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Ro Teimumu: It's all hard work for the party from now

Nasik Swami
Monday, March 10, 2014

THE position of a leader is not one where you sit and do nothing.

This is the view of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party's president and newly-appointed leader, Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

In an interview with The Fiji Times last week, Ro Teimumu said her role as a leader would entail a lot of work and commitment.

"First of all, I must acknowledge the faith, hopes and aspirations that the party has vested on me in terms of this position," she said.

"I am looking at the role from the perspective of a woman because a woman is very different from a man in the way they lead."

She said women were more consultative and participatory.

"We like to listen to a lot of views, we have the women's council, we have the youth council that we have a lot of faith in and that they will come up with what they hope will be in the manifesto, so they will be working on it."

Ro Teimumu said it would be hard work for the party from now onwards.

"We ask for people's prayers, especially the nation and the voters who are there, we ask for their prayers because we really need that in Fiji and through them the best people are in parliament to serve the country.

"In terms of our plans for the next few weeks, we really need to get the sub-constituencies in place because they are the ones coming to us with the views of grassroots people.

"So we need to have various meetings where we will hear the needs of the people.

"We need to work fast, work together, we are very fortunate on having good people on board that are members of various boards."


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