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National Federation Party (NFP) MP, Pio Tikoduadua has claimed in Parliament that he has been manhandled by Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside the Parliamentary chambers.
Bainimarama had lambasted Tikoduadua for a personal attack related to the Mosese Bulitavu debate Thursday.
Tikoduadua this morning launched a tirade of attack on Bainimarama, saying the PM should not be talking on violence against women.
Bainimarama last night condemned violence against women and hitting out against Bulitavu for his comments against the Indo-Fijian community and women.
This is related to Bulitavu having called the Indo-Fiji community vulagi’s and also that their way of handling disputes by killing and stabbing has been picked up by the i-Taukei community.
He had also called certain Indo-Fijian women unfaithful and that i-Taukei assaults on women were common, given their built.
However, while Tikoduadua, who did not speak on the motion last night, today made a deploring attack on the PM.
“Honorable Prime Minister should be the last person talking about violence against women in this house. He should know what is happening in your own house and it is hypocritical for this matter. We deplore this act.”
The Prime Minister clearly upset with the actions of the former Fiji First MP.
“I don’t know why he is doing a personal attack on me. I made a statement here condemning what Bulitavu said, you didn’t say anything but why the personal attack on me. That is what I want to know.”
Tikoduadua told parliament that Bainimarama broke his glasses in a scuffle in the parliamentary building.
He said the Prime Minister also insulted and threatened him during the assault, which he claimed took place this morning.
On its Facebook page, the Fiji First party said the claims are a “blatant lie”.
NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad has denied claims of personal attack by his party president and MP, Tikoduadua on the Prime Minister today.
“As far as I am concerned, he meant the Government side when he said that the Prime Minister should look at his own home, he meant, he pointed to the Government side and he meant the Government. That was my understanding of what Honorable Pio Tikoduadua said in parliament.”
Tikoduadua has reported the matter at Totogo Police Station this afternoon.
The claims come in a tempestuous week for Fiji parliamentary politics, including a short-lived attempt to bring a vote of no confidence against Bainimarama.
Notice of a motion of no confidence was submitted on Wednesday but withdrawn three hours later after the speaker ordered an urgent debate that night.
The leader of Fiji's SODELPA party, Sitiveni Rabuka, today told RNZ Pacific the motion attempt was about consolidating the opposition.
Fiji's parliament has voted to censure an opposition member for a racist Facebook post.
Government MPs accused Bulitavu of igniting ethnic division and insulting a large part of the population.
SODELA MPs voted against censure, arguing it could prejudice a free trial if Bulitavu is later charged.
The opposition National Federation Party's three MPs broke ranks to vote with the government on the censure.
Bulitavu remains an MP.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
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