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Why That Strange Lot Hates Me, Govt, Says PM

Why That Strange Lot Hates Me, Govt, Says PM
The He Shun that ran aground on the Navakavu Reef near the Bay of Islands in Lami. Crew members start to clear their belongings on September 24, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
May 01
10:20 2015

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says members of a delegation to the United Nations in New York have nothing in common but hatred for him.

He said this was because his Government had taken away their privileges and spoils of office.

He was referring to a Fiji Native and Tribal Congress team of Niko Nawaikula (SODELPA MP), Rajendra Chaudhry (Labour),   US-resident former SDL Minister for Women Adi Asenaca Caucau, and Tevita Korodrau (US-based anti-Government activist).

They were in New York to make a submission on indigenous rights in Fiji. Mr Nawaikula, who made the presentation, was critical of the Bainimarama-Government policies.

Mr Bainimarama said: “What a strange little group this delegation to the UN presented. Its members have nothing in common except a hatred for me and this Government. Because we removed their privileges and the spoils of office they had come to expect. When we gave ordinary people the fair share of the national cake they deserve and the justice and fairness they have a right to expect.”

He was speaking at the handover of lease documents to the trustees of Raiwai Youth and Community Council yesterday.

”Incredibly, one of the members of this delegation was the son of the former Labour Prime Minister who was beaten and held with his father in the Parliamentary complex in 2000 by the very same forces he now calls his friends,” he said.

“There was a picture of this person in the newspaper with an iTaukei chief, now resident in America, who once called people like him weeds and said they had no place in Fiji.

“Talk about strange bedfellows. These people were bitter enemies 15 years ago. Yet now they are all back-slapping each other and would have you believe that they represent your best interests.

“Examine the evidence and you will see for yourselves how ridiculous this alliance is. It merely proves the truth of a very old saying. That my enemy’s enemy is my friend. And see for yourself how ridiculous the claims they are making are – false claims that are not supported by any evidence whatsoever.

“My fellow Fijians, do not allow yourselves to be misled. What these people really hate is that their perks are gone and the Fijian people have turned against them.

“We are now one nation, one Fiji with opportunity and justice for all. Ethnicity, religion, provinces, chiefs, commoners should not matter. We are one.

“It is only by working together as one nation that Fiji will ever achieve the greatness that we all know is within our reach if we can stay united and strong.

“I honestly believe what I say when I tell our young people that there has never been a better time to be Fijian. And all of the evidence supports me in that belief – an economy growing by more than four per cent a year and offering us all the prospect of more prosperity for everyone.

“I’m delighted to be here this afternoon so soon after my 61st birthday to revisit a place I have very fond memories of as a boy growing up in Suva five decades ago.

“Like many young people at the time, I used to come here to take part in a range of sporting activities or just to cheer for our club in our weekly competitions.

“The Raiwai Youth and Community Centre will always have a special place in my heart. So I’m especially delighted to be here this afternoon to officially hand over the lease documents for the land on which it sits to the trustees of this wonderful place.”




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