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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Frank, like Mubarak, ignores reality and selfishly hangs on to power
The embattled President Hosni Mubarak has fired his Cabinet and promised reforms - but is that enough? Mubarak's televised address just after midnight led to defending the police crackdown has been criticised by its United States ally, Barack Obama.
And protesters are not appeased: "We want Mubarak to go and instead he is digging in further ...... He thinks it is calming down the situation but he is just angering people more."
RATU NAIQAMA: Offering alternatives.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN TUI CAKAU & IPM V BAINIMARAMA ON THE 20TH OF DECEMBER 2010
1.To open an avenue of dialogue with the interim government and to show the following:-
a.To impress upon the interim Prime Minister the reality of what is happening in Fiji.
b.To assist the interim Prime Minister with an alternative set of advice from that which he is receiving at present.
c.To assist the interim Prime Minister to take the necessary steps that is urgently required to cushion the impact of the difficulties that Fiji is experiencing currently and more so for the immediate future.
2.To impress upon the interim Prime Minister the folly of disregarding the role of the Great Council of Chiefs and its role in national affairs in times of distress:- eg. 1874, 1987, 2000 and the present.
In this regard the Vanua of Cakaudrove is requesting that the Great Council of Chiefs be convened to assist the interim government on the way forward.
3.The Vanua of Cakaudrove is of the considered opinion that the interim government’s fiscal options are rather narrow and this will impact severely on the capability for Fiji to continue to borrow money.
4.The Reform of the Civil Service to save government some much needed revenue will on the other hand generate an increase in social problems with civil servants being made redundant in an environment of low investment and high unemployment with rising poverty at over 53% todate. The imposition of an increase in VAT to 15% is also coming in at a time that will only compound an already serious situation economically.
5.Cakaudrove acknowledges all initiatives that has been implemented by the interim government, however, given that there is no legally constituted constitution in place in Fiji and Fiji’s continued isolation from the international community, Cakaudrove is adamant that the only way forward for Fiji is to reconvene the Great Council of Chief (Bose Levu Vakaturaga) and that the Gone Turaga Bale Na Tui Cakau stands ready to assist in this process.
6.The Vanua of Cakaudrove also acknowledges the efforts of all civil servants within the province and the related developments emanating from current government policy.
1.On the dialogue proper with the interim Prime Minister the Turaga Bale the Tui Cakau with the blessings and mandate of the Vanua of Cakaudrove has come forward to lay on the table various concerns on the current state of the nation and more importantly to offer Cakaudrove’s assistance and or recommendations in the way forward for Fiji from its present position and difficulties both economically and socially.
2.The Vanua of Cakaudrove has maintained from the events of December 5th 2006 that the overthrow of the elected government was illegal and this stand by Cakaudrove has been vindicated in the Appeals Courts of Fiji on the 9th of April 2009 with the judgement declaring the overthrow of the Qarase government as being unlawful.
3. The reality of the depressed economic outlook in Fiji as presented by the Vanua of Cakaudrove is based on the latest economic report on Fiji by the Asian Development Banks, Pacific Economic Monitor Report and also latest analysis of the Fiji economy by the International Monetary Fund.
4.The Vanua of Cakaudrove wishes to thank the office of the Interim PM for the opportunity to meet and discuss various issues that are of real concern to Cakaudrove and the nation and to present Cakaudrove’s position.
5.The Gone Turaga Bale the Tui Cakau and the Vanua of Cakaudrove awaits a continuation of this dialogue with the Interim Prime Minister at the earliest opportunity.