SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula twisted the tiger's tail with his comment the 2013 Constitution did not have the people's mandate and that the best parts should be extracted and the rest discarded.
“The question I ask Madam Speaker is, Is the 2013 Constitution the People’s will? The straight answer is, it is not and this has been imposed on us."
The lawyer was reprimanded several times by the speaker for saying the Constitution was an interim measure only as Fiji morphs and seeks to achieve true democracy.
He said a true Constitution reflected the spirit of the people.
“It is common will of the population," said Nawaikula. "It guarantees the rights of all its citizens and by that I mean individual or fundamental Rights, indigenous group rights, Minority rights, Worker’s rights, women’s rights and all other rights that are now established by the UN convention.
“It provides within it mechanisms that provides a clear
The leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa, also focused on the Constitution saying the history of the Deed of Cession wasn't even mentioned in it.
"..... according to the pomp and pageantry and ceremony that we witnessed on Friday, 10th October, 2014 this is an important date in the country’s calendar.
Kepa added the coups have plagued the nation, retarded its development, and cost the country more than $10 billion.
"Madam Speaker, what His Excellency (Epeli Nailatikau) omitted to say was that ‘coups’ cannot occur or succeed in this country unless the Military is involved and we therefore, look to the new Military Commander to return our military back to the professional and disciplined force it once was and to recommit itself to acting in defence of our people and not against them."
The leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, also touched on 'genuine democracy' asking "Have the elections and the re-opening of Parliament re-established checks and balances, and fair-play?"
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He said the media, employment and political parties decrees must be repealed because they "were imposed without the participation of the aggrieved parties."
'Now is the chance to consult all our people directly or through their elected representatives in accordance with Section 173 of the 2013 Constitution."
Fiji First leader and 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama defended the Constitution telling parliament he hadn't wanted 'to remove the civilians we had appointed to take our nation forward.'
He claimed the 'tough decision' was "necessary to keep Fiji united, to prevent large numbers of our people from being relegated to second or third class citizens, to halt the spiralling out of control corruption and elitism and begin the task of reforming our society from the ground up."
Bainimarama insisted the 'radical intervention in 2006' was the only way of getting Fiji back on track' and the country now has a "constitution that not only guarantees genuine equality and genuine democracy, but provides Fijians with a range of unprecedented socio-economic rights."
He was at pains to thank both the RFMF and the judiciary for
That same 'law' was referred to by SODELPA MP, Mosese Bulitavu, who apologised for his role in "Fiji's recent political history."
Bulitavu is one of five charged with sedition over anti-regime graffiti.
He told Parliament he had "strong political aspirations for the things that indigenous Fijians and a freedom fighter like me hold so dear" but hoped to be "acknowledged as equally useful as other members of parliament without stain or prejudice..."
Bulitavu's case has yet to be heard.