MORE REVELATIONS ON FIJI’S RABUKA

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PEOPLE’S COALITION GOVERNMENT, FIJI Suva, Fiji Islands Website: www.pcgov.org.fj 

NEWS RELEASE November 13, 2000

 

Sitiveni Rabuka wanted to replace the Commander of the Military on 19 May, says the Daily Post Acting Editor and columnist Mesake Koroi.

In this column today (13 Nov), he writes that soon after the terrorists had taken the government hostage, Rabuka "was the first to call on the then President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and without a blinker of an eyelid asked the father of modern Fiji to appoint him Commander of Fiji Military Forces ahead of Commodore Frank Bainimarama."

Koroi also writes that Rabuka was "negotiating for higher stakes. He wanted to be President."

In another article, today’s Daily Post quotes the Commander of the Third Fiji Infantry Regiment, the team which led the assault on the rebels on 2 November, as saying that Rabuka went to the military barracks on 2 November to prolong the standoff with the intention of getting civilians into the barracks.

Col. Seruvakula stated that Rabuka wanted to create a similar situation to that in Parliament after 19 May where civilians were used as human shields.

Seruvakula is quoted as saying that the soldiers have been frustrated by Rabuka’s actions in the past. He used them in 1987 to get him to a position of political power and later abandoned them, said Seruvakula. They saw Rabuka’s entrance into the Barracks on 2 November as another of his manipulative tactics to which they would not be puppets, said Seruvakula.

Meanwhile, in a TC news interview this evening, Rabuka denied that he was the main leader of the mutineers of 2 November.

 

NEWS RELEASE November 12, 2000

RABUKA POLITICIZED THE MILITARY

Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka politicized the military. This is the view of the military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

In a long interview published in today’s Fiji Times, Bainimarama says that the 19 May and the 2 November attempted coups were the work of some people greedy for power. He says that these outside people tried to kill him and depose the Qarase regime. He provides a very strong hint that Sitiveni Rabuka is a key player from the outside.

[Rabuka was the leader of the 1987 military coup. He then became the Commander of the army and took on the position of Major General. After that he became the leader of the SVT and the Prime Minister from 1992 to 1999. For the 1999 elections, he entered into a Coalition agreement with the NFP and the UGP but they lost the elections badly. The NFP has still not distanced itself from the activities of Rabuka.]

Read the extracts of the interview: www.pcgov.org.fj/docs_o 

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