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Draunidalo Calls for Alleged Rape Investigation

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Draunidalo Calls for Alleged Rape Investigation Former NFP president Roko Tupou Draunidalo

Former National Federation Party president Roko Tupou Draunidalo has called on authorities to investigate allegations of rape against NFP provisional candidate Romanu Tikotikoca.

A Papua New Guinea national, who was employed by Mr Tikotikoca, has accused him of raping her in 2014 when he was the Fijian High Commissioner to PNG.

Ms Draunidalo said: “As a woman, I say that those are very serious allegations that ought to be taken to and dealt with by the authorities.

“And as a lawyer, I believe that everyone is innocent of allegations until proven guilty by due process.”

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali while speaking to the Fiji Sun from Canberra, Australia, said a thorough check needed to be done for party candidates’ backgrounds.

With an allegation of rape hanging over Mr Tikotikoca, Ms Ali said he “shouldn’t be allowed to hold a public office”.

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