Monday, June 20, 2011

Pro-democracy Fijians Happy to Have Roko Ului Mara in NZ : Stuart Hugget


Raw Fiji News - 20 June 2011


From: Stuart Huggett 
Sent: Monday, 13 June 2011 5:16 p.m.
To: halia.haddad@parliament.govt.nz
Cc: Nik Naidu; Jone Baledrokadroka; Tupeni Baba; K.N.Investments Ltd.; Asenaca Uluiviti; Robin Irwin
Subject: Visit of Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara to NZ
Dear Halia
My name is Stuart Huggett. I am an architect in NZ and Fiji and before the Fijimilitary coup of 2006 was the chairman of the Public Service Commission in Fiji.
I am writing to inform the Hon Minister of Foreign Affairs that a significant number of Fiji people here in New Zealand do not agree with the stance taken by Mr Nik Naidu in his recent letter to the PM and yourself. Specifically we are disturbed that his recent statement will have the effect of splitting the democracy movement here just at the time when a major effort is required. This, of course is just the sort of outcome that the Fiji regime would relish. I am hoping that the movement here in New Zealand will be meeting during the coming week to provide a more coordinated response to events and I will keep you up to date with our deliberations.
To strengthen this opinion of support for the efforts of Ratu Mara I think it is significant that two ministers of the deposed Qarase government, currently here inNew Zealand - Hon Robin Irwin and Hon Rajesh Singh – agree most emphatically with this point of view.
For your information I am copying below the text of my recent email to Nik Naidu on this matter:
Dear Nik
Further to our discussion yesterday evening I have to confirm my disagreement with this request to the NZ government. I think that now is the time for all the Democracy for Fiji movements around the world to stand up with a single voice and Mara, at last seems to be the person able to do this. Barring him from NZ makes this strategy much more difficult and is divisive. Frankly I see no difference between talking to John Samy as you do, and talking to Ului Mara – both are/were supporters of an illegal, treasonous and abusive regime which is steadily destroying Fiji. Mara, at least seems to have seen the light whereas Samy seems still to be part of the 'team'. As for Mara's various human rights crimes I look forward to him standing before a court to answer for them in due course – as he has indicated he is prepared to do.
By fragmenting the various democracy movements – as this proposal; does – pressure on the Fiji regime is diluted and far less effective, in fact, Bainimarama and Kaiyum would right now be hoping for exactly this outcome from Mara's defection.
Please let me know if I can help with any further information
Kindest regards

Stuart
A R C H I T E C T S P A C I F I C
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