Mick Dundee wrote:-
The Interim Prime Minister does not deem it necessary to personally defend his reasons for staging a coup to overseas Heads of Governments (E.U.,South Pacific Forum).
If he truly believes in what he has done then he should be willing to defend his position to the very people/international bodies that can help move the country forward or return it to normalcy (Frank's favourite word that has become en vogue with the Interim Regime and academics ).
Is it possible that he suffers from an inferiority complex and his lack of understanding in the workings of high level international affairs will be exposed if put under the spotlight?
Or perhaps the psychological pressure of the end result of his actions is too much for him to bear, leaving him to fear for his postion and his life should he be away from his beloved security detail?
By sending the Machiavellian Chaudhary, the poser of an Attorney General and the charismatic (but unfortunately intellectually challenged) Nailatikau it sends the wrong message to the overseas governments. While Chaudry would have been playing his best to remain reserved (letting others do the talking lest he be blamed for the outcome of talks) without a doubt the AG would have been keen to impress an international audience flouting his confounding legal logic to explain the simplest of terms, Nailatikau would be happy enough that he was enjoying the jetsetting cocktail circuit again.
Any which way the Interim Government/Military tries to put a spin on the deteriorating confidence of the rank and file in their Commander and his cohorts it is plainly obvious to the rest of the nation and the world that Bainimarama is in over his head.
Whatever agenda he may have been trying to push (worming his way out of sedition, treason and murder charges) the very people that he is counting on for assistance (failed politicians and opportunists) have their own ulterior motives.
Removing highly qualified people from the government and private sector and replacing them with unqualifed sycophants has resulted in the stymied growth of our economy.
For Bainimarama to remove Senior Military Officers who pledge their loyalty to the Flag and not to the incumbent Commander is one thing. For him to end the careeers of a large majority of a once proud Officer Corps for the sake of the tiniest perceived infraction, is another.
To apply the same tactics of divide and conquer to the civil service and business community at large will only result in the tragic freefall of the economy, the effects of which have only begun to be felt.
To those members of the armed forces keep this in mind, you serve a Commanding Officer who has shown his true colours on more than one occasion. When it comes to the crunch, are you going to stand behind a man who can't even stand up for what he believes in?
Ask yourself the question: after all of the misconceived intimidation tactics you used by attending the readings of the Qoliqoli Bill and RTU Bill in parliament, and campaigning against them within your own villages what purpose has it served? The SDL was still voted into power by securing the majority of Fijian votes with CAMV.
On the other hand your former Commander Epeli Ganilau couldn't even secure five percent of the vote, not forgetting the abysmal showing he had in his own province of Cakaudrove in the prior elections.
Now Frank has put him in charge of Fijian Affairs because he is too ashamed to front up to the Great Council of Chiefs after insulting them last year. Once again a classic example of a man who hides from being confronted with the consequences of his actions.
In turn, we are forced to suffer a fool who does not even understand the basic procedures of Fijian Protocol bewilderingly declaring,"I didn't realise we were required to perform a sevusevu?"
If the Great Council of Chiefs has lost some of the mana that was conferred upon it by the people of Fiji it is due to people like Ganilau, Nailitikau and the Maras who have tarnished the legacy of their forefathers by putting their own interests ahead of the needs and aspirations of their own people.
Without doubt the GCC, the Church as a whole and other bodies Fijian people look to for direction need to evolve to better cope with the ever increasing changes of modern day society, but that does not mean we discard them altogether.
Nature abhorrs a vacuum, what will take the place of these institutions if they are disregarded and scrapped.The only legacy that this coup has left for young Fijians is that the manner in which you question authority is of no regard and damn the consequences.
To the Fiji Military Forces: In ursuping the Governing Body which you swore to protect the next time you decide to fast and pray take heed of the words of Romans 13: verses1 -7; and consider the legal implications of your actions which you are still accountable for under the constitution.
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day who you will serve.....But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 23: verse 1 5.