Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I was Wrong-Rabuka

Fiji Village News - 14 April 2010

Almost 23 years to the day, the leader of Fiji's first coup, Sitiveni Rabuka today went to Viseisei village to visit the late Doctor Timoci Bavadra's family and the Tui Vuda Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

The main reason for Rabuka's visit was to admit to the Bavadra family and those connected to the family at the village that he had done wrong to the family during the 1987 coup.

Rabuka on May 14th 1987 removed the late Doctor Bavadra and his government from office.

Fijivillage spoke to Rabuka after he finished off from the private function at Viseisei.

Rabuka said he has decided to go in this direction after realizing that he had done wrong things from 1987.

He believes that justice finally kicked in for him when the soldiers came and took his government 4-wheel drive vehicle and his Prime Minister's pension was scrapped earlier this year.

Rabuka said he has already spoken to his senior officers whom he ousted in 1987.

He confirmed that he admitted to the current President and the Army Commander in 1987, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau that he had wronged him when he removed him from office.

The 1987 coup leader has done the same with the then RFMF Chief Of Staff, Jim Sanday.

Rabuka said today Ratu Josefa Iloilo and Ratu Tevita Momoedonu were present with the Bavadra family which was represented by the late Doctor Bavadra's brother.

Rabuka said he is only on this journey to admit that he had wronged them and stresses that it is not about asking for forgiveness.

Rabuka said he has already apologized to the Indians in Fiji toward the end of his Prime Minister ship and he also confirmed that he also apologized to Her Majesty the Queen back in 1997.

He now plans to approach Ratu Epeli Ganilau and the military to do the same

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