students to question the status quo. What kind of shit education is USP promoting then?

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