SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula has told parliament today that the Privileges Committee is making a fool of itself in applying different rules to the Opposition and a different rule for the Prime Minister.
While supporting the motion raised by SODELPA MP, Ro Filipe Tuisawau that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama apologise today and be suspended for two years, Nawaikula says the apology that will come from the Prime Minister will not be genuine and labelled it as ‘plastic’.
Nawaikula says when Mosese Bulitavu was implicated, Bulitavu was sitting in parliament when the motion to condemn his statement was ongoing.
He then questioned why is not the Prime Minister sitting in parliament?
Nawaikula says he did not hear anyone from the Government side condemn the Prime Minister.
Nawaikula questioned what has been proposed by the Privileges Committee goes against the Government’s principality of equality and common citizenry.
He says that he respects the decision of the Speaker, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau but he thinks it is wrong for the Speaker to make a decision on his own to convene the Privileges Committee, more so in this case when they have a matter which is criminal in nature.
Nawaikula also labelled the Privileges Committee as evil.