Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dictator Bainimarama Already Dictating Constitution-Making Process

by Sai Lealea
 
 "Fijians in the Fiji military have better wake up and take notice of this move to ridicule and cast aspersion at Fijians and their natural and cultural heritage. Those of you with the means to do something about it have better decide whether you can sit idly by and see this happen in your life time? Fijians without the means look to you all in the military to do what is necessary to end this misery and road into cultural genocide for the native Fijians in their own land of birth."

As anticipated, Fiji Dictator, Bainimarama, is already setting and controlling the content and direction of the constitution consultation process. Already he has dictated the following for the so called new constitution:
  • it will be non religious and non racial
  • he has unilaterally removed the Great Council of Chiefs as Presidential appointing body
  • dictating the voting age
It all goes to show what a farce his process is as he continues to decide for himself key elements of any new constitution. As well, the people of Fiji would expect to have a say on all these key items. After all, what is the point in having a consultation if he keeps deciding what will be in the final document!

Then again we also expect him to be doing exactly this - dictating and determining both the direction and of course the final content of the constitution-making process. In essence, Bainimarama is just being himself - controlling, dictatorial and obsessed with influencing all aspects of the consultation.

His latest dictate - to abolish the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) is another clear example. The fact is - his decree, signed off by a President, whose own ancestors had sat on the GCC, is a disgrace and of course illegal. But it is all part of implementing Aiyaz Khaiyum's thesis to disestablish, downgrade and reduce to insignificance key native Fijian institutions.

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama, as a paramount chief, speaks for most Fijians on the critical role played by the GCC in Fiji's history. He has more authority to speak on its significance to native Fijians than Dictator Bainimarama - an unelected and illegal authority ruling Fiji without any mandate whatsoever.

Fijians in the Fiji military have better wake up and take notice of this move to ridicule and cast aspersion at Fijians and their natural and cultural heritage. Those of you with the means to do something about it have better decide whether you can sit idly by and see this happen in your life time? Fijians without the means look to you all in the military to do what is necessary to end this misery and road into cultural genocide for the native Fijians in their own land of birth.

Read below Bainimarama unilaterally and illegally abolishing the Great Council of Chiefs.


Fiji Village News

GCC was established by the British-Illegal Fiji PM

GCC is part of our culture - Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama

Dictator Bainimarama
Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama stressed that everyone in Fiji should realize that the Great Council of Chiefs was not part of the iTaukei culture and tradition and it was set up by the British in the 1800's to try to speak to a council of a few chiefs to conduct business in the country.

Commodore Bainimarama said that some people seem to think that the GCC was already in place before the colonial times.

He said such a suggestion has been made by Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama

Speaking from Taveuni, the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu said according to his information, the iTaukei chiefs met and agreed to have a Council of Chiefs even before the Deed of Cession in 1874.

He said this was the beginning of the process of the chiefly body and it brought the chiefs together.

Ratu Naiqama said it is sad that the GCC has been de-established as it is easy to tear things down but hard to build it again.

When asked by Fijivillage the Prime Minister's comments on the politics in the GCC, Ratu Naiqama said the GCC was an August body to look after the interests and rights of the iTaukei.

He said the basis of this was the right to self determination and native land.

Ratu Naiqama believes that the iTaukei social structure is important as it gives the people the right to participate.

According to recorded history, the Council was established in Fiji in 1876 under the governorship of Sir Arthur Gordon.
 
The decision was taken following consultations with chiefs, who advised Sir Arthur on how best to govern the indigenous population.

It embodied the privileged relationship of trust and protection established between the indigenous Fijians and the British.  
 

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