Bainimarama has no values, Tikoduadua tells committee

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is seen here with his hand on the lapel of the Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua's jacket in this video footage grab. Picture: SUPPLIED/VIDEO FOOTAGE

“IF someone wants to defend their family and allows them any room to go physical with someone without following the law, then I would be very concerned.”

Suspended Opposition MP and National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua raised this to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee prior to his suspension on September 6.

Mr Tikoduadua alleged that he was assaulted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on August 9.

Before that the PM had claimed Mr Tikoduadua had personally attacked him and his family.

Mr Tikoduadua lodged a report with police on the same day before both matters were later referred to the committee by the Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

In his evidence to the committee, Mr Tikoduadua said the Prime Minister was described as being a very principled man who held high values by one of his member, his only reservation was, “I would very highly question the alleged act that he did to me because that would testify that because it is a very dangerous precedence to make”.

“What he did to me is not principled and not high value,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“It cannot be the way to defend it, otherwise I will be going after every person in my village or people from Nameka who stole yaqona from my farm, because they are impeding on the security of my family and taking off the hard worth.

“So I cannot, unfortunately agree that that is the good way to protect family. I would make that statement.”

Speaking during his appearance before the committee, Mr Bainimarama said he would not say he was provoked to do what he did to Mr Tikoduadua, but he instead said he was “certainly provoked” to ask him about why he (Mr Tikoduadua) said those things to him.

“Yes, I was comfortable with that. I definitely will not do that to anyone else, I was comfortable to go up and ask him that,” Mr Bainimarama said.

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