#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Fresh revelations about the treachery of Dictator Bainimarama

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fresh revelations about the treachery of Dictator Bainimarama

Dictator had agreed to retire at 55 when he signed his military contract in 2004
Now he is culling 55 plus Civil Servants except himself to cling to power, accept kick-backs and bank bogus back pay of $185,000

Chinese Tai Chi instructors have been brought into the country to relax those he has thrown out of their jobs through Section 15 of the “State Services Decree”, pushed through at the point of a treasonous gun. He has instructed his Poverty Alleviation Minister to build a park for the retirees who have become victims of his overnight decree, drafted by his illegal Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and illegal Solicitor-General Christopher Pryde.

Documents made available to me from Frank Bainimarama’s own inner military circle shortly after his treasonous coup of 5 December 2006 tell a very different story about the man who, along with Khaiyum, his Indo-Fijian Goebbels, is devouring our beautiful country, with i-taukei taking their own lives instead of living under his dictatorial rule. 

The picture that emerges of the former midshipman – now a corrupt, power-hungry and globe trotting dictator – reeks of treachery, both against his friends and foes.

The Fatal Mistake: His Appointment as Commander
On 22 February 1999, Paul Manueli, Minister for Justice and Home Affairs (an ill-wind blast from Rabuka’s coups) informed another coupist and President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara that he had the honour to inform Mara officially of Brigadier-General E G Ganilau’s resignation as Commander of Fiji Military Forces effective from Sunday 28th February, 1999. “Brigadier-General Ganilau wishes to pursue a political career and has announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the General Election to be held in May,” Manueli told Mara. 

As we know, Mara’s son-in-law, the NBF debtor and illegal Minister for Defence and current illegal acting Prime Minister failed to democratically enter Cabinet, except through the dictator’s barrel of the gun after 2006 coup. 

Manueli recommended that Mara approve the appointment of “Captain [Navy] Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama as Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces from 1st March 1999”. Manueli continued in his letter (Ref C8/9/12-1): “Captain Bainimarama has had continuous service in the RFMF since 26th July 1975. He is highly qualified as a Naval Officer, but knowledge and experience gained at the Armed Forces Staff College in Malaysia and the Joint Service College in Australia have prepared him for Joint Services Command (Bainimarama’s attached CV reveals that he was between October-November 1992 with the Maritime Surveillance Cs, warfare College, Newcastle, and from 21 December 1990-21December 1991 with the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College).”

Manueli reminded Mara: “As you are aware, the republic of Fiji Military Forces is an integrated Army/Navy organisation, and captain Bainimarama has performed extremely well as Chief of Staff since November, 1997.” Loyalty was his strong point. “He is a loyal and dedicated officer, and I am confident he will acquit himself with dignity and honour in the high office to which he is being recommended,” Manueli assured Mara.

On 24 February 1999, Mara’s Official Secretary, replied to Manueli: “His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji, the Rt.Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara has approved your recommendation that Captain (Navy) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama be appointed Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces from 1 March 1999.” A year later, Mara was forced to surrender executive power to Bainimarama following the George Speight coup. Mara never returned to Government House.

Bainimarama betrays President Ratu Mara

When Mara passed away, Browne revealed that ten days after the coup Mara was moved to a navy patrol boat because of what Browne said were orchestrated threats from Speight's people. On the boat, Bainimarama, former police chief Isikia Savua and former coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka presented Mara with a tabua or whales tooth, a traditional offering, “and asked him to step aside”. 

When Mara complied Bainimarama declared martial law, dismissed Mahendra Chaudhry’s government and appointed a caretaker one.
“The reason why he (Mara) reluctantly agreed was because the two institutions entrusted with the protection (police and military) of the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief were no longer in a position to provide it”. 

Mara had been forced to step down so that the military and others could abrogate the constitution and remove the Chaudhry government even while Speight was still holding it hostage. “He stood as an obstacle to the objectives and agendas of those who wished to abrogate the constitution and remove Chaudhry's Government”. Mara was also a member of the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) but they acted without asking Mara. “

“The military and police usurped his authority,” Browne claimed.
Browne said that the senior officials involved could not escape justice.
“Justice will come sooner or later. No one can escape justice. It would come in one form or another.” 

Susan Boyd, who was Australia's High Commissioner in Suva during the 2000 coup, told Radio Australia that she spoke later to Mara about being made to step down: “As he said quite bitterly ... you know that those who were supposed to advise him and look after his interests were actually advising him to step down and he wasn't too sure in whose interests they were speaking. He was quite sad and disappointed, I think, at the ambiguity if you like of the advisers who were around him.” 

Epeli Ganilau, then chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, said during the last days of the presidency Mara was alone at Government House with not a single chief or friend to visit him. “He called me to keep him company because he was lonely”. After the 2006 coup, Chaudhry and Ganilau jumped in bed with Bainimarama, in the so-called Clean Up Campaign”. To Chaudhry’s bitter disappointment, he was not only thrown out of Cabinet but is now facing a string of tax and money-laundering charges while Bainimarama is globe-trotting around the world.

In 2004, Bainimarama’s term as commander came up for review. Joketani Cokanasiga, then Minister for Home Affairs, wrote to Mara’s successor Ratu Josefa Iloivatu Uluivuda, informing the President: “Your Excellency is aware that Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s term as the Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces, will expire at the end of next month, 29th February 2004. This will have completed his five year term from 1st March, 1999.” 

Cokanasiga recommended Bainimarama to command the military: “Pursuant to Sub-Section 112(2) of the Constitution of the republic of Fiji Islands, it is my honoured duty as the Minister responsible for the Military, to recommend to Your Excellency a suitably qualified military officer, capable of commanding the Republic of Fiji Military Forces with diligence, integrity and honour and exercise military executive command of the Forces, subject to the control of the Minister. In this regards, it is with utmost respect that I recommend the current incumbent, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, to continue as the Commander RFMF for the next THREE 93) years, with effect from 01st March 2004.”

Cokanasiga informed Iloilo that the National Security Council under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase had endorsed this recommendation. Looking back, Qarase must be ruing his decision, given the treacherous events of 2006. Evidence has also emerged (which I hope to write one day) that the present Land Forces Commander Brigadier-General Pita Driti was talked of as possible appointment and a few other senior military officers were considered, in order to wrest control of the military from navy personnel running the military. Bainimarama and his secret backers arm-twisted his appointment.

On 28 January 2004, S. Turagabeci, the acting Official Secretary to the President informed Cokanasiga that Iloilo had approved the recommendation that Bainimarama be re-appointed Commander RFMF for the next three years.

In one of the secret Cabinet Memos, there was also discussion to advertise the post of commander, for it was felt that it was not the personal property of Bainimarama, and other officers should be considered but in the end, for the sake of national interest and security, the job went to Bainimarama.

One of these days, I will be writing about the Terms and Conditions for the Post of Commander, Republic of Fiji Military Forces, and why the obscene back pay that Bainimarama gave to himself, signed off by his then illegal Finance Minister Chaudhry, does not add up – in other words, they payment is not justified.

On 5 February 2004, the Government wrote to Bainimarama, congratulating him on his re-appointment and looked forward to his co-operation in the “important responsibilities entrusted to the RFMF for the maintenance of internal security and order”. 

He was, however, reminded in no uncertain terms: “You are aware that in accordance with the Constitution and the RFMF Act, the Commander RFMF is responsible to the Minister in exercising executive command of the RFMF and in the proper management of public funds approved for the RFMF by Parliament.”   

On 11 March 2004 Bainimarama acknowledged the letter but asked for the consideration made in regards to pay and allowances and other associated conditions for the position of Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Among other issues (which I will write on one of these days) he touched on the issue of a payment of gratuity and the required age to retire at fifty-five. “A common provision that has been provided to the Chief Executive Officers of Government Departments and Constitutional Office holders is a payment of gratuity, recognising the services of the office holder,” he wrote.

“The position of Commander is much different in that, whilst other Constitutional Office holders or Chief Executive Officers are permitted to work until they reach the age of sixty, the Commander is required to retire at the age of five-five. We are of the opinion that it is only appropriate that the Commander be paid a gratuity at the end of his service the sum of two times his annual gross salary,” he stated in his letter.

In other words, he agreed to the terms and conditions regarding the retirement age as well placing himself under the control of the Minister and to properly manage public funds approved for the RFMF by Parliament.

However, when he thought that the job was not his for life, and that police might be called in to investigate fraud and abuse of military funds running into millions, he brainwashed his senior officers and others, including Driti, to oust the very Qarase government which had re-appointed him in 2004. Cokanasiga went on to become Bainimarama’s illegal Ministry for Primary Industries after the 2006 coup.

After the coup, Bainimarama also introduced the illegal “State Services Decree”, which has begun culling those who are 55 and plus. To qualify for exemption, his illegal dictatorial regime says, civil servants “must have displayed high work standards and must also have an untarnished record”.

If we apply the criteria to him; he would not qualify under any circumstances, especially when he committed the crime of treason against a democratically elected government. Treacherously, those exempted from this decree are the Military Commander, the Commissioner of Police and the Commissioner of Prisons. 

Sooner, rather than later, Driti and other officers, on turning 55, will be doing Tai Chi with other ‘senior citizens and military officers’ while the dictator will be running around the globe, while retaining the position of Commander, RFMF. 

And Kahiyum would have long gone to Dubai, Pryde to New Zealand and Anthony Gates to Sri Lanka. 

Cry, Our Beloved Country!

Editor's Note: Stay reading Coupfourfointfive for more revelations against this treacherous and illegal military dictator, Khaiyum and others in the regime


mark manning said...

I watched a DVD on Mara's demise and from memory, in it he said that he was taken away and his Daughter's life was threatened if he didn't stand down as President.
At 1st. he resisted, but when his daughter's life was threatened, he relinquished his authority.
Which is true, was Mara part of the coups, was he an honourable man, did he stay in power for Fiji or himself, were his children's lives threatened, and was it Frank bainimarama who threatened to have Mara;s daughter killed if he didn't resign his Presidency ?

TheMax said...

Bainimara was recomended because he was simpl the best.

Anonymous said...

Frank Bainilewa betrayed Ratu Mara, Chaudhry, Qarase, and George Speight.
The man will sell his soul to the Devil to get ahead, real taliban style

Anonymous said...

Yes must agree with you there MAX Frank is simple.

Anonymous said...

@ TheMax - Bainimarama wasn't recommended because he was simply the best, but because he was a SIMPLETON..and still is BTW

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama with all his faults, he still remains the best hope Fiji has.

Besides most of what is written or said is old news.

Some new please.

The Doppy said...

@Anon 3:46

The only thing new is the death of the Vore

Anonymous said...

@ 'Some new please'.

Try this?

Bainimarama and crew have hijacked '$200m in freshly printed $20 notes'. Reports are Khaiyum is currently in Geneva negotiating sale.

Not all pirates live in Somalia.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Those supporting Frank are not getting the story - he brought in the 55 plus degree so that he could continue to be commander - why should be retire and not him, making way for younger officers

Dro mo Bula Baini said...

@ The Max,

Jerry Waqanisau was in fact one of those from the army considered for Bainimarama's post as he was much more qualified than him. It is to Qarase's ultimate regret that he did not take on Waqanisau as he was a true military professional and much more respected than Baini.

It was also Qarase's weakness in not backing Waqanisau when Frank kicked his door down on hearing his contract was not going to be renewed, that emboldened Baini to oust Qarase in the 2006 coup. Whatever strengths Qarase had, afterall he was in fact a technocrat, he was not a strong decisive leader.

I had written often to the Fiji Times prior to the coup imploring Qarase to take decisive action and sack Baini at the time. Instead his contract was renewed, Waqanisau packed off to China as Ambassador, and Baini's hand and his dumb brain pumped high with the pride of a coward. Coupled with the pressure of being under real suspicion for CRW murders and the corruption and fraud in military spending, Baini was handed very compelling reasons for the coup to save his skin and his life. He may run though, but he will never hide. His crime will seek him out and his descendants eventually as they always do in the end.

TheMax said...

@Dro ma Bula

Waqanisau may have been more educated but Voeqe was the best for the post. The rest is history, testimony to that and Fii is reaping the benefits.

Jekesoni Saumaki said...

Dro mo bula, exactly, my friend, what the max is saying is the frank is still the best, what he forgot to add was that frank is really a simpleton. Oh yes, Brig Jerry Waqanisau is far more experienced, qualified and a well seasoned vet. I would vouch for him in a heart beat. There was Rt George Kadavulevu, I mean there were far more worthy and well qualified candidates than this idiot. I could name at least 10 who were worthy of the commanders post.