Glasses fell after push

Pio Tikoduadua making his way to the Privileges Committee at parliament. Picture: LITIA CAVA

SUSPENDED Opposition member Pio Tikoduadua told the Parliamentary Privileges Committee that his Oakley sunglasses had fallen from his pocket after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama “pushed” him.

He revealed this after he was asked by committee member Dr Mahendra Reddy on how his glasses fell from his pocket on August 9.

Dr Reddy said the footage showed that Mr Tikoduadua had picked his glasses one metre away from his right hand side.

He said the question was how the glasses ended up at a distance.

Mr Tikoduadua responded saying: “I think it fell that far because of the strength of the shout that the Prime Minister did when he actually shoved me.”

He said on the day of the alleged incident, he had left the Parliament premises and was intending to go to Lami.

“When I got into the area of the car park, I heard a loud voice, a shout, ‘Oi, Pio, lako mai ke’, so I walked back to that spot where we eventually met up,” he said.

“He came in, then he grabbed the lapel of my jacket and he shoved me up as on the left side of my pocket and my glasses were there, it is a Oakley sunglass.

“In that process when he did it, I noticed that one of the side glasses had fallen down, it bounced and it rolled then I did not pay attention to the Prime Minister at that time.”

Mr Tikoduadua said he then bent down and picked up his sunglasses and placed it back into his pocket.

Dr Reddy then questioned Mr Tikoduadua on whether he was holding his glasses in his hand when the alleged incident took place. Mr Tikoduadua then said he was absolutely sure that he always left his glasses in his pocket.

In his evidence before the committee, PM Bainimarama said he did not break Mr Tikoduadua’s glasses.

“I have seen the footage, I never touched him,” he said. “I never touched his glasses.”

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