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When is campaigning not campaigning?

Bainimarama warns about ‘lies’ being spread over indigenous Fiji land

Updated at 7:11 pm today

Fiji’s prime minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has warned Fiji villagers lies are being spread about the protection of indigenous land.

He was speaking at the opening of a nursing station in Ba.

He told the gathering he could not start campaigning for the forthcoming election until his Fiji First party was officially registered.

But he said speaking as prime minister people should not believe others who told them their land was threatened as they were only trying to stir up trouble for their own political ends.

He said his government had closed loopholes in the law and land rights were guaranteed in the constitution.

The speech comes as the prime minister has been touring Fiji to collect the 5,000 signatures needed in order to register his party.

15 thoughts on “When is campaigning not campaigning?

  1. This is the Truth About Native ie Native Landowner Now Have Zero Power Over his Land with removal of Section 185 — Power Now With Parliament Not GCC nominees who are reps of the Native Landowners

    Ref Aiyaz S Kaiyum’s letter of FTimes 3 March 2014 where he states that ownership of I Taukei Land rights is not a problem as it is enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

    His letter is misleading as Section 28 (Bill of Rights) is vague on processes on native land. Further he should note that native land can also be alienated under long term leases. In any case, what are the effects of placing native land protection under the Bill of Rights? What is the impact on the Native Lands Act, the Native Lands Trust Act and the NLC? What is the effect of the Land Use Decree? Does it have adequate measures to safeguard and protect native landowner interests and later generations? I also recall a Decree issued by Kaiyum blocking all Deed of Cession claims. What is the effect of this on legitimate landowner claims. For example, the original Suva people moved to their current location to make way for public state use of their lands. Today, these lands are being used for real estate purposes at market rates deviating from the original purpose. Who will correct this on-going injustice? These questions need to be asked and addressed.

    Kaiyum seems to ignore the fact that Section 185 of the 1997 Constitution no longer exists. Why was it removed? That section specifies that any changes to “entrenched legislation” ie Native Lands Act, Native Lands Trust Act, Fijians Affairs Act etc – must be approved by 9 of the 14 GCC (Bose Levu Vakaturaga) members of the Senate. The GCC members are nominated from the Provinces and represent the native landowners of Fiji. By removing Section 185, Kaiyum’s government has effectively rendered we, the native landowners, powerless over our own land. This power, under the 2013 Constitution now rests with the politicians in Parliament. All these changes were made without the consent of we the native landowners and as such totally unacceptable. Worse, the changes were made by people we do not know or recognise. It was not made by the leaders we elected nor were they made by our chiefs.

    I urge all native landowners to read the changes carefully yourselves, analyse, discuss, share the knowledge and make a stand

  2. The two main lies that underpin the babel tower of the military junta are the Bainimarama & Khaiyum constitution and their version of the economy. Though with limited reach Narsey had done a remarkable job at undoing the latter through the blogs. More needs to be done through public meetings before all avenues for public discourse are closed down by the regime. Opposition political parties standing against the regime should stop kidding themselves with their chances at the promised September elections. Get real guys and do our long suffering nation a favour by organising yourselves through a much broader coalition (to include trade unions, student bodies, women’s organisations, farmers & small businesses organisations, religious bodies and other NGOs) through the UFDF to derail the Bai & Khaiyum bully train. Treat their unjust laws and decrees for what they are, as a joke and with disdain. Organize, protest and survive!

  3. bainimarama and kaiyum are son’s of the slave…….no wonder they doing this cos they have no ID where they come from………com’n 14 Provinces ! ACT NOW!!!

  4. Land land land. What’s the point when we don’t work hard enough on what we have but sit around a tanoa of grog and talk against each other.

    Land is a factor of production but means nothing without labour, capital and entreprenership.

    The reason we are backward is because we sit on our backsides and don’t work hard.

    So let’s not complain about land if are not making it work and churn out money

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