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Regime clamps down on citizens criticising Constitution

September 11, 2013


SOMBER ALL ROUND: Not everyone celebrating.

Four days after it promulgated its Constitution the regime now wants to shut down any ‘talk’ about it.

Typically, the illegal attorney general is blaming ‘old politicians’ for hindering what he claims is the country’s progress by continuing to object to the Constitution.
An example of the farcical comments coming out of the mouth of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum: “The Bainimarama government does not engage in this ‘he said this, I said that’ tatter-tale type of approach. We take a national approach to issues.”
CROCODILE SMILES: Nazhat Shameem and co.
And this one: “There needs to be some sort of a certain level of propriety. There needs to some certain level of decency. But more importantly there needs to be a certain level of honesty.”
Honesty and propriety?
TACKY: Autographs for illegal Constitution.
How about informing the people about changes to the so-called ‘supreme law’ of the country’.
Those who’ve been following particular issues closely like that of land, have noted the final version is different to the one released to the public on August 22.
The earlier draft had just three points under Provision 29 – the amended version 6, all revolving around Parliament’s power to decide the royalties in any use of native land.
Royalties for mineral extractions have been announced publicly, but rather obliquely.
In another FBC story this week the i-Taukei Affairs Permanent Secretary, Savenaca Kaunisela,  advises i-Taukei to understand the provisions under Section 30 to avoid any confusion about issues that concern them.
Kaunisela is quoted as saying it is vital i-Taukei is informed on the ‘sharing of royalties or any other money paid to the state‘ for the extraction of minerals.
“The Constitution has already set the platform,” says Kaunisela.
“It is now a matter for all the stakeholders to start working towards it. How and when, it will materialise, it will come but it needs to be fully understood.”
Criticism about the illegal Constitution will continue for a long time yet.
The regime might kid itself but take a look at the some of the faces from the formal proceedings the other day. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words.
Source – Coupfourpointfive; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM


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