Parliament

2 new Fiji First MPs join parliament

Veteran journalist Mataiasi Akauola Niumataiwalu and school teacher Mohammed Mursalinul Abe Dean were inducted to parliament on Tuesday. They fill vacancies left by Major-General Joji Konrote and businessman Sanjit Patel, respectively.  Akauola polled 615 votes in the 2014 General Election.  Dean collected 589. Mr. Akauola told Newswire that the dream of being a politician had […]

Peni Shute

January 29, 2016 7:33 am

Veteran journalist Mataiasi Akauola Niumataiwalu and school teacher Mohammed Mursalinul Abe Dean were inducted to parliament on Tuesday.

They fill vacancies left by Major-General Joji Konrote and businessman Sanjit Patel, respectively.  Akauola polled 615 votes in the 2014 General Election.  Dean collected 589.

Mr. Akauola told Newswire that the dream of being a politician had been at the back of his mind for a long time.

Mohammed Murasalinul Ade Dean and Maitai Akauola with Parliament Secretary General, Mrs Viniana Namosimalua and her deputy. PHOTO: Matai Akauola/Facebook
Fiji First party members Mohammed Murasalinul Abe Dean and Maitai Akauola with Parliament Secretary General, Mrs Viniana Namosimalua and her deputy.
PHOTO: Matai Akauola/Facebook

The induction went smoothly, a lot to learn. The dream to be a politician has been at the back of my mind however, it was ignited in 2006 Elections when a group of media people covering the elections in Lautoka said why not one of us get into parliament. This is part of that discussion.

Mr. Akauola, who currently works as a Regional Media Development Specialist at the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC), said that he would maintain his role with ONOC.

Currently I go in as backbencher and I’m happy to learn the ropes and at the same time maintain my current work at ONOC.

Parliament resumes sitting on February 8th.

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