28 Jul 2004

Fiji chief says legal action over his dumping as Great Council head will go ahead

3:26 pm on 28 July 2004

The former chairman of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs says he is continuing to pursue court action over his dumping but not in order to reclaim the post.

Ratu Epeli Ganilau says the case is with his lawyers at present and will be filed shortly.

His tenure as GCC chairman was ended earlier this month when the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, informed him that his membership had expired, and therefore he could not be chairman any longer.

Ratu Epeli is disputing this fact and is taking the matter to court.

"From my own personal point of view, I don't want to appeal against the decision that has been done but for my own piece of mind, I just want to set the record straight that I was right and they were wrong. And, then I'll see what I'll do from there. But, I'll not appeal so that I'll go back to the position, I've made that quite clear, I'm not going back."

Ratu Epeli Ganilau also says he has not been approached by the Labour party to be nominated to the senate.

There has been widespread speculation that he would be offered the post.