Friday, March 09, 2007

NZ Fijians Oppose Bainimarama's Call

NZ Fijians criticise Bainimarama's call against Clarke

Thursday, March 08, 2007 -

Update: 12.09pm INTERIM Prime Minister, Commander Voreqe Bainimarama's request to Fijians living in New Zealand to stand up against Helen Clarke, has been met with criticism and resistance from sections of the Fijian community there.

Radio Fiji Gold reports the Auckland-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says Commander Bainimarama has no right to call on Fijians in New Zealand to oppose Helen Clarke.

Coalition spokesman, Nick Naidu says Commander Bainimarama doesn't have the mandate to be making the call.

The Interim Prime Minister recently urged Fijians in New Zealand to speak out against Ms Clarke over sanctions and her continued criticisms of him.

''I think he has no right to direct those comments to citizens of New Zealand,'' Mr Naidu said.

''I mean he can say what he wants but the bottom line is that he is not the elected leader of Fiji and he does not represent Fiji people living in New Zealand.''

The leader of the Fijian Methodist Church in New Zealand, Dr Ilaitia Tuwere, said most Fijians knew they had a good life there and they would not buy into Bainimarama's fight with New Zealand.

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