#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Links between Lotus Garments and the RFMF

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Links between Lotus Garments and the RFMF

Coupfourpointfive has been told the owners of Lotus Garments and the top brass of the military enjoy a close relationship.

Lotus Garments was recently awarded a $9.5 million order to supply uniforms to the army in 2006 by a senior military officer in serious violation of financial regulations.

Tenders for such an amount should be referred to the Major Tenders Board but this was not the case in this tender.

We have been told the senior military officer who approved the purchase is Timoci Lesi Natuva, the interim Transport Minister in the regime.

The managing director of Lotus Garments is Padam Lala, who spends most of his time in Sydney.

Lala was appointed the Chairman of Land Transport Authority after Natuva became the interim Transport Minister.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not only NZ - here's one for the Aussies.

Why is regime supporter - Oz resident Lala allowed unrestricted travel?

Kania Tiko said...

Is the editorialising at the end necessary?

Can't we let the story speak for itself?

Must we whack people over the head the message?

A little bit of subtlety can go a long way

Anonymous said...

CORRUPTION OF THE HIGHEST ORDER - FICAC WHERE ARE YOU OR WAS FRANK ALSO PAID MILLIONS FROM THESE DEALS.

FRESHPAC'S DEALINGS WITH THE MILITARY SHOULD ALSO BE INVESTIGATED. SOLIDERS GET NEW JERSEYS AND T/SHIRTS FOR SUKUNA BOWL EVERY YEAR WHILE FRANK AND SENIOR OFFICERS GET HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EVRY YEAR FOR ILLEGAL AND OVERPRICED DEALS.

SHAME, SHAME , SHAME.

Anonymous said...

@kania tiko I don't think there was anything wrong with the ending of the story. It could hardly be described as editorialising, just pointing out another fraudulent connection between the gang of thieves.

Anonymous said...

Isa.. cant wait when all these crooks have to answer for there corrupt ways

God Bless Fiji
PLZ...GOD SAVE FIJI!!

Anonymous said...

God is watching you!

Anonymous said...

In reply to Anonymous - call me blind but I have not seen anywhere in the media or in that excerpt above Mr Lala's travel arrangements/allowances being discussed.

I think you have a separate personal political agenda and that is apparent when you try to label someone as a so called "regime supporter".

The issue concerned is why the RFMF placed orders that should go through Major Tenders Board be it 9.5 million or $1000.

In my personal opinion during a time of crisis or war any military force deploys to secure its weapons and resources (be it uniforms or anything else) by all means neccesary - 2006 was one of these occations - no matter which side of the fence you sit

I do recall the army calling up 1000 reservists that year for active duty during November - and at that time there was a crisis between the army and elected government.

With all respect to the Major Tenders Board but in a crisis situation i highly doubt the RFMF would wait for their approval.

Anonymous said...

@anonymous 3:19pm - there ws no need to call up the 1000 reversists (misspelling intended for obvious reasons). the crisis was the making of the military. had they stuck to their constitutional role, there would have no need to spend 9.5m smackeroos on items they didn't need. Corrupt to the core.

Anonymous said...

Do call u blind - accepting appointment as Chairman of the Land Transport Authority by this illegal regime does qualify him as a willing supporter - for goodness sake the mans a clothing manufacturer?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 10:46AM - If everyone had stuck to their constitutional role there would have never been a Coup d'etat in 1987 - who knows where Fiji would have progressed today - its okay for us to debate as civilians in retrospect but there has to be the assumption that those decisions were made from an operational standpoint.

Given the past history of the military and its interference with politics - I think more relevant questions should be asked as in why the need to maintain such a force in the first place would a better equiped police force do better in Fiji? - $93 million in 2009 of that $10million to maintain a RFMF in Iraq ?

All respect to the servicemen & women of RFMF they do a good job and make the nation proud overseas especially with peacekeeping missions around the globe.
But many would argue that money would be better spent on improving roads , infrastructure & public services.

@Anonymous 11:16AM - Its a pretty common practice to appoint sucessful members of the business community to various board of directors and managerial positions of public and private institutions worldwide - mainly due to their divesified industry experience. I highly doubt Mr Lala's appointment to Chairman of Land and Transport Authority would have been solely with his business dealing with the RFMF - if you do your research he is a bit more than just a clothing manufacturer as you say - he has occupied a few higher profile positions than Chairman of the Land Transport Authority.
Chairman of FDB , Director of FTIB ex deputy mayor of Suva just to name a few

Anonymous said...

Don't care what he's done in the past - more concerned about what he's doing in the present.
Our objection is that by accepting such an appointment he's "knowingly supporting this illegal regime" & as a consequence should be barred from entering Australia - NZ or the US. For goodness sake give us a break! Nobody with an ounce of common sense would accept such a high profile appointment - therefore I & a lot of others question both his motives & current travel arrangements.

If he can't see what he's doing is wrong? Others such as the above mentioned should - ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Isa... God knows what will happen