July 30, 2014 08:36:48 AM
Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says indigenous people must not allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous people who have personal and other agendas in changing governance in Fiji.
Speaking to about 250 people of the Tikina Sawau at the Dakuibeqa Village hall in Beqa Island, Ro Teimumu encouraged eligible voters to vote for change.
“She emphasized the need to take their grievances’ and other dissatisfaction that may have with Fiji’s leadership and governance to the polls and change government using democratic processes,” SODELPA Media manager Sainiana Radrodro said.
Radrodro said there were concerns on the high price of fuel for their open punts used for travel to the major centres and to fish for their subsistence and commercial use, and other factors like the educational needs of their village school and the high cost of living.
Radrodro said that in addressing the people of the Tikina o Sawau in Beqa, Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa reminded all those gathered that their choices in the upcoming elections would determine their future and that of their future generations.
“Ro Teimumu responded to the queries of the people who shared their concerns on issues affecting them,” Radrodro said.
She said in sharing with the villagers the party manifesto, Ro Teimumu informed the people of what they could expect when SODELPA came into power after the September elections.
“She reminded the villages that the coups that have occurred in Fiji since 1987 have taken Fiji back in terms of race relations, economic, social and political stability.
“Ro Teimumu in the meantime, also shared that SODELPA was fortunate that the majority of its nominees selected had attended their village schools whilst growing up and had been able to be recipients of the Fijian Affairs scholarship enabling them to secure jobs and go on to head institutions in Fiji.
“She stated that as such, the SODELPA party had people who knew what struggle was all about especially rural dwellers and that they were able to identify with ordinary people’s daily struggles and needs.”
Ro Teimumu also commended the villagers, most of whom were youths and middle aged villagers for choosing to return to their villages and take up commercial and subsistence farming and fishing apart from other forms of income generating employment to support their families and villages.
She encouraged the villagers to continue to work hard and to ensure they took the serious responsibility of contributing effectively to Fiji’s national economy and development.
Those that were gathered were from the Tikina ko Sawau. These consists villagers and representatives of the five villages of Naiseuseu, Naceva, Dakuibeqa, Dakuni and Soliyaga village. They were led by the Turaga na Tui Sawau Ratu Timoci Matanitobua.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari
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