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Mutual survival

Written By : Vani Veikoso Turkey, Kiri Richmond Dubai, Ulamila Wragg Rarotonga Naomi Roberts Australia . Democracy is not perfect. However, with all its “inefficiencies” it is still the best
30 May 2008 12:00

Written By : Vani Veikoso Turkey, Kiri Richmond Dubai, Ulamila Wragg Rarotonga Naomi Roberts Australia . Democracy is not perfect.
However, with all its “inefficiencies” it is still the best system we have which enhances mutual survival.
Mutual survival in this context refers to the collective survival of citizens and the government. Can this be said for Fiji at this point in our history?
We would say no because at this stage for us citizens of Fiji, it is more like survival of the fittest. Fittest meaning those in power at the moment, who waste our minimal financial resources in undertaking overseas trips and political activities such as the charter that are redundant, and in no way whatsoever, take our Fiji forward as they vehemently profess to be doing.
What saddens us is that these interim government officials have obviously established a “self-centeredness” attitude about themselves and their mission, that they have lost touch with the real plight of our citizens.
This lost touch with reality allows officials such as the interim Ombudsman to state that “the rights of people in Fiji were violated before December 5, 2006 as there was a form of apartheid operating”. Can the Ombudsman enlighten us on exactly which form of apartheid (a system for systematically separating the races) was operating before December 5 2006?
South Africa experienced apartheid in its many forms since 1685. These include, the forbiddance of marriage between Europeans and Africans, the right to vote was only bestowed on people with wealth, the forceful eviction of African landowners from their land and the disbarment of Africans from taking jobs involving skilled labour.
These all led to Africans losing control of the running of their country from 1936 on. But all was not lost as Africans who believed in their own freedom, life and liberty fought on until 1990 when Nelson Mandela won the first any-citizen-can-vote election.
So this interim government may oppress the people now but it will not be forever as proven by the experiences of many countries that have done so in the past. Democracy no matter how one defines it to suit one’s agenda is still the best for mutual survival for the citizens and the government.
There are no two ways about it.




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