“Constitutional rights to development benefits” Letter to Editor (sent 27 October 2014)
Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Ashwin Raj) (sent 27 October 2014)
Bainimarama and Khaiyum claimed that their 2013 Constitution, imposed on Fiji, guaranteed “for the first time in the history of Fiji”, basic human rights on a number of economic development fronts, such as education, water, electricity, roads, sewerage, transport, etc., you name it. This was progressive, many thought.
But we now hear from Bainimarama’s speech in the Northern Division, that he is asking himself why he should deliver development benefits to people who voted for SODELPA and not for him.
First, nowhere in the 2013 Constitution does it say that these rights are guaranteed only if the people vote for Bainimarama and the Fiji First Party.
Second, these development benefits are not from Bainimarama’s personal pockets, however deep they may have become these last eight years, but from tax-payers’ own funds and the future generations who are being forced to pay the Public Debt that Bainimarama’s has doubled in the last eight years.
Third, Bainimarama blatantly ignores the promise that he made in his own maiden speech in parliament as the elected Prime Minister of Fiji, that he will be Prime Minister of all Fijians, regardless of who they voted for.
It seems that Bainimarama keeps trying to teach the people of Fiji (and his journalist cheerleaders) exactly what his 2013 Constitution and his personal promises are worth, if they have not already realized this after eight years of broken promises.
Professor Wadan Narsey