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May 10
10:50 2013

Pointer By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Any political party or member found spreading lies to cause trouble will be charged, the Fiji Police Force has warned.
Speaking to Fiji Sun yesterday, Police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu hinted that they have mounted a joint operation with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to monitor political activities.
The warning is a follow up from Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama’s concerns that there were some former politicians and civil servants allegedly spreading “lies” about the security of iTaukei land not protected under the draft constitution, and interpreting the draft differently.
ACP Tudravu said the force’s intention set out by Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua was to prepare a conducive environment for the 2014 general elections.
“We do not want any threats to national security created by politicians or any individuals as we prepare for the 2014 general elections,” Mr Tudravu said.
The Prime Minister had earlier reported that his Government was committed to ensure that iTaukei lands remained protected by law and that no alienation of iTaukei land will take place.
Under section (5) of the iTaukei Land Trust Act iTaukei land shall not be alienated, whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange except to the Crown.
As for political campaigns leading up to the elections, ACP Tudravu is urging political parties to be transparent.
“Although these political parties will not require a permit for their political rallies, I want to remind them that the Commissioner of Police still has the power to intervene if it is required,” he said.
In all the draft constitution consultations held throughout the country, the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, repeatedly told the people present at the consultations that iTaukei land was well protected in the Bill of Rights.
The Government also said amendments could be made to incorporate specific land rights.
“We have already started our joint operation and this will continue in future,” ACP Tudravu said.
“There is no place for political liars in the roadmap to democracy put in place by the Bainimarama-led Government.”
He said this new roadmap would see all Fijians living harmoniously and happily in a new and a better Fiji.

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