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SODELPA: Support from vanua is still strong

Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 15, 2014

SODELPA says its support from the vanua is intact.

Party media manager Sainiana Radrodro said the support was assured following a visit by an entourage led by leader Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa to the vanua of Nadroga, Ba and Ra to traditionally seek approval before they hold their campaigns.

"The support was heartening, they were happy to meet with and hold encouraging discussions," Ms Radrodro said.

She said the party was informed that its traditional bond with the vanua was still very strong.

Ms Radrodro said while the vanua support was heartening, requests were also made for the party to ensure that it made every effort to address the issues affecting the iTaukei if it won the election.

"They reminded us to bear in mind the issues affecting the indigenous people.

"The reminders were based on land issues, church and government policies," she said.

Ms Radrodro said issues relating to the maintaining of iTaukei scholarships were also highlighted.

She said another issue highlighted during the traditional visit was the vanua's disapproval of various decrees.

The party yesterday visited the island of Bau, outside Nausori Town to seek the traditional blessing of the vanua to begin with its campaigns.

Ms Radrodro added they would soon visit other provinces to seek the approval of the vanua.

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