Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Chaudhry Shuts Up Dictator Bainimarama for Being Unelected & Irrational

Chaudhry said Bainimarama’s outburst over his remarks about delays in the constitution review process is not surprising.

“One who professes to be a leader must learn to take criticism in his stride and respond rationally; otherwise he is not fit to lead,” he said.

And why should democratically elected political leaders be told to shut up when they have every right to raise questions and concerns about the future of Fiji.
Mahen Chaudhry

 
Fiji Live News 


Nothing to be jealous about: Chaudhry


Fiji Labour Party leader and deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has questioned the Bainimarama Government's achievements, saying there is nothing to be jealous about.

"Bainimarama accuses me of being “jealous” and not doing much for “bringing about a better Fiji” during my political career," Chaudhry said.

“Jealous about what, I ask? Is there anything worth being envious about looking at the record of his administration?," he asked.

Chaudhry said they just wanted him to shut up.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in an interview with FijiLive last Friday had said a jealous Chaudhry should not interfere in his government's work as he did not think about bringing about a better Fiji during his political career.

He made the comment after Chaudhry had told Radio New Zealand that the Bainimarama government continues to bluff over its promises to start discussions over a new constitution.

Chaudhry said Bainimarama’s outburst over his remarks about delays in the constitution review process is not surprising.

“One who professes to be a leader must learn to take criticism in his stride and respond rationally; otherwise he is not fit to lead,” he said.

“And why should democratically elected political leaders be told to shut up when they have every right to raise questions and concerns about the future of Fiji.”

“He also questions where I was in the last 30 years or so when Fiji had a racist constitution? My advice to him is to read Fiji politics of the last 27 years to get the answer,” he adds.

Chaudhry said the only truly racist constitution Fiji ever had was the 1990 Constitution which was imposed on the people after the military coup of 1987.

“The 1970 Independence Constitution and the 1997 Constitution were enacted by Parliament following agreement between the leaders of the various communities who call Fiji their home. The electoral provisions in these constitutions may not have been perfect from the standpoint of the ideal one vote one value system of the advanced democracies.”

“These Constitutions guaranteed the fundamental rights of our citizens, including an independent judiciary, impartial law enforcement agencies (Police and DPP) and a free media.”

“These freedoms are non-existent today under an autocratic system. As such, does it make sense to harp about perfecting our electoral system when the people are deprived of their basic freedoms and liberties as citizens?”

“Bainimarama is wrong when he assumes that I am “jealous” because I feel left out of the constitution making process.”

“The part I play as the democratically elected leader of the FLP cannot be denied by anyone if the process is to be considered legitimate, credible and acceptable to the people of Fiji as well as the international community,” he concluded.

Bainimarama is expected to outline the process for the constitution consultations this Friday.

By Reginald Chandar

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