“…the Bainimarama government has stuck to its promise on Fiji’s new constitution,” ––– Sitiveni Rabuka
By MAIKA BOLATIKI
Former Prime Minister and ex-Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Sitiveni Rabuka, has called on all Fijians to support the new constitution.
He said people should be glad that the Bainimarama Government had stuck to its promise on Fiji’s new constitution.
“Now we have a constitution that we all contributed to and we must support it,” Mr Rabuka said.
He said the new constitution would boost investor confidence; something that he said had been affected by the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution.
Mr Rabuka said more investors would now have the confidence to invest in Fiji because of the constitution.
With the new constitution in place, Mr Rabuka said a new journey would start and we should all be part of it.
He said he was not happy that the political parties had decided to stay out of the constitution briefing that was called by the Government.According to Mr Rabuka, their decision was uncalled for and they should have gone to the briefing to hear what was in the constitution.
“To stay out of the briefing is really uncalled for especially when they will be major players in the 2014 elections.”
He said staying out of the briefing would not help them as they prepared for the elections.
“The constitution has set the way for the 2014 elections.”
Mr Rabuka said changes could be made in the constitution but there are proper procedures to be followed.
“There will be no changes made by airing their concerns and seeking the support of their international counterparts.”
Fiji’s main opposition political parties – the Fiji Labour Party (FLP), the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) are rejecting the constitution.
Mr Rabuka has urged these political parties to lend their support and contest the elections as changes can only be made in parliament.