Epeli Rabua, Suva As the FijiFirst Government continues its Parliamentary sessions, we the citizens of Fiji are once again witness to ‘lawful dictatorship’ in its full context. Fiji One TV audience as an example; Government decreed that Digicel could buy Sky Pacific, however, they could not broadcast Fijian material on its Fiji One channel. This channel although being transmitted by Sky Pacific, is a free-to-air channel. You do not have to pay Sky or become a subscriber to view this channel. Now the majority of Fijians in most sub-urban areas, villages and islands cannot watch anything on Fiji One. And Fiji Broadcasting Commission TV cannot provide this service. The Great Council of Chiefs is another example. The Prime Minister continues to say it is a waste of time. Under the Native Land Trust Board’s original laws and regulations, ALL land in Fiji belong to the chiefs. These, have been shared out amongst the different provinces, villages, tribes, clans and society in today’s Fiji. Today’s modern Fijians own land through the benevolence of our chiefs. Each and every day we read and pay the price for disregarding the chiefs’ magnanimity.
The steep increase in rape, robbery, spousal abuse, drug abuse, you name it and there is no end or a decrease in sight! Even our Parliament sittings have been shortened to allow the Government people to have more free time to read about the increase in crime and do nothing about it.