When the President gave a speech telling of the moral courage of former South African President Nelson Mandela he was indirectly making a comparison with out own self-appointed leader. When Mandela was released from prison he did not set out to punish his opponents. Instead he was quick to embrace the people who had imprisoned him and to bring the nation together. Bainimarama, by contrast, takes every opportunity to punish everyone he thinks might have wronged him or supported the government he overthrew by force. Even though Laisenia Qarase had been elected PM, Bainimarama denied him the pension belonging to the office of PM. His only answer to every problem is to punish anyone who dares to disagree with him. We need our own Mandela in place of the second-rate Mugabe imitation who is still turning us into the Zimbabwe of the Pacific.
Fiji Sun December 16, 2013 Fijians ‘can learn much from Madiba’