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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nawaikula tackles issue of land

Land continues to be a crucial election issue, despite claims by the regime itaukei's concerns are misplaced.

SODELPA candidate, Niko Nawaikula, discusses here the affects of the illegal government's Decrees and Constitution on the indigenous people of Fiji and their rights to their land.

Nawaikula, a qualified lawyer, has specialized in laws related to native land and indigenous issues.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Questions amnesiac journos should be asking

A Manual for Journalists taking up Khaiyum’s challenge
By Professor Wadan Narsey 

There continues a pretense of national debates between Fiji First Party representatives and other party representatives, in which allegedly independent journalists from Fiji Sun, FBC and Fiji TV energetically grill opposition political party leaders and candidates, while sympathetically allowing Fiji First leaders all the leeway they want.

The latest was a one-sided grilling of Mr Mahendra Chaudhry by Ms Shammi Lochan, the latest bright spark for the Aina program, a worthy successor to Veena Bhatnagar who ruthlessly, but smoothly and suavely, previously grilled Professor Biman Prasad in a totally one-sided affair (she will go far in politics).
Two allegedly neutral media personalities, Matai Akauola and Veena Bhatnagar revealed their true colors by standing as candidates for Fiji First Party.
Journalists seem not to be aware that Aiyaz Khaiyum (Attorney General and also Minister for Elections has publicly instructed them, nay exhorted them,  to beyond the “he says this and he says that” type of superficial journalism, and ask more penetrating analytic questions.
It seems that our journalists suffer strange memory losses and get stuck for questions on their programs, with none willing to emulate the tenaciousness of a certain Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum who did a hilarious but penetrating interview with Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, while both were trotting along the sea wall opposite the Pony Club in Laucala Bay. (It would seem that Riyaz is playing a somewhat opposite role these days, to people in power).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Coward Bainimarama avoids protesters as election officials change rules again

People power: Bainimarama only met 'supporters.'
The headline was "Dad's cry for justice" but it might as well have been "Fiji's cry for justice."

And chances are it won't be the last time we see it.

Fronting up: But where's the dictator?
Twenty something days out from the elections and the regime is still playing dirty. 

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, today went ahead with the draw to allocate numbers to the parties, despite the Electoral
Bodyguards - about 30 plus police!
Commission disqualifying two candidates - Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and Mere Vuniwaqa.

The National Federation Party had objected to Khaiyum and Vuniwaqa: one is Fiji First's general secretary as well as Minister Responsible for Elections and the country's illegal attorney general, the other former Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice.

Under the regime's own Constitution, neither are eligible to seek election for four years because of their involvement in organising next month's election.

And yet Saneem, kin of Khaiyum, today proceeded with the draw claiming the Commission had failed to deliberate in the required three days and saying he had sought the advice of the solicitor general's office.

The Commission has disputed the ruling, boycotted the draw and is seeking legal advice from New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fiji First scumbag candidates

Thanks to the hoops set up the regime, Opposition parties - especially the smaller ones - have understandably struggled to find candidates and the $1,000 to register them.

Taxpayer funded Fiji First on the hand has delivered a lacklustre crop of candidates, several carrying baggage and having conflicts of interest, damaging the party before it even hits the poll.

MIDA stalwart Matai Akauola has been widely criticised for being a candidate. Rightly so: how can he go from dictating media do's and don'ts to standing as a candidate for the party of a military dictatorship?

We are not surprised. He had confirmed last year he was going to stand, but as an Independent: guess the lure of fame and fortune was too much for him.
Ashneel Sudhakar: So much for 'diversity, integrity and meritocracy'.
Ashneel Sudhakar: a total scumbag and racist to boot. As you will see from these pics taken from his Facebook, he is gutter level filth and a waste of taxpayer money.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Regime tries to fob off financial accounts as auditors

Fiji's Ministry of Finance has released what it calls the Audited Accounts from 2006-2012.

These are not the Auditor's Report, which we have been calling for a number of years now.

The quite release of the financial statements suggests the regime is trying to give these accounts, which were downloaded from the Ministry of Finance's website, some credibility.  

These reports are signed by the Auditor General, Tevita Bolanavanua and are called the Annual Financial Statement.

The 'Minister of Finance' as we know is Frank Bainimarama but as we know that is a token portfolio only - just as the accounts on the following websites are whitewash versions of what is really happening with the books.


  afs_2006_1 by Coup Fourpointfive

Friday, August 15, 2014

Circus of an election continues

Sevanaia Bainimarama: Bail lowered by US authorities
In the hands of legit authorities, the real crim gets a chance:  in Suva the accused is sure to go down, especially if the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is involved.

Former Native Land Trust Board member, Keni Dakuidreketi, has been sentenced to six years in jail, but the conviction reeks.

Dakuidreketi, a former Minister in the interim 2000 Laisenia Qarase government, was accused of using  government grants to finance an IT company, Pacific Connex, owned by Ballu Khan.

Bloggers will recall Khan was arrested in 2007 and held and tortured by the regime over claims he plotted against the government.
Convicted. Keni Dakuidreketi (right).

Government money is said to have been channelled through Vanua Development Corporation Limited, a limited liability company of the then Native Land Trust Board.

Dakuidreketi pleaded not guilty but was convicted, along with general manager, Kalivati Bakani, who had pleaded guilty earlier.