The Fiji Labour Party is extremely disturbed by media reports of the possible appointment of Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi as Fiji’s Ambassador to Washington.
FLP Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry said “It appears that this government keeps shooting itself in the foot. Why does it continue to treat Fiji’s foreign postings as a way to reward those who have been directly involved in the treasonous acts of May 2000? The Government has already appointed the likes of former Police Commissioner, Isikia Savua, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and Ratu Tevita Momoedonu to head our missions overseas, all of whom have been implicated in the unlawful overthrow of democratic government.”
The FLP Leader expressed dismay over the possible appointment of Ratu Kanaimawi which follows on from that of Jeremaia Waqanisau to China. “Here is yet another coup supporter being rewarded for his unlawful actions. He was very visible in the Parliamentary complex while it was under terrorist occupation by George Speight and his henchmen. He was even named by Speight to be his Minister of Foreign Affairs. Is this the kind of person that should be representing Fiji in one of our most senior embassies?”
According to Mr Chaudhry, “it is high time that the government cleans out Fiji’s diplomatic corps, and stops stacking it with terrorist elements and pro-coup cronies, several of whom are still under investigation. If the government is serious about good governance, then it needs to practise this in its overseas appointments. It should be appointing career diplomats of calibre, professional experience and integrity to our foreign missions, not terrorists. How can we expect to rebuild the country and restore the confidence of investors and the international community, when the government shows such an appalling lack of good judgment and ethics?”