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Political, undemocratic institution: Tikoitoga By MAIKA BOLATIKI The new way forward now is to build a better and a new democratic Fiji. And for chiefs like the Marama Bale na
17 Apr 2012 10:46

Political, undemocratic institution: Tikoitoga

Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The new way forward now is to build a better and a new democratic Fiji.
And for chiefs like the Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, to keep harping about the abolishment of the Great Council of Chiefs is, according to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces spokesman and Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, a non-issue to the current leadership.
Colonel Tikoitoga said the way forward now is that we must now focus on a future in which all Fijians are represented.
In a letter from Ro Teimumu to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama the Rewa high chief wrote, “The revolutionary changes that you are making in Fiji cannot be made without the involvement of the Great Council of Chiefs of Fiji.
“They are the source of peace, stability and unifying factor for the different communities living in Fiji.”
Colonel Tikoitoga said the reason the GCC had been abolished was that for the past 20 years the GCC, including its secretariat, had became highly politicised, with its members having political affiliations and membership in political parties.
Most of decisions made by chiefs were based on the political parties they were affiliated to.
The current Government, Colonel Tikoitoga said, wanted all Fijians to be treated equally and be given the opportunity to air their concerns and not through their chiefs.
“All grievances must now be aired through the democratic channel and not through an undemocratic channel like the GCC,” he said.
Colonel Tikoitoga said the iTaukei people had given their total support for the Government and the decisions it made.
All Fijians want to live peacefully and harmoniously in a Fiji that promoted equality for all, he said; a Fiji that championed decisions made through democratic processes.
Colonel Tikoitoga said the GCC had been de-established and that would remain.




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