There has been a decrease in hate towards the Muslim community on social media. There is a decrease in misinformation regarding iTaukei land as well.
Why? Not because people have come to their senses. No. It is because their warped theories surrounding Muslims in Fiji have been discredited. Their lies about the security of iTaukei land has been exposed.
So, what do the fake accounts do next? They strike on another issue – this time, asking Government where Ministry of ‘Indian’ Affairs is. Why ‘Indian’ Affairs? India is already a country of 1.3 billion people and they can very well look after their own citizens.
If they are talking about the Indo-Fijian community, this new assault is done because some polls have shown that more than 90 per cent of people from the Indo-Fijian community prefer Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as the next Prime Minister of Fiji.
This poll, which certain people will not want to run down, has shown that Mr Bainimarama is very popular with the Indo-Fijian community and that their support is still with him.
What is making rounds now? That ‘Indians’ are second-class citizens in Fiji because of their inability to own land. Why they continue to talk about Indians is beyond anyone’s understanding but that is another political strategy, it seems.
Yes, after 48 years of independence, some people who are not brave enough, are hiding behind fake profiles, wanting to stir hatred and instill fear.
The fake accounts claim that there is nothing in the 2013 Constitution which protects those who are leasing the iTaukei land. This is absolute nonsense.
There is an entire section dedicated to land tenants or people leasing the land.
Section 29 of the 2013 Constitution states:
Protection of ownership and interests in land:
29.—(1) All ownership of land, and all rights and interests in land leases and land tenancies that existed immediately before the commencement of this Constitution shall continue to exist under this Constitution.
(2) No law shall be made to diminish or adversely affect the rights and interests in land leases and land tenancies, whether existing immediately before the commencement of this Constitution or made or issued after the commencement of this Constitution.
22 (3) All land lessees and land tenants have the right not to have their land leases or land tenancies terminated other than in accordance with their land leases or land tenancies.
(4) Parliament and Cabinet, through legislative and other measures, must ensure that all land leases and land tenancies provide a fair and equitable return to the landowners whilst protecting the rights of land lessees and land tenants, including security and protection of tenure of land leases and land tenancies and terms and conditions of land leases and land tenancies which must be just, fair and reasonable.
Anyone can read and know what is going on here. The 2013 Constitution provides specific protection to anyone leasing iTaukei land regardless of their race or religion or creed.
Politics should not divide our nation and those who hide behind fake accounts hoping to divide this nation should be found and taken to task.