Politics

Rabuka unfazed by PM’s comments

The leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has responded to comments made by the head of the FijiFirst party and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama spoke to the media outside parliament yesterday saying that SODELPA leader Major-General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka was irrelevant to Parliament and that he would not have a […]

Peni Shute

July 7, 2016 9:04 am

The leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has responded to comments made by the head of the FijiFirst party and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and SODELPA leader Major-General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka. (Newswire)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and SODELPA leader Major-General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka. (Newswire)

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama spoke to the media outside parliament yesterday saying that SODELPA leader Major-General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka was irrelevant to Parliament and that he would not have a debate with him.

BAINIMARAMA: “Rabuka is nothing right now…he is nobody, he is irrelevant in this house. He is not a member of parliament. Maybe when he stands for parliament then he can have a debate with me.”

The suggestion for the debate between the two leaders was highlighted in Parliament by opposition members Hon. Mosese Bulitavu and Hon. Salote Radrodro during the debate of the 2016-17 National Budget.

Opposition members of Parliament Hon. Salote Radrodro and Hon. Mosese Bulitavu. (Parliament of the Republic of Fiji)
Opposition members of Parliament Hon. Salote Radrodro and Hon. Mosese Bulitavu. (Parliament of the Republic of Fiji)

In response, Mr Rabuka said the Prime Minister was correct and that he did not want to have a debate.

RABUKA: “Correct, I am irrelevant to Parliament…I am not in Parliament. No I do not want a debate with the PM. That will only be accepted only when we stand I will be available to have a debate, we can not have a debate now, as he said I am a nobody.”

“I am irrelevant as far as the parliamentary debates are concerned. I am not in Parliament, at the moment I should be with the SODELPA caucus but I am not because I know that I do not have any business in parliament.”

Mr Rabuka said that the Prime Minister is calling him ‘a nobody’ are his (PM’s) views.

RABUKA: “That is his view, there are his views not mine and the people may have their own views.”

In an interview with the Fiji Sun, Prime Minister Bainimarama said ‘a snake will always be a snake, no matter how many times the snake sheds its skin’.

Mr Rabuka responded saying, “Well only a snake will know that.”

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