Chand claims he spoke ‘truth’ over 2000 event

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­jisun.com.fj

Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party MP Par­mod Chand yes­ter­day stood by his con­tro­ver­sial state­ment about the 2000 events he made in Par­lia­ment.

Speak­ing at a Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party ta­lanoa ses­sion at Rishikul Sanatan Col­lege hall in Nas­inu he said: “What­ever I have said in the Par­lia­ment was the truth, but you know what, the truth hurts.”

Both Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Chief of Staff Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouni­wai have crit­i­cised Mr Chand over his state­ment.

Mr Chand said in Par­lia­ment: “May I re­mind this House that in 2000, the hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter was the leader of the mil­i­tary forces. He could not con­trol his guns. He is to be blamed for the 2000 coup.”

Mr Bain­i­marama said: “The lit­tle coward… where was he dur­ing the event of 2000?... prob­a­bly hid­ing un­der his bus. Never heard a squeak from him when the Par­lia­ment group un­der Ratu Naiqama took over the camp and ran­sacked Labasa Town. Now he is yelling from the rooftops.” He asked where Mr Chand was when the SDL Gov­ern­ment came up with racist poli­cies. Colonel Ratu Jone said peo­ple like Mr Chand had failed to ap­pre­ci­ate the sac­ri­fices made by RFMF men and women for In­doFi­jians “over their very own blood and vanua.”

He said the RFMF to­gether with its Com­man­der stood with the few against ethno-na­tion­al­ism. He said the RFMF was con­cerned with Mr Chand’s ac­cu­sa­tion.

Mr Chand urged NFP mem­bers present to be strong and mighty. He com­mended them for be­ing fear­less in at­tend­ing the meet­ing.

“I want to re­mind those peo­ple that are try­ing to put fear into other Fi­jians, come 2018, they per­haps will not be sit­ting in the Par­lia­ment house,” he added. NFP leader Bi­man Prasad re­peated some of the party poli­cies he out­lined in Par­lia­ment that they would stand for in the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion. Pres­i­dent Pio Tiko­d­uadua also spoke.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Those who turned up for the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party ta­lanoa ses­sion at Rishikul Sanatan Col­lege hall on Septem­ber 16, 2017.

Photos: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party MP Par­mod Chand (left), and Party pres­i­dent Pio Tiko­d­uadua.

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