Standing order prohibiting use of mother tongue in parliament must go: Qereqeretabua

Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua chats with Ro Teimumu Kepa. Picture: FT FILE

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Lenora Qereqeretabua says the current Standing Orders that prohibit the use of the mother tongue in Parliament needs to go.

Ms Qereqeretabua highlighted this in her maiden speech in Parliament this morning saying this was the language they were born with and raised with.

She also stressed to the August House why it was important to allow people in Fiji to speak in their native tongues.

She had raised this in her speech because of the move to silence SODELPA MP Inosi Kuridrani for thanking Fijians using their i’cavuti while delivering his maiden speech yesterday.

 

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