Retiring President Ratu Josefa Iloilo made some farcical comments during his farewell speech at Government House last Saturday.
Iloilo's speech writers made a fool of the Tui Vuda by making him read the following statements as part of the speech:
"We must remember national interest is not the sum of all our single or special interests....we must not forget that common good is or common interest and individual responsibility".
He went to say, "Because of fragmented pressures of special interests, it is very important that the Office of the President be a strong one, and that its constitutional authority be preserved".
The above two comments by the outgoing President make a mockery of even the illegal Peoples Charter - the very document the regime's trying to impose on the people of Fiji.
Preamble 4 of the Charter states the "Charter lays the foundation to rebuilding our nation". Therefore even an illegitimate document talks about national interest.
Furthermore, Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and other regime leaders have accused former leaders of promoting their personal interest at the expense of national interest. While that statement can be proven to be a lie in the case of most former leaders, it is abslutely correct for the current dictators.
National interest has been sacrificed for personal interest. A good example is the retirement age. Bainimarama will retire as army commander at the age of 65 while his army officers and ordinary soldiers and civil servants have already retired in their few thousands after reaching the age of 55.
Iloilo's comment that constitutional authority of the President's office should be always preserved is also hypocritical.
It shows Iloilo, who is suffering from Alzhiemer's disease, is frail and at 89 years old, does not even know that he abrogated the Consttution on April the tenth.
Iloilo does not know that his authority was usurped by Frank Bainimarama on 5th December 2006 when he assumed executive authority and dismissed Laisenia Qarase and his democratic government.
The ailing President does not know either that the Fiji Court of Appeal on April the 9th declared the military coup illegal and the President had no special powers or prerogative authority as ruled by Chief Justice Anthony Gates and two others of existing in the Constitution and used to dismiss Qarase and his government.
Once again a ruthless regime has showed lack of compassion towards an ailing citizen, in this case the President and made him utter comments that have made a mockery of his chiefly position as well as his status as Head of State.