POLITICAL MORAL DUPLICITY: How can Sodelpa reject one coupist Rabuka from standing for election and yet the party is taking on another at the election- Bainimarama- legitimizing his treasonous coup!
Suppose Bainimarama wins fair or foul - then what - scream he can't be
Prime Minister because he committed treason in 2006?
But what about skeletons in their own political cupboards. Beddoes is one of a few who has stood up for democracy, human rights, rule of law and media freedom. And yet, on 28 November 2006, he had called upon the Qarase government to placate the Royal Fiji Military Forces by dropping investigations into insubordination on the part of Frank Bainimarama. "All it is doing is putting a red rag in front of a bull and the bull has 4,000 guns," he told Australia's ABC Radio.
We also have another high-profile Sodelpa spokesman in Dr Tupeni Baba - sooner or later his links with the fugitive conman Peter Foster will resurface during the election campaign. In other words, sacrificing Rabuka will not increase Sodelpa's chances at the polls. If anything, it might backfire on the party including Beddoes, Waqavonovono and others who have been baying for Rabuka's scalp.
His political fate was sealed, and gave fuel to his opponents, when party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa herself, on 15 April, vehemently objected to Rabuka's membership of the party, citing his treasonous coups of 1987. Fair enough but what about the former convict Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, who fiercely lobbied for Rabuka to represent Sodelpa from Cakaudrove! Sitiveni Rabuka has apologized for his 1987 coups and gave to Fiji, along with Jai Ram Reddy, the negotiated 1997 Constitution of Fiji, unlike the present lot who are holding election under their imposed 2013 Constitution and Decrees. Good luck to Major-General Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, who reminds us: “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Oddly, while the party is exhibiting a moral high ground against coups (Rabuka) it has no qualm in taking on Frank Bainimarama at the polls. They would have earned respect if they had boycotted the election on the grounds that by not participating in the election they are not legitimizing Bainimarama's treasonous coup.
SODELPA Rabuka Quits Party he will not be participating in the party under any official capacity: SODELPA