The People and the Land are One. We chiefs rule both. We own neither,” so said Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna when describing the chiefs of Fiji and the metaphoric three legged stool (1980 Writings Ed. D.Scarr).
The distinction is an important one.The Mara-Ganilau dynasty is trying to do both – Rule and Own the Fijian people and our land, clearly shown by the recent appointment of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as President, but not yet sworn in.
How did this appointment come about?Since illegally seizing power in 2006, Voreqe Bainimarama and his stooges have consistently chosen whatever route lets him avoid paying the price, under the rule of law, for what happened under his command to the murdered Counter Revolutionary Warfare soldiers and the four civilians.
Meanwhile Fiji languishes under Bainimarama’s politics of expediency.This kind of politics does not promote public good or Justice. It is greedy for power, money and status and it is an insult to the Fijian people, to our history, our culture and our sacred values and aspirations.
Our next President, as agreed by our chiefs and chiefly system, was supposed to be Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. Instead we have a dynasty.If this regime is so confident that it knows what is best for the people of Fiji, then let them know, with their new appointed President in situ, to call an election for a new Parliament."
Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni,elected Member for Lami Open Constituency (deposed)"