Ro Teimumu frets over leadership

OPPOSITION Leader and former Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Ro Teimumu Kepa is not happy with Sitiveni Rabuka’s leadership.

Ro Teimumu said with the elections drawing closer, SODELPA was not listening to the people at the grassroots level.

She said Mr Rabuka as party leader needed to change the party’s approach now if it wanted to do well in the 2018 General Election.

“I think what the party needs to do is consolidate the party so that it’s a unified whole rather then having people giving information that is going to bring disrepute to the party,” Ro Teimumu said

“I think that is the thing they need to tighten up on because there are people who do not have the interest of the party at heart.

“I think the party needs to listen and people will tell you what their real needs are if you listen enough to them.

“Maybe something that we need to do more of is to get together with lots of people, not just the party, but with the different groups that you are trying to bring to the table.”

Instead of one person making the decisions for the party concerning policies, Ro Teimumu said the SODELPA branch members needed to be consulted.

She said it was important for the party to determine the needs of other ethnic groups in the country.

“What they have to do is to find out what the other ethnic groups need. That’s the group you are trying to woo, you are trying to woo the other ethnic group including the women and the youth and they are a big voting block that any party has to consider for the next elections.

“The 18-year olds to 40-year olds who are voting in my province alone, would comprise 60 per cent of the voting population in Rewa.

“So that’s a big group and they are very different in what interests them.”

She said the party’s manifesto needed to be interesting to bring the young voting block to the table.

Mr Rabuka said SODELPA needed Ro Teimumu as it prepared for the 2018 General Election.

“Yes, SODELPA still needs Hon Kepa. She was a founding member and she polled the highest number of SODELPA votes which took many of our sitting MPs over the qualifying threshold of votes to be elected,” he said.

Mr Rabuka also said the party stood a good chance of forming the next government.

“All parties contesting an election do so with the objective of forming the next government or staying in government, so our chances are good, but we have a tough uphill battle ahead of us.”

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