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‘RFMF And A-G Lamu’

‘RFMF And A-G Lamu’
SODELPA MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca (left) Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
August 28
09:35 2015

Opposition parliamentarian Ratu Isoa Tikoca beat a hasty retreat yesterday after being asked whether he had described the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) as ‘lamu’ (scared).

The former RFMF officer was put on the spot by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a point of order. Ratu Isoa had uttered the iTaukei word lamu while fellow Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka was responding to a ministerial statement by the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Timoci Natuva.

Mr Gavoka had been criticising the presence of RFMF soldiers at the court hearing in the Western Division. It was then that Ratu Isoa, exclaimed, “lamu.”

The A-G on a point of order asked whether he had said lamu and if so whether the word had been directed to the RFMF.

The A-G asked whether he had said lamu and then proceeded with “Who are you calling lamu? Are you saying the RFMF is lamu?” asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

A clearly flustered Ratu Isoa said  after a pause that he meant the A-G was lamu. This didn’t make sense since  the Attorney-General had not been speaking and was not the subject of the speech at that point.

Ratu Isoa’s discomfort at being called out by A-G was obvious to all present in Parliament.

Once again such utterance from the Opposition received no word of caution from their silent leader.

Interestingly, both Biman Prasad, the National Federation Party leader, and Ro Teimumu Kepa chose to delegate responsibility to others in their respective  parties to respond to the sedition update that is of national interest.

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