News and Comments Wednesday 20 June 2012
What did they expect him to say? That he'd abandon the People's Charter, the Roadmap and the Constitution Commission, step aside, and let them have their elections the day after tomorrow? Then they criticised Col. Tikoitoga for saying the military will finish what it has started. This was much the same as what the PM was saying, and I see nothing sinister in this. Tikoitoga also said people should question the motives of politicians who are now resurfacing. And I think he got that right, too.
The old politicians would do better to help the dialogue process proceed, without their red herrings. We know neither of these military men would win an oratory competition, but if we focus on the essence of what they say rather than the way they express it, few would question the logic and appeal. Fiji needs to make the best use of the dialogue process.
Having said that, Government and the military must do their part by responding moderately to ideas with which they disagree, otherwise a noticeable number of people will be so fearful they make no comments at all!
WADAN CORRECTS CRITICS' IMPRESSIONS. Click here.
FURTHER COURT DELAYS. Some people assume constant court delays are due to the government prosecution side needing more time to gather evidence. And so it is, some of the time. But delays are also often caused by the defence team. In the State versus Qarase and three others, the defence asked and were granted a further "eight months to find an affordable and suitable senior Queens Counsel". Qarase is charged with six counts of abuse of office and three counts of discharge of duty with respect to a property in which he has a private interest. It is alleged Qarase between 1992 to 2000 while employed as a director of Fijian Holdings Limited, Financial Advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts. This is the third time since 31 October last year that the defence has asked for trial delays.
ANOTHER STRANGE POSTING ON COUP4.5. A citizen wrote an open letter to the PM but the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun refused publish it. So the citizen has it published in Coup4.5. The letter lists a large number of complaints against the Government so it's perhaps not surprising the mainstream media declined the letter and Coup4.5 accepted it. What is surprising is that citizen must have submitted his name if he expected the Fiji media to publish his letter. Why then does he become an anonymous citizen in the Coup4.5 posting?
VUNIVALU APPOINTMENT HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD until the completion of ceremonies attendant to Adi Samanunu's passing.