Shockingly, SODELPA and the party's cheerleaders seem to be stone deaf to Rabuka's catalogue of crimes, as if they are already busy smoking 'marijuana' on some marijuana farm mooted by Niko Nawaikula
The following statement was issued today by the Leader of Opposition, Hon. Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa
RESTRICTIONS OF MOTIONS, QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS AGAINST THE OPPOSITION
The Government through the Parliament Business Committee and Parliament is imposing severe restrictions on the type of questions, motions and petitions that can be tabled by the Opposition MP's in the House.
This week any question, motion and petition that has to do with the Sugar Industry, with iTaukei and Indigenous Rights and developments within any Opposition MP’s constituency have been refused.
Clearly therefore the Government has been very selective allowing only questions, petitions and motions that do not criticize government, on its policies and programs or that is not likely to gather the support of the public against it.
I have carefully considered this and after discussing the same concerns raised individually and collectively by Opposition MP's, I say in the strongest term that I am seriously disturbed by this apparent interference by the Executive with the independence of the Legislature that is now having the effect of gagging the voices of the people to speak through their representatives in Parliament as it should.
This is a serious interference with the democratic process and I intend to take this up with my counterparts in other Parliaments, UN Agencies and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
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Authorised by Honourable Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa
Leader of Opposition
Level 2, Parliament Complex,
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