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Flaw in 90/97 Constitution

Ulaiasi Dauvunau Lautoka Firstly and foremost – I would like to thank God in using Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama (PM) and all his brave team as an instrument into this gigantic
30 Sep 2012 09:02

Ulaiasi Dauvunau
Lautoka

Firstly and foremost – I would like to thank God in using Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama (PM) and all his brave team as an instrument into this gigantic reformation of our Fiji Constitution.
Below are few of the many things that I have been opposed to – within the two flawed Fiji constitutions (1990/1997).
n Eradicate from the Fiji Constitution all elements of racist.
Let me give you just few of them – (1). There shouldn’t be a ministry called Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.
All iTaukei affairs budget should be managed by its own fund, and not Government fund – full stop. (2). Great Council of Chief should be removed. All the presidents that were chosen by the GCC – in fact are “President of the iTaukei” and shouldn’t be called President of Fiji.
Why? Because only iTaukei choose him. Fiji consists of a mixed ethnic group – so all the policies about this in the coming constitution should be illuminated from this perspective.
There shouldn’t be any favouritism to any ethnic group like the iTaukei as clearly spelled out in the two flawed constitutions (1990/1997).
n  As a Christian, I strongly uphold all citizen of Fiji (all ethnic groups) should be called Fijian.
As a Christian, we should teach and practices all of Christ’s selfless character.
n As an Adventist Christian, I am strongly against the idea “that Fiji should become a Christian state”.
God’s people are composed not only of Christian category or belief.
Any true theologian can foresee the disaster that it will bring.
n The idea of believing that the itaukei chiefs have power – should be eradicated once and for all from our coming constitution. Power should come “from the people to the people”.
The chiefs or any type of leader’s duty is to make sure that all the plans/policies that have been agreed “from his people” are done. To me, this is real democratic power, and it is a good theology.
n The reprogramming of all Government policies at every level (top to bottom) needs a lot of time.
This includes the screening of all churches, and organisations fundamental beliefs and policies.
Should the election in 2014 be postponed for another two years – let it be! Selfless/equal rights policies to be tuned to every aspect of our living are our way out and not election.
I am an iTaukei from the Island of Vanuavatu in Lau. I am also an Adventist Christian believer. To radically eradicate COUP culture in Fiji, we need to completely cut out the cause (Selfish/legalistic policies).
Thank you!




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