UFDF says an attempt by the Bainimarama government to defraud the itaukei community of Nasau village in Koro on September 24 is obviously part of the regimes strategy to justify not holding elections in 2014
In a statement issued today the UFDF said the information its members have been receiving from Koro explains why Bainimarama is linking the establishment of his party and his resignation as Commander to his plans to complete the regimes development program first.
The UFDF believes the regime plans to ‘extract’ signed letters and petitions of support from mainly itaukei communities in exchange for promised development and to use this as a justification for them to remain in power and not hold an election.
The UFDF said in Nasau in September a petition was circulated to villagers to sign with the explanation that their written consent was needed for a proposed seaweed project in their qoliqoli. However when the actual letter was sighted, it turned out to be a letter from the Tui Nasau (Ratu Aporosa Kaunisela) and his people to Prime Minister Bainimarama giving him a mandate not to hold general elections in 2014.
The typewritten and prepared letter the sources say could not have been prepared by the Tui Nasau or anyone in Koro and is likely a document that originates from Regime sources.
The villages refused to sign the petition and have called for elections in 2014. The UFDF says the regime is clearly planning to manipulate the itaukei community and they are using the promise of development funds to extract the support.
The UFDF calls on all other community leaders who have similar stories to the Nasau people to come forward and expose the wrong doing.
For further elaboration or interviews on our statements please contact anyone of the following:
Mick Beddoes – 830524;
Laisania Qarase – 9993113;
Mahendra Chaudhry – 9921865
Attar Singh – 9921184;
Tupeni Baba – 9373364
Koro villagers told to sign petition for "seawood project" but Frank Bainimarama claimed the petition called for him not to hold election