Saturday, August 11, 2012

Constitution Commission’s Credibility Questioned

FBC News

Ro Filipe Tuisawau
A paramount chief has questioned the credibility of the Constitutional Commission.

Rewa chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau told the public hearing at Nausori this morning – the commission is made of up of only those who are linked to the government.
By way of University links, members of the NCBBF or those who have been government beneficiaries, our trust with CC is lacking. In addition and worse, the current government does not have any confidence in its own legitimacy; it recognizes this and seeks immunity as a result.

Another glaring weakness in Commission he says is the absence of an independent indigenous rights expert.

This is a major weakness given that indigenous Fijians comprise over 60 percent of Fiji’s population and own 80 percent of the land.

In his own road map to ensure legitimacy to the government, he has proposed that:
  • All military personnel who want to stand in 2014 elections resign by 31st December 2012 and this will include the Prime Minister and other Ministers;
  •  All government ministers must resign by 31st December 2012 and it is very important to ensure that state assets and tax payers money are not used to bribe the people. This happened after the 1987 coup and prior to the 2002 elections.
He has also proposed that the 1997 constitution be reviewed under relevant provisions by the elected Parliament.

Report by: Dev Narayan
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