Fiji’s Pensioners Denied Benefits For Criticizing Government
He said the punitive measure may “change their mind to support the government in its endeavor to take Fiji forward.”Bainimarama, who is the country’s Prime Minister and armed forces chief, insists that elections can only be reinstated in 2014, as part of his “road-map.”
Since last April, Fiji is under emergency rule.
by RTT Staff Writer
Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who heads the tiny pacific nation’s interim military government, said Tuesday that it passed a decree to stop from this week all benefit payments to pensioners who criticized his junta.
Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 December coup, told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that he had hoped that all citizens would “work together to take the country to a new Fiji – unfortunately, many, including some pensioners, were still speaking against the government.”
Bainimarama said payments to dissenting pensioners were stopped as soon as the decree was issued.