|UNITED AND STRAIGHT UP? Hardly. pics FijiLive|
The mourning and the farewells for Ratu Josefa Iloilo ended as they started - as a charade.
Remember, we had broken the news the 91 year old had died but it was 36 hours before Frank Bainimarama 'officially' announced it and the Fiji media were allowed report it.
In the past 11 days, that's pretty much been the tone of the mourning and tributes, with the country bitterly divided over the leadership of Iloilo.
The regime has insisted the former president was a Great Son of Fiji .... an extraordinary leader, while many of us have rallied that he was, really, just a Great Mate of Bainimarama. The sort of mate that turned a blind eye or was all too happy to fall into line or slink off quietly when he'd been dicked over.
The charade continued right up to the last hours. As Iloilo was being laid to rest at Naburenivalu in Viseisei on Thursday, one of the headlines that morning was 'Forgive Us: Vuda pleads for Church Pardon.'
Made in a traditional ceremony by a village elder, the pardon was aimed at putting right any wrong Iloilo may have done in 40 years of serving the Methodist Church. In reality, he should've sought the forgiveness of the people of Fiji.
Today, that mistake was compounded with the new Tui Vuda - Ratu Eparama Kitione Tavaiqia - urging villagers to work together and support whoever is in Government, just as Iloilo did.
The regime's hierarchy, has of course played the biggest pretence of all, maintaining a united front of support for Iloilo, putting on a 21 gun salute, turning out for the service and burial in their military best, despite deciding to hold their Cabinet meeting earlier in the week. (Did anyone spot the megalomaniac Sayed Khaiyum at the proceedings?)
But the kinship within the hierarchy is the biggest fallacy of all. The regime is wracked with division and corruption, despite the seemingly upright behaviour of top military personnel at this week's state funeral.
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Warm with the knowledge the newbies in his line-up are probably toeing the line, it's the sour but tired old guard who have it in for him, that gnaws at him, even with the failed plot behind him.
But that's to be expected. For as we all know, true rest for the wicked only comes in death.
|IN TUNE? We think not.|