Thuggery tendencies and an insecurity that will never go away because it was a never a democratic process.
|Leaders in custody at their families worry about them|
|Long uncertain wait for loved ones|
Bainimarama and Khaiyum's efforts to quell a forum on the Constitution on the day the country supposedly celebrates the 2013 document, has also trained all eyes again on the so-called democratic government running this country.
Typically, though, for New Zealand and Australia and others, it's a case of looking on and waiting for it to pass because that's the fate they signed up to when they bought into the facade.
And if the persecution was aimed at disrupting the Pacific Leaders Forum, no one has given Bainimarama that satisfaction.
Fiji's political parties should now harness their strength and survive any trumped up onslaught and build on this unity.
Prasad and Singh boycott opening
NFP has taken a step in the right direction by today boycotting the President's address with leader Biman Prasad and Parlimentary whip Prem Singh not attending the opening of Parliament.
The party's Management Board says the persecution of leaders over the weekend is just a 'continuation of many other offensive acts' since the 2014 election including the:
a) suspension of two MPs
b) the amendment of Parlimentary standing orders to pursue a one-sided legislative agenda
c)the amendment of standing orders to remove Biman Prasad as chair of the Public Accounts Committee
d) the excessive use of standing orders to fast track legislation to avoid scrutiny or public consultation
e)the refusal to remove decrees
f)the refusal to facilitate an office of independent parlimentary counsel
g)the ongoing conflict of interest of Aiyaz Khaiyum holding the position of AG and Minister of Elections as well as Secretary General of Fiji First.
Their duty lies beyond the call this morning from President
|Parties must work together for change|