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PM Bainimarama’s Pledge On Security And Safety

Every responsible citizen of this country will sympathise and agree with the Prime Minister’s concerns about threats against individuals and entire ethnic groups. As emotions rise and flare up in
11 Sep 2014 13:36
PM Bainimarama’s Pledge On Security And Safety
Nadroga on attack against Ram Sami Suva in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, this afternoon. Photo: FRU Media

Every responsible citizen of this country will sympathise and agree with the Prime Minister’s concerns about threats against individuals and entire ethnic groups. As emotions rise and flare up in this election, it is reassuring to hear Voreqe Bainimarama make this national pledge: “You will be safe now and into the future. So do not be concerned about the threats that are being made by these troublemakers, however upsetting they may be. I promise that every Fijian living under my Government will be able to go about their daily lives in peace and sleep soundly in their beds at night, no matter whom they are or where they come from. I will not tolerate a climate of intimidation and fear.”

To the business community, Mr Bainimarama promised: “We will do everything required to keep the peace. Suva will not be allowed to burn as it did in 2000 in one of the most disgraceful episodes in our nation’s history. You can be sure of it because we will make sure of it.”

Perpetrators of these threats are driven by ulterior motives and are employing dubious means to instill fear in the minds of voters. It is high time now that political parties must come forward and condemn the scaremongering tactics.

It is not enough just to say “they are not our supporters” or “we are not aware”.  Where there is clear evidence that party supporters and sympathisers were involved, the party should publicly dissociate itself from the crime and call on all its supporters to refrain from engaging in such activities. In their remaining campaign meetings, political parties, should address this serious issue.

Failure to do this could be interpreted that they condone these acts and could be accused of aiding and abetting these activities.

In one incident a vehicle was spray painted and the name of a prominent party and its motto are plastered over it. In another incident, a person allegedly threatened to commit arson if FijiFirst wins the election.

The Police have warned that they will come down heavily on people engaged in these illegal activities.

Every effort must be made to stop any developments aimed at sabotaging this election. The success of this election hinges on its credibility and integrity. It means that people cast their votes free from intimidation and coercion.

The threat to kill is disturbing and blogs and Face- book are full of messages of hatred and violence. Obviously those pedlling them oppose the new direction the country has taken and want to drag us back to the dark days of 1987 and 2000.

These were the days of shame when many people suffered at the hands of violent groups fighting for what they claimed was their indigenous agenda.

Mr Bainimarama has promised those days would not be repeated.

His assurance of safety and security last night was timely and removed the anguish people had.

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 



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