Duru on SODELPA finances

Social Democratic Liberal Party general secretary Lenaitasi Duru. Picture: FILE

Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka took a chunk of the Social Democratic and Liberal Party’s financial supporters when he quit the party and formed The People’s Alliance party.

This, according to SODELPA general secretary Lenaitasi Duru.

He claimed Mr Rabuka had split the party’s overseas financial supporters and, in particular, the supporters in Australia and the United States of America.

“You will find there’s hardly any bad publicity about SODELPA now because the main instigators are now outside the party,” he said.

“There are a few left behind, still trying to shake the party but I think it’s weakening.

“The thing about SODELPA is that we had to regroup after the formation of The People’s Alliance party.

“Rabuka took a huge chunk of our financial base or financial supporters. SODELPA’s main financial backers have always been our overseas supporters.

“We do not get as much money from our local supporters and so when Rabuka left, he split the SODELPA USA and New South Wales, the biggest Australian branch.

“Split them and they are now sorting themselves out in Australia.”

Mr Duru said the party was focused on stabilising people’s support.

“We’ve re-established our support in Australia, we’ve established one in NSW, we are forming one in Perth, Canberra, and Melbourne, Victoria is forming a branch.

“This year is about getting the team together and finally, by the end of this month or next month, they will be fundraising and sending their financial support over.”

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