Vesikula’s rhetoric claims
Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
I wish to reply and correct Ratu Isireli Vesikula’s claims to his letter in the Fiji Times’ Nai Lalakai edition (See Fiji Sun P4 18 May, 2016). He alluded and is adamant Government is carrying out many illegal activities relevant to the weakening of our iTaukei institutions. But I would like to encourage the former iTaukei Affairs Ministry employee and his SODELPA friends to go register their disappointments with our Fijian Courts and judicial system. He has very poor judgement and his claims lack the credibility and truth from the iTaukei vernacular titled ‘Vanua kei na Politiki’. But for his record herewith are answers to his rhetorics.
1. Fiji is a sovereign nation and it is governed by the democratically elected FijiFirst party led by Voreqe Bainimarama to which Australia has the utmost of respect for and will not interfere in any matter as suggested by Ratu Isireli relevant to our Fijian-made democracy. He is totally out of his mind in suggesting that Australia must send an army of peacekeeping force to Fiji.
2. His criticism of the Indian, Indonesia, Chinese and the Russian military presence in our country post TC Winston is uncalled for and irresponsible. These governments had brought in their much needed million dollars worth of humanitarian assistance to help Fijians who were affected. But I never heard of any positive input by Ratu Isireli. 3. Our 2013 Constitution has been hailed by UN and the Commonwealth member countries; it profoundly protects equally the rights of the iTaukei with other Fijians of our country and cannot be weakened contrary to his claims but our Government’s agenda and mandate from the majority is one of inclusiveness but not divisive. 4.The former GCC in its presence should be blamed for allowing the marginalisation of the iTaukei in the commercial world whereby other communities have benefited in the opportunities made available to them through their hard work, sacrifices and perseverance, but Ratu Isireli’s claims of Muslim in Fiji having benefited in most things as they hold powers in Government and other statutory organisation is disrespectful to the many other
iTaukei and Indo-Fijians who hold high offices in Government, the public service and the private sector. The abandoned GCC did not see fit to promote and prioritise education one hundred and fifty years ago to benefit the iTaukei but they were irresponsibly bogged deep into bad politics and vanua conflict. I can imagine the difference education would have undoubtedly made and contributed in our country’s economy, leadership and successes in the business world to date.