People’s Alliance Party has apologised to members of the public who may have been offended or insulted by an opinion piece that was shared on the party’s official facebook page last week.
In a statement, the party said it was not its intentions nor the author of the opinion piece that was shared on Tuesday 9 August in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2022 “to offend, insult or incite hatred against any person or group of persons on the basis of their race of ethnicity.”
“The Party acknowledges the varying views on the word ‘visitor’ and ‘vulagi’ and that they provide different meanings in relation to the various circumstances and contexts, in which they are used,” the party said in a statement.
It has also removed the post.
Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said it stands for the rights and progress of all Fijians. He added that the party recognizes the right of every Fijian citizen and national to call Fiji home as per the introductory section of the Memorandum of Understanding that he signed with National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad in April this year.
“The party is bound by its constitution to seek a united and prosperous nation,” Rabuka said. “ It is time now for Fijians to reach across the barriers that have separated them; to join hands and make a new, complete and happy Fiji. This is our mission and purpose.”