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Nawaikula brings up constitution and rights

13:47 Wed Sep 13, 2017

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Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila

Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula today told Parliament that the 2013 Constitution is not real because it is not the Supreme Law.

Speaking on the President’s speech, Nawaikula, claimed that he and along with other Opposition members, still regarded the 1997 Constitution as the best, because it had the mandate and the common wheel of the people of Fiji.

He went on to claim that the 2013 Constitution has been used to suppress indigenous rights.

“We conducted the elections under it, we are running this parliament under its terms, yes that’s true, in the last three years, and we have been using this constitution to run the government and its machinery. But in my view if you are put this constitution in the microscope, the verdict is that it’s only valid to the extent that it can run the government. It’s not our real constitution; the real constitution is the 1997 constitution.”

This is not the first time that Nawaikula has used the topic of indigenous rights to prove his point.

In May of this year, he had also brought up the topic of indigenous rights, which led to him being told by the Speaker to withdraw his statement.

Nawaikula also claimed that this Government neglected the misuse of funds by ministries last year that was stated in the Auditor General’s report.

_“It’s not my word, this is the Auditor General speaking, and to save them, they told the Auditor general to retract, how can you do that, you don’t retract it, you never ever do that!.”

FBC News approached the Attorney General and Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for a comment on the statements made by Nawaikula.

Sayed-Khaiyum says he will not comment on the matter.

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