16 May 2013

Fiji's youth show willingness to be future leaders

7:46 pm on 16 May 2013

A panellist at a discussion on the 26th anniversary of the first coup in Fiji says the young people who gathered at the event have shown their willingness to take responsibility for the country's future.

Hundreds of students took part in the panel discussion at the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva yesterday, which involved Fiji's first coup maker, Sitiveni Rabuka.

A panellist, the Co-ordinator of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali says from her observations, young people believe they have a role to play in the country's future.

She says they are seeking a new kind of leadership and the right mentors to guide them.

"There was also that sort of thinking coming through that we need to settle things from the past, you know, who were the people who were behind the coup? who are the people now? are they still around? and you know, if they're still around then there's something intrinsically wrong when these people continue on."

Shamima Ali says the students have shown their support for more accountability by the country's leaders and ensuring human rights are upheld by the government.