12 April 2009
What Is Bainimarama Thinking?
As was reported a few days ago, Fiji's Court of Appeals ruled conclusively that Commodore Bainimarama's military coup was unconstitutional and invalidated his position as prime minister. Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo immediately re-appointed Commodore Bainimarama as interim prime minister and sacked the justices of the Court of Appeals. Commodore Bainimarama has expelled foreign journalists and has reimposed martial law.
Organic due and fair process in the determination of equities of parties when there is a dispute, in my humble and uneducated opinion, is the one of the only methods by which a ruler of men can justly rule. Sacking justices in this manner is never due or fair process in determining the equities of the parties. Instead, Bainimarama is taking a few tactics out of the playbook of the colonial powers. We have seen these moves acted out by other colonial puppets General Ne Win of Burma, Ferdinand Marcos, General Agusto Pinochet, General Suharto, etc.,. Sadly, Bainimarama's power complex can't be connected to any colonial power.
This does not bode well for the region.