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Saturday, June 5, 2010

FLP tells Bainimarama: Stop deluding yourself with the lackey Provinces

Following his recent visits to the Provincial Councils, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has been left with the distinct impression that the people want his administration to continue in office, deferring general elections well beyond 2014. 
 
Nay, the feedback is even more positive. People are very happy with what his government is doing and have told him to defer elections in 2014. 

Well, certainly, more than three years of the Bainimarama administration has left Fiji with an unprecedented record of national performance.

Let’s see: 

• a 20% devaluation of the dollar has sent food prices sky rocketing with inflation running close to a record 10%; prices of almost all other goods and services have escalated 

• poverty levels are at a record high of 45% of the population, expected to rise to 60% or so by year 2014 
 
• State treasury is almost depleted and it is scrounging around for loans to carry out urgent infrastructure development with the State’s debt levels and contingent liabilities already running at 70% of the GDP 

• The IMF questions the administration’s ability to repay its loans at a time when it is seeking to borrow $1b from the Fund 

• liquidity in the banking system is so high ( a sure sign of low investor confidence!) that the RBF has been forced to mop up by raising to 10% the level of Statutory Reserve Deposit for banks – the second increase within a month 

• FNPF has certainly boosted people’s confidence in the future sustainability of their pension funds by writing down some $328 million of their hard earned moneys; the fact that many are now worried sick as to whether, between the scandalous write-downs and huge lendings to a cash-strapped  government, they will have a liveable pension in their old age is another story! 

• Other key State institutions are in serious financial difficulties 

- FSC is insolvent and is running on borrowed money and government guarantees; it has borrowed more than $100m so far this year and can hardly meet its loan repayment to the Exim Bank of India; half the cane sent to the sugar mills are going to waste due to chronic mill malfunctioning 

- FEA is also virtually insolvent, unable to meet its loan repayments; as a result people are now paying as much as 93% more for electricity 

- Air Pacific is facing stiff competition on its international routes, registering losses at about $36m for the past financial year
- Post Fiji is another financial liability and is up for sale; 

Public Emergency Regulations - in force for the past 15 months has been the [m]ost oppressive and draconian the people of Fiji have ever experienced – the State is sailing blissfully through in the knowledge that it can’t be criticised, opposed or condemned as a result of the censorship imposed on the Media; it cannot be legally challenged because of a compromised judiciary; draconian criminal and media laws ensure the subjects of the Commodore dare not step out of line.
Yes, all is truly well and happy within the State of Fiji. 

The Commodore can now give legitimacy to the people’s call to further defer elections by confidently putting it to a national referendum.-Source Fiji Labour Party website

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The 1987 coupists and NBF defaulting borrowers: Who’s Who?

Part Five of a Special Report by VICTOR LAL

In the ‘National Bank of Fiji’s Bad Loans List’ that was leaked to the Fiji Times and published by the paper on Thursday 25 July 1996, one cannot avoid noticing the names of some very prominent individuals who masterminded and orchestrated, along with Sitiveni Rabuka, the 1987 coups.


 
We have already identified Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, one of the most terrifying coup characters from that era, who was a principal co-conspirator with Rabuka, and leader of the dreaded Taukei Movement, and now Fiji’s Foreign Minister in another military dictator’s Cabinet.   


The NBF fraud had resulted in Fiji losing $200 million, at least according to the paper trail confiscated by police and the DPP’s Office, led by Nazhat Shameem. Kubuabola is listed as having defaulted on $193,951 on his loan.
  
He is not alone on that list. We have Apisai Tora, Taniela Veitata, Ratu Meli Vesikula, Savenaca Dranidalo, to name but just a few. We may recall that I had stated earlier in a separate instalment that it was at Reverend Tomasi Raikivi’s place that Rabuka had met his other coup co-conspirators.
  
In his book, Rabuka: No Other Way, by two journalists, Stan Ritova and Eddie Dean, Rabuka claims that it was at Rakivi’s home that he first learnt of the Taueki group’s plan for massive ‘demonstrations and the possibility of widespread arson and possibly murder’. 
  
According to Ritova and Dean Rabuka (his words in italics) went to, ‘…what he understood was an ordinary ‘grog’ party at the Rev. Rakivi’s home, in suburban Suva. It was early evening, and he just walked in, as he normally would, throwing his ‘sevusevu’ [gift] of yagona towards the bowl where the ‘grog’ was being mixed. ‘I saw all these people sitting down, and realised it was some kind of a meeting. Some of the people greeted me, although I could not see everyone clearly, because it was fairly dark in the lounge room. Nobody asked me to leave.’ 

When his eyes adjusted to the darkness, he discovered the gathering was ‘quite a formidable group’. He says it included Ratu Finau Mara, the son of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara; Ratu George Kadavulevu, son of the Paramount of Chief of Fiji, Ratu George Cakobau; Ratu Inoke Kubuabola; Ratu Keni Viuyasawa, the brother of Brigadier Nailatikau; Mr Filipe Bole, formerly a Minister in the Mara government; Ratu Jo Ritova, of Labasa; Ratu Jale Ratu; ‘Big Dan’ Veitata and the host Tomasi Rakivi…Another leading light at this meeting was Apisai Tora.’
 
Taniela Veitata
We may recall that when Sitiveni Rabuka and a group of 10 masked soldiers, cowardly hiding behind balaclavas and gas masks, took over Parliament and captured Dr Timoci Bavadra and his Government team on the morning of 14 May 1987, it was Veitata who was making his maiden speech as Opposition MP: ‘Peace is quite distinct, Mr Speaker, from the political philosophy of Mao Zedong where he said that political power comes out of the barrel of a gun. In Fiji, there is no gun…’

  
What he did not inform the House, the country, and the world was that he, Kubuabola, Bole and others had been plotting that coup moment in secrecy, waiting for Rabuka and his team to finish the job. During that secret meeting at Raikivi’s house in Suva, according to Ritova and Dean, those allegedly God-fearing men, some of chiefly rank, exchanged opinions, and turned to God for help: ‘The link with God and Christianity surfaced here, too. At the end of the meeting, which was full of fire and brimstone talk about what to do with the Coalition and the ‘flawed’ [1970] Constitution, which had allowed the election of an Indian-dominated Government, they joined hands and prayed to God. Their prayer, in summary, was simple: ‘Save us, and save our land. You saved the Israelites when their land was taken away from them by foreigners. Dear God, please answer our prayer and do the same for us.’
  
There is no evidence that they also prayed to God to open up the National Bank of Fiji to them but it was not long afterwards that their ‘God’s Messenger on Earth’, in the form of Sitiveni Rabuka, decreed that the NBF grant “soft loans” to the “downtrodden” taukei population. 
  
Among them who made a run to the NBF was none other than Taniela Veitata, for he is listed among the doubtful debtors, to the tune of $25,323. It seems Reverend Raikivi had forgotten, or chose not to read out to him Psalms 37: 21: ‘The wicked borroweth and payeth not’. 
 
Apisai Tora
As soon as Bavadra and his government were sworn in, the Taukei Movement, led by Tora and prominent Alliance personalities sprang up. Tora said the group had been formed to mobilize the Fijian people and give them a more unified voice on national affairs in their own country. He then announced a campaign of civil disobedience, and called for the 1970 Constitution to be changed so far to guarantee Fijian chiefly leadership in government permanently. 

  
At meetings and demonstrations he charged that the Bavadra government was a front for Indo-Fijian interests and that their immediate objective was to rob Fijians of ownership and control of their land. Such words suggest that he was a revolutionary Fijian hero, but Tora was simply a turncoat. Since he crossed to Ratu Mara’s Alliance Party before the 1982 general election, he had acquired Ratu Mara’s respect and confidence and had finally become a Cabinet Minister. Previously, however, he was with the National Federation Party; in 1968 he had provided the prefix ‘National; to the Federation Party to form the NFP. 
  
As we know, Tora went on to play a major role in the downfall of the Bavadra government. Equally, when the NBF fell into the deep financial hole, Tora was listed, along with Veitata and others, to have defaulted his loan to the tune of $194,393.
 
Ratu Meli Vesikula
He was one of the foremost Taukei leaders. Vesikula who, as a former NCO in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in the British Army, had seen action in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Malaysia, said that in the light of his experience Rabuka’s military solution was the only option in then ethnic crisis.

  
But when Rabuka appointed Ratu Penaia Ganilau as President and Ratu Mara as Prime Minister after the second coup in September 1987, Vesikula led a breakaway Taukei faction, saying: ‘It’s more and more the Alliance team back in place. This is the old system being rammed down our throats again in a roundabout way – the backdoor. I would like the indigenous Fijian people to stand united and say, No, enough is enough’. He went on to claim: ‘I see no chance at all of my two ratus here changing their outlook and their life and the running of the country in general…The Great Council of Chiefs had clearly stated that it will nominate the President, and the Prime Minister would be elected by secret ballot after the general elections. I’m sorry to say this but I feel Rabuka handed power back to a dictator on five December.’
  
In 1988, a group of army officers, in collusion with the splinter Taukei Movement entertained the possibility of seizing power from Mara and Ganilau, with Vesikula remarking: ‘Now that power has been given to the Tovata group, what is there to stop chiefs from other areas to go to the military camp and order their people to lay down their arms and join them.’
  
To Vesikula’s credit, he publicly admitted his mistakes when he came into spiritual contact with the international Moral Re-Armament Group (Initiative for Change). He confessed he was responsible for many acts of violence perpetrated against the Indo-Fijians after the 1987 coups: ‘But in 1988, the truth began to dawn on me that the coups were just part of a political power play by people who had lost their power at the ballot box in 1987. In 1990 he publicly apologised to the Indo-Fijians at an MRA conference in Suva. 
  
However, in 1996, he was revealed, along with other 1987 coupists of owing to the NBF $8,000 loans that had been set aside to help ‘poor Fijians’.
 
Savenaca Draunidalo

He was Rabuka’s second-in-command on that fateful day on 14 May 1987 when Dr Timoci Bavadra was overthrown as Prime Minister of the FLP-NFP coalition government. Worse, he was the ex-husband of Adi Kuini Teimumu Vuikaba Bavadra, who herself had fought for reform of the chiefly system by insisting on standards of accountability for all chiefs. 

  
Like others in the Rabuka camp, Draunidalo was also listed on the NBF’s Debtors List in 1996; he was shown as owing to the bank $156,605.
 
Sotia Ponijiasi
He was the army captain who, along with five members of the RFMF, had abducted and tortured Dr Anirudh Singh, a lecturer in physics at the University of South Pacific in Fiji. Singh was abducted from his home on 24 October 1990, bundled into a car and driven off to secluded woodland outside Suva. He had bandages taped over his eyes and a hood tied down tight over his head. He was repeatedly beaten and interrogated about his fellow protestors, and about his contacts in Australia and London. 


They also retrieved a list of names and phone numbers that he always kept with him for ready reference (incidentally on that list of contacts was my own name, and soon afterwards I myself began to receive credible death threats for my opposition to the Rabuka coups).

At one point Singh’s hands were smashed against a root with a metal pipe and they also forcibly cut his hair and burnt him with cigarettes. But before they left him for dead, one of his captors lit a match and began burning the already-cut hair at the tips, some kind of pagan ceremony of humiliation. The whole ordeal lasted for eleven hours. Singh was finally set free, and had lived to tell his tale in his book Silent Warriors.
  
Singh’s crime was that he had led a group of demonstrators who publicly burned the overtly racist 1990 Constitution, which Ganilau and Mara said was needed ‘for the protection and enhancement of Fijian and Rotuman interests’. In reality, as I will be revealing one of these days, it was to enhance the Mara/Ganilau clan’s business interests with the likes of Ponijiasi following in their footsteps. 
  
In the NBF’s Debtors List of 1996, Ponijiasi is listed as owning to the bank $29,763.01. So much for Rabuka’s much vaunted Holy Grail of affirmative action – to help the poor and economically disadvantaged taukei in Fiji. Another Ponijiasi – Mere - owed $26,354.36. In all, Rabuka’s 1987 above coupists  owed a combined total of $415,000 to the collapsed National Bank of Fiji, reward for supporting the 1987 Rabuka coups.

Editor’s Note: We will continue to reveal debtors names, which includes those of high chiefs, politicians, Indo-Fijians, business houses, including individual supporters of the present illegal junta in Fiji.


Picture: Dr Anirudh Singh,who was tortured by Sotia Ponijiasi and five members of the RFMF.

Illegal attorney general hears what fate of treasonists and torturers

Fiji’s illegal Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has travelled all the way to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to attend a review conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

He must have got a terrible fright of his life when the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, told the gathering that International Criminal Court (ICC) has forced governments to alter their behaviour in the eight years of its existence.

Ban Ki-moon told a summit in Uganda discussing the Hague-based court that it had curtailed impunity and had broken new ground on victims' rights.

Delegates from more than 100 countries are attending the meeting, to take stock of the ICC's achievements and push forward proposals for strengthening its rules.

"Few would have believed then that this court would spring so vigorously into life, fully operational, investigating and prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity,"

Ban told the delegates.

"In this new age of accountability, those who commit the worst of human crimes will be held responsible."

Ban said the time had passed when the world faced a choice between peace and justice - now states had to pursue them hand-in-hand.

However, the court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said there had been a "legal revolution" since the Rome Statute - the international treaty that created the court.



He said it had affected the armed forces, governments and judges in many countries, citing the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Colombia.
 

We hope all those who have suffered at the hands of the present regime will sent their cases to Ocampo at the ICC.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Kubuabola borrowed nearly $194,000 from Fiji's collapsed National Bank

Bainimarama’s Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola on NBF’s Debtors List: He borrowed $193,951 from the collapsed public bank. Who will guarantee IMF loan of $1billion – Kubuabola?
 
Part Four of a Special Report by VICTOR LAL


He is the public face abroad of the present post-2006 coup illegal Fiji government. 

He is presumably part of the negotiating team which is begging for one billion dollars in loan from the International Monetary Fund, with a promise to repay that loan in the foreseeable future. 

And yet, 15 years ago, in 1996, he was listed as one of the many coupists who had defaulted on their loans causing the National Bank of Fiji to spectacularly collapse, leaving its members in the red to the tune of over $200million. His name is Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, a serial coupist and a former side-kick of Sitiveni Rabuka, the father of the coup culture in Fiji.
  
As I disclosed in another previous instalment on ‘Who was who in the 1987 coups’, it was Kubuabola, a cousin of the late Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, who first termed the extreme Fijian violent nationalist organization as the Taukei Movement, and he was the direct link with Rabuka.
 
While contradicting Rabuka’s assertion that ‘there was no complicity beyond the essential military personnel who were involved in the pre-coup organisation’, Kubuabola told Islands Business (May 1988), that for more than six hours on April 19 he and Rabuka, later joined by Jone Veisamasama, ‘talked about different options’.

It was one April 19th that the groundwork for the coup was laid and according to Kubuabola, May 11 was the day his co-conspirators decided to proceed with its execution. He also claims that when it was learnt that Parliament would not sit on Friday they had to bring forward the coup to Thursday.'

According to Kubuabola: ‘By four [p.m.19 April] we spent some time in prayer and option and we asked Rabuka to prepare his side of things, you know, the military option. And all the things we were doing were the lead up. We asked Rabuka to prepare that side and when the time, when we reach a stage when he must step in, he must be ready to step in. We changed it [the coup] to Thursday on Wednesday night in my office at the Bible Society with Rabuka.’
  
Since the 1987 coups, Kubuabola has been a part of future coup regimes; he was appointed Minster for Information and Communications in the interim regime that Bainimarama, as army commander, had asked Qarase to form. The military strongman had refused to re-install Mahendra Chaudhry as Prime Minister after the George Speight coup. 

In an affidavit presented to the Fiji Court of Appeal in 2001, Bainimarama, as a witness in support of the Interim Qarase government, had claimed that he had abrogated the 1997 Constitution because he was satisfied that people engaged in the events of May 19 [Speight coup] were of the perception that the Constitution had watered down the interests of taukei Fijians. 

Whether or not those perceptions accorded with reality was not his principal consideration, he told the Appeals Court. He said the Constitution had rendered ineffective, previous provisions requiring positive discrimination in favour of native Fijians. The deposed Chaudhry government was seen as a threat to those policies.
 
In 2000, when I questioned certain aspects of the affirmative action programmes in one of my regular opinion piece, and called for the re-instatement of Chaudhry as Prime Minister (unaware that he himself was hiding $2million in a secret bank account in Australia that he had got from India for the poor Indo-Fijians), it was none other than Kubuabola, as Minister for Information and Communications, who took out a full page advertisement against me in the then State owned newspaper, the Daily Post. 

In it, he condemned me, and accused me of being a racist and against the economic progress of the poor taukei Fijians. “Victor Lal’s articles all have a simple, indeed, simplistic stance: restore Chaudhry and impose democracy as defined by Lal and his friends, he said. Kubuabola religiously defended the affirmative action policy for ‘poor Fijians’.
 
Responding, I wrote as follows: ‘It is sickening to see and hear the Minister for Information (Misinformation), Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, projecting himself as the saviour of all the races in Fiji when, in fact, it was he who, along with Rabuka and the late Rev Tomasi Raikivi, had planned the 1987 coups in the Fiji Bible Society building in Suva. He went on to lead the violent Taukei Movement, one of the darkest days in Fiji’s 20th century history as regards the rule of law and human rights (until Speight and his group out did them recently). 

When Kubuabola became the Leader of the Opposition for the STV, a party which was totally rejected at the polls by the ethnic Fijian people, he immediately began the process of destabilising the Chaudhry government, instead of preaching peace and reconciliation in Fiji. As Minister for Information, he should inform us through the news media of his role in the 1987 coups, and fearlessly face the brunt of the law for his treasonable actions, and then only the world and the peoples of Fiji can trust him.’
  
During the height of the parliamentary siege of May 2000, Jone Dakuvula, then with the CCF, had written about Kubuabola’s role leading up to Speight’s seizure of Parliament in a commentary titled ‘What should happen if Speight Gives Up: ‘I write here with some inside knowledge because I was once one of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola’s close advisers on the Opposition sides between June and September 1999. I was aware then that a shadowy Committee was formed in June last year to initiate a campaign of destabilization aimed at toppling the Government in the shortest time possible. Thereafter, we kept hearing rumours of postponement of dates. It all began when Ratu Inoke said to the SVT Management Board Meeting on May 27th 1999 (in which I was present) that they must be prepared to fight and to shed blood if need be to return political power to the indigenous Fijians.’
  
Dakuvula continued: ‘In June 1999, Apisai Tora joined this committee and later, some members of the rebel F.A.P. faction. I learnt in June last year that there was an understanding with the late Sakiusa Butadroka, that the members of the Fijian Nationalist Party would do the dirty work while the S.V.T. supports from behind and fronts the public campaigns in Parliament and outside. 

Most of the members of the destabilization committee I think were not members of Parliament but their activities last year were undertaken with the knowledge of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. At the time, I was in the Opposition Office; he was receiving regular reports of these campaign activities. I do not know whether Ratu Inoke and his S.V.T. colleagues know of George Speight’s illegal Cabinet and their other actions in which they have shown their public support of the coup. That is why I believe MPs who supported the coup should leave Parliament.’

In October 2000, the Fiji Labour Party carried on its website excerpts from Dakuvula’s article in the Daily Post. The FLP noted: ‘The SVT was behind the destabilisation campaign to overthrow the People's Coalition Government, and the terrorist activity on and after 19 May. This is revealed in an article written by SVT member Jone Dakuvula in today's Daily Post. Dakuvula writes: “Speight’s coup is indeed a stepchild of the SVT.

I maintain the ideas gestated from the time when Ratu Inoke [Kubuabola] took over the leadership and began meeting Apisai Tora, Reverend Lasaro’s affected group in the VLV and the FAP members. There was a discussion group and network when I was still in the SVT Office. I heard accounts of what were being discussed. Ratu Inoke himself admitted to me that he was ‘frightened’ by the ideas that were being proposed then from the Nationalist Party supporters”.’
  
The FLP stated that ‘Dakuvula argues that the destabilisation was aimed at a violent overthrow of the elected government. On the 19th of May, Ratu Inoke went up into the Government Members office in the Parliament Complex and told the Labour Party Leader, Mrs Jokapeci Koroi, to clear out as they were taking over the Government. [SVT Senator Berenado Vuinibobo and Rotuma Island Council nominated Senator, Col. Paul Manueli were also with Inoke Kubuabola.]

Dakuvula also wrote that on 19 May, Ratu Inoke told Speight and his supporters that they "should consider themselves under his 'protection'.’
  
After the 2006 Bainimarama coup, Dakuvula resigned from the CCF as its director of programmes to join the National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) in the preparation of the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress.
  
Maybe those fighting for the restoration of democracy, free press, election, good governance and accountability in Fiji should point out to the International Monetary Fund that Bainimarama’s Foreign Minister and former SVT leader iss on the National Bank of Fiji’s Debtors List; in 1996 he was cited as owing $193,951 to the bank. 
 
It was not very long ago that Bainimarama had told the nation: ‘We have had unscrupulous leaders and politicians who have never thought of the nation of Fiji but only of themselves and their political ambitions. There also have been widespread instances of abuse, mismanagement and corruption.’ 

  
The National Bank of Fiji loans scandal never features in his crusade against corruption, a scandal his former representative to the UN and post Rabuka coup Finance Minister, Berendao Vunibobo, had described as ‘water under the bridge’ But  as I noted in the first instalment on Nazhat Shameem’s uphill fight against the ‘Corruptodiles’, police investigations into the NBF scandal revealed fraud, corruption, and gross abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretences and obtaining credit by fraud. 
 
Now, Bainimarama wants $1billion from the IMF? 


The IMF should ask Bainimarama the following: ‘Who is going to give surety on behalf of the people of Fiji to pay back that loan: Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.’ The IMF should order Bainimarama to recoup the NBF loans from his own sitting Cabinet Ministers first, to demonstrate to the international bank that he is serious in fighting corruption against his own ranks. The IMF should also call for a criminal investigation into the NBF loan fiasco.
 
Like Teleni, and Ganilau before him, it is only right and proper to ask Kubuabola if he re-paid $193,951 that he  obtained from the collapsed National Bank of Fiji, loans that had been reportedly set aside for ‘poor Fijians’.

Editor’s Note: We will continue to reveal debtors names, which includes those of high chiefs, politicians, Indo-Fijians, business houses, including individual supporters of the present illegal junta in Fiji.

Fiji Sun becomes regime's media policeman against NZ journalists


The shamlessly pro-regime newspaper, the Fiji Sun, is now advising the illegal Fiji government to lodge a complaint to the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority against two highly respected New Zealand journalists, Michael Field and Barbara Dreaver (both on Fiji’s prohibited lists), for their reporting of the outbreak of typhoid in Fiji. 

We say to the Fiji Sun that instead of sucking up to the regime, and acting as media policemen, the paper should fight the regime’s obnoxious media decree which has censored the true extent of the outbreak of the typhoid.

The Fiji Sun Editorial
The Government might want to consider lodging complaints with the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority and New Zealand Press Council over misrepresentations about the Navosa typhoid outbreak.

Reports by Michael Field (for the major Fairfax New Zealand group of newspapers) and Barbara Dreaver (for Television New Zealand) have without doubt hurt our tourism industry.

Mr Field and Ms Dreaver like to portray themselves as experienced reporters on Pacific Islands affairs. Experienced maybe. Always accurate? Maybe not.

Mr Field suggested tourists were under threat. TVNZ suggested Navosa was somehow part of the Coral Coast tourism area.

The facts are there is a typhoid outbreak and the Government through the Ministry of Health have been very open and clear in their warnings about this. But to link something happening in interior Navosa to the tourism areas is misrepresenting the facts.

Both Mr Field and Ms Dreaver have previously been found at fault by the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority in other complaints from the Pacific Islands.

Maybe it’s time for more. We must fight back against negative reporting like this which threatens to damage an industry as important to our nation as tourism.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ganilau borrowed more than originally thought from Fiji bank

It was originally thought Epeli Ganilau borrowed just $220, 000 from the collapsed National Bank of Fiji.

In actual fact, a special Coupfourpointfive investigation has found that Ganilau borrowed $631,594.

Read Victor Lal's story on the site - two down from this one.

Send us your comments, too, on what you think Fiji can do to protect itself from financial abuse.