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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Letter 'redeems' Fiji Charter advocates

The Charter and accountability of John Samy and Archbishop Mataca
By Professor Wadan Narsey



Mataca and Samy in 2008
The reputations of John Samy and Archbishop Mataca have taken a heavy beating from prodemocracy advocates, over the Regime's use of the Charter in  justifying the 2006 coup.

But a November 2011 letter to Commodore Bainimarama suggests that critics (including myself) may have been too harsh in their judgment of Mataca and Samy.

The People's Charter was formulated under the chairmanship of Commodore Bainimarama and Archbishop Petero Mataca, who presented the final product to the people of Fiji.

The intellectual driving force was John Samy, an internationally respected former ADB functionary, and former Fiji senior civil servant victimized and driven out during the 1987 military coup in Fiji.

The People's Charter and its "Pillars" of development have for six years been heavily used by the Bainimarama Regime as their primary public justification for their continued hold on government and "constitutional reform".

While the first clause of the Charter stated that the people of Fiji would abide by and strengthen the 1997 Constitution, it was purportedly abrogated following the 2009 Court of Appeal judgment against Bainimarama.

Mataca and Samy have made no public statement on the Regime's widespread abuse of all the praiseworthy principles espoused in the Charter or even on the purported abrogation of the 1997 Constitution.

Their silence has been interpreted by critics as a fraud on the hundreds of thousands of Fiji people who were led to support the Charter,  believing that the Regime would abide by the 1997 Constitution as clearly stated in the Charter.

But it is now clear that John Samy and Archbishop Mataca did speak out on the Regime's abuse of the Charter principles, in a 17 November 2011 letter to Bainimarama, not previously made public.


The letter also goes a long way towards redeeming the reputations of  these two individuals who clearly held strongly enough to the principles of their Charter to protest in no uncertain terms, when the Regime refused to abide by the principles of the Charter they had themselves helped formulate and approve.

This letter (coming to me via anonymous channels) raises for public debate the very neglected principle of accountability of leaders to the people of Fiji, for their past actions.

The recommendations made by Samy and Archbishop Mataca are still of relevance to the problems that Fiji faces today, and have greater weight coming from previous Regime supporters.

[Wherever the letter mentions "the principles of the Charter", you can equally substitute the "principles of the 1997 Constitution".]

Contents of Letter
This is a summary of the contents of the letter, using their own words wherever appropriate, and critical statements numbered by me, for emphasis.

John Samy and Archbishop Mataca  pointed out that in March 2007, the following had been impressed (presumably by John Samy) on Bainimarama, his Cabinet Ministers and the Ministry Council:

1. that the Interim Government (including Fiji's Military) did not have the legitimacy or the mandate from the people of Fiji to undertake any of the major reforms desperately needed;

2. that the IG's Roadmap was being imposed on the people of Fiji undemocratically;

3. that it was not clear what the IG was seeking to achieve through the "Clean Up" campaign;

4.  that for sustainable democratic governance, the widest possible cross-section of the Fiji public must be meaningfully involved.

It was in this context that the Regime agreed to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) processes to be led by John Samy,  the People's Charter was formulated, and, eventually "approved by 64% of the adult population of Fiji".

Samy and Mataca pointed out that they had repeatedly emphasized to the Regime that the purpose of the Peoples Charter was

5. not to replace the Constitution but to strengthen it;

6. to respect and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals and groups, safeguarded by adherence to the rule of law and our respect for human dignity, and

7. to hold responsible and accountable those who hold positions of leadership in communities, organizations, and at the national level.

However, with great disappointment, Mataca and Samy informed Bainimarama that since 2009

8.  "a number of actions taken by the IG have signaled that it has drifted away from the spirit and key principles of the Peoples Charter, that it has betrayed the people of Fiji on its most solemn promises".

The most significant of such disappointing signals was the

9. abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April 2009

10. the Public Emergency Regulations, originally meant to be temporary but which has been in place for more than two years

11.  restrictions on the media

12. restrictions on peoples' basic freedoms and rights, such as those of free speech and assembly

Samy  and Mataca noted:

13. "the current environment  in Fiji is highly controlled and it has instilled a growing sense of fear amongt the populace... more widely perceived as being repressive".

Instead of being transparent and accountable in its governance, the IG has:

14. "adopted a strong-fisted, unilateralist approach which has been increasingly alienating the very people who could be playing an active role in building broad-based consensus".

Serious issues of transparency, accountability and overall governance have been emerging, such as

15.   a few Cabinet Ministers (especially Bainimarama and the Attorney General) holding multiple portfolios

16. rumors that both were being paid exorbitant salaries, not through the Minister of Finance but a close relative of the AG, through a high-fees based contractual arrangement

17.  the militarization of key institutions of the State.

These, Samy and Mataca pointed out, had fuelled the growing perception that

18.  "you, your Ministers and the Military Council are now enjoying power and the benefits associated with it so much that you will not relinquish it voluntarily; that power has corrupted you all".

More recently:

19. the IG's handling of the FNPF issues and

20. the imposition of the Essential Industries Decree, without following the due consultation processes, had called into question whose agenda for change the IG is now pursuing, especially as they violate the key principles contained in the People's Charter.

21. Previous supporters of the IG were "becoming increasingly disillusioned" with a "growing feeling of betrayed by you and the IG"; that instead of practicing transparent and accountable governance, you have adopted the "might-of-the-military" approach to ruling Fiji.

Their Recommendations
John Samy and Archbishop Mataca outlined very specific and useful recommendations for the way forward to elections in September 2014 (still of relevance today):

22.  formulation of the new Constitution to be "independent and at arms length of the Government and the Military through nation-wide consultations"

23.  the Constitution be adopted through a credible and legitimate process that would include a national referendum

24.  the PER be immediately lifted

25.  the total number of Ministers be increased from the current 9 to 13 to ensure a more balanced allocation of portfolio responsibilities

26.  demilitarization the key institutions of the State

27.  realignment of the role of Fiji's Military to end the cycle of coups in Fiji

The Samy/Mataca letter attached a Special Supplementary Statement that Commodore Bainimarama could read out during his 2012 Budget Address.

But Regime did not listen
The proposals that John Samy and Archbishop Mataca advocated, were not followed.

Word from several people in the know suggest that Commodore Bainimarama had agreed personally to the proposals from John Samy, but changed his mind the next day, presumably under the influence of his advisers.

Since the Samy/Mataca letter in November 2011, a lot more water has flowed under the bridge.

The Regime's own appointed Yash Ghai Commission (which John Samy also facilitated) had its Report rejected on spurious grounds, except for select little bits (there was also serious fallout on one of the Commission's executive staff, who Samy had convinced to take the appointment).

The people's Constituent Assembly to discuss the Draft Constitution was dispensed with on equally spurious grounds.

The Regime has devised its own Bainimarama/Khaiyum Constitution (BKC), which, following comments from the Fiji public, will be finalized by the Regime, "assented to" by the President, and "displayed" to the Fiji public, in a charade of popular participation.

A former elected Prime Minister has been jailed over charges of abuse of office committed twenty years and involving minor sums (judgment being appealed), while the Regime's Draft Constitution demands total immunity for the Regime from 2000 to 2014.


Media censorship continues unabated, with all disagreement with the Regime's constitution writing process blacked out from the media, while the Regime has full and free rein with all its views, including attacks on the critics (who are not reported).

These events (and more besides), contradicting the principles of the Charter, would have caused even more angst to Samy and Mataca, and a longer letter of complaint, if written today.

Lessons in accountability?
The John Samy/Archbishop Mataca  letter goes a long way towards redeeming their respective reputations.

Yet true accountability, which the Charter holds dear, should be not just to the Regime, but to the Fiji public, many of whom (in Fiji and abroad) were influenced towards supporting the Regime, by the obvious public stature of these two individuals.

Archbishop Mataca's participation in this honest letter can also be a starting point for reconciliation between the Catholic and the Methodist Church which has been very unfairly treated by the Bainimarama Regime.

Of course, one should not just focus on Samy and Mataca, but ask about the accountability of the rest of the social leaders who took part in the NCBBF exercise- including other religious leaders, unionists, politicians and academics.

(Don't bother asking one Hindu leader who told me that the Charter did not contain any commitment to  the 1997 Constitution- his firm also made a lot of money out of the printing of the NCBBF documents).

Accountability over Yash Ghai exercise
The Samy/Mataca letter also has a salutary lesson for those who took part in the Yash Ghai Constitution exercise.

As was pointed out at the meeting at the FTA Hall, a women NGO representative passionately complained how she and here colleagues had encouraged hundreds of submissions from rural women, for the Yash Ghai Commission.  So also did thousands of others who took the Regime's word that they wanted a genuine "People's Constitution".

They were all disappointed when the Ghai Draft was summarily rejected.

Like Samy and Mataca with the Charter, members of the Yash Ghai Commission (Professor Ghai, Professor Murray, Dr Satendra Nandan, Ms Taufa Vakatale and Ms Penny Moore, the last three also staunch Regime supporters), have also been led up the garden path.

All these five Commission members should make their views known, not just to the Regime, but  to the Fiji public from whom they elicited and received seven thousand submissions in their formulation of their Draft People's Constitution.

Not just their personal reputations, but genuine accountability to the Fiji public and Fiji's constitutional history, require that.

Last, the Regime's treatment of John Samy and Archbishop Mataca, the Yash Ghai Commission and many others (Kevin Barr, the unionists etc), is a harsh lesson for well-intentioned individuals who venture into the brave world of nation-building, based on fundamentally illegal foundations.

This story and others available on Wadan Narsey's blog at  http://narseyonfiji.wordpress.com/




39 comments:

  1. Editor
    We read in the regime propaganda paper the Fiji Sun (5/4)) that "Government will consider positive submissions but it will have the final say on the constitution" according to "Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama".
    This should of course be the accepted procedure in constitution making where you have a lawful Government. Fiji does not have a lawful government. It has a government that is illegal according to the judgement of the Fiji Court of Appeal. Therefore this illegal government cannot have the final say. The people of Fiji must have the final say. The constitution of the country belongs to them. It does not belong to a handful of people who have forcefully and unlawfully taken over the country and arbitrarily imposed a quasi Military Government and are now planning to foist a Constitution of their design onto the people.
    They have no lawful authority to do that.
    What authority - other then their hijacked military force - do they have to determine what constitutes "positive submissions"?
    The submission by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre as reported in Pacific Scoop under the title Fiji regime draft Bill of Rights 'open door to abuse' says Ali' (April 2) is a positive submission. The submission by the people of the Vanua of Rewa as reported in Coupfourpointfive under 'Chief's letter : immunity has no place in Fiji' Submission on the Interim Government's draft Constitution-2013' is a positive submission. And, the submission by the United Front for a Democratic Fiji as reported in Fiji Today under 'Meeting rejects regime's draft constitution' (April 5) is a positive submission.
    BUT these submissions will not be received by the Military regime as positive submissions because they do not fit into their pre-meditated new Constitution scheme. The constitution the regime is making is a constitution the current illegal power holders are making for themselves . It is to give themselves immunity from prosecution for the unlawful overthrow of a democratically elected government and to entrench themselves in power with absolute control for a long time.
    The people of Fiji must not allow this to happen.
    The People of Fiji Must Have The Final Say!
    sincerely,
    rajend naidu
    sydney

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  2. Dr Narsey,

    Is this a desperate attempt to clear their names when they realise the ship is sinking? What took them so long to reveal this letter, and why through you? They could have gone public through the overseas media, long ago!

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  3. Baini only takes advise from his master Khaiyum.
    both are great liars.he will force BKC on the people of Fiji.
    People have to stand up and reject the BKC openly.
    Baini never kept any promised he made to the people of Fiji and the world. since 2006 till today.
    He is power hungary and have too much too lose now.
    The pride and power has gone in his head with his master Khaiyum.both power hungary.
    Democracy is in your hand people .
    God bless you all.
    Rajesh

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  4. Fiji is now at the crossroad and needs to seriously consider what it needs to do to save the country.

    Frank needs to divorce himself and stand back to look at all that had happened since the military takeover. If he is clear how far gone the country has been this last 7 years perhaps he would be able to be honest with himself that the path so far taken by him has been progressively on a downward path.

    He would therefore need to dispense with all his current advisors and go to the people of Fiji to save the country.

    There is no other way!

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  5. Excellent investigative information - the source is clearly well informed and the analysis by Wadan Narsey of the most relevant facts are to be commended.

    One question - why did not Samy and Mataca not release their letter when it became obvious it was being ignored? Media or self censorship?

    Clearly this regime has now to go and as soon as possible.

    I am pleased that author of 4.5 has reinstated his approval procedure. Some of the previous blogs were disgusting and did little to enhance the reputation of genuine democrats.

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  6. Its a very sad day for our country...The Men of Deceit have being revealed..This is the year of the a world event where we will be taking part. FBC aired an anti-christian message. Somethings gotta give soon. Prohetcy for Fiji coming true...This will be the last COUP....and it could be a peaceful one or a Bloodied one.. God Bless us that our Leaders wake up to the signs..and take responsibilities for their actions....God Bless

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  7. I can say a lot on this "speaking out" by these two gentlemen who helped entrench the dictatorship in Fiji but let me just ask this for the time being : what did you guys do after posting your polite letter to the dictator? Did you simply go back to your well ensconced lives?
    You will have to bare the burden of being branded regime ideologists who had failed the people of fiji through their actions.

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  8. Indigenous RightsApril 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    People DO NOT believe Aiyarse when he says that his decree (39 of 2011) gave protection to native land owners.

    I dont really understand why Airhead is going on about when he says his amending decree (39 of 2011) of the State Lands Act closed the loophole and stopped native/state land swaps. I cant find any other decree so I presume this is what he is blabbing about.

    The decree does not do that at all. The decree DOES NOT PROHIBIT LAND SWAPS of either state land for native land or state land for freehold land.

    All it does is to put a more onerous requirement on the land owners.

    This is what happens now when a swap occurs now under his socalled protection decree:

    …..”..Minister may, in addition to such exchange, require the payment of such monetary contribution as he deems appropriate for the value of the State land being exchanged.”

    And no criteria is set as to how the Minister is to decide how much extra for the land owners to pay!! As much as he deems appropriate!!

    The liar!!!
    This is a HUGE LIE and FRAUD on the fijians and anyone with freehold land.

    Now the Minister for lands (I dont know whether its him or Franky now) can ask the native landowners and freehold landowners to pay more money where as before no payment was required. Swap and that was it. Both land values are assumed to be the same. Not any more. This is the protection this fella is talking about????

    Goes to show two things. the man is a straight out liar. and the two bastards are so hard up for cash that they want the landowners to pay more just for the sake of it and no questions can be asked.

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  9. AZIZ Comment in FijiSun is clear Army will make sure Frank leads Fiji after 2014 Election.
    So why we making new Constitution and preparing for election 2014.
    Seems like army is ready for another coup in 2014 election if Frank lose election and put him back to lead.
    We just wasting time and making fool of Fiji people and the world that Fiji will have Democratic Election.
    Frank/Khaiyum and Aziz have made it very clear now that Army will back Frank after 2014.
    Political Party the word is clear no free and fair election in 2014.
    I hope Auss/NZ/USA/EU/UK/Others have read this article.
    god bless.
    Rajesh

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  10. Indigenous RightsApril 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I forgot to mention that under this decree, if the state land being exchanged is worth more than the native land or freehold land being exchanged then the Minister can order the additional payment.
    But if the native land or freehold is worth more than the state land being exchanged, there is no obligation on the government to pay!!!
    what a one sided piece of law!!!
    My god, how can these guys fool the people and get away with it???
    MInd boggling. we in fiji must be really dumb and gullible in these bastards eyes.

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    1. Does anyone know how Feroz Khan bought the FSC land in Rakiraki without tender. He is the farther of Tropik Woods CEO.

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  11. The horse has already bolted from the stable, and despite intentions, honourable or otherwise, supporting or even , seeing to support, a coup d'etat is a stupid thing to even contemplate, let alone become involved with , part of or to work for, even to the extent of providing seemingly sound advice etc.
    Had there been no support, there would have been no coup!

    Those in Fiji who have stood steadfast against Frank Bainimarama and his coup, are the people we should be listening to, they held the beacon of Democracy above their own self interests, others, didn't and the consequences for the innocent and poor, have once again, been catastrophic.
    The worst I fear, is yet to come.

    It's no good and there is no point now, in crying over spilt milk.
    As this chapter in Fiji's history draws to a close and it becomes evident that Democracy is about to be restored, people will try to justify their role or roles in the lead up and implementation of Frank's coup d'etat, some will take responsibility, others will duck for cover, some will try to hide, others will simply flip their allegiance in order to become apart of anew Fiji.
    Those responsible for , involved in and who were a part of or whose actions helped the Act of High of Treason, should not now, be praised and their behaviour explained away as "misunderstood "Treason or supported"!

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  12. John samy welcome to reality !

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  13. I disagree. The John Samy/Archbishop Mataca letter DOES NOT go " a long way towards redeeming their respective reputations". They have a long way to go before that happens. And, to right the wrong they have done to the people of Fiji and the country by their association with the military dictatorship and unwittingly helping to prop up the illegal regime they must offer an apology to the people of Fiji, condemned the regime OPENLY for what it is and now stand with the pro-democracy fighting for the end of the dictatorship and the restoration of democracy in Fiji.

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  14. I think 2013 Govt Draft is much better, just, fairer and equitable then all previous Fiji constitutions. Of course there are some important issues as highlighted by Crosbie and others including me that need to be fixed, like too much power in a few people(PM, AG, CJ.

    But we must be honest and persuade the govt. via diplomacy and facts to correct them and not by simply rejecting it as the Old Politicians are trying to. They do not appreciate the good things in draft but simply want to reject all and go back to old racial and discriminatory style of politic of divide and rule by elites and chiefs.

    Also, I like to bring clause 5 regarding Citizenship (dual/ multiple) held by Fijians living overseas. I find the mention of word "former Fijians" very discriminatory and should be deleted if the 2013 constitution is all removing all forms of discrimination then why discriminate between Fijians living in Fiji and overseas. We are should be all Fijians and equals as drafted in 2013 and one of the non-negotiables.

    Below is a copy of my submission sent to the feedback of 2013 fiji draft:-

    I submit that clause 5(3)(b) in respect of citizenship to be removed completely and just keep 5(3)(a) that is very clear on citizenship by birth remains unless renounced and regardless if foreign citizenship or multiple citizenship has been acquired. That is the birth right of every citizen and is consistent with the laws of NZ, Australia, UK and Canada)

    Thus, clause 5(3) (b) is not needed at all as it creates confusion and ambiguity. Furthermore, since the new constitution is all about removing all types of discrimination so why is there discrimination about Fijians who live overseas by categorizing them as “former Fijians”.

    This is a great insult to hundreds of thousands of Fijians who live overseas but are very proud to be Fijian and contribute enormously towards Fiji’s development and are true Fijians very much equal to those living in Fiji. As such all Fijians born in Fiji must be treated equally whether they live in Fiji or overseas, or whether they have dual or multiple citizenship. This is their birth right and nothing should take it away from them UNLESS they choose to renounce it willingly and voluntarily.

    There should be no such mention as “lost citizenship” as citizenship by birth can never be cancelled or lost or revoked in any way, shape or form. It can ONLY be renounced and until it is renounced one remains a citizen of Fiji. This is exactly the law in USA, Canada, Australia, NZ and UK.

    There can be no discriminatory effective date for Citizenship by birth BUT a consistent one that does not create divisions amongst Fijians. The new constitution of Fiji should be non-discriminatory, consistent, unambiguous and in line with the international norms.

    Therefore, clause 5(b) should be deleted.

    Further clauses to be inserted as follows:-

    (1) Citizenship by birth can only be renounced by a written prescribed statutory form to be created by the government and to come in effect on the same day as the new constitution.

    (2) Citizenship by registration will only apply to the children of Fiji citizens born in a foreign country and or their descendants that got citizenship of that country by birth and intend to acquire Fiji citizen.



    Clause 5 (3) (b) as it is in the 2013 draft:-

    a former citizen of Fiji, who lost that citizenship upon acquiring foreign citizenship, may regain citizenship of Fiji, while retaining that foreign citizenship unless the laws of that foreign country provide otherwise;


    I URGE ALL FIJIANS LIVING OVERSEAS WITH FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP TO send a similar submission ASAP so that we can get rid of that clase and are treated as EQUALS whether we live in Fiji or Overseas.

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  15. I think 2013 Govt Draft is much better, just, fairer and equitable then all previous Fiji constitutions. Of course there are some important issues as highlighted by Crosbie and others including me that need to be fixed, like too much power in a few people(PM, AG, CJ.

    But we must be honest and persuade the govt. via diplomacy and facts to correct them and not by simply rejecting it as the Old Politicians are trying to. They do not appreciate the good things in draft but simply want to reject all and go back to old racial and discriminatory style of politic of divide and rule by elites and chiefs.

    Also, I like to bring clause 5 regarding Citizenship (dual/ multiple) held by Fijians living overseas. I find the mention of word "former Fijians" very discriminatory and should be deleted if the 2013 constitution is all removing all forms of discrimination then why discriminate between Fijians living in Fiji and overseas. We are should be all Fijians and equals as drafted in 2013 and one of the non-negotiables.

    Below is a copy of my submission sent to the feedback of 2013 fiji draft:-

    I submit that clause 5(3)(b) in respect of citizenship to be removed completely and just keep 5(3)(a) that is very clear on citizenship by birth remains unless renounced and regardless if foreign citizenship or multiple citizenship has been acquired. That is the birth right of every citizen and is consistent with the laws of NZ, Australia, UK and Canada)

    Thus, clause 5(3) (b) is not needed at all as it creates confusion and ambiguity. Furthermore, since the new constitution is all about removing all types of discrimination so why is there discrimination about Fijians who live overseas by categorizing them as “former Fijians”.

    This is a great insult to hundreds of thousands of Fijians who live overseas but are very proud to be Fijian and contribute enormously towards Fiji’s development and are true Fijians very much equal to those living in Fiji. As such all Fijians born in Fiji must be treated equally whether they live in Fiji or overseas, or whether they have dual or multiple citizenship. This is their birth right and nothing should take it away from them UNLESS they choose to renounce it willingly and voluntarily.

    There should be no such mention as “lost citizenship” as citizenship by birth can never be cancelled or lost or revoked in any way, shape or form. It can ONLY be renounced and until it is renounced one remains a citizen of Fiji. This is exactly the law in USA, Canada, Australia, NZ and UK.

    There can be no discriminatory effective date for Citizenship by birth BUT a consistent one that does not create divisions amongst Fijians. The new constitution of Fiji should be non-discriminatory, consistent, unambiguous and in line with the international norms.

    Therefore, clause 5(b) should be deleted.

    Further clauses to be inserted as follows:-

    (1) Citizenship by birth can only be renounced by a written prescribed statutory form to be created by the government and to come in effect on the same day as the new constitution.

    (2) Citizenship by registration will only apply to the children of Fiji citizens born in a foreign country and or their descendants that got citizenship of that country by birth and intend to acquire Fiji citizen.



    Clause 5 (3) (b) as it is in the 2013 draft:-

    a former citizen of Fiji, who lost that citizenship upon acquiring foreign citizenship, may regain citizenship of Fiji, while retaining that foreign citizenship unless the laws of that foreign country provide otherwise;


    I URGE ALL FIJIANS LIVING OVERSEAS WITH FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP TO send a similar submission ASAP so that we can get rid of that clase and are treated as EQUALS whether we live in Fiji or Overseas.

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  16. I bet you my lousy bottom fijian dollar that Bainimarama has not read a single book that we see on the shelf behind him in that picture of Bainimarama with a lasulasu smile accompanying the article "PM Must lead : Aziz" in the Fiji Sun newspaper April 6.

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  17. I urge all Fijians living overseas not to submit any submission to this regime and its bullshit constitution making project.

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  18. Now 4.5 blog has cleaned up it's bad language contributors I am happy to contribure again after a lapse of many month.

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  19. Mataca and Sami should also be tried for Treason, any illegal activity can never be justified when it is against the nation..i HAVE no doubt Mataca will go to hell and die dogs death..

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  20. editor,
    Can any of the Australian political leaders who have somehow convinced themselves that the military government in Fiji is preparing the country for a "free and fair" election in 2014 please explain what we are to make of the Fiji military chief of staff Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz's statement that the "PM Must lead" after the 2014 elections and they, the RFMF, "will give [their] support to him to keep his leadership"? (Fiji Sun 6/4) The PM is of course the 2006 military coup leader and now self-appointed PM Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
    What kind of election can one expect under such a pledge by the Fiji military?
    yours sincerely,
    Rajend Naidu

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  21. MUCH TOO LITTLE, MUCH TOO LATE! @ lame letter attempt by samy and Archbishop Petero Mataca to redeem themselves.

    Mataca would do well to reveal who had been advising him behind the scenes to take the path that he took, apart from Epeli and Kola Mara.

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  22. Mataca and Samy should never have supported the coup. RIGHT is right and WRONG is wrong. Which part of that they did not understand. A Coup is always wrong. TREASON is a crime against the people. And that is what these two arseholes joined. For people to now say "O we were fooled by Bainimarama" Well you are all a@#$%^&* Mataca,Samy, Penny Moore; Chaudry, Shameem....ALL SUPPORTED THE COUP AND GAVE MOMENTUM TO IT. What we want to hear from these two idiots is to publically apologise to the people of Fiji that they were wrong. We do not want to hear any justification of their stance because wrong is always wrong.

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  23. IT APPEARS THAT JOHN SAMY WAS FRAMED BY KHAIYUM SOMESTIMES BEFORE OR AFTER THIS LETTER FOR STEALING LAPTOP AT NADI AIRPORT FOR WHICH HE WAS ARRESTED AND DETAINED. WELL JOHN NOW YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SLEEP WITH A BASTARD LIKE KHAIYUM?

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  24. We can learn from 1990 constitution that was rejected by the people but was forced on them for 7 years than 1997 constitution was made with the blessing of all mp and gcc/people.
    We cannot be forced with new constitution on the people by the army because of immunity.
    Our problem is not the constitution but the army coup culture.
    We need to stick with 1997 constitution and time have come we reject BKC and Immunity.
    We have speight/others in jail for 2000 coup.
    why cant these 2006 coup stars face the court as a real man.why forcing for immunity.
    Let the court decide like it did in 2000 chandrika prasad case and 2009 appeal court case qarase vs state bainimara..
    We the only country is making new constitution everytime when we have coup.
    I quote Peace and truth can set us free.
    Democracy/Freedom is in your hands
    god bless
    Rajesh

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  25. editor,
    We read in the illegal government's mouthpiece paper the Fiji Sun (7/4) that "The Prime Minister yesterday confirmed that his current [illegal]government will form the political party he will lead into next year's general election".
    Now that we have heard this confirmation directly from the horse's mouth, shouldn't the "current government" then remove itself to ensure a free and fair election? A care taker civilian administration should takeover to prepare the country for elections.The illegal PM and the illegal Attorney-General should have no problem in handing over power to such a civilian administration because they have given everybody to understand they are the most committed people in Fiji to democratic transparency and accountability.
    Their failure to do so would only add to the already existing public perception and suspicion that the "current government" lead by the coup leader cum self appointed PM is abusing State resources for their election campaigning.
    They will have only themselves to blame for that public perception.
    The ideal thing would be for a team of international experts under the UN and the Commonwealth to conduct
    the elections.
    The people of Fiji are more likely to have a "free and fair" election that way.
    An election conducted by the current MILITARY GOVERNMENT of Frank Bainimarama cannot be trusted. I will take it there is no need for me to explain why.
    sincerely,
    rajend naidu
    sydney

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  26. Both knew what they were getting into and what the history books would say in years to come.

    If they're uncomfortable about it now - too bad.

    They could've spilled the beans much earlier: what did they have to lose - good friends in the regime ... business connections?

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  27. Dr Apenisa Kuruisaqila during one of his election campaign visits to the Mamanucas was confronted by the villagers of Solevu with these words..`ke vosa mai vei keimami e dua na bulumakau keimami na vakabauta..o kemudou sa sega tu ga!!!..that was the indication that the Alliance Party was going to be shattered in that very election.
    After all the heartaches the current illegal regime have caused to the majority of the population in Fiji, the same fate awaits them.















    constituency

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  28. Don't know why c4.5 even want to entertained any feedback from these two assoles-Mataca & John Samy?We got your ass in our list and unless you moved somewhere remote and never to be seen again, we intend to come after you both, whenever all of this is said and done?You will be tried in public, if found guilty you will be given appropriate lawful punishment!!!So stop all your bullshit,we don't buy it

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  29. John Samy, return my government! Return my constitution! Return my luggage!

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  30. Samy was lapping up all the attention and getting his thrills when he was part of the "new fiji" so he must've been blinded by all the lights and money.

    Besides the letter what else has he done to show regret for helping illegal government come up with its number one tenet for its road map.

    By the way, why is Narsey so thrilled about helping to bring redemption to these two?

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  31. John Samy don't forget to return your ill-gotten money back to the people of Fiji when democracy is restored. don't return it now because some regime thug will pockete it!

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  32. Can you recall How John Samy wa apprehanded by Customs at Nadi for smugling thousnds of dollars in his suitcase without RBF approval and was let off by Aiyarse; the deal was to go back to NZ and shut up

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  33. Too many John Samy's around, people who were taken in or followed knowingly when they should've stayed the hell away!

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  34. John Samy and Mataca don't deserve any redemption. They are both begrudged old farts who had an axe to grind with previous Govts. They can both go to prison and hell for their misdeeds. Daru vicai vakaukauwa.

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  35. Well, thank you Wadan for nothing.Mataca and Samy were very prominent in joining Bainimarama's deceptively titled,"Peoples Charter" which in reality was the Coup Charter.The big question is,"Why do you have to be their spokesperson"?

    Their very public and active participation in this Coup Charter was bitterly disappointing and mind you there were others who one could not believe could jump on the coup bandwagon.Other names such as Josefa Iloilo,Joseph Serulagilagi,Josateki Nawalowalo,Mahen Chaudary, Jiko Luveni, Parmesh Chand, Lorraine Tevi, Anthony Naidu,Rupeni Silimaibau, Filipe Bole, Sela Molisa and others.

    The overarching objective of the so called Peoples Charter was laughable because of outrageous principles they had come up with such to "rebuild Fiji into a non racial, culturally vibrant and united, well governed, truly demo cratic nation; a nation that seeks progress and prosperity through merit based equality of opportunity and peace".

    The contradiction here was that the NCBBF was the child of an act of treason and whilst Mataca and his band of usurpers were formulating the following principles,their henchmen in green were abducting, torturing and murdering innocent citizens. Just ask Sakiusa Rabaka's mother.

    But lets look at these empty principles VERSUS the type of junta they supported and who are holding the country at ransom today:
    1.a just and fair society;
    2.achieve unity and national identity;
    3.merit based
    4.equality of opportunity for all Fiji citizens;
    5.transparent and accountable government;
    6.uplifting of the disadvantaged in all communities;
    7.mainstreaming of the indigenous Fijian in a modern, progressive Fiji; and
    8. sharing spiritualities and interfaith dialogue.

    How on earth is Petero Mataca going to explain his misguided leadership in supporting Bainimaramas coup through the corrupt NCBBF?

    What of the nonsense 11 pillars which they formulated and forced upon the public and civil servants at the time whom many were forced out of their jobs because of their refusal to accept it's illegality?

    Many of these career civil servants and their family members suffered directly as greedy soldiers and NCBBF members such as Serulagilagi,Khaiyum and Tikoduadua grabbed their positions.

    Mataca,Samy and Chaudary should reveal how much taxpayers money was rorted by the NCBBF scandal during those hard financial times?

    These people have lost all credibility in the eyes of the Fiji public and they will face justice for all their treasonous crimes.

    Let this also be a warning to all those greedy people who are thinking of joining this coup..you will be tried in court very soon and jailed for a very long time. In fact I will support the death penalty when that happens.


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  36. Mataca should not poke his nose in into this corrupt regime now his part of it.. that asshole vb swore at a priest,, that clearly shows what cowards do,, no respect for anyone viavia levu, lamusona he is a show off bastard and kai Si, who bully unarmed Chiefs, Priest, and people etc, etc, just because you got guns on your side you think you the man.. All this things will come back and bite you... WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND...

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  37. Petero Mataca should have consecrate more been a good shepherd,, instead joining the wolfs now his part or the pack of wolfs,, how will you explain yourself now to your sheeps?? that you still a good shepherd not a big bad bad WOLF.. With due respect this sheeps are not blind they been educated too..they can't be fooled..

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  38. Petero Mataca should have consecrate more been a good shepherd,, instead joining the wolfs now his part or the pack of wolfs,, how will you explain yourself now to your sheeps?? that you still a good shepherd not a big bad bad WOLF.. With due respect this sheeps are not blind they been educated too..they can't be fooled..

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