Christianity has had a big effect on the iTaukei where they have shared their land and resources with people of other communities.

While speaking in parliament SODELPA President and parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu says there has been a lot of misunderstandings between the Itaukei and Indo-Fijians.

Reassuring our Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters as well as other ethnic minorities that their party have accepted that these groups belong to Fiji as with the Indigenous Fijians.

These were comments made by the SODELPA President and parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

“We indigenous Fijians respect and appreciate your contributions to Fiji. We want to work with you for a more peaceful and prosperous Fiji now and for the future generations. We all have a role to play as individuals and leader in our families, our community, Vanua, Province and even in our Confederacies.” -SODELPA President and parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu. 

Ratu Naiqama highlighted the voter turnout of 72 percent in the 2018 general elections compared to 84 percent in 2014, is a serious concern.

He adds 178,000 voters did not turn up to vote this year compared to about 90,000 voters in the 2014 general elections.

He also congratulated the Fiji First Party for the outcome of the 2018 general elections and commended the National Federation Party for their efforts.

“For the three from the National Federation Party, I wish to commend them for making it this far. As a son of a former member of parliament, like fellow colleague of mine in this Honorable House Honorable Tuisawau and some on the opposite side as well, the National Federation Party have come along way and needs to be commended for the continuous efforts made to represent their constituency in this August house. I congratulate the National Federation Party for that.”

The president of the SODELPA Party called on all members of parliament to put aside their differences and work together to bring about national unity and progress.

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