Friday, May 23, 2014
|President of new party: Jagath Karunaratne.|
fronted by Jagath Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan accused of writing anti-Bainimarama graffiti on billboards.
Karunratne’s sedition charges are still going through the courts so he is able to be a party official in his newly formed Fiji United Freedom Party (FUFP).
FUPF presented six thousand signatures this morning and has paid the $5,005 registration fees: the Supervisor of Elections now has 28 days to decide on the application.
Karunaratne’s co-officials are vice-presidents Viliame Tamanaivalu Ratu Emosi Verebasaga, Pranita Krishnan as general, secretary and Peni Waqavonovono as treasurer.
Karunaratne has told Fiji Village the party’s main focus is providing a platform for youth.
More complicated is the drama over the allegations circling the Fiji Labour Party assistant general secretary, Kini Marawai.
Marawai has been accused of ‘multiple sex offences’ on primary school students and of serving time for the offences – FLP has also been accused of protecting him.
The allegations were detailed in an email and publicised on Facebook.
Marawai has responded to his accuser, Yash Maharaj, by denying the allegations and referring Maharaj to ‘a contemporary’ of his – Fiji Sun managing editor, Maika Bolatiki, citing the case Bolatiki v State (1997) FJHC 124; HAA0035D.1997S 3 September 1997 (see link below)
“Your concern as a Fiji citizen is acknowledged.
Yes, I was a secondary school teacher (not primary a primary school one as you seem to suggest) before I went for further degree studies in Southampton and London, England.
I believe your allegations against me of sex offence(s) may have been misplaced or a case of mistaken identity or, may be, just plain fishing expedition.
I am not a sex offender previously or ever. I am a very vocal a
nd strong advocate of women’s right. A few articles of mine in the press and/or media, will attest to that.
Perhaps, it may help you if you ask a contemporary of mine who was a teacher during my time as a teacher. He is former primary school teacher, MAIKA BOLATIKI, the current chief political reporter of the Fiji Sun. Why don’t you ask him? He may know better.
Attached here is a piece of case law that may assist you.
Link cited by FLP official Kini Marawai:
Fiji One News has meanwhile reported that First Party’s 40- thousand signatures may have ‘broken a record of sorts’ with the Fiji Sun producing 508 pages today – 476 of which carry the names and signatures of supporters.
The TV network says the paper’s production department had to work double shifts to get the paper out.