TC Winston

Ro Teimumu offers support to PM, parliamentarians to donate 10% pay

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said she had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to offer him the full support and active participation of opposition members in the cyclone Winston recovery effort. In a statement released yesterday, Ro Teimumu said the Prime Minister was out of office, but she registered her request with his […]

Staff Writers

March 2, 2016 12:42 pm

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said she had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to offer him the full support and active participation of opposition members in the cyclone Winston recovery effort.

In a statement released yesterday, Ro Teimumu said the Prime Minister was out of office, but she registered her request with his Personal Assistant and looked forward to a positive response this week.

Ro Teimumu said the devastation and tragedy were unprecedented.

The entire nation needs to come together to ensure the relief campaign is effective and timely.

The Opposition Leader also announced that all SODELPA MP’s had agreed to deduct 10% of their annual salaries and allowances to be contributed to rehabilitation.

The total contribution is expected to exceed $70,000. The Secretary-General for Parliament had been instructed to ensure the deductions are processed.

Ro Teimumu added the Opposition does not have any budgetary allocation from which to lend support for disaster relief. However, members were more than willing to contribute from their wages and salaries.

Secretary-General to Parliament, Mrs. Viniana Namosimalua confirmed to Newswire that a request from SODELPA to deduct 10% from Opposition salaries has been received.  After consultations, Parliament is now facilitating their request.

The Opposition caucus also resolved to support the recalling of Parliament to formalize adequate funding and realignment of approved expenditures for 2016 to divert funds to support the recovery effort.

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