Roko Ului Mara issued the following statement to Coupfourpointfive in response to the decision by the Fiji Coalition for Democracy decision to file a claim about the former 3FIR Commander with NZ Police.
I am surprised by this action by Nik. We had been having a very cordial email exchange about meeting in New Zealand. I will quote his last sentence from his last email to me.
“We would like to see all people and organisations with a positive interest in Fiji working together to find an acceptable solution for the future of Fiji.”
I am not sure what has changed with Nik but there have been questions in the past about Nik’s motivations. I think this clearly shows he is attempting to disrupt my trip in New Zealand. The question we have to ask ourselves is why is he trying to disrupt attempts to move Fiji back to democracy? Is it just to give himself some recognition and publicity or is there a more sinister motive behind this attempt to have me investigated by the NZ police. Is he doing this to help Bainimarama? I can’t answer those questions.
One thing we should also bear in mind is that allegedly Nik, along with Khaiyum the Illegal Attorney General, was one of the bomb makers in the 1987 coup. He once worked closely with the Khaiyum the puppet Master. Perhaps he is having his strings pulled and is dancing to his master’s tune once again.
I have got a packed trip to New Zealand; I am expecting to meet a large number of true democracy supporters in the next few days. I am sure we will have many constructive conversations and we will take some major steps towards bringing democracy back to Fiji. I am only sorry that Nik will not be part of those conversations. My aim is to unite all of the Pro Democracy movements and to work together towards our common goal of bringing democracy back to Fiji.
Violence and torture have taken place under the Bainimarama regime. As I have said before, I have not personally taken part in any form of physical abuse.
I am also fully expecting to answer to the people of Fiji when we have restored democracy to the people.
Ratu Tevita Mara