Clearly, not much of a niche for serial rooters

Former coupster, Sitiveni Rabuka, who took over the leadership of SODELPA from Mrs Kepa, seems to have tanked the main opposition party.

Apparently, it is because he can’t find a niche.

A former Fijian coup leader and prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka is struggling for a niche in Fiji’s new political landscape according to a scholar of Fiji politics.

Mr Rabuka is the leader of the main opposition party Sodelpa and scored 11 percent in a recent poll asking Fijians who was their preferred prime minister.   

The head of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies Steven Ratuva said the party had been in disarray since Mr Rabuka took on the leadership last year from Ro Teimumu Kepa who remains the leader in parliament until the next election.

“He hasn’t been able to mobilise the kind of support that one would have expected, given his high profile, to stamp his authority within the party.

“Given time it might go up above 11 percent but I think one of the challenges for Sodelpa is being able to sort out internal differences within the party,” said Professor Ratuva.

“Rabuka has been out of politics for a long time and is struggling to get his status back. He’s been away from politics for 19 years and is trying his best to find a niche in the new political dynamics in Fiji.”

I guess there isn’t a niche for a serial rooter and Methodist lay preacher after all. Maybe he should concentrate on garnering support from the ladies.

The Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama holds a commanding lead in the preferred prime minister stakes according to the poll by Tebbutt Research of 982 people held over three days earlier this month.

He scored 44 percent as preferred prime minister and 78 percent said he was doing a very good or good job, down slightly from 82 percent seven months ago.

“It looks like Bainimarama is far ahead in terms of the election and perhaps one of the reasons as well why they want to have the election early, maybe as early as April instead of September,” said Professor Ratuva.

Fiji is happy, growing and at peace. The voters like the PM, they don’t like Rabuka, he never did anything to improve their lives with his two coups. All he did was prop up the corrupt systems that Bainimarama has destroyed.

Rabuka just looks like a senile old fool now.


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