With SODELPA in government, Fiji will have a secure and prosperous future. This is because SODELPA alone is founded on the right PRINCIPLES and values, we have the right foundations for ensuring democratic rule. Moreover, we are a party with respect for the appropriate democratic PROCESSES to ensure these principles can be put into practice with the right policies. More so SODELPA alone is the party with the right PEOPLE in leadership positions who through their experience and wisdom can guide the nation to achieving its full rights and freedoms, its full economic potential, and to regaining the international respect we deserve.
The SODELPA Party leadership of Party President, Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu; Party Parliamentary Leader & Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa Na Gone Marama Balena Roko Tui Dreketi, ; and Party Leader, Former Prime Minister & Major-General (retired) Sitiveni Rabuka, are three of the nation’s most experienced leaders who have the wisdom, resources, and skills to take Fiji forward.
SODELPA PARTY LEADER
Former Prime Minister, Major-General (ret’d) Sitiveni Rabuka ( former chairman Great Council of Chiefs, former Commander, Republic of Fiji Military Forces)
MAJOR GENERAL RABUKA hails from Drekeniwai village in the province of Cakaudrove and attended Queen Victoria School where he was earmarked for leadership. Rabuka attended military colleges in NZ, Australia and India where he completed his Master’s degree in Strategic Defense Studies. Intelligent, resolute in his commitment to authority, and courageous under fire, Rabuka served in leading roles with UNIFIL and the Sinai-based MFO. In 1980, he received France’s Legion of Honour, and in 1981 received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II. Rabuka took a decisive step when, as a colonel, he led Fiji’s two coups of 1987.
After attaining the prime-ministership in 1992, Rabuka realized that governing for all Fiji citizens required a different set of priorities than those which had originally impelled him to carry out the coup.
He has subsequently worked hard to balance iTaukei interests with the broader democratic demands of a multicultural nation facing the 21st century. This has made him Fiji’s most seasoned and skilled politician.
As a committed Christian soldier, Rabuka offers Fiji a model of servant- leadership for the benefit of all. Since assuming his party leader’s position in 2016, Rabuka now stands with the Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa and Party President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, to take Fiji forward for all classes, races, ethnicities, minorities and cultures.
SODELPA PARLIAMENTARY LEADER
Na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa (first woman Leader of the Opposition; former Minister for Education; former Minister of Women, Culture and Social Welfare)
As chiefly head of BUREBASAGA confederacy (one of three traditional groupings of the Fijian people including the the provinces of Rewa, Kadavu, Serua, Namosi, Nadroga and parts of Ba Province), Ro Teimumu has served Fiji through her outstanding public service in previous SDL governments. Ro Teimumu understands the need to strengthen and maintain the nexus between chiefly customary authority and the necessity of democratic parliamentary rule in the modern state. Schooled, trained and exemplary service in the Catholic education system gave the high chief the qualifications and experience to head the nation’s education sector at the beginning of the new millennium. Her background and concern for social justice, welfare and gender matters also brought the high chief to ministerial service in these areas of government.
When the SDL government was toppled by the Bainimarama coup of 2006, Ro Teimumu stood up for her colleagues, her party, her people and for the nation by her commitment to democratic values and principles. Threatened, arrested and charged in 2009 for breach of the Public Emergency Regulations, (the charges were later dropped), Ro Teimumu has been unflinching and a vocal advocate who will not be silenced or intimidated. As a model of chiefly courage and articulate no-nonsense leadership, she has won respect and applause both locally and internationally. Ro Teimumu is a committed Christian leader whose faith has demonstrated the qualities Fiji needs to move forward from fear and inequality to a free and open society again, where disadvantaged minorities will not be left behind
SODELPA PARTY PRESIDENT
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Turaga Bale na Tui Cakau, (former Minister for Fijian Affairs, former Minister for Lands & Mineral Resources)
The chiefly head of the TOVATA confederacy (one of three traditional national groupings of the Fijian people that includes the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua, Macuata and Lau), Ratu Naiqama has a proven record of exemplary public service in a number of ministerial appointments in previous governments, Ratu Naiqama understands well the critical importance of connecting and balancing traditional customary rule with the constitutional demands of democratic parliamentary government.
From his base in Taveuni, Ratu Naiqama was elected to the 2014 Fiji parliament with 6668 votes making him the sixth most elected MP in the nation.
As a paramount chief, Ratu Naiqama, is also committed to preserving the social and customary system of respect that has served Fiji’s indigenous people from time immemorial.
The erosion of tradition and indigenous ethnic identity will be halted under his leadership. The Great Council of Chiefs or Bose Levu Vakaturaga, which was a beacon of authority for the iTaukei people, suspended in 2007 and abolished in 2012 by interim PM Bainimarama, will be restored in remodeled form in future.
Fiji has become a constitutionally mandated secular state and our people have drifted, but under Ratu Naiqama’s leadership, Fiji will be state with Christian values and principles that have historically served as the cornerstone of our democracy