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Between The Line, November 4, 2018

Rabuka’s Reef Some things don’t change in life. Your track record fol­lows you wherever you go. SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka is 70 years old and some have asked him why
04 Nov 2018 13:13
Between The Line, November 4, 2018
SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka at the Lautoka rally on Saturday November 03, 2018.

Rabuka’s Reef

Some things don’t change in life.

Your track record fol­lows you wherever you go.

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka is 70 years old and some have asked him why is he having his last throw of the dice.

He told a party rally in Lautoka yesterday: “Some have asked me why did you come back?

“When I felt that Fiji had hit a reef I decided to come back. I had seven years as Fiji’s captain so when I feel that we are on a reef, it is my duty to come back, get it off the reef get it into safe harbour.”

Wasn’t this the same Mr Rabuka who pushed this country to the reef when he overthrew the demo­cratically-elected Govern­ment of Prime Minister Dr Timoci Bavadra (Inci­dentally an iTaukei) in a military coup in 1987?

Was this the same Mr Rabuka who some chiefs used to achieve their po­litical ambitions then?

Was this the same Mr Rabuka, who during his watch as Prime Minister, saw the National Bank hit the reef?

The bank collapsed and could not be salvaged.

We are blessed that hardwork and the good­will of all Fijians allowed the country to bounce back to where it is today.

Mr Rabuka replied: “Whatever my history has been, whatever my past and wherever my past has taken me, November 14, you and I have equal power.

“You and I have the power to change the gov­ernment of this nation.”

The fact is many have not forgotten his history and how he crashed our country on to the reef.

 

WHO ASKED HIM TO DO THE COUP?

Mr Rabuka has apolo­gised about his military coups in 1987 which plunged the country into political turmoil and eco­nomic disaster.

What he has not re­vealed is who asked him to carry out the first coup.

His answer would clarify a lot of issues surround­ing the controversial call to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs as well as a push for equal distri­bution of lease monies.

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