|Former Fiji coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka, nationalist Iliesa Duvuloco and deposed PM Laisenia Qarase have been warned against bringing back politics of the past.Speaking to Fijilive, interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the three leaders should be ready for a new beginning in Fiji politics.
“The actions of people like Rabuka, Qarase and Duvuloco brought us to where we are today,” he said.
The three have been invited along with leaders of 13 other political parties for a meeting to set Fiji’s return to elections following Bainimarama’s 2006 coup.
Rabuka welcomed the invite to his Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei, saying they had a lot to offer “being the second longest serving Government” (7 years) behind Ratu Mara’s Alliance Party (17 years).
However, Bainimarama said this was “irrelevant”.
He also took a swipe at Duvuloco, who was jailed for his involvement in the 2000 civilian coup.
“Duvuloco keeps harping about the Constitution yet in 2000 he shot the Constitution to bits!
“This is the guy who was behind the events of 2000. I will not let Duvuloco, Qarase and Rabuka bring back the agenda of the last few years.
“I hope they come to the Monday forum with the understanding that there will be a change in mindset.
“If parties like the SDL are not forthcoming and still harping about the past then the meeting is not for them.
“The meeting is called on the understanding that we will get together and propose a way forward.”
Bainimarama said he woud not accept anything outside the bounds of the People’s Charter, which the military intends to be its exit strategy after the coup.
“They (political party leaders) should come to me with proposals, not demands,” he said.
“We decide what happens in this country!”