Finally, the Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka – in a very public act – personally exposes the sacked education minister, Aseri Radrodro, on CFL-Fiji Village as a man who almost killed his daughter in an act of domestic violence when they were married and “showed no remorse”.
It is extraordinary confirmation of the story that Grubsheet has run for months as we campaigned for the removal of Aseri Radrodro from the education ministry for the savage attack on his former wife, the PM’s daughter. It was a call that was studiously ignored by the Fijian mainstream media. Indeed they never covered any of it. And worse, members of the Fiji women’s rights movement who knew the intimate details of the story also remained silent.
Well, now it is on the public record in a way that can no longer be ignored. And it is time for the mainstream media to finally tell the Fijian people the true story and for the women’s movement to face up to its shameful negligence in allowing a monster to preside over the education of the nation’s young people.
Let’s see what Shamima Ali and the rest of these women now have to say about their failure to take a moral stand against evil. I get absolutely no satisfaction in seeing the story I pursued so vigorously for so long finally going on the public record. All I can say is that it has taken far too long for this to surface in the mainstream and, sadly, it speaks volumes about the moral vacuum at the core of national life.
Wake up, Fiji! It is not acceptable to have domestic violence perpetrators in positions of responsibility, just as it is not acceptable to have hypocrites who say one thing and do another, who lie and cheat and still expect to be respected and fawned over.
The Prime Minister deserves credit for what must have been a painful and confronting decision to finally address publicly what happened to his daughter at the hands of a man who is totally unfit for public office. Though he clearly should have done it a lot earlier and taken a stand for principle rather than using the disclosure now as a political weapon to stand up to his Coalition partners and be rid of Radrodro once and for all.
Let’s have no more enabling or excuses from SODELPA or anyone else. This weasel now wants to use a matanigasau – a traditional indigenous apology – to try to get himself reinstated. It is a cynical abuse of traditional protocol and there is only one credible course of action that must now be followed.
It is for Aseri Radrodro to be driven from public life altogether. And for Fiji to seriously have a period of soul searching on all sides of politics about what is wrong and what is right. Because turning a blind eye to Radrodro’s unforgivable conduct – not only the attack on his former wife but his affair with Lynda Tabuya and the lies that have accompanied that – has been a monumental moral failure.
As for Shamima Ali, the head of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has displayed more concern for what is happening in Gaza than what is happening in Fiji. She is paid by donor countries to look after the interests of Fijian women and those countries have a right to question her abject moral failure by refusing – on political grounds to protect the Coalition – to speak out against the appointment of a woman basher as Minister for Education.
Even with the Middle East, Shamima Ali has been woefully selective, saying nothing about the systematic rape and murder of Israeli women and girls by Hamas terrorists on October 7. But turning a blind eye to such a glaring instance of domestic violence in Fiji calls into question her own personal integrity as well as the integrity of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.
To restore that integrity, she too must go. And her glee club of enablers in the women’s movement – the likes of Nalini Singh, Imrana Jalal, Virisila Buadromo and Makareta Waqavonovono – should also hang their heads in shame.