The deportation of David Roth was on dictator Frank Bainimarama's wish-list before his departure to China, supposedly on a trade mission. And he entrusted his side-kick, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, with the job of carrying out the dirty deed.
Coupfourpointfive has established that Bainimarama wanted Roth out at any cost. The price was paid by his former army boss, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, who has lost his job in the regime's Cabinet.
The dictator tried to justify Roth's deportation with this comment: "It is unfortunate that David Roth saw it fit to engage in activities outside of his work-permit conditions," but failed to say just what Roth had done.
But sources have confirmed to us that there are three reasons for Bainimarama's blatant animosity towards the Fiji Water executive:
1) As already established, David Roth was very close to the Mara family.
2) Harry Dugdale, Ratu Mara's son-in-law by virtue of his marriage to Mara's youngest daughter, Adi Litia Mara, was employed by Roth to handle public relations work for him as well as Fiji Water. The major public relations consultant for Fiji Water is a company owned by former United Sates Embassy employee, Nirmal Singh. According to sources, Dugdale was deported earlier this year after he referred to Bainimarama as 'dick head' during a cocktail function. David Roth was present at the drinks, conversing with Dugdale when he slanged off the dictator as a 'dick head'. Bainimarama got wind of the information and wanted Dugdale thrashed by his military goons. But Roth was 'saved' by his brother in law, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara (former 3FIR boss). Roko Ului. however, could not prevent Dugdale from being deported and advised him to leave Fiji. Adi Litia remains in the country while her husband is back in his country of birth, England.
3) David Roth was seen having lunch with Roko Ului and former Land Force Commander Pita Driti after they were "sent on leave". According to Coupfourpointfive sources, this lunch is also being seen as Roth's 'interferenc'e in Fiji's domestic affairs.
Bainimarama wanted heads to roll
The dictator, apart from wanting Roth out of the country, had also made up his mind he wanted to see a few of his trusted men given the boot. Again, this was prior to his very secret excursion to China.
Bainimarama wanted his permanent secretary, Pio Tikoduadua, to resign, which he duly did, handing his letter to Ganilau. Sources say the illegal leader is insisting Tikoduadua receive him at the airport when he returns from China, despite his resignation. Sources say it's Evil Frank's way of humiliating Tikoduadua.
On his return from China this week, Bainimarama also wants to know from Police and Prisons Comissioner Brigadier General, Iowane Naivalarua, which post he prefers.
It's believed he fears that being the Commissioner of both Police Force and Prisons Service makes Naivalarua extremely powerful and a threat to him.
The dictator had also decided that his former permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand, who is the permanent secretary to Public Service Commission, should resign. Chand tendered his resignation more than a week ago and will leave in December.
Dirty Frank also wanted Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara to resign as Chairman of Fiji Pine Ltd, Tropik Woods, Fiji Forest Industries. Roko Ului had called it quits but last Friday appeared on Fiji Television news and speaking as Chairman, announced the payment of $1 million dividend to landowners. He also authorised a special supplement to be published in a daily newspaper last Saturday.
Sources say Roko Ului has withdrawn his resignation and and now wants Bainimarama or Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to sack him. It's believed he's awaiting Bainimarama's return to see if he is forcibly booted out. Only time will tell if Roko Ului's defiance is genuine.