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Coup culture

Written By : Jone Dakuvula. I refer to the article from British citizen Victor Lal (FS 19/7 in which he has misquoted me with reference to what I said to
22 Jul 2008 12:00

Written By : Jone Dakuvula. I refer to the article from British citizen Victor Lal (FS 19/7 in which he has misquoted me with reference to what I said to New Zealand. Foreign Minister Winston Peters at a meeting with representatives of the NCBBF.
Mr Lal relied on a second-hand newspaper report. What I said to Mr Peters in response to his question on how to stop the coup culture was that the most practical achievement in the situation we are in now, is to commit the RFMF to return the country to a better constitutional democracy under which their role as a security force will be more clearly redefined.
Because of Mr Peter’s assumption that the RFMF was the sole cause of coups in this country, I reminded him that the three earlier interventions were instigated by politicians and political activists from outside the RFMF, except for the 2006 takeover, which as far as I know, was initiated and led by the RFMF.
That is why some people say it is a coup to stop future coups.
As a critic, Victor Lal has published many long articles in the Fiji Sun and up to now he has not suggested any better practical way out of the current situation (that has the support of the RFMF) then what the NCBBF has achieved so far.
In this article he has also warned that no one should dare criticise a foreign critic like him because he is, like Mahatma Ghandi and Aung San Su Ki, who spent many years outside their countries before returning home to face up to the full brunt of “military dictatorship” in Burma, and the British Raj in India.
I am wondering when this self styled Mahatma, or Aung San Su Ki, will come back to Fiji, put on his sarong, or home spun dhoti, and lead the fight against the NCBBF and “military dictatorship”.
There is a significant difference between these famous former exiles and “Mahatma Lal”. They never sought or achieved UN refugee status in those overseas countries where they lived. May be “Mahatma Lal” could tell us the evidence of personal oppression and death threats he provided to achieve such categorization in the UK.




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