|Nemani Bainivalu with paralympic cousin Iliesa Delana: both have been named Fiji First candidates|
Nemani Bainivalu lost control during a heated debate with a man in the audience over land and is accused of saying "..o iko na luveni kailoma sega na kemu qele” or "Oh, you son of a part-European, you don't have any land," then assaulting him.
Reports coming in to C4.5 say the attack was witnessed by a number of senior Fiji First officials, including the party's president, Dr Jiko Luveni, but no action was taken to stop the assault or to condemn it.
Sources at the meeting were shocked at the behaviour of Bainivalu and Luveni's lack of leadership.
|Turning away from attack: Jiko Luveni|
Land is a major concern for itaukei voters, who in recent months have tried to get transparent answers from the illegal regime leading up to the election.
The debate at the Wainivula Church Hall revolved around changes to the Native Land Trust Act, the effects of the Land Use Decree 2010, and the provisions in the regime's 2013 Constitution, which allows just one person, the prime minister, to control the administration of land deposited in the Land Bank.
Participants say Nemani Bainivalu lost control after Fiji First was bombarded with questions from the floor.
The attack is unacceptable and harks to Bainimarama's dictatorial leadership and should've been reported to police.
But it is clearly an example of Fiji First feeling the heat as voters who see through the lack of transparency and inconsistencies around issues such as land and the Constitution, keep the pressure on them.
The naming of candidates, including three youths, has prompted renewed calls for Fiji First to engage opposition parties in a national debate with SODELPA youth president, Pita Waqavonovono, urging media and community leaders to let Youth Candidates have the stage.
"Youth need to hear their leaders," says Waqavonovono.
"Do they want a Government that will set the scales right, end the coup culture and make a meaningful step to Fiji democracy or do they want to buy into FijiFirst propaganda and help entrench the coup culture and suppression of rights - in short extend the dictatorship?
"The decision at the polls will affect our economy, and many of our concerns as youth rests in the hands of the media and community leaders to grant us this opportunity."