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Letters September 12 2014

Fijian soldiers Josaia Rayawa, Savusavu In 1992, I took the RMF Band and cultural group x 45 to the “Fiji Week in Malaysia” event organised in conjunction with FTIB/FVB. On
12 Sep 2014 11:34

Fijian soldiers

Josaia Rayawa, Savusavu

In 1992, I took the RMF Band and cultural group x 45 to the “Fiji Week in Malaysia” event organised in conjunction with FTIB/FVB.

On the Sunday there, we were invited to attend a Methodist Church service in Kuala Lumpur. The president of the Methodist Church of Malaysia presided over this service. As the soldiers sang four hymns that morning led by the effervescent Captain Tamani (RIP), it was obvious to everyone how emotional the president of the Church was feeling as he wiped tears from his eyes, his head bowed, throughout.

When it was time for him to address us with the sermon he opened up with the words: “The first time I heard such Heavenly voices, was when I was a 10-year-old boy and I heard the sound of singing coming from a church nearby by our residence, and when I opened the door, I saw grown men singing and in tears before the Lord”. They were Fijian soldiers. He added: “I was moved by their singing and it was then, I decided I wanted to know the God they served.”

It was during the Malayan War campaign in the 1950s. The soldiers didn’t know then, but their singing that day served a purpose, at least for one individual coming to know the Lord.

As I reflect on the Syrian situation involving our 45 Fijian soldiers, I couldn’t help thinking that it is possible that some of our soldiers, if not all, will have more than likely recommitted their lives to the Lord. Who knows! All things work together for good to them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28).

Through our continued prayers, a situation considered bad can turn out to be a situation turned good, a result of a divine hidden purpose revealed more clearly, because a faithful few believed, it was possible.

Now I am not sure what those hidden purposes are, but there sure is going to be some amazing testimonies that will come of out this situation. Stay in prayer. That’s the only connection we all have with them. Thank God for that channel.
Old buses,

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

When all areas in the Nasinu area are getting new buses to service the area, Nepani gets the same old buses.  Mind you we have got the best road ever but we are stuck with the same old buses. The bus company that services Nepani has some new buses recently but they are sent elsewhere.

The buses are not the only problem, its time schedule is never the same every day. And to make it worse, the majority of the runs do not reach their  destination because they will surely experience a mechanical problem on the way.

Luckily we live along the main road. Many people in Nepani walk to catch a much better service by the main road.

We ask the bus owners/operators to improve their service or we sign a petition to change the bus company that service Nepani. I am sure that all residents of Nepani will rally for a better service.

iQoliqoli ownership
Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

A political party is telling its supporters that the iqoliqoli should be “rightfully” returned to the iTaukei because it actually belongs to us.

On October 10, 1874, the Deed of Cession was signed at Levuka by Ratu Seru Cakobau and 12 other paramount chiefs of Fiji. The first two paragraphs of this Deed clearly states that Fiji has been “unconditionally surrendered” to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. In return, the Queen has to pay the damages done to the Americans at Nukulau and become a protector of Fiji.

In its 96-year rule, the British (owners of Fiji) developed our country and brought in Indians from mainland India (also a British colony at that time) to work in our sugar industry and build our economy.

In the “Order of Independence” delivered by Queen Victoria’s great grandson, Prince Charles in 1970 states that Fiji is to be governed in accordance to the 1970 Constitution and lands that are not owned by the Crown or Freehold be returned to the iTaukei and the iqoliqoli is to be owned by the State. Those were the order of the crown who legally owned Fiji.

Anything that is owned by the State means that it is a property of all the citizens of this country, iTaukei, Indo-Fijians, Fiji-Chinese, Part-Europeans, Rotumans and etc. and has to be managed by the elected Government of the day. The iTaukei were given access rights to use it only as their ikanakana, not ownership.

Nowhere in the Deed of Cession of 1874 or in the Order of Independence of 1970 is it stated that the iqoliqoli is still owned by us iTaukei or is to be given to us iTaukei. To transfer the ownership of the iqoliqoli from the State (its rightful owner) to us iTaukei is not only racist but a “Daylight Robbery” of a property that belongs to all races and citizens of this country.

Despite we iTaukei owning 91.2 per cent of the land, SODELPA still wants us to break the Ten Commandments and  “steal” the iqoliqoli from its current rightful owners then go to church on Sunday to worship as if God is blind.

The chaotic repercussion of this transfer, if done, is clearly described on my letter headed “Qoliqoli Bill” on Saturday Sun 7/9/14.

Investigation,

Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Colo-i-Suva

 

Thanks to Fiji Police Commissioner, Bernardus Groenewald, for stating that complaints made about electoral related issues “as stipulated in the Electoral Decree of 2014, the Fiji Police Force will conduct initial investigations before the cases are referred to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).” –  Fiji Sun September 7.

But sadly on July 31, the Supervisor of Elections sent a fax to the CCF that a complaint had been lodged by the Supervisor with the FICAC that the CCF had breached the Electoral Decree. The complaint was also against CCF’s partner for the event at the University of the South Pacific (USP) on Tuesday, July 29.

The FICAC team who visited CCF office on Monday, August 4 to investigate CCF for having conducted the public conversation on free and fair elections when asked by CCF CEO admitted that they had no Police officers and obviously they were not acting on behalf of the Fiji Police.

Again on August 1, a letter from the Supervisor of Elections was delivered to the CCF stating that the complaint was based on the CCF not receiving approval from the Electoral Commission or the Supervisor of Elections for the event. The letter noted CCF’s lack of compliance with Section 115 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Decree.

Nothing has been heard since from FICAC after several visits. But CCF’s application to proceed with holding the other three public conversations on Bill of Rights, Separation of Powers and transitional to parliamentary democracy before September 17 was not approved by the Minister Responsible for Elections. Nothing here seems to be related to corruption since the Electoral Commission were informed and invited to attend although they chose not to participate.

It’s a grave disappointment that this attempt to educate citizens in order that elections this month might measure up to international standards is seen bad enough to warrant investigation for corruption.It hurts.

 




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