Opposition Rejects Parliamentary Funding System January 14, 2015 01:26:15 PM!

Fijian Opposition has rejected a system of funding introduced by the Secretary General to the Parliament of Fiji for the offices of the three parliamentary parties saying it is designed to favour the FijiFirst Government Party.

The funding system  allocates $15,000 per MP per annum and has also resulted in the termination of all parties' parliamentary offices' support staff

Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa claims the funding system was imposed on them "without consultation and with less than 48 hours notice before implementation."

In line with the allocation which came into effect from January 1, FijiFirst with 32 members collects a $480,000-budget a year, SODELPA with 15 has $225,000 and National Federation Party (NFP) with three MPs, to work with a $45,000 allocation.

In a letter dated January 8 and addressed to the secretary generals' of the three parties, Secretary General to the Parliament of Fiji Viniana Namosimalua advised them on the new funding allocation and her decision to revoke the appointments of all political parties' support staff in their respective parliamentary offices saying "that political parties in parliament will no longer be provided with established civil service positions for their parliamentary offices."

She further advised that it would be the responsibility of parties to engage their own staff for their political party offices with the rationale "that the running of parliamentary offices of political parties is separate from the responsibilities and functions of the elected Government. Therefore, resources provided to parliamentary offices of political parties are separate to the Executive and the day-to-day running of government."

Namosimalua further said the parliament would continue to provide the offices' with support in respect of utility costs, morning tea/meals, stationary, cleaning and supply of appropriate equipment."

The S-G's decision has since left 12 people out of a job - two from FijiFirst, six from SODELPA and four from NFP - after their employment was terminated last Friday, January 9.

"This is unacceptable," Ro Teimumu said.

"The entire episode is not parliamentary democracy. It is parliamentary dictatorship.

"There is no rational explanation of the Secretary-General's decision to make such a dramatic change in parliamentary procedures established to ensure proper checks and balances, accountability and transparency."

In a letter, dated January 9, by Ro Teimumu to Namosimalua, the leader of the opposition said "it's not difficult to see that the FijiFirst will be the major benefactors with $480,000 per annum being paid into their bank account to fund their parliamentary office that only has two staff, because only 12 backbenchers utilise it some of the time as the other 20 ministers are Ministers and Assistant Minister and their costs are covered by government."

Under the new arrangement, each MP has a weekly budget of between $283 and $288 to work with. And over a four-year term under the same arrangement, FijiFirst collects a budget of close to $1.9million, SODELPA with $900,000 and NFP, $180,000.

Attempts to get comments from Namosimalua and leader of Government in Parliament Pio Tikoduadua proved futile. Emails and calls made were not responded to.

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Na "reforms" e dau dredre ni ciqomi rawarawa vakabibi ni sa tiki tu mai ni bula e na dua na gauna balavu . Na matanitu sa qarava nona I tavi - vakabauta e noda I tavi na dauveitokoni na vei political party me da veivuke na kena fund taki na gagadre ni noda vei soqosoqo . E sa na qai laurai ke na noda dau veitokoni dina . Sa donu na kena veisautaki na funding me yaga raraba e na veivakatorocaketaki e Viti . E da vakavinavinaka na WAF (Water Authority of Fiji) e na kena sa vakacegui e vuqa sara na veimatavuvale e noda vakabibi ko ira na tiko e na taudaku ni koro lelevu e na vuku ni kena vakadrodroi na wai ni gunu savasava vei ira . E ratou sa marau na lewe ni PAC e na feedback mai na vei Ministry e na vuku ni Audut querry ka mai veitalanoataki tiko vakabalavu . Me vaka au sa tukuna oti e liu - dodonu me da na taura malua tiko na veivosaki kece e yaco ka da solia tiko na gauna ki vei iratou na veiliutaki tiko qo me ratou na vakadodonutaka na vei taro eso . Oqo na matanitu e da masulaka tiko ka digitaki mai vei ira na lewe vuqa  - me yaco tiko ga kina na loma ni kalou . Ke sega me na vakatulewa ga kina ko gauna . 

Yadra Amani, 

                 Personal tu ga na nomu contribution. (out from the mouth the heart speaks) Kevaka me constructive ka vosa tiko ena issue, bau yaga toka beka valailai na nomu i tavi; ia e sa na vakatetei ga nai tukutuku dina qoka me yacova na veimatanivale kece sara i Takei ni qele; baleta ni sa rairai lala toka na nomuni noke ni kila ka; o kemuni ga ko ni sa vakadinadinataka tiko ena i vakatagedegede ni nomu volavola; unfortunately without knowing. 

You are looking only at the tip of the iceberg. Iko sega ni kila ni ra se vo tiko na Turaga yalo dina ka mositi ira tu na kawa i taukei ka ra va-Kalou tu vei Jiova.

Esa vakarautaka tu na Kalou na gaunisala kei na nona tamata kei na kena yalo me tukuni kina na dina qoka.

Mo kila tiko ni ra vakacegu ka marau nai taukei, era na lomani na kawa tamata kece; na mataqali tuvatuva ko vaqorqoroya tiko ena kauta mai na dredre ena veigauna mai muri baleta ni qitotaki tiko ga na nature ni kocokoco ka tu vei keda na tamata. Mo kila vinaka sara tiko ni koya sara ga qo na concept ka dau  cakacaka kina o Setani; e vakatara na Kalou me caka nona o Setani ena gauna qoka me rawa ni ra yadra na nona tamata ka veivutuni mai na ca.

Ena gauna e a temaki Jisu kina ni a lolo voli na Turaga, qai vakaraitaki vuravura ka kaya ni na solia vei jisu na vuravura kevaka e cuva ka vakarokoroko vua. Na concept vata sara ga koya e vakayacora tale tiko qo o Setani. E vakatara tiko na Kalou ena vukudra na nona tamata me ra yadra mai na moce kei na wele ka veivutuni ka vuli mai na malumalumu.

Era sa vulica na nodra malumalumu nai Taukei ni qele ena i lawaki vaka-politiki ka voli kina na nodra dina me rawa ni tauri na nodra qele.

Amani, ena yacova na veimatanivale kece ni Taukei ni qele nai tukutuku ni veidabui vakapolitiki kei nai lawaki qaseqase nei kailyu; ko qai tokona tu ena vakamumuri. 

Amani, era sa tekivu yadra nai Taukei me ra qarava vakavinaka tale na Kalou me rawa ni soli mai na yalo ni loloma dina mai vua na Kalou ka ra na vakila na kena i serau na veimatatamata era bula veimaliwai e Viti. Sega ni loloma e taudaku me vaka e caka tiko qo.

Amani, qai lewa toka na ka o via tukuna mai, na dina ko na sega ni tarova rawa, ni sa yaco ga mai na gauna va-Kalou, ni ra sa qai yadra tale mai na moce na i Taukei ni qele.

Ni kakua ni kauwai ena veibeitaki e caka tiko vei rau ko Roko Tui Dreketi kei Tui Cakau. Na ka e yaco mai Tavua, e rawa ni da kaya ni  dua walega nai wase ni qele lailai sara e Viti ni vakatautauvatani kei na nona saga o kaiyum na noda qele kece sara nai Taukei me nona na Matanitu. Io sa dina sara... na dina kau vinaka me kila kece nai taukei ni qele e kovuta kece sara ga na qele ni Taukei; qai kena i lutua ni sega ni rawa ni veilewaitaki baleta ni sa donu vakalawa na kena tokitaki na noda qele. Kevaka mo ni dikeva vakamalua e rawa ni ko ni raica na qaseqase, kei na i lawaki e cakava vakalawa o Kaiyum; qai vakaloloma ga ni ra sa tokoni koya tale tu e so nai taukei vakamumuri tu ga me rawa kina nodra bula...Isa Viti.

Dua nai tukutuku lasu e baci vakadewataka e Viti raraba o Bainimarama ni maroroi vinaka tu na qele ni taukei ena loma ni 2013 Fiji Constitution. E rairai sega beka tiko ni kila o Bainimarama ni vinaka cake na kena taqomaki na qele ni taukei ena 1997 Constitution mai na kena sa tiko oqo ena 2013 Constitution. Sa kau laivi na kaukauwa ni tataqomaki ka dau taqomaki kina na qele ni taukei ena 1997 Constitution section 185, ka sa mai tiko na tataqomaki ni qele ni taukei ena 2013 Constitution ena section 27 & 28, ia kevaka eda wilika vakavinaka na sections 27 & 28 eda na raica kina ni sa sega ni qai vaka na kena vinaka sara ni tataqomaki ka dau tiko ena section 185 ni 1997 Constitution ka da raica talega ena loma ni sections 27 & 29 Constitution ni kaukauwa e tiko ena Matanitu ka sega ni qai curutaki tale i Palimedi na kena tauri na qele. Kevaka ga e nanuma na Matanitu ni dua na qele e yaga vei keda raraba sa taura na qele. E sa wiliki talega kina na noda dui qele kovu. Na cava mada e lasutaki keda tiko kina o Bainimarama? E rairai sega dina tiko ni kila.

Ratu Masau, 

                 Vacava na nona baci laki lasutaki vuravura tu o Bai? Promote-taka na EQUALITY for all Fijians with reference to the controversial 2013 Fiji Constitution. Equality in what? He was sort of implying that proprietary rights to land in Fiji would be equally shared by all Fijians.

On the other hand, when his submission touched  on the rights of the indigenous people, he was saying something on the contrary that indigenous people will forever own 90+ percent of the land in Fiji. Where is the right to land for other Fijians?

He was making submissions with so much pride that he could not detect the inconsistencies in what he was saying...a disgrace.

That's the problem with reading someone else's ideas as if it is hi/her own. 

Then he lied about the freedom of all Fijians from any inhumane treatment and torture. Sega ni kila tiko o Bai ni luvawale tu while he was overwhelmed with so much pride.

'PRIDE WAS CAESAR'S DOWNFALL.'

Se vacava Ratu Masau?

Kemuni saka nai taukei ni qele e Viti,

                           Rawa ni da kunea e na Sections 27 & 28 ni na dua na lawa ena solia na kaukauwa ni compulsory acquisition (tauri na qele cava ga e vinakata na matanitu); na lawa ka sa buli oti sai koya na Land Use Decree ka tukuni tiko kina ni lewa ena vakatauca, e sega ni rawa ni veilewaitaki ena dua na mataveilewai se Tribunal. Na Land Use Decree e qai solia na kaukauwa ma tauyavutaki na Land Bank. Na soli ni qele ki na Land Bank e curu mai kina na Pillar 6, Clause 11 ni CHARTER ka sa sega kina ni qai vakamuri na procedure ka virikotori ena Native Land Trust Act, ka tukuni tale tiko ga ena Land Use Decree ni kaukauwa cake o koya mai na lawa kecega kevaka e kunei e dua na duidui vakalawa. ka sa wili tale tikoga e ke na noda qele kovuti ka sega ni rawa ni ratou dau solia na NLTB me lisitaki; kevaka me lisitaki ena muria toka e dua na veitalanoa vinaka qai caka taumada na de-registration ni se bera na kena lisitaki.

Au sa druka vei ira na gone i taukei lewe ni Parlimedi ni Fiji First ni ra sega ni kauwai ena tikina oqo, kau kasamita tiko ni ra se sega tiko ga ni kila.

Au druka vei Bainimarama, Pio Tikoduadua, Seruiratu, Nacuva, Kubuabola,  kei ira era dau vakamacala tiko mai; wili kina o Raturala kei Kisoko (lasulasu); wili kina o Amani kei Waisake Bogirua.

Drau vakamacala mai Amani kei Waisake ena ka au sa vakamacaka tiko kina qo. Drau kua ni vuni, drau vosa mai.

Au kerea mo ni vakamacala mai na Turaga kei na Marama me kilai ka vakadewataki yani na dina qoka me yacova na veimata ni katuba kece sara ni taukei ni qele. Me ra kila kece na sotia, ovisa kei na ovisa ni vale ni veivesu nai lawaki qaseqase ka cakava o Kaiyum ka sa voli keda tu kina ena gauna qoka, ka wili kina nai bikibiki tamata vuli, cakacaka vinaka era sa vakamumuri tu ga vakamataboko.. Me tarovi o Kaiyum ni vakavuna na vakaloloma, na tiko yavavala, na nui qawaqawa, ka rawa ni vakavuna na dave ni dra. 

Ni vakamacala mai ka vakadewataka yani na dina qoka baleta ni sega ni access kece ena forum qoka na kawa i taukei. O keda eda sa raica na dina me da veitukutukunitaka yani me kila nai taukei kece sara na ka vakaloloma era sa cakava vei keda nai lala qo ena gaunisala vakapolitiki.

Kalougata tiko mada ga na noda vanua lomani o Viti.

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