Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum: Bainimarama’s impotent military prolonged plight of George Speight’s hostages in the 2000 coup for 56 days
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is the golden boy of Frank Bainimarama, the robotic, punch drunk and possibly deranged self-styled military strongman ... a coward whose bodyguards claim he not only hid from Speight’s rebel soldiers in a cassava patch but seized with fear, had wet himself from the live bullets whizzing around him at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.
Wrapped in a women’s sarong and a wig, Bainimarama was smuggled out of the barracks and rushed to the Suva hospital with a 'pulsating heart beat'. He later claimed he'd gone to visit his ‘loyal soldiers’.
On the other side of the world, a barely unknown and insignificant Indo-Fijian of any repute, overfed on Chinese noodles, was trying to make ‘chop suey’ of the Fiji military, and indirectly, its commander, Voreqe Bainimarama, in his Master of Art thesis at the University of Hong Kong.
In the thesis that would later impress Bainimarama, Khaiyum wrote as follows: “Mahendra Chaudhry’s reign as Prime Minister lasted only a year. He and members of his Cabinet were taken hostage by a George Speight and seven armed ‘gunmen’ on 19 May 2000. One would have thought given the few number of kidnappers, a rescue of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in particular by the Fiji Military Forces, which prides itself in its military prowess, was relatively easy task.
"However, this was not to be. The ineptitude, inertia and reluctance displayed by the military and other law enforcement in the first weeks of the crisis allowed the kidnappers a free hand in mustering support at the parliamentary grounds, for their ‘cause’, holding the Prime Minister in captivity for 56 days. The cause apparently was the re-assertion of indigenous Fijian paramountcy vis a vis indigenous rights.”
Khaiyum continued: “While the maneuverings and clientalism of the establishment clique is intriguing, invariably epitomizing machiavellanism and at best of times moral impairment – illustrating the nuances of the real politik, Fijian style – the fact remains the mantra of indigenous Fijian paramountcy and the necessity of maintaining the ‘sanctity’ of separate indigenous Fijian administration were, and to continue to be, very potent ideas demonstrating different notions of group and citizen loyalty and identity."
As we have seen previously, he suggested everything Fijian should be smashed with his so-called Sunset Clause, especially in regard to cultural autonomy, and that everyone should be called Fijian.
For years he also, privately, maintained that the present commander of the land forces, Pita Driti, should have been transported to Nukulau Island, along with George Speight, because he suspected Driti colluded with Speight’s gunmen.
In order to fulfil his long cherished dream of putting into practice the contents of his 20,000 word thesis, Khaiyum had to win over Bainimarama, who of course had his own agenda against the SDL government and the Fijian chiefs.
Now, both are making ‘chop suey’ of the i-taukei race by cutting private deals with the Chinese, with the Military Council looking again as it did in 2000, impotent bystanders.
Power, the Chinese leader Mao, once stated, flows from the barrel of a gun. Driti (Hallelujah!) still has the guns to redeem himself and save the i-taukei race from Bainimarama and Khaiyum, the self-appointed baron robbers of the nation.
The Mara-Ganilau dynasty, of course, have provided them with the shield to reduce and ruin Fiji and its original owners, the i-taukei Fijians.
Another who has steered Fiji to the road of ruin is Brigadier Mohammed Aziz, who is merely feeding on the back of Kaiyum and Bainimarama until a new election is called, and who will leave the military to run a private hospital with his wife. By then, the i-taukei would have been confined to their sick beds, with no one to turn to, with the Chinese long gone.
The sun would have finally sat on the i-taukei race, with the originator of the ‘Sunset Clause’, presumably heading back to Hong Kong to cook up another dodgy thesis. That's unless he is sent to prison, as widely expected, by Pita Driti.
But before that happens, we need to be told how many millions Khaiyum has signed off for his Hong Kong legislators and Kiwi lawyers to draft the military decrees, not to mention the anti-i-Taukei one.
Like the Biblical Peter, Pita Driti must also not continue to surround himself with the enemies of the Fijian race. History will otherwise judge him harshly, not to mention the ancestral spirits and the Lord!