The Parliament of Republic of Fiji is debating the recommendations of Privileges Committee in the case of alleged assault by the Prime Minister of Fiji Mr Voreqe Bainimarama on NFP Parliamentarian Pio Tikoduadua.
The parliament is also debating on the alleged utterances by Pio Tikoduadua regarding the Prime Ministers family.
In Section 5.3.9 of the Report of Privileges Committee on the altercation between Mr Tikoduadua and Mr Bainimarama states that Mr Bainimarma confessed to have abused Mr Pio Tikoduadua because he was depressed and distraught.
The report states that:
“The Committee noted from the Hon. Prime Minister’s testimony that he pulled the collar to attract his attention about what he said about him. Furthermore, whilst responding to Hon. Mosese Bulitavu’s question, “Can you recall what words did you say?”, the Hon. Prime Minister responded and said “Well I abused him.”5 The Hon. Prime Minister further stated in his testimony that he was distraught and depressed.6”
The Hon. Prime Minister admitted that he was remorseful.
He told the Privileges Committee that he realised that he was wrong and immediately on the same day at around 3.30 p.m. he apologised to the Hon. Speaker.
He also advised the Hon. Speaker that he was willing to apologise to Hon. Pio Tikoduadua.
The Committee notes that in that regard, the Hon. Speaker attempted to arrange a meeting with Hon. Pio Tikoduadua and the Hon. Prime Minister but this meeting did not eventuate.
In Section 7.1 the Privileges Committee says that having scrutinised the evidence provided to the Committee, the Committee recommends the following to Parliament –
(a) that both the Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Pio Tikoduadua to immediately issue their apologies in Parliament today; and
(b) if the Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Pio Tikoduadua fail to do so, that they be suspended from Parliament for a period of six months, with immediate effect from 6 September 2019.
The motion is now being debated.