PM: Amrit Asked For Qarase’s Removal

 Bainimarama accuses PAP Founding Member of pushing for an overthrow of Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Govt
06 Apr 2022 11:34
PM: Amrit Asked For Qarase’s Removal
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva on April 5, 2022, outside Parliament(Left) Ajay Bhai Amrit. (Right) . Photo: Ronald Kumar

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, in an interview yesterday, alleged that The People’s Alliance Party founding member, Ajay Bhai Amrit, had asked for the forced removal of the Laisenia Qarase-led Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Government.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun, Mr Bainimarama addressed a number of issues ranging from his health, PAP’s policies, a union of PAP with the National Federation Party and Mr Amrit’s involvement in politics. Fiji Sun met Mr Rabuka in Suva and asked him questions on this. He said to send him questions on email.

“I want to go on record to say, Ajay Amrit, at a dinner with the business community, asked me in front of them to remove the Qarase Government because of the Bills. He said he was speaking on behalf of the Gujarati community.”

The Bills referred to here are the controversial Qoliqoli and Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Unity Bills, which was pushed through by Mr Qarase’s cabinet.

“So, all of you SDL supporters who have since moved to SODELPA and now with PAPi (People’s Alliance Party), there’s this man. You should not trust him and all those who brought him into the party.

“The iTaukei supporters do not know of that story that he wanted Qarase and the SDL Government removed. Corruption will start big time if they win the election.”

Mr Amrit is currently away overseas. Questions were emailed and sent to him via Viber but remained unanswered when this edition went to press.


Inconsistencies of Sitiveni Rabuka

Mr Bainimarama, while quoting Nelson Mandela, said: “For anybody who changes his principles depending on who he is dealing with, that is not a man who can lead a nation!

“And Rabuka has been doing that. Jumping from pillar to post looking for something to hang on to propel him to lead the nation again to failure. The only thing consistent with Rabuka is his inconsistency and for that reason he cannot be trusted to lead.”

He also questioned what were the policies of PAP and NFP, and further pointed out that the two parties were only criticising FijiFirst but failed to offer any tangible alternative policies.

“They’ve talked about their marriage. The whole purpose is to get rid of FijiFirst, which means all are clamouring for leadership positions, nothing about helping Fijians All you hear are complaints. Can they tell us what their policies are besides just getting rid of FijiFirst?

“Biman and his followers do not know what they’re getting themselves into. When a snake and a mongoose meet, at the end they will fight. Either one of them gets killed or they kill each other.”

He said FijiFirst had implemented many policies, which were not done previously, an example being anti-corruption laws.

“We came up with anti-corruption laws, which previous governments were avoiding implementing.”


Post elections leadership

While responding to a former Communications Consultant who claimed that Mr Bainimarama would be handing over the leadership to the Attorney-General, Mr Bainimarama said: “Why would I handover after elections? Because everyone keeps saying I’m sick? This is coming from an alcoholic who cannot walk 1 kilometre without getting stuck into a bottle of wine.”

Mr Bainimarama pointed out that other Members of Parliament including some in Opposition had undergone the same surgical procedure that he had.

“I’m not sick. I’ve had surgery and I’ve recovered from the surgery. Some Members of Parliament have also had the same surgery and they’ve recovered. Biman was sick and he’s recovered fully, we hope.”


Tui Nadi’s criticism

Prime Minister said the Tui Nadi Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci’s support for PAP stemmed from the promise that PAP would revert all lease money distribution to what it was before.

Previously, heads of landowning chiefly households would receive a larger chunk of the lease money compared to the equal distribution that is currently being practiced.

“He doesn’t seem to realise the amount of money that’s gone in the Nadi area in terms of development in the last few years. He wants PAP to win so he can revert back the equal distribution of lease money. He is only looking at what he can benefit from PAPi’s win.”

Mr Bainimarama pointed out that it was Mr Rabuka who had wanted all iTaukei land to be converted to state land.

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