12 Jul 2005

Fiji military commander says Reconciliation Bill is the work of warped minds

9:36 am on 12 July 2005

Fiji's military commander says the Qarase government's Reconciliation and Unity Bill "is the work of warped and corrupt minds."

In a statement, Commodore Bainimarama says the Bill is a continuation of the threats that were the hallmark of the George Speight Group during the coup.

Commodore Bainimarama says those behind the Bill are a government whose members were found recently by the courts to have played a large part in the upheaval of 2000.

As well, they are those who evaded capture and are coming back to have another bite at the pie hiding behind the legality of elections.

Commodore Bainimarama says the sad thing is that most of the chiefs who were misled during the coup are now being taken down the same track again in the name of indigenous rights.

He says this is proven by the chief executive of the reconciliation ministry, Apisalome Tudreu saying on a radio talkback show that the Bill needs to "address the underlying grudges of the indigenous people that developed into the coup."

Commodore Bainimarama says anyone with some education knows that the Bill is about "the thirst for power and positions" and "political dominance by the group that is in power."

He says the military will do its utmost to ensure that the Bill does not see the light of day.