Top of the morning bloggers. Someone reading this misleading heading and unfamiliar with Fiji’s political situation could be forgiven in thinking that Fiji’s future revolves around Chodo. James Anthony, the wannabe expert who did a fly by night Inquiry into Fiji’s media and backed by Shyista does not speak with any authority regarding Fiji. He even had the gull to condemn Dr. Brij Lal.
Making news today is the Police and Army being blasted by Justice Jiten Singh in the manner in which they treated Tevita Navualaba and awarded him $73,000 in compensation. Also, the FLP now is changing its tune and is expected to call for early elections! Imagine that bloggers! Chodo and Jokapeci Koroi unashamedly attacked the notion of early elections next year, saying this and that had to be in place before elections could take place and as soon as Chodo is given the boot, they now want early elections!!! Furthermore bloggers, the FLP is expected not to endorse the farter Charter, until an election date has been set! Samy must be sweating. Vayeshnoi and Ricketts will follow the leader, but the big question is, which leader? Chodo or Vore! SV wonders what the weekend will bring. Keep blogging ragone!
By JIM ANTHONY, Ph.D
Friday, August 15, 2008
An open letter to the interim Government
The interim Government is poised to make the most unsettling decision of its 20 months in power. It is reported reliably that Mahendra Chaudhry is about to lose his job his head delivered on a platter to his enemies, some of long standing, some more recent.
Some of those now wanting to see Mr Chaudhry go were his friends in December 2006. They no longer support him, offering him as a sacrificial lamb for reasons which are indefensible if impartially reviewed. The NCBBF, including its Secretariat, is reported to be partly behind this move.
No small part of a steady stream of pressure has come from the shadows, particularly in the past six months, although Mr Chaudhry was a target immediately after the interim Government came to power in very much the same way that he was targeted when he became PM in 1999.
This decision, if it is put into effect, will split the country again and open new and old wounds. It will be a bad decision no matter how it is justified or how attempts are made to explain it away. Reports say that Sir James Ah Koy is to replace Mr Chaudhry.
Sources close to some of the behind the scenes activity say that an old, tried and failed plan that is being resurrected is a government of “national unity”: Qarase and a couple of his cronies, an equal number from the Labour Party (they hope), Mick Beddoes and some others such as Akuila Yabaki, elements of the Great Council of Chiefs and others, perhaps even from the National Federation Party.
The least that might be done is to wait until Commodore (Voreqe) Bainimarama returns and has had a chance to properly evaluate this proposed course of action after truly independent advice has been given to him on the implications of the inexplicable decision on the Indian community. The Indian community, rightly or wrongly, holds Mr Chaudhry in the highest esteem and to dry and dislodge him from the position he now holds would scuttle the entire Peoples’ Charter process which he has firmly supported by actions and words. A decision to dismiss Mr Chaudhry while the interim PM is out of the country smells and will leave a bad smell not likely to be eliminated soon.
Indians throughout the country who still support Mr Chaudhry are not likely to take his dismissal lightly and the Labour Party itself, including its leadership, will likely abandon any positions its members have held in the interim Government in the past 20 months.
Mr Chaudhry himself, no slouch when it comes to political intrigue and political strategy, is not likely to take his dismissal lightly. What is now a fragile and uneasy peace could quickly unravel with unintended consequences.
Before the Military Council acts, before Cabinet acts, before anyone else acts to make public – and final – Mr Chaudhry’s dismissal, the interim PM should be advised to consider the serious repercussions of it. It will alienate the already disenfranchised Indian community altogether and lead to unimaginable consequences of not consulting this community before removing its unchallenged spokesman and leader who spent many days held hostage in Parliament for no other reason than his ethnicity. As a Fiji citizen I cannot put it more plainly than that.