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By TALEBULA KATE
The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged Fijians to make their submissions to the Constitution Commission as the constitutional consultations began yesterday.
He revealed this during the launch of the Service 7s Rugby Tournament at the Fiji Naval Base in Walu Bay, Suva.
“The launch of this competition falls on the same day as the beginning of our nation’s constitutional consultations, during which all Fijians are encouraged to make their submissions to the Constitution Commission.”
He told those present during the launch that they were there to witness an initiative to benefit their veterans because it was important for them.
“Maybe you would like to make a submission saying that the rights of Fiji’s old should be defined and protected.” In an earlier interview, the Prime Minister said that all Fijians must make use of this opportunity to raise whatever they wanted to be included in the Constitution.
“Some people did not feel they had a voice, or that their voices would not be heard.
“There was not enough information available to educate and facilitate a fully participatory consultative process.
“We cannot allow this to happen again. We want true consultations. We want to hear from ordinary Fijians, not just the elite or the well connected.”
Commodore Bainimarama said in making submissions all should feel free to say whatever they wanted for the benefit of all.
“Draw inspiration from what is important to you and your family. What do you think are the rights and values that are important for our nation? What sort of Government do you want to continue to lead Fiji into the future?”