12 Jun 2007

Fiji High Chief backs former vice-president's stance to interim regime

1:03 pm on 12 June 2007

A high chief in Fiji has backed comments made by the former vice-president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, that the interim government, led by the military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama, lacks Fijian support.

The suspended deputy chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Sakiusa Makutu, told Fijilive he fully supports the Bau high chief.

He says Ratu Joni is a man who cares about all ethnic groups in the country, not just the Fijians.

A concern raised by Ratu Sakiusa is that most people do not want to speak out for fear of being intimidated by the military.

He says basic rights have been taken away from people and the military would not have done what they did without guns.