Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chaudhry Questions Unilateral Removal of GCC by Fiji Dictator

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Mahendra Chaudhry
Dictator Bainimaram
Fiji’s former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry says the de-establishment of the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) by the government is an ‘outrageous attack’ on the paramount institution of the i-Taukeis.

The Fiji Labour Party leader says the GCC or the Bose Levu Vakaturaga has always been an institution highly revered by the indigenous community.

“It is of historic significance having served as an advisory body to successive governments since the colonial times,” said Chaudhry.

“Admittedly, the Council had displayed political leanings after the 1987 Coups but so did the military.”

According to him, the Reeves Commission addressed this issue comprehensively in its report and suggested the composition of the GCC be changed to reflect its “contemporary role” as an advisory body.

“It is a pity that these recommendations were not taken on board by the Rabuka Government at the time.”

“The GCC, as an institution, was given due recognition in the 1970 and 1997 Constitutions with the full endorsement of the leaders of all the communities.”

“The dissolution of the GCC at a time when we are about to begin the constitutional process is surprising, to say the least.”

“It is a matter which the indigenous people themselves should have the right to decide,” he concluded.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while announcing the abolishing of the GCC said the institution had become irrelevant in an era that Fiji seeks common and equal citizenry.

A decree, the iTaukei Affairs Revocation Regulation, effecting the abolishment was signed by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and gazetted on Friday.

By Reginald Chandar 

Fiji's current government should have left the issue of abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs to the constitution consultation process, says former chief and former politician Adi Finau Tabakaucoro. Tabakaucoro, a former GCC member, and a member of the Tui Kaba clan, the royal family of Tailevu and of the Kubuna Confederacy, said the issue should have been discussed before any decision was made about the abolishment of the institution. "This should have been left on the people to decide and not the government of the day," said Tabakaucoro. “This is a sad decision as the GCC was part of the 1990 Constitution and 1997 Constitution process." She said the GCC was an institution that had maintained the country’s stability during the 1987 and 2000 coups. By Ropate Valemei

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Fiji's current government should have left the issue of abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs to the constitution consultation process, says former chief and former politician Adi Finau Tabakaucoro. Tabakaucoro, a former GCC member, and a member of the Tui Kaba clan, the royal family of Tailevu and of the Kubuna Confederacy, said the issue should have been discussed before any decision was made about the abolishment of the institution. "This should have been left on the people to decide and not the government of the day," said Tabakaucoro. “This is a sad decision as the GCC was part of the 1990 Constitution and 1997 Constitution process." She said the GCC was an institution that had maintained the country’s stability during the 1987 and 2000 coups. By Ropate Valemei

Read more at: http://www.fijilive.com/news/2012/03/gcc-was-issue-for-constitutional-review/40847/
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Fiji's current government should have left the issue of abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs to the constitution consultation process, says former chief and former politician Adi Finau Tabakaucoro. Tabakaucoro, a former GCC member, and a member of the Tui Kaba clan, the royal family of Tailevu and of the Kubuna Confederacy, said the issue should have been discussed before any decision was made about the abolishment of the institution. "This should have been left on the people to decide and not the government of the day," said Tabakaucoro. “This is a sad decision as the GCC was part of the 1990 Constitution and 1997 Constitution process." She said the GCC was an institution that had maintained the country’s stability during the 1987 and 2000 coups. By Ropate Valemei

Read more at: http://www.fijilive.com/news/2012/03/gcc-was-issue-for-constitutional-review/40847/
Copyright © Fijilive.com
Fiji's current government should have left the issue of abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs to the constitution consultation process, says former chief and former politician Adi Finau Tabakaucoro. Tabakaucoro, a former GCC member, and a member of the Tui Kaba clan, the royal family of Tailevu and of the Kubuna Confederacy, said the issue should have been discussed before any decision was made about the abolishment of the institution. "This should have been left on the people to decide and not the government of the day," said Tabakaucoro. “This is a sad decision as the GCC was part of the 1990 Constitution and 1997 Constitution process." She said the GCC was an institution that had maintained the country’s stability during the 1987 and 2000 coups.

Read more at: http://www.fijilive.com/news/2012/03/gcc-was-issue-for-constitutional-review/40847/
Copyright © Fijilive.com
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