I suppose I should be relieved that the verdict was manslaughter. Certainly the family and friends of the late Sakiusa Rabaka will be relieved, not least because the completion of the trial gives them a chance to give meaning to his untimely death and start rebuilding their shattered lives. Our hearts and prayers are with them.
But will this verdict and their criminal records teach the guilty soldiers, and the military in general, anything about their conduct, and the conduct of their illegal leader? I’m not so sure.
The malodorous Chodokant is a convicted manslaughterer, and sadly for our country that has never stopped him from rising to the top and becoming PM (not ‘rising to the top’ like cream in milk, but ‘rising to the top’ like the sh*t that he is). And, perhaps the soldiers look upon the commuting of the verdict from murder to manslaughter as a benefit of being in the military. Certainly a Police officer would not have enjoyed the same leniency.
But nothing under this illegal regime is as it seems. F’rinstance :
- To paraphrase Voltaire, even the Presidential Political Dialogue Forum is neither Presidential (our President being decidedly incapacitated), nor Political Dialogue (no one will be allowed to debate issues, take sides, or thrash out differences), nor a Forum (participants are expected to sheepishly agree with Vore). The media, our last standing bastion of democracy, has been excluded while Vore reads out pre-prepared, completely uncharacteristic statements that do not reflect one jot of his rule to date, except if he were speaking in opposites, like the children’s game. I wonder what instructions Chodo will bring him back from India?
- Fiji National Provident Fund, as pointed out succinctly by Dr Wadan Narsey, is in the military’s sights to line their insatiable pockets rather than used for the purpose for which it is intended, a Fund for the Nation (as in, all of us who contributed to it), for Providence (not just for fun) specific to Fiji (instead of India and China who so far have benefited the most from this coup).
- Regime-appointed judges are being shown, like the Emperor, to be without the necessary clothes. Not at all what one would expect from an esteemed judge. Judges who have precluded themselves from impartiality … there must be a joke for that.
At least there is one comfort in the topsy-turvy life under the illegal regime. Vore’s intentions to exclude NFP and SDL from the Forum has joined his other pronouncements in the ‘Bluster and Lies’ category. Good to know he REALLY cannot be taken at his word. Perhaps our impending ejection from the Commonwealth and the Forum won’t transpire after all.
But all of the posturing, faking, bluster, speaking in opposites and walking around unclad will not bring back Mr Rabaka, or Mr Verebasaga, or Mr Malasebe. Murder is still murder.
God bless Fiji