Monday, July 27, 2009

Rev Yabakis's Brisbane Speech : Breaking the Coup Cylce

Reverend Akuila Yabaki delivered a speech at the University of Queensland on Monday 20th july titled "Breaking the Cylce of Coups".
 
As part of Loyal Fijian Charter, we are committed to publishing comments from all sides of politics and civil society that are constructive and try to move us forward.
 
Here are 10 recommendations that Rev Yabaki suggested could break the coup cycle:
 

1)     remove the economic and social conditions that lead to coups.

2)     Require all holders of public offices, including the military, to take an oath agreeing not to participate in coups. (like this one hehehhehe)

3)     Strengthen penalties and operation of criminal law in relation to offences related to coups.

4)     Amending the Constitution to say that no coup can abrogate the Constitution.

5)     Prohibiting participants in coups from holding public office in future.

6)     Greater effort should be geared towards addressing the situation of the rural and urban poor in order to avoid social alienation and political manipulation.

7)     Encouraging Indo-Fijian and Indigenous Fijian mutual partnerships in development, commerce and investments.

8)     Any conviction of treason is to be subject to automatic life sentence.

9)     Every politician who enters parliament must, as part of their oath of loyalty to the state, make a commitment not to participate in any future coups. (even better, looks like Rev Yabaki was struggling to get to 10)

10) Participation in a coup to lead to immediate vacation of a public or chiefly office and forfeiture of all property owned by the individual.
 
Make sense to you? Take it on board!
 
Dont agree with it? Well, just agree to disagree!
 

2 comments:

Apete Naitini said...

All this important points are clearly breathed into the the 1970 and the last abogated constitution.
Whats new here?
The stupid suggestion that no coup can abrogate the consitution. This is absurd, how laughable,even I am against the abrogation of the constitution, but then that is the reason for the coup itself, they do not want the present constitution.

This is what happens.
When you want to stand for everything, you in the end stand for nothing. Akuila Yabaki I commend you for your effort,but its like that saying "Penny wise and pound foolish" as to your dignity.

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