Ve­sikula’s rhetoric claims

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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.

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