Fiji Time: 2:18 AM on Monday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Landowner confident of bagging a seat with FLP

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, June 27, 2014

HE tried twice to become a parliamentarian but was unsuccessful.

But this time round, Solomone Catarogo is confident of winning the general election on a Fiji Labour Party ticket.

The 52-year-old landowner from Wainikoro outside Labasa says he wants to unite the two major races living in the country.

In 2000, he contested the general election for the Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua party and for the Party of National Unity in 2005 but was unsuccessful in both.

Mr Catarogo, who has 1017 acres of land in Wainikoro, Nadogo and Namuka, is a former Labasa and national soccer representative and boxer.

"The reason I applied for an FLP ticket is because I believe in the party's policies and that it's the only one that can bring the two major races in the country together," he said.

"I believe the two major races got divided after independence in 1970 when there was the Alliance Party for iTaukei and the National Federation Party for the Fijians of Indian descent.

"This division still exists today and by teaming up with FLP, I want to break this divide."

Mr Catarogo said he started campaigning before he was officially named as an FLP candidate last Saturday.He said support in Macuata Province was good, similar to that on Viti Levu.

Meanwhile, Mr Catarogo said all the sugarcane farming leases on his land that expired in the past had been renewed, adding that about 300 Fijian families of Indian descent lived on his land.

He said 17 poor Fijian families of Indian descent were also staying on his land without any lease because they had no place to go to.

"I'm from a poor family too and I spent my young days with the iTaukei and Fijians of Indian descent and I even slept in the homes of Fijians of Indian descent. When these poor families came to me requesting for a place to stay, I couldn't say no to them and they are living on my land without any lease. I told them to just stay."

His lessees include the Ministry of Health, police, a primary and a secondary school, Ministry of Forest and Fisheries, Fiji Sugar Corporation and three shops.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Death probe
  2. Love conquers all
  3. LTA warns on permits
  4. Times online uploads moved to 10am
  5. More nurses needed
  6. Ruci captures award
  7. Fiji to lead .5 degree challenge
  8. Hotel staff clean up foreshore
  9. Couple give books to cyclone-ravaged schools
  10. EU ready to help

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. Rugby offer Monday (17 Oct)
  7. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  8. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  9. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  10. My heart cries out Monday (17 Oct)