"And also all things considered, Lalabalavu didn’t help himself, his colleges [Fijileaks: colleagues] or his country by behaving such dishonorably. The opposition needs to pull its act together or else it will remain in opposition for a very long time." - A Fijileaks Commentator
There she was, sitting in the Speaker's chair on her own case, making rulings on conflict of interest; it was rather like putting a partisan referee on duty for a vital rugby match; worst, she ruled that the unbroadcast Communications Fiji Ltd audio recording which the broadcaster passed to Khaiyum, and was played to the Privileges Committee, would not be replayed in her Parliament before MPs voted on Ratu Naiqama’s fate. Luveni offended the dignity of Parliament when she continued to involve herself and her Deputy Ruveni Nadalo in the entire debate. The Honorable thing for her to have done was to RECUSE herself and also to remove her Deputy Nadalo from the Privileges Committee - not to mention Khaiyum, who should never have sat on the Committee when he was the principal complainant who brought the motion before Parliament. But as Fijileaks had pointed out before, during and after the election, HE has broken every rule in the book to ensure that he is MR FIJI DICTATOR!
Suspended Member of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu says he never denied using the slur which saw him referred to the Privileges Committee.
Speaking in Parliament last night, Ratu Naiqama said he had a lot more to say at the constituency meeting.
He says the House should have been allowed to hear the audio recording where he claims he asked people to be patient, give time to the parliament and to the government.
“When we listen you don’t only make judgments from the first part of the speech. You need to take the full context of what transpired in that meeting – and only then madam Speaker would one be able to get the full picture of where I was coming from and what was said at that meeting.”
Speaker of the House Dr. Jiko Luveni last night ruled the audio file which was played to the Privileges Committee would not be replayed in parliament before MPs voted on Ratu Naiqama’s fate.
Ratu Naiqama isn’t allowed to enter the parliament precincts for 2 years. Source: FBC News
Khaiyum: Fiji Women's Crisis Centre wanted severe action taken against Lalabalavu; Fijileaks: when the same Centre had called for severe action to be taken against Speaker when she was Womens Minister, Khaiyum did nothing - Luveni had blamed women and their dress choices for rape! Below, excerpt from Privileges Committee re Lalabalavu:
WHERE WERE JITOKO LUVENI AND AIYAZ KHAIYUM WHEN RFMF THUGS WERE BEATING UP LUVENI'S FELLOW SISTERS WHO WERE DEMANDING DEMOCRACY AND NOT DICTATORSHIP IN FIJI?
Press Release, May 2014
The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is appalled and outraged by the statements made by the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni, on how women's dress and behaviour "invites trouble"(Fiji Sun Friday May 16)
"The statements made by the Minister amount to victim blaming at its worst, are contrary to all accepted knowledge on the causes of rape and sexual assault and are frankly outrageous and unacceptable" said Shamima Ali, the Coordinator of FWCC.
"It is time that we stopped blaming innocent victims and put the onus squarely where it belongs - on the perpetrators. Public attitudes are fostered by statements made by those in authority and it is therefore their responsibility to ensure that the correct messages are going out to the public. For the Minister for Women to make such statements is downright irresponsible and is an immense insult to all victims of rape and sexual assault. We can only hope that the public now has the knowledge to disregard this statement and treat it with the contempt it deserves." added Ali.
"Victims of rape and sexual assault range from little babies to elderly women in their seventies and eighties, and women with disabilities. Children and women are raped in their homes - it is not clothes or behaviour such as "drinking with guys in isolated places" which causes rape, but the sense of power and entitlement that men feel over women. Rape is an exercise and abuse of power and is not the "responsibility" of victims".
"We are often asked why rape continues to be such a big problem in Fiji" added Ali. "These kinds of comments, which provide encouragement to rapists and potential rapists, go a long way in explaining why."
"The Minister's statements show her absolute ignorance of the dynamics of sexual assault." Ali said further. "Such ignorance is totally unacceptable in someone who holds a ministerial position and is in a position to influence/set Government policy which impacts the lives and well being of the women of Fiji. "
"Furthermore, the statements by this Minister negate the impact of the progressive statements made by the Prime Minister on the gravity of physical and sexual violence against women in Fiji (Fiji Sun 13 February 2014)" Ali added. "We demand that the Minister retract her statements immediately, and apologise to all victims of sexual assaults, as well as to all the women and girls of this country, for the offence that she has caused."