Today 28 years on and four coups later, the new 50-member Parliament is meeting in the same hallowed Chambers. And today the exceptionally tight security around Parliament including the closure of the road behind Parliament (the main entry) shows how the government, whose leader and other members are beneficiaries of the 2006 coup, still live in fear of being overthrown.
|Fiji Times Front Page May 14, 1987|
Why does Frank Bainimarama's government need such tight security?
After all, the military carried out all four coups in Fiji. Even the 2000 coup led by George Speight was carried out with the firepower coming from CRW soldiers.
So why is Bainimarama afraid of the now Republic of Fiji Military Forces - the army that he led for 15 years?
Aren't the current Commander and all soldiers loyal to him?
Why block roads with checkpoints and hinder movement of ordinary citizens?
The mind boggles….
Meanwhile sources have told us Pio Tikoduduadua's resignation is more than about his cancer.
He could have resigned as a Minister but remained a Member of Parliament and would have received approval for medical leave. But he chose to resign as an MP as well.
The sources say it may well be a matter of integrity for Pio. They say it is due to his inability to no longer tolerate the dictatorial tactics of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Bainimarama's trusted ally who sits next to Pio in Parliament.
This is in relation to appointments on boards and organisations governing infrastructure which was the responsibility of Pio as Minister for Infrastructure.
Apparently Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum did not bother to consult Tikoduadua while making the appointments who are cronies of Fiji First.
Coup4.5 has been told that Khaiyum now wants to appoint R C Manubhai Director and Fiji First financial backer Bhavesh Patel to be the Chairman of Water Authority of Fiji Board.