A new political movement

Sitiveni Rabuka enjoys Diwali at the Narayan’s residence in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

Bula readers! Today’s topic is politics and many individuals and groups have messaged and e-mailed me asking, why I have joined the People’s Alliance and what attracted me to the party. After some thought here is my explanation.

When I became a founding member of the People’s Alliance Party it was a privilege and an honor to contribute in my small way towards a movement of new beginnings and a new dawn in politics.

What started off as a simple dream has turned into a huge movement of change and hope for individuals and groups looking for a bright and new beginning.

Our party respects all individuals views, and regardless of whether you support the government of the day or any other political party we are here to interact, discuss and share views that will benefit the nation as a whole going forward.

I have spent a lot of time with party leader Sitiveni Rabuka before the inception of the party and also once it was formed.

He is a strong and charismatic leader who wants to lead a united Fiji and also wants an inclusive government where everyone has a say not just one or two people.

He also wants to lead a nation with compassion and is committed to all the people of Fiji, which in my books is a leader that Fiji desperately needs.

In addition to this as my father once said to me, there are two guarantees in life and that is change and death. Death none of us can do anything about, but Mr Sitiveni has certainly changed into a wiser, very compassionate and certainly an inclusive leader for all people that call Fiji home.

If individuals or groups feel that The People’s Alliance is not a party for them, that is fine and we will respect this, but if we can win your heart and you later learn that we are an inclusive, multicultural and progressive party, we are waiting to welcome you.

Interestingly in every political poll conducted recently, The People’s Alliance, which became a registered political party only 10 weeks ago, now leads all parties in the polls and is the preferred choice of political party to form government.

Mr Rabuka is the preferred choice of Prime Minister to lead the nation so please stay tuned as this ever growing people’s movement continues its peaceful journey.

On a personal note, I have been surprised and overwhelmed by the support and well wishes from so many individuals Fiji wide including many government officials. I certainty don’t deserve this as I know there are many other people in the nation doing tremendous work in trying help so many of our people.

I have also found being in a collective team is truly beneficial to our movement, and I am certainty grateful to be part of the 12 founding members of the party who are ; Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci, Ro Naulu Mataitini, Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, Sakiasi Ditoka, Joseva Leano, Asaeli Driu Naevo, Ajay Amrit, Titilia Vuataki, Pavan Haer Singh, Sereana Tavatuilagu, Keith Watkins and Dan Lobendahn, and rest assured as we grow and build our resources, we will be meeting and seeking each other’s guidance on matters that will benefit the nation.

I am a free thinker, I write about feelings, I write about desires to live peacefully without being victimised, and I write about freedom of press, freedom of expression, which is so important to any nation, especially for our youth and children who need to be encouraged to have a voice together without fear.

As most people who know me can testify to, I am willing to converse with anybody and everybody to listen to their opinion and respect their viewpoint, something some individuals in power refuse to do.

As we all know, any good leader worth respect has to fundamentally listen to advise, listen to people within their organisation and ultimately listen to the people of the nation as you are the servant of the people not the other way around.

The People’s Alliance stands for inclusivity, and this is why it is a powerful movement, that respects the rule of law, certainly wants change and wants to govern without citizen living in fear, feeling intimidated or victimised.

I very much believe in sharing leadership roles by identifying those with talent and passion who want to build a new and inclusive Fiji.

This is a real possibility, something I believe the majority of citizens deep down want and with the tremendous local talent we have regardless of religion, race, gender and political preference, it can be achieved through this movement of change.

We need leaders to change from arrogance to humility, to change from cruelty to compassion and change from hatred to having love for all. This is my dream for our beloved nation.

Finally, my goal is clear and this makes my task that much easier. The tools I am armed with are love, compassion for people and forgiveness to those who consider themselves my enemy.

  • AJAY BHAI AMRIT is a founding member of the Peoples Alliance party and is also a freelance writer. The views expressed in this article are his and does not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper.

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