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Tikotikoca to be voice of the voiceless

Luke Nacei
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

BEING an amputee has not deterred Leslie Tikotikoca from going out of his way to be the voice of the voiceless when he contests this year's general election.

The 28-year-old, who lost his right leg in an accident when he was only 13 years old, was announced a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party.

The advocacy officer for persons with disability is the youngest son of Fiji's former high commissioner to Papua New Guinea and former police commissioner, Romanu Tikotikoca.

His father withdrew his provisional candidacy ticket after an allegation of rape was levelled against him.

"What inspired me are those people who are struggling in our everyday life," Mr Tikotikoca said.

"I went through an accident when I was 13 years old and had an amputation on my right leg where I encountered the inaccessibility of facilities while going to school and people looked down on me and criticised persons with disability.

"I want to be the voice of the voiceless so that there could be fair treatment to all."

He said many things inspired him to venture into politics and the support of family and friends propelled him into the political arena.

"I want to promote inclusiveness and equality in education for persons with disabilities, secondly, to create appropriate legislation so that persons with disabilities also have a fair opportunity in work and recreation centres in the societies," he added.

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