A-G Cor­rects Rabuka: Buli­tavu Mo­tion De­bate is Not Sub­ju­dice

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SELITA BOLANAVANU­A

The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says dis­cus­sion on the Mos­ese Buli­tavu mo­tion is not sub­ju­dice.

He was re­spond­ing to the leader of the Op­po­si­tion Si­tiveni Rabuka’s com­ments that any dis­cus­sion would prej­u­dice the rights of Mr Buli­tavu and usurp the func­tions of the Po­lice, the DPP and the Courts, if charges were laid against the MP. Mr Rabuka said that was why SODELPA MPs would not con­trib­ute to the de­bate.

He said Mr Buli­tavu was still un­der Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­leged breaches of the Public Or­der Act.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, in his Right of Re­ply on the mo­tion against Mr Buli­tavu, said there was no is­sue of sub­ju­dice in place be­cause no one had been charged.

He said there was sim­ply a com­plaint made.

He also added that Mr Rabuka could have shown lead­er­ship as the Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama did, by con­demn­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence and racial stereo­typ­ing “but he failed to do so”. How­ever, he added that Mr Rabuka did not want to make a state­ment against racism, gen­der-based vi­o­lence be­cause it was a com­ment made by some­body who sat be­side him in Par­lia­ment.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added if one of the mem­bers of Fi­jiFirst had made such a com­ment he could as­sure the mem­bers that the fe­male mem­bers of the Op­po­si­tion would have been there day in and day out crit­i­cis­ing. As a for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Fiji and head of the ex­ec­u­tive, he should know when the

mat­ter was sub­ju­dice or not, said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum. He also said both Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party leader Bi­man Prasad and Mr Rabuka had al­lowed po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency to get in the way of com­mon hu­man de­cency, com­mon hu­man prin­ci­ple and hu­man rights.

He said the rea­son why he brought up the mo­tion was to very strongly con­demn the ut­ter­ance by Mr Buli­tavu due to its enor­mous im­pact on mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and its abil­ity to in­flu­ence peo­ple.

He said the ap­peal was made by mem­bers of the Gov­ern­ment side of the House. He said they spoke from the heart, they spoke about how they felt about their own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as a woman.

He added that the Op­po­si­tion women had the op­por­tu­nity to do so too not just last night, but prior to last night but they were silent. He said it was the hypocrisy that was caus­ing an­guish to peo­ple more than any­thing.

The mo­tion was passed with 30 in favour and 21 against.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

SODELPA Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Mos­ese Buli­tavu out­side Par­lia­ment.

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