Fijileaks: We had withheld the e-mail (it is not a LETTER) to allow MP Mosese Bulitavu, one of those accused of undermining Ro Kepa, to focus on his graffiti trial
To: email@example.com; Anare Jale <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Pio Tabaiwalu <email@example.com>; Losena Salabula <firstname.lastname@example.org>Au Saka,
Sent: Monday, 21 September 2015, 18:36
Subject: OPINION RE: ALLEGATIONS
This statement is submitted through your kind consideration to Mr. Anare Jale as Chair of the Enquiry regarding the allegations and aspersions cast by gauna vinaka 888 which has been supported by some members of our Parliamentary caucus group.
I am also requesting the General Secretary to convey this message to Rt Sikeli Komaisavai. At the outset, please allow me to say that this statement does not have the prior approval nor the prior knowledge of the Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi.Neither is the statement submitted from the perspective of my appointment as Media & Liaison Officer position nor as Private Secretary to the Roko Tui Dreketi.
This statement is submitted at the behest of the Head of my Mataqali, Ro Dona Takalaiyale, Taukei Navolau, Liuliu ni Sauturaga e Rewa, on behalf of our humble Province.He has requested that we notify you of our very grave concern regarding the treatment and the gross disrespect shown to our Gone Marama Bale, specifically by Mosese Bulitavo and the signatories supporting his baseless allegations as well as their fellow travelers standing in the shadows egging them on.
We take this opportunity to remind you and all of SODELPA that our Gone Marama Bale stood alone and stood tall, in darker more difficult times, publicly challenging the Bainimarama regime on various issues such as the revocation of the Great Council of Chiefs, protesting the Namosi Mining venture waste spillage, the cancellation of the Bose Ko Viti 2009 and even marched ahead of her people to hand deliver to Khaiyum, Rewa’s protests regarding the Bainimarama/Khaiyum constitution and the with withdrawal of the Yash Ghai draft.
The likes of Mosese Bulitavo and his fellow travelers were nowhere to be seen or heard. Even as recently as the Fiji flag protest, they did not stand to be counted.We still clearly recall General Secretary Pio Tabaiwalu asking the Gone Marama Bale to launch SODELPA party and to become its Leader.
At a lunch at the Holiday Inn, I specifically asked him to see a copy of the SODELPA constitution and manifesto so we could determine what he was asking the Gone Marama Bale to endorse and lead. Of course neither of the documents were close to being completed at that time. Yet the Gone Marama Bale put her traditional title and her reputation on the line and launched SODELPA, at a stirring speech delivered at the FTA Hall, which had the regime in a tailspin for two weeks.
That was a hallmark speech that opened the floodgates and freed many people to start to voice their opinions against the regime.Since her involvement on the campaign trail, the personal contributions she makes in terms of sacrifices from the provision of kamunaga to her time and at the cost of her own personal campaign, Ro Dona has asked me to convey that SODELPA has responded with ill-mannered and entitled disposition and never was a mere thank you or acknowledgement received in return.
Even in our darkest hours, when the Gone Marama Bale was arrested in the middle of the night from her chiefly residence, there was no material nor moral support from SDL/SODELPA. May I remind you that she defied the regime to defend the Methodist Church in Fiji & Rotuma and the Vanua. Going into the elections last year, we put to you that no other public figure in Fiji, opposed to the regime, carried the same gravitas and reputation as that of our Gone Marama Bale.
The newly launched SODEPA exploited the Gone Marama Bale’s public goodwill and profile, as a launch pad to catapult itself into the public eye and to maintain a strong position, as the single strongest voice against the regime.And after all that, we have come to a point, where weight and consideration are being accorded to cowardly unsigned allegations of gauna vinaka, as touted from pillar to post in the public square by the likes of Mosese Bulitavo, his shadowy supporters and of all things unholy, the Fiji Sun.
Allow me to close by conveying to you behind this scheming and machinations that the Vanua of Rewa is deeply hurt and disappointed by your cowardly and lowly aspersions and cheap pronouncements and in particular how certain parties have connived to trample and disrespect the traditional chiefly seat of the Roko Tui Dreketi.