Rabuka: Appointment of Adi Litia still legitimate

Opposition Leader and SODELPA party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka after the SODELPA Management Board special meeting at Kshatriya hall in Suva on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The appointment of Adi Litia Qionibaravi as the SODELPA acting general secretary is still legitimate.

Interim party leader Sitiveni Rabuka highlighted this yesterday saying it was quite sad that the other faction of the party had gone out of their way to elect Emele Duituturaga into the same position.

Two factions within SODELPA called for simultaneous board meetings in Suva yesterday where the meeting which was chaired by Vijay Singh at the Holiday Inn in Suva elected Ms Duituturaga.

Mr Rabuka while speaking to the media said the special management board meeting initiated by Adi Litia and which was chaired by Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu at Kshatriya Hall was legitimate.

“I hope the meeting at Holiday Inn went well too,” Mr Rabuka said.

When questioned about Ms Duituturaga’s appointment,Mr Rabuka said he was not aware of it.

“I didn’t know that, but it is sad,” he said.

He said they had resolved in the meeting to fill the casual vacancies within the party.

As part of the agenda, there were discussions to have the party’s annual general meeting by the end of June.

Mr Rabuka said the initial agreement was for the meeting to be held at the Fijian Teachers Association hall at Knolly Street.

“We were all geared towards that, but then were told that the meeting will be held at Holiday Inn by the other group.

“I didn’t go to the meeting because when I looked at the constitution, who called the meeting and also preparatory meeting by the working meeting, I felt this was the one that I would come to because Honorable Adi Litia is still the general secretary according to the court rule and the processes, so she has the right to call the meeting.

Meanwhile, Ms Duituturaga said she was honored to be appointed as the party’s general secretary during the meeting at Holiday Inn.

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