Politics

‘Too little, too late’ – Gavoka labels $100 unemployment assistance a ‘political freebie’

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka labelled Government’s $100 unemployment assistance to the people of Vanua Levu a “political freebie”. In a statement issued yesterday, he said the “$100 is too little, too late”....

Rabuka hits out at A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments labelled ‘preposterous’

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said it was “preposterous” for Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to make “insinuations and imputing improper motives” on candidates who wished to contest the upcoming election. He was responding to comments the A-G made at the Nadi Women’s Forum recently that “a lot of people want to come into government...

Usamate willing to contest election under FijiFirst party banner

Infrastructure Minister Jone Usamate is planning to contest the upcoming elections under the FijiFirst party banner. When asked by this newspaper if he would run again, he said, “I will apply”. “I will offer myself to my party as a candidate and it’ll be up to them to decide,” he said. Mr Usamate was first...

29th June

FEO ‘will conduct another round of registration’

The Fijian Elections Office will be conducting another round of voter registration overseas next month. This, according to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a news conference in Suva yesterday. “We will be doing another round of voter registration to the following countries- Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Canada,” he said. “We...

Saneem: One more round

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says nationwide voter registration may be extended because they are not aware of the election date. At a news conference in Suva yesterday, he said they would soon make the announcement. “We may be looking at a nationwide voter registration drive — details to be announced soon — and to...

‘Budget consultations nothing short of campaigning’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claims Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s budget consultations are nothing short of campaigning for the 2022 General Election. “Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is not consulting, you know. He doesn’t believe in consultation. This is all campaigning that he’s doing,” he said. “Mr Sayed-Khaiyum knows that we are in the campaign period. “Everybody...

28th June

Gavoka ‘luckiest political party leader’

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Viliame Gavoka says he is the luckiest among other political party leaders in Fiji because he has the backing of “three paramount chiefs”. He made this statement during the party’s annual general meeting in Sila Village, Nadroga last Saturday. Mr Gavoka said the Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui...

FLP on A-G’s comments – ‘What on earth does he mean’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry labelled comments made by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that Government will improve the working conditions of “teachers who aren’t politically motivated” as “absolutely silly”. “What on earth does he mean by ‘those who aren’t politically motivated’ and how does he intend to carry out this policy,” the former prime minister...

‘Shelved Qoliqoli Bill not associated with Rabuka’

The National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said the shelved Qoliqoli Bill was not associated with The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka but was introduced in Fiji by the late former prime minister Laisenia Qarase’s government. He made the comments at a meeting in Moto, Ba on Friday night, saying Mr Rabuka’s opponents...

A-G ‘missed the point’

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has no answer for the fact that Energy Fiji Ltd service was still sub-standard and 16 long years of his government’s rule has not improved it, claims The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya. She was responding to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s statement in reference to the difference of opinion shown by The...

27th June

Narube: Party ruled by ‘dictators’

There are hardly any disagreements within the FijiFirst party because it clearly indicates they are being ruled by “dictators”, says Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube. He was responding to Attorney-General and party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s statement that opposition political parties would start fighting for ministerial positions and who gets the most Facebook likes...

Talk about real issues facing people – Biman

Government politicians should be talking about real issues facing people and the nation, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He was responding to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s statement that opposition political parties would start fighting for ministerial positions and who gets the most Facebook likes if they got into government, in reference to the...

26th June

Financial situation ‘tragic’; Ratu claims SODELPA account has no money in it

ProvisionalSocial Democratic Liberal Party candidate Buli Ratu described as “tragic” the financial situation of the party and said members could “sell horses and cows” to fund it. The proposed Ba West 1 rep called for a united effort to raise funds as it headed towards the 2022 polls. He said this at the SODELPA annual...

Attack on leadership: What will they do in government – Sayed-Khaiyum

Disagreements within a number of opposition parties now show they “will start fighting for ministerial positions and who gets the most Facebook likes” if they get into government. FijiFirst party (FFP) general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this in reference to the difference of opinion shown by The People’s Alliance party (PA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka and...

25th June

SODELPA to sign coalition MoU with Unity Fiji Party in July

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Unity Fiji Party on July 4 (2022). Party leader Viliame Gavoka revealed this at the party’s annual general meeting held at Sila Village in Nadroga today. He said the Unity Fiji Party would be its only coalition partner. “What it means...

FijiFirst brushes off ‘two-man rule’ comment

FijiFirst party (FF) general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum brushed off comments by political party leaders of Government being under a “two-man rule” in reference to himself and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. “We don’t go and say ‘what’s happening in National Federation Party’ nor the internal matter of any other party,” he said at a news conference...

SODELPA women seek vanua’s approval for Ro Teimumu to contest 2022 election

The Soqosoqo Vakamarama within the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has sought the vanua of Rewa’s approval for the Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa to stand again under the SODELPA banner in the 2022 General Election. The association’s president, Miliakere Leawere, revealed this during the party’s 2022 annual general meeting (AGM) at...

Unity Fiji Party rep referred to FICAC

Unity Fiji party representative Ratu Jope Naucabalavu has been referred to the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) for a probable breach of the Electoral Act. In a statement, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) stated they had referred the case to FICAC after receiving a complaint from a member of the public highlighting a Facebook...

24th June

A-G: Political fundraising activities could be used for laundering

FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claimed recent fundraising events by The People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party overseas, among other things, could be used to “launder money”. He said this in a letter sent to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem on Wednesday. “We note that in such fundraising activities, there is the...

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