3 Jun 2003

Fiji information minister disappointed with GCC discussions

9:29 am on 3 June 2003

Fiji's information minister, Simione Kaitani, has expressed disappointment that the Great Council of Chiefs did not discuss what has bee described as the selective investigation of people involved in the May 2000 coup.

The issue was first raised by the lands minister, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, of the pro-coup Conservative Alliance party after the vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, was charged for becoming the usurper president after the coup.

Mr Kaitani has told the Fiji Times it was a pity the Chiefs Council did not want to discuss this at its meeting last week because indigenous Fijians have always looked up to this institution for guidance and leadership.

Mr Kaitani says the chiefs council was there for the Fijians in 1987 and 2000 but when they needed to discuss this in 2003, they pulled the plug from underneath and left them in the cold.

He says when you class a person a victim, you are talking about people like him who were inside parliament yet did not know anything about the coup.

Mr Kaitani says he is unhappy with the chiefs because they have been looked up for many political solutions.