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Tawawili, yes maybe there is nothing new, but I have read alot of comments here and elsewhere about peoples views of what is happening in Fiji that do not necessarily agree with you. Although there have been many comments condemning Bai & Khai, I believe there are a few important issues that we need to consider before we make sweeping statements about what will happen or presume will happen as we come closer to 2014.
Of course, there are parameters that need to be met before an election takes place - the establishment of Electoral Laws, the Electoral Commission, Electoral Boundaries, Constitution, Voting Age, etc. Some have been done, some are currently being processed, but I would believe that by the end of this year (or early next year at the latest), all the parameters required for an election will have been finalised, that is including the "new" constitution.
We may not believe all Bainimarama has promised, but all processes that are taking place in Fiji right now in preparation for the elections are "full steam ahead". I think the only issues to be finalised are the Constitution and the new Electoral Boundaries. Whether the "new" Constitution is the work of Yash Ghai or Bai & Khai's "inner circle", the regime will have to produce one by the end of the year.
Khaiyum has been dealing with the finer details of the "law" in producing Decrees that counter issues raised in opposition to their leadership. I believe he will deal with this "new" Constitution in the same way if it is not right with him before allowing Yash Ghai to present it to the people of Fiji.
Australia, NZ and the US all want the elections to take place in 2014. For them, Fiji is too big a fish to let it be consumed wholly by China. Whatever constitution is presented, they will play along so as to, at least, put a foot in to arrest the increasing influence of China and attempt to again gain support for a bigger potion of the fish. At first, they will "bite their tongue" and weather the criticism that will be levelled against them from all corners of the democratic world, if and when they take the side of the regime in establishing the "new" constitution just to ensure the 2014 elections takes place. They too, of course, will have already hatched plans and strategies for Fiji which they would use after the elections when Bai & Khai are no longer at the helm or else activate Plan B if they continue their reign.
I would rather be optimistic about the future of our beloved Fiji rather than be a pessimist and spreading negative thoughts of all and sundry back home.
PM’s children make constitution submission
Publish date/time: 15/10/2012 [16:57] Fijivillage.com
Story by: Vijay Narayan
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s daughters and son have called for the one man one vote system in the new constitution. Siblings RubyAnn Sorovaki, Litiana Loabuka, Frances Lutunatabua, Ateca Whippy, Bernadette Bainimarama and Ratu Meli Bainimarama made the submission as a family.
While making their submission to the Constitution Commission, they asked for an antidiscrimination act to be in place and the removal of the electoral system from the constitution to allow for changes from time to time according to the changing needs and the will of the people.
The Bainimarama siblings also said there should be an end to the coup culture, behaviour and mentality.
They also said that the perpetrators of the 2000 coup were also working under the guise of the vanua and misleading people that the land and freedom of the itaukei would be taken away.
The siblings said the rebels in 2000 were wrong and the military spoke out and said that this was wrong. They said there should be a clear separation between the state and religion.
The Bainimarama siblings said Fiji should not be declared a Christian state.
The siblings also stressed that the Great Council of Chiefs should be abolished.
They said all the citizens of Fiji should be called Fijians and there should be full recognition that the indigenous people are the itaukei. The siblings said none of the institutions should be permitted to have names that denote racial affiliations and they also propose that racial categorization should be eliminated from all government records and registers.
They also propose a national minimum wage for all workers and programs to be implemented to empower people to do things themselves rather than the old culture of reliance and handouts.
They said the civil servants need to have continual performance reviews as they are there to serve the people of this country. The Bainimarama siblings also suggested for the introduction of a new tax for health services where every worker gets a minimal amount deducted for health care. They said the threshold should be based on the earnings.
Strange that the Bainimarama children should making this call to declare the 2000 rebels as wrong and yet they fail to mention their father's part in the 200 coup that led to the rebellion at QEB, This rebnellion made their father a murderer and thus the reason for the 2006 coup. Their call for a christian state while advocating the seperation of church and state is something to be abhored as stupidity or lack of understanding the political process. In their submkission they call for equality for all Fijians and yet they still want Fijians as the Taukeis of Fiji. They also call for the abolision of the Taukei's culture by getting rid of the GCC which is part and parcel of the Taukei Identity. If they want that then stop calling their father Ratu.
Mr.Jerex, I would like to say something in here and also ask a question!!We can all be called Fijians when in overseas but why did the people in overseas still refer to Indo brothers and sisters as Fiji Indians?? There was a man who is also from Fiji but was of Indian decent that sexually abused his niece and now copping a 8yr sentence. He was refered to as a Fiji Indian and Fiji man of Indian decent when this came in our channels and also written in our dailies. Why??Why are they still being refered to as that when we are all crying to be all called FIJIANS?? This does not only apply to that as I have seen that most times when things like this do appear on the news, they are still refered to as Fiji Indians.
M.S Its people like you who lack knowledge and wisdom that are dangerous to whole the reins of power . Its people like you who bring nothing but shame to the fijian people.
If there is one thing we have to teach the young generation that is discipline and the respect for the rule of law .If fijians have lived here on these islands three thousand years b.c then one thing that must have ensured their survival throughout all that time is discipline and working together.
Voreqe Bainimarama is a traitor to the fijian(taukei)people . What good is a traitor to his own people to other countries that protect their very own people .Nothing .
Be careful on your accusation about racism son .Fijians have been abused in their lands during colonial era and the indians existing in their lands was something they had no control over . You should be very grateful that christianity has played not only an important part in their lives but enable them to live in peace with the indians .
Anyway your comment shows that youre a bit lost in transit .The only idiot whose making a fool of the young generation is none other than Voreqe . Why dont you go and have a word with him to get his backside to court and answer to the fijian people for the illegal takeover that has caused the death of innocent people and the torture of many .Go on get going .
Christian State a must
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
IT IS better that the constitution declare Fiji a Christian state rather than a secular state.
This was one of the submissions made to the Constitution Commission by former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka at the parliamentary complex last Friday.
Mr Rabuka said Section 7 of the 1997 Constitution clearly stated religion and the state were separate and that the people of Fiji acknowledged that worship and reverence of God were the source of good governance and leadership.
"Sadly, both religion and the state have crossed the separation line, religion represented by some Christian denominations have tried to interfere in the functions of the State, and conversely the State has interfered in some functions of the Methodist Church," he said.
Mr Rabuka submitted to the commission that declaring Fiji a secular state would have its disadvantages also, similar to declaring it a Christian state.
He said that the Bose Levu Vakaturaga had been a part of the custom of the land and preceded any codified council or consultative assembly in Fiji.
There should be no immunity - Chaudhry
Publish date/time: 17/10/2012 [07:05]
Suspended lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry has proposed to the Constitution Commission that Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should not be granted immunity as proposed in the Constitution Commission Decrees.
In his submission, he said the current constitution must not even vaguely consider the issue of immunity.
Chaudhry said the proper forum for such discussion is by the courts or parliament.
He also said that he hopes the Chief Justice will refuse to participate in the finalization of the new constitution.
Rajendra Chaudhry also said there should be reserved seats in the general elections for the itaukei, Indians and general electors.
Chaudhry said for the itaukei, reserved seats are necessary to protect their customary rights to land, sea and natural resources.
He said for Indians, as citizens of Fiji, without full citizenship rights and without automatic access to land, natural resources and related issues, it impacts their security as citizens.
Chaudhry said 5 seats should be reserved for the itaukei, 5 seats for Indians and 5 seats for other races but all persons, irrespective of race, should be entitled to vote for persons whom they want to occupy these reserved seats.
Chaudhry said the remaining 55 seats should be considered on an open roll.
Rajendra Chaudhry also said the Great Council of Chiefs as well as the confederacies must be preserved and the GCC be given constitutional recognition to act in an apolitical manner in its deliberations.
He said in his submission that it must be accepted that in times of political crisis, it was the GCC that was the voice of reason and moderation for the coup makers.
Chaudhry said the reduction of pensions will affect thousands of retirees.
He also said that the decision to do so was made by an unelected government.
Chaudhry said the retirement age must be restored to 65 and this should be a constitutional prescription.
Rajendra Chaudhry then goes on to say that the current structure of the Independent Legal Services Commission must be dismantled.
He said complaints can be handled by the commission but the prosecution of these complaints must be separate from the commission and a special division of the High Court should be assigned to conduct such prosecutions.
Chaudhry said the government has refused to publish ministerial salaries since the abrogation of the constitution in 2009.
He also said the annual reports of the auditor general have not been published for a number of years.
Story by: Vijay Narayan
Immunity provisions questioned: Ghai
17:05 Tue Oct 16, 2012
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Devendra Narayan
Some members of the public have raised concerns about an immunity decree in their submissions to the Constitution Commission.
And Commission chairperson Professor Yash Ghai says some people feel issues related to the provisions of immunity should be debated.
“Most people were realistic, any regime anywhere in the world will not give away powers unless they have an assurance for immunity, people are concerned that it is not for public debate or consultation, they said there should be a process of truth and reconciliation and that process can also deal with immunity.”
Professor Ghai says he initially thought the issue had been exaggerated.
“I thought maybe it is not so necessary but in view of wide spread request there is a need to consider it very seriously.”
The Commission concluded receiving submissions from the public yesterday.
It expects to have a draft Constitution by the end of the year.
Give them immunity , reinstall an elected Parliament, then crucify Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz and their supporters with a new act in 2 years time.
Also, make sure none involved in the Regime ever get employment again.
This is so unfair if some are to be allowed immunity and some do not! It will still continue if it is done that way!