DESPITE his physical status, 74-year-old Ratu Osea Gavidi of Nadroga was the first to highlight some of the issues that he felt should be included in the next constitution.
In his wheelchair, Ratu Osea asked the commission to take into account the welfare of the iTaukei people taking into account the number of investors coming to Fiji.
He said while Fijians welcomed investors in the country, at the same time they needed to take care of their resources.
Ratu Osea who represented the Viti Land Owners Resources Association raised some questions why Fijians were starting to be divided. "What is causing this division," he asked.
He said Fiji should have a law that united people, one voice one people.
Meanwhile, Constitution Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai has urged the people of Fiji to participate fully in this historic process. The first week's itinerary is as follows:
* August 4 — Nasinu Town Council Chambers-9am-4pm;
* August 6 — Salvation Army Grantham Road — 9am-4pm;
* August 7 — Parliament Complex (by request only) 2pm-5pm;
* August 8 — Lami Catholic Hall from 9am-4pm, Sawani Community Hall 9am-12midday and Nabukaluka Community hall from 2pm-6pm;
* August 10 — Ro Matanitobua House, Navua from 2pm-6pm and Ratu Latianara School at Korovisilou from 2pm-6pm; and
* August 11 — Nausori Catholic Church from 9am-4pm.