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The illegal regime's mickey mouse march for Josefa Iloilo continues to draw comments. This opinion piece reveals that those who marched had also trod ground in recently liberated Egypt.
One of the most crass breeches of state protocol was committed by the President and Commander in chief Epeli Nailatikau marching with troops during the state funeral for former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo.
Modern Heads of state or even Commander-in-chief of armed forces, Do Not March! in formation with troops as the incumbent is the fount of all state ceremony.
All official state ceremony is carried out with the supreme office bearer remaining aloof as the head of state. All military honour and homage is also paid by servicemen/women to the head of state in any state military parade or procession.
The flying of regimental and presidential colours draped with black streamers paraded with the funeral procession is sufficient symbolic representation of the head of state.
Does Her Majesty the Queen march in formation with her troops? Definitely Not! Her Majesty as the fount and object of the state takes the salute on behalf of the state! She remains aloof as state protocol demands.
What can we make of this state faux pas? Was it deliberate?
The military funeral procession was clearly choreographed to show military solidarity and a 'closing of the ranks'. However, the adage 'Keep my friends close and my enemies closer' springs to mind when one looks at the funeral military procession photos, given the recent rumblings of assassination plots and regime corruption twists.
It seems the Commander Frank Bainimarama flanked by the President Nailatikau to his right and Brigadier General Mohamed to his left aptly epitomized the cliche. Both have been fingered as conspirators in a plot to get rid of el supremo.
Further more, if there is one thing that binds all those that marched during the state funeral procession, it's this: they all served in Egypt with the MFO during ousted president Hosni Mubarak's rule and know of the Pharaoh's curse! Let my people go!