Old politicians promoted racial disunity: PM Bainimarama
From FIJI TV
SUVA, Fiji —The FijiFirst Party came out strong Tuesday on the issue of race politics.
In a rally organised in Rakiraki , Party Leader Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama argued that past politicians have often promoted racial disunity.
“Don’t vote for any other Party that will remove this constitution or will amend it especially those parties that don’t have an agenda like SODELPA. I am talking about PDP and Labour and NFP, they really don’t have any reason why we should bring back the GCC, unless of course they are sucking up to the SODELPA people,”
Bainimarama told the masses, that making Fiji a Christian state and the return of the Great Council of Chiefs, which has been a leading campaign message of rival political Parties will only promote racial disharmony for Fiji in the future.
He said the 2013 Constitution protects the rights of all Fijian citizens .
“When i came into power, I said that 2006 will be the end of all this racial disunity because I was looking forward to this , the constitution, that will bring about equal citizenry. A few people will not like it lets force it down their throat to like equal citizenry, Bainimarama argued.”
“Lets not be faint hearted and stand strong .Lets tell those who are promoting racial disunity to move aside if they will not tolerate racial harmony. It all boils down to Love and that is what our constitution is promoting.”
Bainimarama argued that Parties like SODELPA had a chance to lead Fiji into a united nation following the events of 2000 but failed to do so when they got into power in 2001.
“We all know what happened then when they were in power, they became divisive in their policies with regards to race.”
“ They started to churn the racist mill among the I-taukei community up until i started to speak up against it. I had been speaking to them about it then. I told them to take away those policies. The 2000 upheaval was still fresh in the minds of many. My soldiers died, their deaths are not in vain , their deaths were not to promote racial disunity in Fiji.”