Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ratu Epeli Ganilau on Military Motive for Fiji Coup

'Qarase-Govt will mean corruption’ -

8 Jan-2007 10:52 AM

THE National Alliance Party of Fiji leader, Ratu Epeli Ganilau yesterday said the return of the Laisenia Qarase-led Government will mean more corruption.

Added to that the former military commander said undue international pressure would make the situation worse in the country.

Reacting to comments by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moom, Ratu Epeli said no one can decide when the rule of law will be returned to civilian rule.

“The reality is that no one can determine how and when the rule of law will change in the country because the military is the only one to decide that and international pressure will not change anything,” Ratu Epeli said.

He added comments by Ban Ki-moom were what the UN wanted and it did not mean that military will comply.

“We should take notice that military does not want the Qarase-led Government back in power and removing the corruption they (Qarase Government) had instilled was the reason military started their clean-up campaign in the first place,” he said.

The former military commander added that if military allows room for corruption, then they might not get another chance to clean-up.

“The reason for their clean-up was to root out the corruption which was eating this country, and after their hard work, they will not want corruption to raise its ugly head in Fiji again,” Ratu Epeli said.


It’s a case of jealousy, SDL tells Ganilau - 9 January 2007

The Sosoqoso Duavata Ni Lewenivanua party yesterday said that comments made by National Alliance Party leader Ratu Epeli Ganilau is a case of jealousy and sour grapes. SDL spokesman Peceli Kinivuwai was reacting to the statement by Ratu Epeli Ganilau that bringing back ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and the SDL would mean more corruption. “Ratu Epeli must remember that there is no guarantee that corruption will stop after the military returns power to a democratically elected government,” he said.
“Even if there is any form of corruption prevailing in the country there is no surety that the so called military clean up will detect it and eliminate it once and for all.” Mr Kinivuwai said it was unfair of the NAP to blame the SDL for all forms of corruption because the SDL only ran the Government for the last six years. “Ratu Epeli must be reminded that corruption is not about individuals, it is about systems. We have to change the system not necessarily the people to avoid the problem,” he said.
“Ratu Epeli should try and win the confidence of the people of Fiji and implement his version of good governance through the democratic process of elections and not try to get back into power through the back of the military wagon.
“He must be reminded that he contested a by-election and two general elections with the same result and his party failed to win a single seat in the last elections because the people of this country did not agree with his party policies and his quality as a leader.”

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