Unchiefly Attack on Sharon Smith-Johns
Sharon Smith-Johns is the Permanent Secretary of Information. This is what he said about her:
"Finally to the illegal government spokeswoman, as an Australian we welcome you back to our beloved country, having returned from five months of leave paid for by the taxpayers of my country it is about time you earned the money and started speaking the truth... Otherwise we the citizens of Fiji would rather not hear nor see you misinforming us in the future."
Ratu Tevita said this knowing full well why Sharon was on leave and knowing also that she is a Fiji citizen with Fijian children. He knew she was in Australia for cancer treatment. When I told someone about Ratu Tevita's comment, the instant reply was —
"I think he is gutless and a coward when he has to pick on a woman who he knew was sick."
It does not escape notice that his main attacks have been against an Indo-Fijian and a European, when he speaks often in the Fijian language to a largely itaukei audience.
He claims to speak for all Fijians failing to recognize that both Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Sharon Smith-Johns are Fiji citizens. Thanks to this government, they are no longer vulagi (visitors) but citizens with as much right to speak for Fiji as anyone else. And don't tell me he's not playing the good old race card again.
If you're still in doubt, look carefully at the framed award in this cartoon recently published by Coup4.5, Ratu Tevita's blog of choice, and read of the Rev Akuila Yabaki's grave concern in the post below. It starts: "The Citizens' Constitutional Forum has expressed grave concern and is appalled that racism is once again rearing its ugly head as the tone of the debate arising through the Ratu Tevita Mara saga is turning ethno-racist and inflamed...."