Speaker Throws Out Lynda Tabuya’s Complaint Against Prime Minister

The Speaker if the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has ruled out Opposition MP Lynda Tabuya’s privilege motion against the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama citing Standing Order 134 (2)(c).

Earlier : SODELPA Parliamentarian and Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya in a press conference this evening, has accused the Prime Minister of “insulting the modesty of a woman”. She claims the Prime Minister of Fiji yesterday personally attacked her during the Parliament sitting. She says that the Prime Minister uttered the words “cover yourself up” while gesturing to close his jacket which insulted her dignity as a woman and amounts to harassment and violence at the work place. Tabuya said that immediately after, the Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed Khaiyum appeared to enforce the Prime Minister’s statement by saying that “Mr. Speaker, Sir, please, if they could show some decorum in many ways than one.” She has filed a privilege matter with the Speaker to address and expects a ruling tomorrow. She says that this is an unacceptable behavior of a member of parliament and is possibly against the law under Section 231 of the Crimes Act 2009, it is crime to insult the modesty of the women.

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