An opening to ask the sixty thousand dollar question: who is paying constitutional expert Yash Ghai to head the Commission to replace the abrogated 1997 Constitution?
A Fiji Village story today says Ghai has started 'initial discussions with possible donors and the government on funding the process'.
We can only surmise the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) constitutional consultant hopes to obtain funding from his own international governance body.
The Kenyan born Professor clearly has plenty of experience in drafting the constitutions of many conflict-ridden countries.
He is also a qualified lawyer who presumably cherishes the rule of law and respects legal decisions of the nation’s courts.
So it must be asked again: why is he so determined to add another notch to his already impressive CV at the expense of legality in Fiji?
After all, as a lawyer he knows the Fiji Court of Appeal ruled the 1997 Constitution of Fiji stands and that the present regime is illegal.
Ghai's CV says he was the head of the UNDP Constitution Advisory Support Unit in Nepal. His wife, Jill Cottrell, is also a former consultant for the UNDP in Nepal. He has also been working as a consultant for UNDP on the constitutions for Somalia and Libya.
While in Suva to set up the Constitutional Commission’s office in a corner of the now defunct parliamentary complex, Ghai revealed that funding is being sought from the UN Development Programme, as well as the interim government.
It's obvious that in his pursuit to obtain a hefty consultancy fee from the UNDP, Ghai is willing to ignore the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling and embark on the illegal mission of drafting a new Constitution.
Isn't it time he told us what he is charging to help legitimise a process that is clearly illegal?