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‘Ganging Up’ For The Elite

PM: Old politicians back to their bag of tricks MAIKA BOLATIKI and PAULINI RATULAILAI Old politicians are ganging up to give power back to the elite; the discarded Great Council
25 Jul 2014 09:04

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opens the new solar project at Wainimakutu Secondary School, Namosi, yesterday. The project was funded by the FIJI Water Foundation. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

PM: Old politicians back to their bag of tricks

MAIKA BOLATIKI and
PAULINI RATULAILAI

Old politicians are ganging up to give power back to the elite; the discarded Great Council of Chiefs (GCC), says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
He was speaking at Wainimakutu High School, Namosi, yesterday where he was chief guest at the opening of the Solar Project funded by FIJI Water Foundation.
These politicians, he said, had persuaded the other parties to support them in restoring the GCC, which rather than promoting democracy, actually returned power to the elite.
“While we have empowered ordinary iTaukei by giving them the lease monies from the land that is theirs for all time, they want to restore the Great Council of Chiefs and hand the money back to them,” he said.
These old politicians, he said, had re-emerged to challenge his Government’s determination to bury the divisions of the past, to create a more equal society and take every Fijian forward.
He said they had reached into the old bag of tricks they had always used in previous elections, trying to sow suspicion and attacked his vision of the great future that lay ahead if they stayed focus and united.
“Their claim that iTaukei land is threatened is a lie. Their claim that Christianity is threatened is a lie. But they continue to peddle these lies at their meetings across the country because essentially, they have nothing else to offer.”
He said while his Government held out the vision of a clever country, these old politicians treated the Fijian people like fools.
“While we tell the young people how our free education policy opens up the world of opportunity our own generation never had, they want to revive old arguments and rake over the dead coals of the past.”
He said these politicians from various political parties were going to the nation with a claim that simply beggars belief, that having brought them to their knees with their bitter disputes in the past, they could all work together now and into the future.
He said these politicians could not work together in the past and said – “How do they expect anyone to believe they can work together now?”




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