20 Feb 2008

Fiji's GCC review team wants Bainimarama to explain why is chairman of GCC

9:07 am on 20 February 2008

The chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs review team wants interim the Prime Minister to explain why he appointed himself chairman of the GCC.

Ratu Tu'uakitau Cokanauto told Fiji live he his taskforce had recommended a new look GCC that will be apolitical.

However, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the interim Indigenous Affairs Minister, has indicated in a gazette that he will have significant influence in its operations.

Ratu Tu'uakitau says it recommended that the council would appoint a chairman from amongst its members and the appointing authority of the GCC would be the President.

But in this instant it is the Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

Ratu Tu'uakitau says he is concerned that recommendations made to the interim Cabinet last Tuesday was a result of consultation.

He says he wants a meeting with the interim prime minister on his return from India before this matter gets out of hand.