|Hardhead: Litiana Loabuka|
In the same week his youngest daughter, Bernadette Bainimarama, was outed for sucking up taxpayer dollars by free riding to France with the official delegation to pick up the new A330 plane, we can also reveal his eldest daughter, Litiana Loabuka, is a big, fat bully.
Litiana Loabuka is the chief executive officer of the Fiji Sports Council; C4.5 readers will recall it's a job she got under dubious circumstances.
Loabuka, who is known for throwing her weight around, has intimidated Fiji TV into giving her a public apology for something very minor.
During the live coverage of the Coca Cola games on Thursday just over a week ago (May 16), the station's commentator, Satish Narain, criticised the “loud music that was being played on the PA system during races” saying “CEO Litiana should do something about it.”
|Bully: Like father like daughter|
The same day, a Litiana signed notice was put outside all Fiji Sports Council premises in Suva banning all Fiji TV staff/crew from entering the stadiums.
Fiji TV was forced to apologise to regain access and ran the following statement on its Tuesday night bulletin.
“Fiji Television Limited apologises to the Fiji Sports Council for the adverse comments made against the ANZ Stadium facility owners’ during last weeks Coca Cola Games. Team Leader Sport – Satish Narain made adverse remarks against the Fiji Sports Council regarding loud music being played during the races last Thursday. Narain apologises sincerely to the Sports Council CEO Litiana Loabuka and also to the council for the comments he made against her and her organisation.”
|Narain: Asked Litiana to turn music down|
Fiji TV subsequently changed the result of the text vote to give Bainimarama the winning Personality of the Year award stripping it from the winner, Premila Kumar, of the Consumer Council. (see C4.5 story January 14. 2012 http://www.coupfourandahalf.com/2012_01_08_archive.html)
Coupfourpointfive's story at the time showed the hundreds of texts that supposedly came in for Bainimarama were from two regime cell phones.
This blog also notes that while it was easy for the Bainimarama's to wrest apologies from Fiji TV, the regime has failed to take to task its mouthpiece, the Fiji Sun, for 'fabricating' a story out of an interview with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
Earlier this week the paper ran a retraction titled Media Release: No warning to proposed youth party - attorney general.
Yet despite the admission: The front page story of today's Fiji Sun - "Register first, AG Warns Youth Activists, only three can" is inaccurate, and worse, contains outright fabrications," there has been no move by Khaiyum to punish the paper as he is quick to do with Fiji TV and Fiji Times.
Clearly, there is one rule for the regime and its supporters and another for the rest of Fiji.