PEOPLE POWER VERSUS VOODOO
It wasn’t until after a thorough reading of the blatantly biased ruling by Justice Anthony Gates in the Qarase Vs Bainimarama case that your humble correspondent realised that our nation, the Republic of Fiji, is the victim of a particularly vicious form of voodoo.
A form of voodoo we haven’t seen since before our islands became red fragments on the global map, a far-flung post of the British Empire.
A form of voodoo that once appropriate by the semi-educated and dangerously unstable Frank Bainimarama, has been used to cloak a series of major crimes, beginning with using the force of arms to overthrow a democratically elected government.
Well, I hear you ask, what is voodoo ? Essentially, its a secretive cult based on belief in, and fear of, charms and spells.
For nearly two years now, Bainimarama and his supporters have been practicing their voodoo on us, the people of Fiji. or, should I say, they have been trying to.
in bringing down the judgement, did not Justice gates attempt to conjure up a powerful charm that would protect Bainimarama and his regime? In this case it was the convenient charm of immunity from the due process of law.
In his amateurish attempt to invoke the provisions of contempt of court to silence and criticism of the ruling, not the tiny-minded interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, hoping his threat would act as a spell that would magically still the tongues and pens of the critics?
Now, contempt of court is the wilful and intentional failure to comply with a court order, judgement, injunction, or decree by a party to the action, which may be punishable in a variety of ways.
It has nothing to do with people expressing their honest ambitions about a ruling in law once that ruling has been handed down and entered the public domain.
And I am sure the Attorney-general knows that better than I do. But he thinks that you, the people, wont know, and so he tried a little voodoo.
That’s what I mean dear readers. Its all a load of voodoo. And childish voodoo at that!
The draft people’s charter is another example of BV (Bainimarama Voodoo).
The Charter is, after all, simply a series of incantations, a puerile wish list of high-sounding statements that has no real legal basis or viability under our constitution. Yet its been waved around like a set of witch doctors magic chicken bones, the medicine that will fix a nation’s soul.
The fundamental feature about the alleged powers of voodoo is that they only work for the people who believe in them.
Fortunately you, the people of Fiji, have shown by sheer force of numbers that you are remain well outside the influence of the charms and spells that the voodoo merchants in the regime have been casting in your direction.
For one thing, in huge numbers you are demonstrating that you believe the alleged mystically power of the Draft people’s Charter is a load of snake oil.
For another, through blogsites such as Solivakasama you are telling the world that you prefer democracy and prosperity over intimidation and economic despair.
And you are letting the world know that while you have lost many basic rights and freedoms, however you have not lost your self-esteem.
That my dear readers, is the true exercise of a brand of People Power that will triumph over the voodoo economics, voodoo law and other voodoo inanities that this regime is so fond of foisting on to you!
I predict that Bainimarama and his followers will discover one day that the only spell they have managed to cast is the spell that dooms them to ultimate failure, and that will be something that will haunt them to their graves.
Who knows, they might even come to think of it as the voodoo of people power!