Bloggers, whilst we agree with Dr. Durutalo that Elections are not an end solution to the country’s problem, we still maintain that an elected Government together with a Parliament is the only legal means of enacting any law, which can address the country’s many problems! As for Dr. Durutalo’s claim that political conflicts have not been properly addressed since the 1987 coup and first needs to be addressed before Elections, SV respectively disagrees. For instance, the 1987 coup was instigated by the late Ratu Mara’s lust for absolute power. The 2000 coup was executed by George Speight through the instigation and support of unknown persons and the same with the Bainimarama 2006 coup. SV maintains that the only way we can effectively end the coup culture permanently in Fiji, is to appoint a Royal Commission to thoroughly investigate all coups beginning from Rabuka’s 1987 coup right up to the Bainimarama 2006 coup. The Commission is to be empowered to call witnesses, subpoena witnesses and documents, etc and have the power to recommend Pardons to those whom have fully disclosed the role they played, which can be substantiated by independent witnesses. It should hold public hearings, so everybody can attend and hear for themselves what these culprits have to say for themselves. Our point bloggers is to show that Elections will bring forward an elected Government, which can cause a Royal Commission to investigate the coup culture and recommend ways to permanently eradicate it, whilst continuing on with the day to day business of running Fiji.
Dr Alumita Durutalo was speaking at the Pacific Co-operation Foundation’s symposium currently held in New Zealand. She told the Tok-Talanoa symposium that in order to stabilize political governance in Melanesia, the roots of conflict must be resolved first.
Dr Alumita says in the case of Fiji, political conflicts haven’t been properly resolved since the first coup in 1987. She says instead of constantly pushing for elections, Australia and New Zealand could help Fiji more by assisting to establish good political, economic and social governance.
Apart from Dr Alumita former Cabinet Minister Kaliopate Tavola is also amongst speakers at the Tok-Talanoa NZ-Melanesia Symposium. Programme Manager Tina McNicholas says recent news events have made more New Zealanders curious about Fiji; and highlighted how little people know about Melanesia beyond Fiji. McNicholas says it’s Melanesia’s time to just talk about issues of concern which will in turn shape the future of the region. The Symposium ends today.