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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Magistrate ruling on Bala dangerous driving charge appalling

Praveen Bala: let off for dangerous driving causing death
A man is killed but the magistrate lets him off because 'the Prosecution fails to make a case.'

Praveen Bala has been acquitted of the 2013 charge of dangerous driving causing death, but can never in all conscience say he had nothing to do with the demise of Puna Chand.

The court transcript shows that Bala, who is now Local Government Minister, was at the scene and fingered for the dangerous driving, but was acquitted because Fiji police failed to put him in the driver's seat sufficient enough to satisfy Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena.

Bala has been quoted as saying 'people know about the truth and now the truth has been said the people will understand', but he is kidding himself.

There are too many irregularities in this protracted case plus a very strong whiff of a cover up, including the appalling ruling that Puna Chand's death had nothing to do with being hit by Bala's car, for this to ever go away for Bala.

The case is also another example of the injustice Fiji citizens are enduring under the hands of the so-called utopia created by Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

State versus Praveen Bala

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fiji Police & Army caught up in another brutality case against 'suspects'

Terrified: Three men who've endured bush style police brutality.

All too familiar: we have seen police do this before.
Another appalling example of Fiji police brutality with officers beating people suspected of owning marijuana farms in Navosa.

Photos of the brutality meted out at one drug raid have gone viral with the Police Commissioner promising a thorough investigation after seeing the evidence of his men's heavy handed treatment.

The photos as posted here, show three men with blood on their faces, shirtless and clearly scared.

In one picture, two of the men are lying on the ground with their hands tied behind them. All three of the men are doused in what looks to be white flour. In a later photo, one of the two men is no longer wearing a shirt. One of the soldiers is clearly armed.

It's understood the raid was a joint operation conducted by the army and police, called Operation Cavuraka.

The pictures were first posted by two i-taukei boys in Australia and the United States.

In a statement, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho claims he was unaware of the operation and the brutality.

A statement attributed to him yesterday says he doesn't condone any abuse of powers by officers and action will be taken against those who do it:

I have been alerted about the photos circulating on social media regarding the alleged misconduct of officers who are part of Operation Cavuraka. 

I can assure members of the public that I have ordered a thorough investigation be conducted to determine what took place. 

During an earlier visit to the Operation team in Keiyasi, I had stressed the need to respect the rights of suspects and any reports indicating otherwise will be dealt with accordingly. 

I do not condone any of my officers abusing their powers and necessary disciplinary action will be taken against those who do. 



Fiji authorities will hate being reminded about it but these pictures bring back the terror and brutality used by police and army officers on prisoners in recent times. 

Few will have forgotten the 9 minute, 11 second video showing the terrorising of 24 year old Iowane Benedito, ann incident which both Frank Bainimarama and former police minister, Ioane Naivalurua, tried to protect the perpetrators.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Grisly days ahead for Fiji with two-headed snake on horizon

Fiji's two-headed snake

Fiji takes yet another wrong turn.  

It was wrong when Frank Bainimarama was elected and it is wrong now that Sitiveni Rabuka leads SODELPA and will be in Parliament at the next elections. 

If there’s any justice these two old narcissists, who gutted Fiji, will kill each off and rid the country of their venom. 

Both are poisonous snakes and should have nothing to do with the running of the country.

We won't be running the 'snake' comment in full here but if you haven't seen it, click on the link below.

Teimumu wants no part of Rabuka coming into SODELPA
The one right thing so far in all of this was the refusal of departing SODElPA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, to accept the whale tooth from Rabuka at the Matanigasau.

FOOTNOTE: Just as wrong this week was the push by police to shutdown talk of the murder of a Russian couple whose body parts have been found at Natadola beach.

This is a grisly crime and whether we like it or not, it is a blight on our paradise.

Yuri and Natalia Shipulin

Bainimarama calls Rabuka a snake

Rabuka unfazed by Bainimarama's name calling
Tourists finds decapitated head

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

NFP whip replies to budget

"This is a budget full of smokescreens with the reality being our debt level will increase to 50.4% of our
nominal GDP or close to $5 billion"

"Where is the justification for allocating the largest chunk of our Budget towards FRA? And what is the return on such massive  injection of capital?  Has it attracted investment and created more jobs? Has it resulted in a productive agricultural sector and increased our exports?"  

The sugar industry’s best hope of recovery 10 years ago was derailed by the December 2006 coup. The military government deliberately sacrificed the injection of a $350 million grant to the industry by the European Union

NFP Whip Prem Singh addresses Budget concerns

Madam Speaker 

On 24th September last year, in my response to
His Excellency the President’s address, which was basically a blueprint for Government programmes for the ensuing year, What I said then is pertinent to what we are debating in Parliament, and I quote : 

“True nationhood, common and equal citizenry can only be achieved if we collectively start doing some of the following: 

Economic growth to generate employment; Meritocracy in the civil service and appointments being made at least in proportionate to the population of our ethnic groups; As a start having a quota for recruitment of personnel from other ethnic groups in the military, again on meritocracy to give it a semblance of multiracialism; Having bipartisan committees to collectively look at serious challenges facing sectors like the sugar industry, health and medical services 

“My point here is that its all very well to finger-wag on what should be acceptable parliamentary conduct and what it is not, but reciprocity, humanity and national interest should be our guiding values if are to succeed at bipartisanship, and not arrogance and condescension. We on this side of Parliament continue to offer our hands for bipartisanship. it is now up to the other side to reciprocate sincerity and respect in the national interest. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fiji budget: Millions for army vehicles and cash reward for Fiji Olympians who win medals

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum delivered his budget yesterday saying they will be redoubling efforts to rebuild and recover after Cyclone Winston. 

$7.5 million will be spent on specialised vehicles for the military with Khaiyum saying the vehicles will be used for recovery during natural disasters.

Khaiyum also announced that any Olympian who brings home a medal from the Rio Olympics will receive $30,000. Half a million dollars has been allocated for Rio.

Other promises:

*From next year, ministries will present 3 year and 5 year plans.

*Macro economic growth for Fiji is expected to be 3 percent for this year despite Tropical Cyclone Winston

*Nine consecutive years of economic growth years expected for Fiji for the first time

*Inflation is expected to remain at 2 to 3 percent

*FNPF is expected to credit members 6.25 percent interest despite paying out the Cyclone Assistance funds