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Fiji’s National Emergency Operations Centre has been activated

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The National Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to operate 24 hours.

NDMO says this includes the Commissioners and District Officers.

Fijian Director for National Disaster Management Office, Ms. Vasiti Soko helds a press conference on Tropical Cyclone  Yasa around 1.30pm today and advised Fijians to take precautionary measures.

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Fiji floods: Residents in coastal areas told to move to higher grounds

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Fiji’s national disaster management office is warning of flooding in several areas of the Central division and along the Central Division.

Several roads have been closed this morning.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is working with the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of affected communities and motorists traveling along the Queens Highway.

It is advising people living in coastal areas within the Galoa-Naboutini corridor to move to higher grounds as more rain is expected.

The last high tide was at 12.32pm “heightening the risk of significant flooding in these communities”.

NDMO director Vasiti Soko said they her office is coordinating rescue efforts.

“Homes are flooded so priority for government right now is to move people to the evacuation centers, clear roads so that our first responders can reach those communities that are affected and ensure safe evacuations of general public.”

Soko said evacuating residents is a top priority.

“The reports that are coming in is villagers woke up with floods at the peak of heavy rain so we have deployed teams on the ground, police are on the ground, our national fire authority is also n the ground, we are here to assist villagers to move into evacuation centres.”

Fiji’s Meteorological Service forecasts a trough of low pressure with clouds and showers is expected to be nearby until Friday.

The Roads Authority is advising people not to attempt to cross flooded roadways.

Fiji Police is asking motorists to avoid crosssing flooded roads.

Police operations director Livai Driu children should also avoid playing in flooded areas and parents should supervise their children to avoid drowning incidents.

Source: RNZ

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SODELPA Management Board asks Gavoka to give Education portfolio to Aseri Radrodro Radrodro appointed as SODELPA Leader

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The SODELPA Management Board has now asked SODELPA’s Parliamentary Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Viliame Gavoka to relinquish his Education Ministry portfolio and allow incoming SODELPA Leader and MP, Aseri Radrodro to take back the ministerial position.

This means the coalition government is in a limbo again after the party’s management board elected and appointed Aseri Radrodro as SODELPA Leader who will also lead the party to the 2026 general elections.

SODELPA General Secretary, Viliame Takayawa confirms the appointment of Radrodro was unanimous and they have also agreed to appoint Ofa Swann as the party’s Deputy Leader. Gavoka did not apply for the party leader’s position.

Radrodro who now assumes leadership, is expected to get a think tank together and start plans for the 2026 general elections.

Takayawa says the management board has resolved that Gavoka is to relinquish the Education portfolio back to Radrodro, and focus on his Tourism portfolio due to the sluggish tourism forecast.

The party leadership appointments are approved and will be announced at SODELPA’s AGM at 10am Saturday at Suva Civic Centre.

While Gavoka still holds the SODELPA parliamentary leadership, Takayawa says they have asked the 3 SODELPA MPs to collectively agree on the parliamentary leader and inform the party after Radrodro’s appointment as SODELPA Leader. Gavoka is currently having a meeting with Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka and Deputy Prime Minister, Manoa Kamikamica.

We are currently trying to speak to Rabuka and Gavoka.

When questioned by fijivillage News on who he will support as SODELPA parliamentary leader, SODELPA MP and Minister for iTaukei Affairs, Ifereimi Vasu says he cannot inform us as they need to sit down and discuss it.

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Bainimarama and Qiliho found guilty after appeal

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Former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho have been found guilty by the Suva High Court.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution had appealed the matter following the acquittal of the two by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Bainimarama was charged with one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice, while Qiliho was charged with one count of abuse of office.

Bainimarama had directed the suspended Police Commissioner to stop an investigation into a police complaint on a University of the South Pacific matter sometime in July, 2020.

Magistrate Seini Puamau acquitted them in October last year.

This morning, the two were found guilty, and the matter has been remitted back to the Magistrates Court.

Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo says he accepts all the evidence of the state witnesses as he finds them credible.

He says it was apparent that as in the first responders case that the problem emanated from the allege financial abuse and mismanagement by the senior members of USP.

Justice Temo says he upholds the state grounds of appeals one, two, six, seven, and eight; however, he deems grounds three, four, and five unnecessary and a waste of the court’s time.

The Acting Chief Justice ordered that the matter be called before Magistrate  Puamau on the 18th of this month, where she will have to pronounce Bainimarama and Qiliho guilty as charged and convict them accordingly.

Justice Temo directed the accused lawyers to file mitigation and sentencing submissions for both responders by Monday.

The state will have to do the same.

He adds that Magistrate Puamau will have to hear the sentencing submissions next Thursday.

Justice Temo adds that the Resident Magistrate will have to pass the sentences for Bainimarama and Qiliho on the 28th of this month.

More to follow.

VIA FBC NEWS

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