#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 2010-06-06

Friday, June 11, 2010

Coup apologist Ema Druavesi and Druavesi Holdings owed collapsed NBF $279,831

Part Seven of a Special Report by VICTOR LAL
In June 2005 Ema Druavesi, one of the foremost supporters of Sitiveni Rabuka’s coups and later the general secretary of the SVT, launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s SDL, accusing it of incompetence, racism and corruption.  

The SDL policies, she claimed, enacted supposedly for the benefit of  i-taukei Fijians had benefitted only a few people with family or business ties to the SDL government leaders. “Top posts and lucrative contracts were awarded to people who support the party,” she alleged.
One wonders what connection had she employed to obtain a loan from the NBF; for on the 1996 NBF Debtors List Druvaesi is listed as owing $129,882. And Druavesi Holdings Ltd was listed as owing $149,949. 
In 1999, a day before Fiji was heading for the polls, I had written a front page opinion piece in the Daily Post, suggesting that it was extremely important for Rabuka to return to power, for if he lost the general election, his victims would be in a position to get him arrested the next time he went abroad as a former prime minister. 
The precedent, I cited, was British House of Lords judgment which had ruled that the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet no longer had immunity from prosecution for his crimes as a military dictator.
Responding, Druavesi, like another coupist and current Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola, accused me of wanting to keep the poor i-taukei in perpetual poverty. She said the people of Fiji had accepted the reality of the 1987 coups and that Rabuka was ‘No Pinochet’.
In 2006, Druavesi switched support to another military dictator (in fact a sailor rather than a soldier), Frank Bainimarama, who claimed that his coup was executed, in part, to weed out corruption.
When Bainimarama had called for the Qarase government to resign in January 2006, the SVT general secretary Druavesi was quoted as saying that the Military would not be acting as it was without proof that “certain ministers” were bending the law for political purposes. It was the Military that had restored order after 2000 she said, adding that the Military was the only organization that remained true to its principles, and that the nation was looking to it for stability.
We wonder if Ema Druavesi and Druavesi Holdings Ltd cleared the debt as shown on the NBF’s debtors List in 1996, for the bad debtors caused the greatest financial instability with the bank losing over $200million. Even Rabuka-Druavesi’s SVT Nadroga/Navosa branch owed $489.25 – the loan taken out on the back of the ‘poor i-taukei’.

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. If you or your family have paid back the NBF loans, please provide Victor Lal with evidence. He can be reached at vloxford@gmail.com

The Methodists owed $202,016.00 to the collapsed NBF

Part Six of a Special Report by VICTOR LAL

Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, the godfather of the coup culture in Fiji, was a chosen one, so claimed a certain section of the influential Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma. And on 14 May 1987 God was smiling on them, for Rabuka, a Methodist lay preacher had been successful in executing the first of two coups, deposing Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra and his FLP/NFP coalition government.

The coup, as I pointed out previously, was planned in Reverend Tomasi Raikivi’s house in Suva, and those present in the treasonous planning included chiefs, thieves, and others, some now prominently ensconced in positions of power in the current dictator Frank Bainimarama’s illegal regime, supporting Talibanistic village bye-laws and other illegal decrees.

History is repeating itself. In 1987, the Rabuka coup had thrown up opportunists of the highest nauseating colour and a section of the Methodist leadership were in the forefront, abusing every line in the Holy Bible. They delighted in portraying themselves as ‘unjust, uncaring racists and fascists’. The choir leader was Reverend Manasa Lasaro, who with a hardcore of other Methodists, favoured a total ban on Sunday trading and sports.

Although the coup had been portrayed as ‘an indigenous rights’ issue, the right of the i-taukei to be masters in their own land, Rabuka’s coup had other opportunities staring in the nationalists faces – one was the economic kingdom that had been opened up to them – in the form of the National Bank of Fiji which had been decreed to provide soft loans to ‘downtrodden i-taukeis’.

In 1996 when the NBF Debtors List was publicly revealed, the Methodists were up there with other 1987 coupists, owing a staggering $202,000.

Like those exposed previously, have the Methodists paid back the loan, and if so, when, and how; for Psalms 37: 21states: ‘The wicked borroweth and payeth not’.

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. If you or your family have paid back the NBF loans, please provide Victor Lal with evidence. He can be reached at vloxford@gmail.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

NFU denied meeting permit - Bainimarama's old lackey Mahen cries foul

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has once again been refused a permit by the interim government to hold its Annual General Meeting this year. 

The NFU wrote to the Commissioner Western Joeli Cawaki on 26 March 2010, seeking approval for a permit to hold the Union’s annual AGM in Lautoka. This was followed up by a repeated request a month later following failure to get a reply. 

Mr Cawaki responded on 7th May declining permission “in line with the Emergency Decree 2009”. 

NFU General Secretary Mahendra Chaudhry has written back expressing surprise at the decision and rejecting the excuse given by the administration. 

He pointed out that many other trade unions had been allowed to hold their annual meetings eg Fijian Teachers Association, the Fiji Teachers Union, Fiji Nursing Association, Fiji Trades Union Congress and the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union to name a few. 

Furthermore, all Provincial Councils have been permitted to hold their annual meetings. One questions why the farmers are being denied their right of association and their right to collective bargaining. 

Is the interim government scared of giving democratic rights to cane farmers? 

Last year, a permit granted to NFU to hold its AGM was withdrawn at the very last minute on orders from the Prime Minister’s Office. 

Cane farmers have been denied the right of representation, and a voice, in the sugar industry with the dismantling of three key industry institutions - the Sugar Cane Growers Council, the Fiji Sugar Commission and the Fiji Sugar Marketing. 

In January this year, check off facilities to cane farmers’ unions were withdrawn no doubt in an attempt to strangle the unions.
Government decision to continue to deny a permit to the NFU to hold its annual meeting prevents the Union from complying with its constitution and rules to conduct its AGM each year. 

NFU has advised the relevant international organisations of the violation of the rights of their members and is pursuing the matter further with the authorities here: Source-FLP Website

RBF should tell us of money that has left Fiji

Large contractions in credit to key sectors of Fiji’s economy resulted in a 0.2 percent decline in commercial banks’ credit over the year to April, compared with a growth of 10.2 percent in the same period last year, according to the Reserve Bank of Fiji’s latest monthly economic review.
The RBF’s review for the month ended May said that consequently, overall private sector credit growth slowed down to 0.5 percent in April compared with a growth of 8.7 percent a year ago.

The contractions in credit were to the public enterprises, manufacturing, professional and business services, private individuals and the agriculture sectors.

According to the RBF’s April economic review, in the year to February, total commercial bank lending rose marginally by 0.1 percent, compared with an 11.6 percent increase recorded in the same period last year.

That slowdown was also attributed to a contraction in lending to the same sectors.-Source: Fijilive.com

Editor's Note: It's really bad news. It means that there is no new activity taking place in the economy. Existing businesses lack the confidence to expand and potential investors are backing off for the same reason. But what the RBF won't tell us is the amount of money that has left the country in the same period. It's not hard to guess why they won't say.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Meet the new associate professor in law: Shaista Shameem

In case you missed the recent University of Fiji’s Academic Calendar for 2010, it is worth noting that Shaista Shameem, the former director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, the 2006  coup apologist, and champion of inhuman rights in Fiji has been appointed as associate professor at the University of Fiji’s School of Law.

The vision of the School of Law is to develop into a leading and prestigious Law School in the Asia- Pacific region with a diverse range of strengths providing affordable, high quality, relevant, and socially responsible legal education to the community. Among the values of the University of Fiji law programme are that it will:

• Be contemporary and at the same time futuristic, rooted in Fiji but well exposed to regional and international developments, taking full account of increasing globalization;

• Vigorously promote accountability, trust, ethics and moral values in professional legal practice;

• Promote and uphold the rule of law.

Fiji, get prepared to laws of the jungle from her, especially when the Chancellor of the UoF is none other that unconstitutionalist Ratu Josefa Iloilo and the honorary dean of the School of Law is Justice Devendra Pathik, who had not only ruled in favour of Bainimarama in the Fiji High Court, but was seen applying holi powder to the dictator’s forehead shortly before delivering the anti-Qarase judgment along with Anthony Gates and John Bryne, who had just come out of the hair dresser’s after a makeover of black over his white hair.

So don’t be surprised for more black justice in coupland!

Interim govt disapproves of illegal squatting

When it comes to rightful ownership of Fiji’s government, the illegal regime does not consider that it has stolen the people’s rights through the 2006 coup.

And yet it has the shameful temerity to warn squatters, who have no where to go because the illegal regime has pushed the nation on the verge of bankruptcy, with people having no choice to squat out with their families, to quit squatting.

Below, we hear from one of the illegal Government squatters, Neumi Leweni.

Fiji’s permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni has stressed government strongly disapproves illegal occupation or squatting.

Leweni said the large number of people illegally occupying state land has become a serious concern to government who will now implement measures to discourage illegal occupation of land.

“The Ministry is now meeting with other stakeholders in government to identify measures to reduce squatting,” he said.

Leweni stated for years, squatters have been exploiting loopholes in the government machinery. “As a result, the nation has lost out on revenue which could have been generated for these lands."-Source Fiji Broadcasting Corporation