11 Jul 2005

Josefa Vosanibola will not heed military call to resign

5:49 pm on 11 July 2005

Fiji's minister for home affairs, Josefa Vosanibola, says he will not heed a call by the military to resign.

Radio Legend reports that the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, had called for the resignation of their minister if he could not push for the withdrawal of the Reconciliation and Unity Bill in cabinet.

Commodore Bainimarama said no decent minister could sit back and endorse a Bill so radical that it would neutralise the powers of the judiciary, the director of public prosecutions, the police commissioner and the army commander and bring about lawlessness.

But Mr Vosanibola has told the radio that he will NOT resign because he was elected by the people and not the military.

He says if anyone can ask him to resign, it should be the people of his constituency who elected him and if the people of Fiji are not happy then it is for them to use the ballot box to make that decision.

Mr Vosanibola, who is responsible for the military, refused to comment on what action he would take against Commodore Bainimarama for his scathing public criticisms of the Reconciliation and Unity Bill and the government.