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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tikoitoga a 'loose canon' lying for Bainimarama
Fiji's land force commander Mosese Tikoitoga has been told to exile himself to the West African country of Mali and offer his services to the coup leader there.
The American-trained Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo ended 20 years of democratic rule on Thursday, claiming he deposed President Amadou Toumani Toure because of his incompetence in combating the Tuareg insurgency.
In a statement from the Council for a Democratic Fiji citing the ex-3FIR leader Roko Ului Mara, Tikoitoga is described as 'a loose canon and the Fiji military's latest weapon of intimidation aimed directly at the people of Fiji.'
Mara says the best option for his former military colleague at this point is to exile himself to Mali where he can offer advice to Captain Sanogo, on 'how to completely stuff up his country.'
Tikoitoga yesterday continued his week-long defence of the self-appointed military government of Frank Bainimarama saying some chiefs had caused the deaths of innocent soldiers and others to be sent to jail.
He singled out the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu regarding the overtaking of the Vaturekuka military camp in Labasa in 2000 in what he said was an abuse of 'chiefly power.'
Lalabalavu had earlier asked Bainimarama to 'let the nation know which chiefs were taking advantage of their traditional roles.'
Tikoitoga retaliated with the claim the Tui Cakau could have influenced the Labasa soldiers who were mainly from Cakaudrove not to mutiny, but didn’t.
“Now he is sitting in his village and raising such questions whilst the soldiers who blindly followed whoever was influencing them, were court martialled and have served time or serving time in prison."
Tikoitoga also brought up jailing of the Turaga Qaranivalu, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, for mutiny in 2001, in Suva, saying: “I assure that those soldiers who died and those who had suffered because of the irresponsible behaviour of some chiefs – their suffering will not be in vain.”
Mara says Tikoitoga's tirades as Fiji prepares to embark on free and open consultations, have been authorized by Bainimarama.
"Colonel Tikoitoga is reinforcing the warnings already given by the dictator through speeches, interviews and military parades and marches.
"The signal Tikoitoga is sending from headquarters is that the army is in charge, it is watching, and ready to act if the Commodore gives the order."
Mara says Tikoitoga is clueless about politics.
"This is evident in his lectures to Fiji’s politicians about multi-racialism and claims they are clinging to the 1997 constitution because it permits them to appeal to their ethnic voters. He is also demonizing politics and threatening to wipe it from the face of Fiji society."
Mara says Tikoitoga is misleading people about the regime's original stance on the Constitution.
"He is telling a massive lie when he claims the 1997 constitution was abrogated as soon as the Bainimarama coup was executed in 2006. This, he says, was part of the army’s “clean-up” of Fiji.
"Colonel Tikoitoga plainly does not know that the number one priority of Bainimarama after 2006 was to uphold the 1997 constitution. He supposedly did that until 2009 when the Court of Appeal ruled his government was illegal.
"It was only then that Bainimarama purported to abrogate the constitution. By that time it had become part of his so-called Peoples Charter and it is still a bulwark of that misconceived and illegitimate document.
"So even though the constitution has been allegedly thrown out, it remains central to his policies. That is what is meant by dysfunctional government."
Mara says Tikoitoga is misguided in thinking that if racial voting systems are removed from the 1997 constitution, people will stop voting on racial lines.
"It will take a long time for the populace to fully embrace multi-racialism, especially after the damage to interracial relationships caused by the Bainimarama coup. Dictatorship, laws and decrees will not change attitudes that are deeply entrenched among Fijians and Indians."