Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says his political party will not go into coalition with any other party after this year’s general elections.
He is aiming for a clean sweep in the 50-seat parliament.
Mr Bainimarama said winning all the 50 seats would make things easy for his party to deliver much-needed service to the people.
“We know that when we have opposition in Parliament, they will always go against any positive move made by the Government,” he said.
He said that his party would have a totally different manifesto.
He said this UFDF coalition just wanted to remove him from leadership and also the reforms that his Government had put in place.
This, he said, would be very difficult, especially when the Constitution clearly stipulated that any change in legislation would require three-quarters of votes in parliament and also the support of three quarters of the people after a referendum.
Ro Teimumu Kepa, SODELPA’s leader, in her maiden speech said: “We look forward to taking him on in a free and fair election and subjecting him to a resounding defeat.”
The PM welcomed this comment and said it had made him more determined to contest the elections.
He described this coaltion as a marriage of convenience.
“This marriage of convenience and without any principle by the NFP leader and his officials is a direct affront to the founders of NFP (AD Patel, Siddiq Koya and James Madhavan) who always pushed for a common roll, fought for the rights of all Fijians under the notion of common and equal citizenry and the principle of ‘one person, one vote, one value’. They have lost their way.
“Of course the leader of the Labour Party, who is well known for his chameleon behaviour simply to stay in power at all costs, is in bed with the very people he accused of being racist and corrupt only a few years ago,” Mr Bainimarama said.
He said his party would be formed soon and work had already started on the registration of names for the registration of the party.
PM cautions landowners
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Apisalome Coka
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is warning landowners to guard themselves against the lies told by SODELPA in regards to traditional land issues.
Bainimarama made the statement on a Radio Talk Back Show on Radio Fiji One yesterday
Apisalome Coka reports.
The statement made by the Social Democratic Party of its intention to give more land lease money to chiefs and less to commoners has been labelled as a dirty tactic by the Prime Minister.
This is issue is just about trying to bring in our chiefs to support their political parties and bringing in church ministers to support their political party, but i want to let SODELPA know, they have just missed the bus, the church has confirmed to the people, they will never be involved in politics again, i don’t think any church minister will fall for them this time around.
Bainimarama says SODELPA wants to review the distribution of money and gives chiefs more as was the practice before.
Money does not make anyone a chief, Chiefs look after their people, that is why they become chiefs, butSODELPA has revealed they do not want equal distribution, they want lease money paid to the poor to return to the chiefs, to them it makes them a chief.
He says SODELPA with the support of the Fiji Labor Party and the National Federation party now wants landowners to be involved in the running of the board
SODELPA wants landowners to run the iTLTB board, people should be very careful on this move, my government as we all know have stopped the purchase of Native land and that has become a law, because theSDL government brought Native Land and made it freehold land, landowners be careful you might lose your land again if they come in and change what has been implemented
Bainimarama says SODELPA, FLP, and NFP are talking about the iTLTB because they want to get their hands on the millions of dollars that iTLTB has saved up under his leadership.
Fijileaks understands SODELPA had to pay $1,500 to Fiji Sun for Kepa speech to be published in full in the paper; how much did
Bainimarama or his supporters pay for his two statements?
No word from Fiji on promised Electoral Decree
Updated at 5:27 pm on 10 March 2014
Despite promises its electoral decree would be finalised by Friday last week, there has been no word on the matter from the Fiji Government.
On Tuesday last week, the Government said it would be completed by the end of the week.
The Fiji regime has been under criticism for not releasing the decree earlier, as it contains the rules for campaigning leading up to the election, promised by the end of September.
The decree was originally due by the end of February, but the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that delay was due to the adverse weather conditions.
He says the decree addresses many practical election issues, but as yet there is no word on when it will be published.
South African police commissioner tipped for Fiji
Updated at 7:15 am today
Reports from Fiji say its new police commissioner is to be a South African.
FBC News reports the prime minister Frank Bainimarama revealed this during a talk back show yesterday.
He says the candidate is still holding discussions with members of the Interview panel.
Mr Bainimarama says he has returned to discuss the appointment with his family and when he is ready he will inform them on taking up the post.
The broadcaster reports the candidate served as the South African Police Commissioner under the late former president Nelson Mandela
Party engages with youths
Nasik Swami Monday, March 10, 2014
THE newly-established national youth council of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) is conducting a survey to get the views of youths about voting in the general election this September.
Council interim president Peter Waqavonovono said the feedback from the survey would be used to formulate the youth manifesto that would be fed into the party’s main manifesto.
“The SODELPA youth wing has been given the green light to work on a youth manifesto that will feed into the main manifesto,” he said.
“As we prepare for general election come September, we are aware that many young people want to be engaged and affect party politics.”
Mr Waqavonovono said many young people had started engaging with the party.
“We are working to effectively gather more views that will be formulated into our youth manifesto. We have promised the party’s general secretary that by the end of March, a completed youth manifesto will be delivered to his desk.
“We have engaged volunteers throughout Fiji, who will distribute and collect points, issues and solutions that can be incorporated into youth manifesto.”
He said the questionnaire for the youth survey was designed after careful consideration and discussions with young SODELPA members.
“It contains serious questions that we need your views on. There are also spaces where you can elaborate or bring up issues that you deem relevant.”
Manual a waste of time, says UFDF
Torika Tokalau Monday, March 10, 2014
THE United Front for a Democratic Fiji (UFDF) believes a manual for would-be parliamentarians seeking to contest the 2014 election is a waste of time.
UFDF released a statement yesterday in response to the announcement by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that he had secured a deal to sponsor the publication of a manual which includes basic things like how an MP behaves when the speaker enters parliament and rules on chewing gum.
UFDF said the manual Mr Sayed-Khaiyum wanted to publish was just a duplication of the already existing and well-established 57-page parliamentary The Standing Orders fourth edition which was reproduced in May 2006 ahead of the commencement of the new parliament.
“The existing The Standing Orders is issued to every MP and an induction course is undertaken for every new MP entering parliament for the first time,” the statement stated.
“Distributing such a document to 200 or 300 aspiring candidates when only 50 will succeed is also foolhardy and expensive and is unnecessary because those who fail to secure seats will have no further use or interest for the document for at least the term of parliament.
“And those interested in parliamentary processes can just as easily visit the house, sit in the public gallery and listen to the debates and find out how things work for themselves and most MPs invite on an ongoing basis members of their electorate to come to parliament during sittings and debates.”
The statement stated the decision about whether or not to replace the existing Standing Orders of parliament with a Sayed-Khaiyum-authored version was surely a matter for the independent Electoral Commission to make.
“But given that the Electoral Act, appointment of the Supervisor of Elections and other key pre-election requirements are well past their due by date, such a publication would only be a distraction and well down on the list of priorities as the Standing Orders already exists.
“This matter should be left to the new ‘elected’ members of the 2014 parliament whose role it is to ‘create’ laws on behalf of and for the benefit of the people to consider and act on as they see fit.”