The dictatorship regime's head and military commander Frank Bainimarama has strengthened his hold over key institutions in coup ravaged Fiji.
As interim Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Bainimarama is now Chairman of Native Land Trust Board, the organisation established in 1944 by Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna to be guardians and custodians of native land in the country.
Bainimarama's appointment has been announced through Decree Number 31 titled Native Land Trust (Amendment) Decree of 2009. Previously the President was the NLTB Chairman. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and retired President Ratu Josefa Iloilo were Chairmen of NLTB.
But the Decree issued by Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his capacity as Vice-President and not Acting President changes that.
In what is further signs that the regime will not relinquish power, Bainimarama is now:
1. Interim PM
2. Interim Minister for Indigenous Affairs
3. Interim Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs
4. Interim Minister for Finance
5. Interim Minister for Sugar
6. Chairman of NLTB
7. Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs - if nd when it is constituted
Essentially, Banimarama is now controlling key institutons of both the Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities.