I don't like to comment too much about Fiji politics but this is a matter of importance in my opinion.
Tevita Fa, a Suva Lawyer and the President’s Office
Is it dangerous to be silent when you know the real truth? Or is it dangerous to speak the truth?
The spirit of Fiji former lawyers like A D Patel S M Koya or Carmode or Falvey is back in the legal profession when a lawyer is courageous to speak up. Prominent Suva lawyer Tevita Fa who made a statement against the President last Friday, renewed his criticisms yesterday.
Fa said that Ratu Iloilo made a mistake in referring the problem between the Military and the Government to the High Court many months away. Fa is well-known in helping Fijians about land and he stands up against long-established institutions like the NLTB and other Fijian cases.
The problem of the President is complex. When we look at the office of the President perhaps there should be an age limit. I know Ratu Iloilo personally, especially when he was a Roko in Macuata, Babasiga land. He is a man I still respect but this week he had made a poor decision.
One of the Fiji papers wrote that:
‘ Fa said, "We have a government that says it can only do as much within the rules and we have a President who refuses to do anything. We also have a commander who does not want to listen. For all we know we could be having another coup around the corner." The President's Office and Prime Minister's Office are not commenting on the matter.’
I think Fa is right but not many people are game to criticize the President. The situation really demands strong words and actions from the President’s Office. He is the Commander in Chief so must act.
What do you think?