The gazetting to formally disestablish the Boselevu Vakaturaga was done a few days ago and announced today, but Bainimarama had effectively shut own the GCC pretty quickly after taking control in 2006.
In formally announcing the decision today, he chirped out that the Council was part of Fiji's colonial past and was no longer relevant saying "if all Fijians are to have their say during the consultations for Fiji’s new constitution, people must ensure that every voice is equally heard and equally represented."
As noted by the former politician, Krishna Datt, in FBC today the decision to dis-establish the GCC should have been made by the people via the consultation process.
Quote: “It is a constitutional matter and ultimately it will have to be resolved to that point. So I believe that this is one of those issues that the commission could have handled in a more amicable manner and the people of the country would have had their say on whether or not they wanted to continue with the system that they’re used to for more than a hundred years.”
Today's announcement reminds us that Bainimarama is systematically removing all obstacles that stop him from assuming control of the country as prime minister or president.
Underground material seen by C4.5 show that while Bainimarama has disestablished the GCC, he intends to hand pick chiefs who will support him and hold a one-day meeting with them to discuss the Constitution. He will also break the chief stronghold and get trusted sub-chiefs to handle government projects.
Responding to the disestablishment, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalabu told Fiji Village it's easy to tear things down but hard to build it up again.
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