Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Qarase Investigation by Illegal Fiji Regime -13-Mar-2007


THE decision by Acting Commissioner of Police Romanu Tikitikoca to go ahead with treason investigation against deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is indeed the “mother of all absurdity”. It is down right stupid.
It is the peak of hypocrisy. What a laugh.

Surely, Laisenia Qarase as the elected Prime Minister at the time has every right to discuss matters of national security with his colleagues within the South Pacific Forum who he believes has the capacity and capability to assist his government maintain peace and stability in Fiji.

The mechanism for such discussions is contained in the various protocols and principles adhered to by Forum member countries. It must be understood that the very survival of the elected government at the time was in limbo. Democracy was under threat. Any Prime Minister worth his salt would do what Qarase did by discussing possible intervention to save the country from a coup.

The decision whether to extend a helping hand or not is the sole prerogative of that particular country. Even if those countries decide to help, conditions would apply. And I am sure the best interest of the nation and its people would be paramount at all times. However, in this case Australia decided against it. So what?

It must be remembered that Qarase did not act unilaterally. I am sure he had the interest of the nation at heart. These are decisions that cannot be taken lightly. He would have sought assistance only as a last resort. After all at that time Commander Frank Bainimarama and his troops had defied all lawful authority. They had even immobilised the Police Tactical Response Unit (PTR) confiscating all its weaponry. They pose the biggest threat to democracy and peace in the country.

You must remember that Qarase had bent over backwards to accommodate Commodore Bainimarama’s ever changing demands to avert the coup. Even New Zealand offered a helping hand yet the Commander chose to ignore those concessions.

It was obvious that the Commander’s motives were to lead this country. And nothing would stop him. Now that he is in the driver’s seat; everyone else including those that had the legitimacy to protect the nation must now face the full brunt of the law.

I think that is grossly unfair. The playing field is manifestly uneven in this case. I think it would be in the best interest of Commissioner Tikotikoca to leave Qarase alone and stop abusing his newly acquired power.

Instead he should concentrate on helping the Interim Government returning the country to democratic elections as soon as possible.

Remember Mr Acting Commissioner, power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Don’t fall into that trap.

James Tepoki,
New Zealand.

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