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The Difference

The Difference
Barges and tugs carrying out Phase Two of the salvaging work on the sunken MV Southern Phoenix at the Suva harbour. Photo: Inoke Rabonu
August 13
18:46 2014

Between Voreqe Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu

She said…

Ro Teimumu Kepa says there can never be equal citizenry between the indigenous people (iTaukei) and other Fijians.

Speaking on FBC Television last night the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader admitted she endorsed the comments by former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase against equal citizenry.

She said: “They are the indigenous and they have special privileges because they were the first people who arrived here and because they are the owners of the land and the owners of the qoliqoli. So if you are talking about equality you have to see that there are certain things they own before everybody else came to Fiji. So what we are saying equality for all in terms of how we are living now and how we share the resources of the land.”

She said the indigenous Fijians had special rights under international conventions like the UN Convention on Indigenous People’s Rights.

She added: “Everybody else has their own rights but for the indigenous you have to give special consideration for any indigenous people anywhere in the world. Because there are only 500,000 of us. So if you don’t look after us, then we are lost. So we are asking everybody to help look after us as we are looking after them and we are sharing this country with everyone because this belongs to us. But when it comes to indigenous rights that is different.”

FBC Television

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Twice yesterday Prime Minister and FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama stressed the importance of equality and equal citizenry for all. He warned of the dangers of division.

At CWM Cardiac Lab Machine, New Operating Theatre.

“As I have great pleasure in opening this facility where so many individual hearts will be mended, I want to say this: We are a big-hearted nation. We are a big-hearted people. And I passionately believe that the heart of our nation has never beaten more strongly.

“Together, we are united and focused on building a better future for every Fijian, not just for some. We are rejecting the voices of division, the echoes of our turbulent past. We have our eyes set on finally fulfilling our destiny. And I am convinced as the Prime Minister of all Fijians, for all Fijians, that even greater days lie ahead. Because there is room for everyone in the new Fiji. No-one will be left behind. And that is my solemn promise as I seek your trust and support to lead us forward.

“May God bless us in our quest to become a better nation, a nation of equality, fairness and justice for all. May God Bless Fiji.”

At Tengy Cement Factory, Lami

“Clearly, there is consensus amongst the experts that things are looking good for Fiji. But you don’t need these reports to tell you that; you can see for yourself just by travelling around the country. Everywhere you turn, you see concrete examples of growth and development – a nation on the rise.

“The key now is to make sure that Fiji stays on track. It will only get better from here so long we keep our eye on the ball together as a nation and resist any forces that try to drag us down.”


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