Natapei has the wisdom to see that gifting the leadership to the junta leader will annihilate the integrity and the democratic principles of the MSG, something the naive enthusiast Danny Phillips doesn't want to acknowledge for his own reasons.
New to the job, Phillips has been too quick to put his hand up to support Bainimarama, disregarding the reasons for Natapei and other regional and the international leaders being suspicious of the self-appointed Fiji military leader.
Phillips should heed the warnings of the Fiji Democracy Movement, because it accurately reflects the concerns the people of Fiji have about Bainimarama. As the Movement has said this week, to hand the chairmanship of the MSG to Bainimarama would be a crime. It endorses the illegal regime, and undermines the concept of democracy and the rights of the people of Fiji.
The Movement also alerts the MSG to Bainimarama's self-styled leadership style of brutality and violence; his track record for manipulation, destruction and corruption. The Movement is right; the MSG does not need the brutal Bainimarama to taint it and taint it he will.
Natapei is to be commended for showing guts regarding the ill-conceived plan to install Bainimarama as chair of the MSG. The MSG will live to regret allowing the Fiji Dictator to have the power, friends and recognition he so desperately craves since he was shunned by the Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth. Let him remain in purgatory until he is punished for his crimes against the people of Fiji.
Picture: Vanuatu leader, Edward Natapei (left) and Danny Phillips (top right).