GCC and 2018 elec­tions

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Save­naca Vakali­waliwa, Canada

We do not have to be a brain sur­geon to fig­ure out why the SODELPA par­lia­men­tar­i­ans made a pe­ti­tion to re­in­state the Great Coun­cil of Chiefs the other day.

They know very well that the cur­rent Fi­jiFirst Govern­ment won a land­slide vic­tory in the 2014 Gen­eral Elec­tions, which im­plies that Fi­jians had ac­cepted the abo­li­tion of the Great Coun­cil of Chiefs among oth­ers pro­moted by SODELPA.They also know that as the Op­po­si­tion, they do not have the num­bers and nearly ev­ery­thing they present in Par­lia­ment was out­voted.

So two years be­fore the 2018 Gen­eral Elec­tion, why bring up this is­sue of re­in­stat­ing the GCC now? From the ar­gu­ments of the SODELPA par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, one could feel that this is where they be­gin their 2018 elec­tion cam­paign. They want to paint a pic­ture that our iTaukei chiefs, whom we hold dear in our re­spec­tive

vanua, are be­ing de­prived of their high sta­tus and rel­e­gated to be­ing a com­moner, and that the cur­rent Govern­ment is to be blamed.

I be­lieve this is­sue and other di­vi­sive ones ap­peal­ing to the iTaukei will be con­tin­u­ally re­peated in Par­lia­ment and its re­jec­tion will be used to preach in the next elec­tion cam­paign that the Fi­jiFirst Govern­ment is an­ti­iTaukei and should not be re-elected. In the last 10 years where we have been func­tion­ing with­out the GCC as a body, has a poll been con­ducted among our chiefs to see if they them­selves want a GCC and be part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process of Fiji? GCC or no GCC, chiefs will re­main chiefs to be loved and re­spected in the lead­er­ship of its peo­ple.

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