18th January 10:05 PM
NFP still waiting on Police response on permit application to march for Tikoduadua on Fiji Day
By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 09/10/2019

National Federation Party General Secretary Seni Nabou says they are yet to get any official response from the Fiji Police Force about their permit application to march tomorrow while Police say the permit application has been rejected.

The march is being planned to highlight the alleged continuous delay in the conclusion of the investigation into the alleged assault of NFP President Pio Tikoduadua by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Nabou applied on behalf of the party with the Divisional Police Commander Southern last Wednesday.

The application to Police was for a permit to allow a maximum of 5,000 NFP members, supporters, and well-wishers to march through Suva City from Rodwell Road to Constitution Avenue.

Nabou says they are “utterly disgusted” at comments made by the Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho in a local newspaper on Tuesday.

She says there was no due respect given to them and they should be hearing from the Police directly.

Nabou says whatever was claimed in the newspaper by the Police Commissioner as them having received communication from the Divisional Commander Southern is absolutely false.

She stresses that until they see something official and written then they will accept it.

Nabou also says that they were given temporary approval by the Fiji Roads Authority subject to a number of provisions.

She says after long negotiations they got a letter back late yesterday afternoon from the Fiji Roads Authority.

In response to questions by Fijivillage, Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro says the permit application for a March made by the National Federation Party has been rejected because they failed to submit necessary documents from the Suva City Council and Fiji Roads Authority which they were informed to do when they initially lodged.

Naisoro says this was relayed to them and up until Monday they still haven't submitted the documents.

She says they are not going to make further comments on the issue.

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