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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.


15 thoughts on “A Comment worth a Post

  1. Who is Frank and Khaiyum to shove down the throats of people whatever they see fit? Who gives them the right to think for us? What if they get removed somehow now? What will they say – That their removal was illegal since they were there illegally anyway?

  2. Well at some point fijians need to be reminded that no land belongs to them and Khaiyum has made them landless in their own Domain. How can a dump Muslim override Taukei’s on matters of national interest,their heritage and culture! What has happened to Taukei Movement and the fijian community at large,what has happened to the protest march that used to be so radical on 19th may 2000. Was is only against Mr Chaudhry?

  3. This has been conveniently glossed over by Papa Pig and Aiarse whenever they confirm to the i taukei that their land is secure.

  4. I find this post rather odd.

    Fact; there is no GCC in the new constitution. It doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree.

    Fact 2; there is no senate.

    Conclusion: how can sectio 185 still exist in the new constitution. Any lawyer will tell you that its now redundant.

  5. Section 185 or not. Our people need to stop complaining and work hard. What’s the point if we don’t work hard.

  6. Let me explain this land issue: In a developing economy such as Fiji, good business opportunities for politicians and leaders are limited. Sure, you can pay yourself a salary twice as high as the president of the USA, but lets face it, there are limits what even an indolent population such as ours accepts. Then there are the normal 5-10% commissions we take for facilitating construction projects such as the 200 million $ Nadarivatu hydro project. Then we can get involved a bit with the cash flow in our large utilities and take a commission when they procure fuels or other expensive inputs. Then, there is a bit to cream off from logging, fishing or casino licenses. But taken all together we would not be able to accumulate even 2% of the billions that gentleman like Mugabe, Gaddhafi or Mobuto could allocate to themselves. We consider this as unfair and have therefore devised a mechanism to make money from Fiji’s most important resource: iTaukei land. With the 99 year lease the government can now issue to friends from China and elsewhere, this is essentially the same as selling land. Imagine what kind of cash flow we will generate by freeing iTaukei land to business. Only indigenous land can make the Honourable Khaiyum and his friends from the RFMF truly rich and allow them to see eye to eye with other great leaders.

  7. When the 1997 Constitution was in effect land was sold according to PM. According to him native land was sold by no other but iTaukei people themselves – not other races. Am not sure whether these iTaukei were chiefs themselves and nominees of the previous GCC. Perhaps someone can enlighten us on this.

    Also in the current Constitution PM said that native land will never be sold as the new Constitution has closed the loophole where the above iTaukei people were using to sell off their native land.

    Further, I cannot see whether it’s possible for future Parliaments to sell off native lands under the current Constitution as this will be political suicide for an political party. Also non-iTaukei too do care about native lands being protected hence can there ever be a scenario where two thirds of Parliament ever agreeing to the sale of such native lands? Also iTaukeis constitute more than 50% of the population so can native lands be really sold when two thirds of the population are iTaukeis?

    SODELPA and NFP and PDP needs to answer the above and also tell us how in the current Constitution native land can ever be sold.

  8. Political suicide? You must be dreaming @Red. In case you have been elsewhere for the last six years: Khaiyum has written more than 100 decrees that have one and one purpose only: To marginalise the Taukies, take away their culture, tradition, their leaders, their land and their dignity in order to see the famous sun set on everything Fijian. His thesis describes this plan, during the last six years we saw its implementation. If your theory of committing political suicide was correct, Khaiyum would no longer be with us!

  9. @Aunty Nur
    Can you please tell us how much is enough for your nephew and his friends? Perhaps we should pay them out and it over with. Why can’t we just give Kadavu to the Khaiyum clan? Will that be enough? Ok we throw Taveuni, Koro and Gau in. No not enough yet? Sorry Wakaya is already taken, we can only offer Ovalau and parts of Tailevu, but that is all you can get.

  10. That is exactly the point. Who do these clowns think they represent and under whose authority they carry out their own devices. Clear this blockage first then all other actions will flow smoothly. There hundreds of deeds being implemented but under illegal authority. But then this is how military dictator operate.

  11. @Red

    The land Bai is referring to was not sold but exchanged. It was a straight swap of freehold and native land upon the agreement of both parties. For that to happen however the government of the day approved that the portion of native land to be converted to crown than to freehold, while the freehold portion to be converted to crown than to native.

    It is evident that Bai is misleading the people of his assertion of native land sold.

  12. When the conversion occurs does it mean that natural resources that were in the iTaukei native lands are now no longer theirs as it’s now freehold land?

  13. @ Red

    If we are to go with Ratu She’s definition of exchange then he should note this:

    Some native land in Fiji were ‘exchanged’ with a bottle of whiskey; some with firearms and some with money!!!

    Exchanged ………………… for goodness sake!!! Ratu She the idiot!!! Likes to play around with words!!!

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