The interim prime minister and army commander, Frank Bainimarama, is lying to the people of Fiji about the status of laws under the New Legal Order.
On Tuesday this week, Radio Legend FM news reported that Bainimarama, while speaking to Dawasami villagers in the province of Tailevu, stated that "not much has changed" since the abrogation of the Constitution on the 10th of April.
While telling villagers the regime will appoint a review team to start work on a new Constitution, Bainimarama said most of the laws under the Constitution have been brought back via the decrees.
But Coupfourpointfive can establish that Bainimarama has lied to the Dawasamu villagers.
Here are just a few examples:
a) The Administrative of Justice Decree has removed the Fiji Law Society as a member of the Judicial Service Commission responsible for appointing judges and magistrates. The Decree doesn't allow cases challenging coup-related activities or the abrogation of the Constitution to be brought before the judiciary
b) The State Services Decree has removed the Constitutional Offices Commission as the appointing authority for indepedent officers like the DPP, the Commissioner of Police, the Supervisor of Elections, the Reserve Bank Governor, the Ombudsman and the Auditor-General etc
c) The State services Decree has stipulated the retirement age of 55 in the civil service yet a number of interim regime officers are still in the job despite being over the limit, including the army commander, the police commissioner and the prisons commissioner
d) The Legal Practitioners Decree has reduced Fiji Law Society to a voluntary organisation, strpping it of all of its regulatory powers, including its authority over lawyers
e) The regime is also interfering in the private sector by decreeing a retirement age of 60 for the 12 municipal councils in Fiji.
The interim regime has also amended laws, like that allowing dual citizenship, which was previously disallowed under the Constitution.