Coupfourpointfive has been told by a well-placed source there's evidence to suggest the ageing president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, may not have known the full scale of what he was doing the day he abrogated the Constituton.
Our source says he has evidence of a conversation the 89-year old head of state had with his matani-vanua (traditional spokesman) that Good Friday, April the 10th.
The conversation is said to have taken place after he made the announcement, when he retired to his room on the first floor of Government House, accompanied by the matani-vanua.
It's said Ratu Iloilo sat on his bed, his matani-vanua on a chair, and that the latter asked Ratu Iloilo in the Fijian language if he was serious about throwing away the Constitution.
A stunned Ratu Josefa then stated “huh” and continued to say, in Fijian, seqa, seqa, seqa; no, no, no, “that wasn’t what Rupeni ‘Nacewa’ (the personal secretary) gave me to read”.
The matani-vanua is said to have replied in Fijian, “But Turaga that is what you just did”- throw away the Constitution.
The source claims Ratu Iloilo's wife, the First Lady Adi Kavu, came upstairs and ordered the matani-vanua to leave the room and that the matani-vanua was not seen at Government House until this Friday, when Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was appointed Vice-President.
It's widely believed the military regime has been using the misguided president to rubber-stamp the deeds of Frank Bainimarama - first with the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and now with attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
It's believed the aged Ratu Iloilo was employed to rubber-stamp several of the regime's treasonous acts, includuing the overthrow of Laisenia Qarase’s Multi-Party Government.
Ratu Iloilo then went on to bless the People’s Charter, a document spearheaded by Johnny Comelately's wanting to cash in on the interim regime’s gravy train.
Regarding the conversation between him and his spokesperson on Good Friday, our source says that never in traditional protocol has the matani-vanua been separated from Ratu Iloilo, as he was the day the Constitution was abrogated.
He added that staff at Government House this week have seen a black dog prowling the building and the compound.
According to Fiji history, the people of Vanua of Vuda, see this as a sign their chief is nearing his end and that Ratu Ilioilo's predecessor, Tui Vuda, Ratu Josefa Tavaiqia, passed on not long after a black dog was sighted.
Editor's note: Other news circulating this week about Ratu Josefa Ilioilo included a story about his village, Vuda, in the province of Ba wanting him to come home. Villagers have been upset about the way he's been portrayed in the media and the abuse that's been hurled at him for abrogating the Constitution and say they want him to come home.