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Land grab

Written By : Utiko Nabunobuno Lautoka. Ratu Tevita Momoedonu made a very interesting speech on his presentation to the People’s Charter team visiting his Vanua O Vuda, which was broadcast
27 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Utiko Nabunobuno Lautoka. Ratu Tevita Momoedonu made a very interesting speech on his presentation to the People’s Charter team visiting his Vanua O Vuda, which was broadcast on Fijian Radio (Tuesday 25/06).
His concern was that if the ‘one man – one vote’ system promoted by the People’s Charter went through, there is a high possibility that the Fijians (indigenous) of Vuda could very well lose their voice in Parliament, let alone the other minorities.
Parliament will be dominated by Indians. He gave the example that Vuda alone had its own Indian Communal seat, while the Fijians had to be incorporated to the Ba East/West Constituency, which covers an area greater than Vuda.
This meant that they were outnumbered, and if all seats were to be Open Seats, no Fijians would represent Vuda because judging by the numbers and the voting pattern over the years, even if a cow stood on an FLP ticket, it would be voted in.
His other concern was the Sahu Khan report that Fijians just be given customary land (only in their villages), and the rest be given to the state.
I summarise the People’s Charter initiative as a ‘land grab’ ploy. They will have the majority in Parliament that will enable them to successfully change the land laws which requires a two thirds majority in Parliament without Frank abrogating the constitution.
Yet, they are quite scared about the Constitution being abrogated because it could swing either way depending on Frank’s mood on the day.




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