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“We are all bound to uphold the Constitution: the Military, the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature.” Frank says ignoring the fact that he illegially destroyed the previous constitution.

Ro Teimumu  fear mongering, says t he PM

March 9, 2014 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by:

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Ro Teimumu Kepa  is offering ordinary Fijians nothing new, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. “SODELPA has learned nothing. Instead of providing the country with a vision of a new Fiji, it is dragging everyone backwards by employing the same old fear-mongering tactics of the old Fiji. Every political party has the right to develop the manifesto of their choosing, but I have to point out that so much of what this leader of SODELPA says is utter nonsense.” Mr Bainimarama said: “Our nation’s new Constitution protects the rights of all Fijians, including unprecedented levels of protection of iTaukei land in the Bill of Rights. In fact, Ro Teimumu was part of a Government that eroded iTaukei land rights by allowing the conversion of native land to freehold title. The new Constitution for example gives landowners now a fair share of royalties from mining activity. There are other protections and benefits. In short, the truth is that my Government has strengthened iTaukei rights, not eroded them. “My Government has also empowered ordinary Fijians by giving them the things they need to improve their own lives and those of their families. But Ro Teimumu wants to take away that power and hand it back to a privileged elite. “In fact, all of Ro Teimumu’s comments indicate someone who wants to drag Fiji back into the past. She demonstrably avoids talking about the need to deliver basic services to ordinary Fijians – which has been the cornerstone of my Government’s reform programmes – because she was part of an SDL Government that always made false promises but never delivered. “She mentions jobs and economic growth, but what politician wouldn’t? Nowhere does she actually present any economic policies or initiatives that will create those jobs and stimulate that growth. The remarkable economic turnaround that Fiji is currently experiencing hasn’t been based on words, but on the smart and consistent policies put in place by my Government, which we will continue.” Ro Teimumu said: “Our central goals in promoting sustained growth in all parts of the economy are to accelerate employment creation, continually improve the health and general well-being of our population, reduce income inequalities, eradicate homelessness and poverty, and ensure that Government services and the benefits of development are spread evenly in all areas of Fiji.” The PM said: “The SODELPA says that she will restore the power of the chiefs and remove equal distribution of lease monies.  She should know that a chief’s mana is not based on receiving lease money. It is based on looking after your people. It means caring and loving your people not taking away their fair share of money. What’s more, the direct distribution of lease money is improving the lives of ordinary commoner Fijians, empowering them to take charge of their own destiny. We can already see it leading to economic growth as ordinary people take greater ownership of their economic resources and capabilities. “She also says that she will restore the FAB scholarship scheme and the multi-ethnic scholarship programme – a divided way of looking at building national capacity. As a previous Minister for Education, she should understand that more Fijian youths than ever before now have access to tertiary education under the new toppers scholarship and Government loan scheme. To revert to the old system would rob so many students around the country of the opportunity to pursue their dreams with a university education. “It would also mean going back to that system that lacked transparency where you accessed scholarships depending many times on who you were or who you knew. She is noticeably silent on my Government’s policy of free primary and secondary education. She is notably silent on the subsidised bus fares and free text books that we offer. I also note that she never made any such progress or put in place such initiatives when she was Minister for Education.” Ro Teimumu said: “Recognising the importance of giving as many of our students fair and equal opportunity for higher level tertiary education, the SODELPA-led multi-party government will reinstate the FAB scholarship scheme and the multi-ethnic scholarship programme for eligible students from low income families.” The PM said: “Her comments about bringing God back into our national life are frankly offensive. Is she saying that God has been absent from our lives? Is she saying that God has not been in Fiji? This is an insult to all believing men and women of our country. God is central to our national life and no Fijian is being prevented from worshipping privately or publicly. “And our new Constitution guarantees religious freedom – for every Fijian to choose for themselves. The Secular State ensures that the Government of the day does not force one denomination or one faith on anyone and at the same time promotes religious freedom for all.” Ro Teimumu said:  “They see no place for God in their 2013 Constitution. They made this decision without the permission of the people and then declared that it had our approval.  Let me, therefore, give this undertaking. If you give SODELPA victory in the general elections, our very first action will be to take steps to restore God to His rightful place in our country’s supreme law.” The PM said: The 2013 Constitution is set in stone and can only be changed through a vote of three-quarters of the members of our new Parliament and a referendum with three-quarters of registered voters in support. So for Ro Teimumu to speak about changing the Constitution after the election ignores that fact that a very careful, detailed and transparent process will have to be undertaken. “It cannot be changed at the whim of SODELPA or any other party and to suggest otherwise is misleading and irresponsible. I know they are used to the idea of doing whatever they like when in government but the rules have changed. We are all bound to uphold the Constitution: the Military, the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature.  A seat in Parliament nor a simple majority in Parliament does not give a person or a political party the authority to subvert the supreme law of our land.” Ro Teimumu said their first legislative action would be to revoke all current restrictive decrees on fundamental freedoms and political and civic rights. The PM said she was surrounded by other political leaders “with whom the whole country knows she has nothing in common except their opposition to his Government’s reforms to empower ordinary Fijians.” “It is a coalition of the hypocrites – the same tired old political faces who brought Fiji to its knees in the first place through their petty squabbling and division and now supposedly joining hands. They are united only by their determination to wind back the clock, to reject the advances of the past seven years and restore their own privileged positions at the expense of ordinary Fijians. “This marriage of convenience and without any principle by the NFP leader and his officials is a direct affront to the founders of NFP (AD Patel, Siddiq Koya and James Madhavan) who always pushed for a common roll, fought for the rights of all Fijians under the notion of common and equal citizenry and the principle of “one person, one vote, one value”. These lot have lost their way. Of course the leader of the Labour who is well known for his chameleon behaviour simply to stay in power at all costs is in bed with the very people he accused of being racist and corrupt only a few years ago. “It beggars belief that these old politicians can regard ordinary Fijians as being so stupid to see this alliance as anything more than a total sham – a sham which involves fear-mongering and not giving the full facts. I certainly believe in the intelligence of the Fijian people to see through this farce when it comes to polling day.”

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18 thoughts on ““We are all bound to uphold the Constitution: the Military, the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature.” Frank says ignoring the fact that he illegially destroyed the previous constitution.

  1. Thank you PM for your wise words full of truth. Indeed, Fiji’s economy has seen a wonderful turn around under your leadership. From a meagre 2.5% growth per annum under elected governments we have seen growth of 4% over the last six years. This is about 0.7% average annual growth and much much better than anything before your wise economic leadership. Government’s target of investing 25% of GDP has been overachieved, currently we invest as much as 15% of GDP, i.e. 10 percent more than the target. And thank you for the equal opportunity environment you have created. Now, any loyal RFMF officer can climb to the highest ranks in the civil service, get a very decent salary package handled by Aunty Nur and even the intellectually challenged and serious alcoholics can occupy the highest offices in our wonderful country. Please PM keep going cancel the elections and remain our leader forever.

  2. Lamusona, you are wrong! Not every Dick, Tom and Harry from the RFMF enjoys the privilege of being remunerated by my company. Only those above $ 750,000 per annum qualify and this is only a handful including the Honourable Khaiyum, the Honourable Kean, the Honourable Natuva and of course the Super Honourable PM. Our arrangements are that their salary is converted to US$ at source and then transferred into accounts in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kaiman Islands and Luxembourg. This avoids the obvious conflict of interest between declaring assets as a politician and possible scrutiny of declarations.

  3. Channel 7 interview with award winning writer Jung Chang this morning (9/3). She said London where her husband Jon Halliday lives is her home now but that China was just under her skin. Every little progress China made filled her with joy but she was very frustrated with the many wrongs there.
    Many Fiji people living abroad can identify with Chang’s feeling in relation to their own birth country currently languishing under a military dictatorship.
    For a good review of her books see ‘Jung Chang Rewrites Empress Cixi’ by Te Ping Chen in The Wall Street Journal, Scene Asia, Oct 3, 2013).
    Briefly from the same source :
    ‘Mao : The Unknown Story’ which Chang co-published with her husband 8 years ago catalogued Mao’s legacy of starvation and anguish for the Chinese people as the charismatic despot tried to give form to his vision of a Chinese utopia.
    We too have our own dictator who with his fellow travellers have sought to create a Fijian utopia with a “Peoples’Charter” , a new constitution, a shift back to the old residence of Parliament, the promotion of good news journalism, the militarization of the civil service, the subordination of the judiciary to the whim of the political masters, the eradication of poverty and dengue fever, the equality of all citizens, etc.
    Mao was of course a thousand time more powerful a despot than our tinpot dictator but he FAILED to create the utopian society he sought to create with his blueprint. Now our small time dictator wants us to believe he too has a blueprint for a utopian Fiji. Wow!
    Ms Chang’s ‘Empress Dowager Cixi : The Concubine Who Launched Modern China’ strives to rehabilitate its subject’s place in history. Instead of casting the empress as a grasping, power-mad tyrant, as she is commonly perceived, the book hails Cixi as a figure who helped usher China into the 20th century.
    We of course can’t say the same for our dictator. The commonly held perception of him as a grasping, power-mad tyrant is an apt one. And the same is true for his most trusted lieutenants. (They know who they are. And we know who they are).
    Our dictator dismantled democracy and installed a dictatorship. Our democracy was by no means perfect but it was better than a repressive military dictatorship that denies the people their fundamental rights and freedoms.

  4. Don’t you worry Ro Teimumu Kepa, you do not have to mobilise your people and resist Khaiyum and the RFMF. We will come to your rescue, install SODELPA as government and give these naughty boys from the military a bit of a spanking. Thereafter we will flood Fiji with aid money and invest billions.

  5. The despot can bark all he like the power is with the 800000 people

    the people will throw him out

  6. Thank you QorVice for coming to the illegal & treasonous Bainimaram’s aid at our expense.

    We hope you’ll be agile enough to whip out those expense claims & tear at your pound of flesh as soon as you fill his lips with thoughts that are clearly beyond him because from this point onwards you will struggle to control the conversation.

    Just ask Shazzer who tried to assert herself at QEB last week and was consequently and roundly relegated to second class citizen status when a discussion against her ideas ensued above her head. Poor child. No wonder she’s looking a tad bit peaky.

  7. It would have been better if he didn’t respond, it goes to show he can’t see the forest from the trees.

    Evil Prevails when GOOD MEN fail to act!

    I’ve had enough of this Evil!

  8. Congratulations to the new military commander for putting the MINFO trash in her place last week. Continue the clean up.

  9. Its working. Ro Teimumu’s comment has gotten our dictator in a fit of discomfort as he spurts out in anger and tries to derile the lady’s comment and relegate it to unimportant. The best way forward is to have them in a debate in front of the public and prove once and for all who is wrong. bai, get your party started and declare your assets now or are you trying to hide all the skeletons in your lockers or sweep all under the carpet before doing so.

  10. I’m way passed all you drunken political idiots who can’t understand Fiji is still a Paradise in spite of the pitfalls since Oct’70. If Ratu Mara had a backbone, we’d have passed Singapore by now – mark my word – because I was there when per capita income of US$750 was same for both nations. Young Turks of Mara did PMs job and divided the country by race and more….I resigned and left.

    I don’t support the (GCC) coups but I suspect history will give B a lot of credit for returning Fiji to one-man-one-vote and the supremacy of a sovereign parliamentary constitutional framework – first time.

    Narsey’s words notwithstanding, there is no other hope for Fiji now.

    Lolomas to All!

  11. anyone who thinks Bainimarama is the only “hope for Fiji now” needs to get his head checked. he is clearly a political idiot of the highest order

  12. Bainimarama will leave a no-hope legacy – and Fijian Youths will not speak of his (decaying) legacy he portrays and his (unethical) deeds. Even if he wins election. He speaks of one and does the other. Thats not what we teach our children every morning at breakfast table.

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