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Analysis: Facts vs Waqavonovono’s Fiction

SODELPA’s one-time youth leader and now member Peter Waqavonovono, yesterday put out a very passionate message on his Facebook where he said that: 1.       The Chief Justice
02 Nov 2018 12:05
Analysis: Facts vs Waqavonovono’s Fiction
Peter Waqavonovono

SODELPA’s one-time youth leader and now member Peter Waqavonovono, yesterday put out a very passionate message on his Facebook where he said that:

1.       The Chief Justice Anthony Gates was being sworn- in for another term on 5 November which is the coming Monday.

2.       The Chief Justice’s “most extra ordinary act as the Chief Justice, happened this Tuesday 30/10/18, where he accepted an appeal by FICAC on the case of Sitiveni Rabula. It took one working day, for lawyers to file the appeal and for the appeal to be called.”

This is the level of lies and misinformation that FijiFirst has been highlighting

Mr Waqavonovono, who touts himself as a political activist and may aspire to run for Parliament in the 2022 elections, needs to find out the facts and not assume.

Here are the facts:

1.       Chief Justice Anthony Gates will be swearing-in the President of Fiji Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote for his second term. This is the President’s swearing-in, that the people were sent invites to, not the Chief Justice Gates’. If Mr Waqavonovono had just picked up a directory and called the listed number to Chief Justice Gates’ personal assistant, he would have got the whole truth.

And, he did not stop there. He linked this to the ongoing case of his Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka, the appeal of which is before Chief Justice Gates.

2.       If Mr Waqavonovono had taken the time to read the Electoral Act instead of rattling off on Facebook, he would have noted that it is the law for charges filed under the Electoral Act to be fast tracked. He does not need a hardcopy of the Act. It is available online, for free. This is what the Act says:

Court to finalise decisions

Section 18 (A)

A court must promptly make a decision with respect to a charge filed for an election related offence under this Act, the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act 2012 and the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act 2013.

This is what Mr Rabuka is charged under, not the Crimes Act.

We have already seen too many instances of outright lies being perpetuated on social media and it is outrageous when a vocal member of SODELPA does the same.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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