Bloggers, this letter is from a regular contributor Lawyer, Tui Savu which was sent to the newspapers in Fiji today. Needless to say, that we at the SV Team wholeheartedly concur with his comments. SV wishes to thank people like Tui Savu who have stood up to the illegal regime and we do our bit on this site. Keep blogging ragone!!!!
19th August 2008.
The illegal junta now finds itself squeezed between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand, Chaudary and his FLP cronies have abandoned ship, when it finally acknowledged it was sinking and there weren’t enough life rafts onboard.
On the other hand, Bainimarama and his remaining crew have now also accepted the inevitable; the unsinkable ship claim was a myth, as it is now taking in water and listing badly.
Everyone involved in the chartering (shadowy figures) of the unsinkable ship (illegal junta) are beginning to cut their losses and are looking at diversifying their investments in more safe and sound business opportunities (amnesty/pardon).
The desertion of Chaudary and the FLP not only revealed their opportunist nature, but also of greater concern is the utter bankruptcy of any moral principles.
Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka agrees by saying ‘..any right-minded electorate should immediately see that such a man and view has no right to be governing a nation – elected or not!’
As I have said before, ‘in politics, there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.’ Chaudary and the FLP are living testament of this fact.
There are rumours the Military Council is beginning to come around to certain overtures made by certain former senior Military Officers.
In one of my letters concerning the Military Council, I said: ‘…once this support is withdrawn, the illegal regime will crumble like a house of cards because its legitimacy is not built upon legality, but brute force.
Roko Tui Bau canvassed the issue of amnesty being granted to Bainimarama and the Military as real politick and the only practical solution to Fiji’s political impasse.
The competency test for any future elected government of Fiji will be to balance the need to deter treasonous behaviour by upholding the rule of law on one hand and to be seen as acting fairly and justly on the other.
The families of the murdered CRW men, Sakiusa Rabaka and Nimilote Verebasaga will rightly bemoan any amnesty granted to those responsible for the murder of their beloved ones, if amnesty is granted carte blanche.
It has always been my belief, that the only way to permanently eradicate the coup culture in Fiji is to hold all those directly or indirectly responsible, accountable for their role.
No one should be exempt from the investigations, beginning with President Iloilo down to the common solider or civilian, if the elected government is serious on ensuring Fiji’s survival as a nation.
This policy has to be agreed and acted upon, before the issue of amnesty or a pardon can be discussed, otherwise it will be obtained too cheaply with disastrous consequences.
I have no doubt, those involved in trying to broker a deal with the Military Council, are doing it with good intentions, however my concern is at what cost?
As I said in one of my previous letters, the solution to the coup, if wrongly diagnosed and incorrectly treated with a band-aid instead of staples, will result in a worse condition.
My challenge to the next elected government, why not diagnose it correctly and treat it properly now, despite the pain and suffering to save the leg, than ignoring its symptoms, pretending it is something less severe knowing at the same time, you will have to amputate in the future?
Lawyer. Townsville QLD.