War of words

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad and Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. Pictures: FT FILE

THE National Federation Party leader is scared of the iTaukei.

This was the claim made by Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama to supporters during a rally held at Korovuto College on Sunday.

The PM said when Fiji created history by being elected into the United Nations Human Rights Council, Professor Biman Prasad’s comment in the media focussed on issues under his administration.

“In today’s Fiji Times (The Sunday Times) on page two, it talks about we are now a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council — the first small island ever to have got this, no one has ever done this before,” he said.

“And what has the NFP leader said to that, he said, ‘we want to have a look at all the human rights violations in the last 12 years’.

“The last 12 years was when my Government was in place. “The last 12 years was when I did more for the Indo-Fijian community than anybody else put together.

“He never said we want to have a look at the human rights violations in 2000 when the Indo-Fijians were attacked.

“He never said I want to look at the human rights violations in the year 1987 when the Indo-Fijians were attacked.

“You see the NFP leader, he’s scared of the iTaukei, that’s what he’s scared of and he’s not going to stand up for you, he’s not going to stand by you.

“For that simple reason, I want you, for those of you who are sitting on the fence, to vote for FijiFirst because we will support you, we will look after your interests.”

In response, Prof Prasad said the PM should be the last person accusing others of being scared.

“Because if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have secured absolute immunity for himself and other coup perpetrators in Chapter 10 of the 2013 Constitution which has been made irrevocable,” the NFP leader said.

“The PM is now showing his true colours and spewing racial comments.”

The NFP leader claimed that the PM was attacking him and the NFP in the hope that repeating racial comments would stick and win him votes, summed up the PM’s political credibility.

He claimed that the PM feared “losing power”.

“Stick to issues that matter to the people Mr Bainimarama. This is what our people want — not senseless gutter-level garbage and racial filth.”

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