#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Convicted killer heads Suva Rugby

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Convicted killer heads Suva Rugby

A New Zealand media team is reporting that Fiji military strongman, Voreqe Bainimarama, has installed his brother-in-law, a man convicted of manslaughter, as the head of the Suva Rugby Union.

Stuff says the move marks the increasing militarisation of Fiji life.

Bainimarama's brother-in-law, Commander Francis Kean, head of the Fiji Navy, will be the union chair while the head of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, Lt-Commander Tevita Rokouluilakeba Mara, will become president.

Two commanders and a major are on the board.

Bainimarama seized power in December 2006.

A month later his daughter Ateca Bainimarama married Samuel Whippy. At the reception Francis Kean took exception to a comment by Whippy's uncle, John Whippy, and punched him, fatally.

He was charged with murder but eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months jail.

He served less than a third of the sentence and was freed to take over the navy again.

Kean told state controlled radio that he had given an ultimatum to the former Suva Rugby Union representatives to report to him.

"We need to set the house in order, this is one of the areas we're looking at, there is transparency and that's accountability in the financial affairs of Suva Rugby Union."

In a related development, a fellow coup plotter, Commodore Esala Teleni, has become a director on the Fiji Rugby Union.

He is also the military appointed head of police. Michael Field


Anonymous said...

Gee - be interesting when the Team travels overseas - and they want to accompany it?

Radiolucas said...

I wonder if there are any high positions of power left in Fiji that ARE NOT being occupied by Military personnel?


Anonymous said...

Hey 6.44pm - that'll give this dumb head government opportunity to have a go at new zealand and australia travel ban and sactions. bet voreqe and sir aiyaz will huff and puff about the unfairness of it all, again. any company or organisation would realise francis kean is a liability for overseas travel and avoid it but not this lot. everything has to their way, eh

Anonymous said...

Anon 3.

Can't speak for the Kiwi's - but confident Skippy's finally got their measure...History teaches -you don't appease despots...

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