A video footage has surfaced on social media which shows Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama grabbing Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua ” by the lapel and push him back” like National Federation Party member Lenora Qereqeretabua described on her Facebook page.
Although it can be seen that the Prime Minister holding Pio Tikoduadua by the lapel, he did not break his spectacles as claimed by Mr Pio Tikoduadua.
Bainimarama told Fiji Village he only spoke to Mr Tikoduadua sternly for personally attacking him.
The PM said Mr Tikoduadua then allegedly squeezed and broke his own spectacles.
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Earlier, National Federation Party President and Member of Parliament, Pio Tikoduadua who accused the Prime Minister of Fiji for assault, told his tale in a press release.
Tikoduadua says that the Prime Minister, at around 11.40 am on August 9th when he walked out of the parliament after moving and replying to his motion calling for a Special Parliamentary Committee to be established to look at the national problem of drugs in Fiji, he heard the Prime Minister calling him in ITaukei language “Pio, come here.”
He says he turned around to go to the PM when he started swearing at him in iTaukei language.
He says that the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama swore at his mother and his father and assaulted him. He says in the process the Prime Minister broke his pair of eye glasses.
“He then warned me in iTaukei language “Qarauna tiko” or “watch out,” Tikoduadua wrote in the press release.
National Federation Party Parliamentarian, Lenora Qereqeretabua says she “witnessed” the entire scuffle that broke out between the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and NFP MP Pio Tikoduadua.
“Today I witnessed our Prime Minister stride up to my party President Hon Pio Tikoduadua, grab him by the lapel and push him back whilst swearing at him,” says Lenora Qereqeretabua in a Facebook post.
She said while the Prime Minister of Fiji assaulted Mr Tikoduadua, there were multiple witness who were removed by the Prime Minister’s bodyguard instead of trying to stop the “assault.”
“Also there were two of our caucus staff who PM’s bodyguards tried to remove from the scene (but did not stop the assault), two reporters, ministerial drivers and police,” she wrote in the post.
Earlier this week, New Zealand based Fijian citizen, Shalendra G Raju says he has the Security Camera Footage of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama physically assaulting Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua and he will release the footage by Friday if the Speaker does not take any actions again the Prime Minister.
In a email to the Speaker of Fijian Parliament, he has urged the Speaker to take actions by Friday or he will “by the end of the week, (I will) exercise his (my) citizen’s rights most reluctantly to release the security Camera Footage in full to the public.”
Meanwhile, Police are investigating the matter after Mr Pio Tikoduadua filed assault charges against the Prime Minister on the day the incident took place.
The Speaker of the House had earlier said that he will review the CCTV footage following the assault allegations.
In a media conference, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Prime Minister had visited the Speaker in regards to the matter. He said since the matter has been reported to the police, and the Speaker “will deal with this matter through their own mechanisms”.