#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 2010-08-29

Saturday, September 4, 2010

We stand by our story ... the Military Council wants Sayed-Khaiyum out

Coupfourpointfive stands by its story the Military Council has given the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, his marching orders.

The illegal regime of Voreqe Bainimarama is panicking, thanks to the hypocrisy and the corruption within their midst - all of their own making.

More to come on this story with Coupfourpointfive leading the coverage as per.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Illegal Attorney General Khaiyum given marching orders by the Military Council


 KHAIYUM: Marching Orders
The pugnacious and out of control Attorney-General Aiyaz, Sayed Khaiyum, has been given his marching orders, in the form of a resignation letter, from the Military Council.

As tipped by this blog earlier this week, he has been told in no uncertain terms that he must relinquish his post, and leave Goverment.

He has been booted out after a series of revelations by Coupfourpointfive that he has been allegedly involved in millions of dollars in kick-backs, nepotism in regards to jobs he's handed out, man of them with over-inflated salaries, to his cronies, including an expatriate High Court judge, not to mention his buddy John Prasad, who despite questionable qualifications, was handed the key to the nation's coffers. 

Prasad also raked in thousands of dollars in consultancy fees.

The fate of Khaiyum's side-kick, Christopher Pryde, the Solicitor-General, who had been drafting anti-Fijian decrees also hangs in the balance, with reports emerging that he is planning to flee back to his native New Zealand.

There is also widespread belief in the Military Council that Khaiyum and his cronies have doggedly pursued the selling of Fiji Times, so that it can be bought by one of Khaiyum's cronies. 

The Military Council also believes that Khaiyum has been launching a personal vendetta against the Fiji Times after that paper ran a series of hard hitting editorials against Khaiyum and his unbridled grip on the military establishment.

The Military Council is also convinced now that it was tricked into agreeing to the Media Censorship Decree so that Khaiyum and his cronies own shady financial dealings never came to light, especially after the Fiji SUN's exposure of his one-time ally, Mahendra Chaudhry's millions in a Sydney bank account.

Khaiyum could not be reached for comment.

Where to now Fiji: the choice is yours

By Jone Baledrokadroka

In reviewing Fiji’s Security Development nexus since Voreqe Bainimarama and his military regime usurped power on December 5, 200 the question is simply this - ?

What do you think is better: To live in an orderly society, even though all your liberties are limited, or to respect all of the rights and liberties, even if this causes some disorder?

If your preference is for the first, then the future of democracy in Fiji is grim. Indeed, you have fallen victim of the ‘Boiling frog syndrome’ as the military regime has made you a captive of ‘democracy denial’, and enslaved you to its monthly Public Emergency Regulation Decree extensions.

In many Latin American countries, where disorder and crime were persistent in the 1950s to the 1970s, it was fashionable to support strong-handed rule instead of popular participation in politics.

Today, the phenomenon has been totally overturned with the wave of democratization. Preference then was linked to, as suspected, education with the less well-educated being more likely to be willing to sacrifice rights for order than the better-educated.

The simple logic used by many dictators, hence, has been the perennial linkage of security to development.

With the Fiji media censored, regime propaganda has embellished  the achievements of regime decreed “order” that have translated into decreed “progress”. This is contrary to many suspicions of the true situation, as voiced by Fiji Women rights activist Shamima Ali (ABC Radio 1/9).

The hard question then is this: If security was championed as the fundamental benefit of a dictatorial regime is not translated into development - or better still enjoyed by the acquiescent people, then what use is that regime in power, especially if it didn't have  popular legitimacy in the first place?

This is where the Teleni and Prasad ‘resignation’ comes into play.

Apart from all other SNAFU’s, this is why former Police Commissioner Esala Teleni and Finance Permanent Secretary John Prasad had to exit the stage before another annual United Nations Assembly ‘have- pity- on- me’ address by Bainimarama. 

Teleni and Prasad's ‘resignations’ is a clear admission of ongoing failures, not to mention all the other botched half-baked police and fiscal strategies.

The two all-powerful state appendages, the Police ( headed by Ganilau) and Finance Ministry (headed by Bainimarama)  have failed miserably. 

The dictator finally realized that the finger was also pointing to him and his Defence Minister. So he had to spite his nose to save his face. High hypocrisy was exposed by him failing to live up to his own publicly-espoused rhetoric, “Only the military can bring about change”.

Both of the fall guys were the face of the present state of security and development – the stick and carrot of the regime after four years in power. 

Yet another cruel hoax has been played on the people. We have all been the victims of the abject failure of strategic policy and operational management of an almost bankrupt, confused government led by the blind. 

Who’s next? Don’t ASK me ..... ASK the military council.

Jone Baledrokadroka is a PhD in politics candidate at ANU Canberra

Talk of another coup revived

Coupfourpointfive understands there is tension and a lot of meetings among military officers - but what will eventuate remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Voreqe Bainimarama continues to roam freely and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum continues to get police protection outside his residence on a 24/7 basis.
Everything about this illegal regime is about who is making money and who is not. 
So there is certainly smoke, with key people fuelling it, but where the fire is burning only time will tell. 

Insight Report – By Tupuola Terrence Tavita, in Apia.
There could very well be a third coup in Fiji very soon, this time from inside the barracks. The word from reliable sources in Suva (who wish to remain anonymous) is that the powerful Military Council – most of them from Fiji’s chiefly families – have become disenchanted with how Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama is running things.

The Military Council is maneuvering to call the shots from inside the barracks. One name that has come across more often now – and remember this one – is Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba – or popularly known as Roko Ului – a son of the late president Ratu Sir Kamasese Mara.

Roko Ului sits on the Military Council and more importantly, is the commander of the Fiji military’s Third Battalion. This battalion holds the guys who carry the biggest guns in the military and look after the national armory.

Unlike Frank Bainimarama, Ratu Tevita has very strong traditional alliances. One of his sisters – Adi Koila is married to current Fiji president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and another, Adi Ateca, is married to the current Minister of Fiji Home Affairs Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

Fiji sources say there is significance in changes made to some powerful positions within the Military Government. They say, departing Police Commissioner and Christian fundamentalist Esala Teleni was removed from his position. So was the recent permanent secretary of Finance, John Prasad – who holds a New Zealand passport and is believed to be heading back to Auckland this week. Sources say both calls came from inside the barracks – from the Council – for these two to get out.

Our sources say the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum – who has been designing those draconian emergency decrees – will be next. Slowly the Council is cutting Bainimarama’s support from under him.

The plan will eventually remove Bainimarama as well. Our sources say he definitely will not last till 2014 where he has promised Fiji will go to the polls. In fact, they tell us, Frank won't last 12 months.

The criticism suggests Bainimarama made the perennial mistake of leaving the barracks and went running around pretending to be Prime Minister. Flying off to China, to the Emirates and Burma among other places to solicit international support for his junta. This while others in the military – in the Security Council – have been slowly asserting themselves in the barracks.

This is the reality of military governments and military dictatorships. You suppress the media, scurry the opposition, leaving you and your military ilk at the top. But then as best illustrated in William Golding’s award winning book Lord of the Flies, you start to turn on each other.

Tupuola Terry Tavita is the editor of the Samoan government newspaper Savali news.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More losses and inefficiencies

It looks as though the illegal regime has lost its grip on the sugar industry, with farmers trying to get rid of the current board after news they're going to miss out on the forecast price of $45 per tonne of cane.
The latest dissapointment comes as the group representing cane farmers pleads again for help from the junta and the Fiji Sugar Corporation denies there'll be a drop in price for cane.

An angry Fiji Cane Growers Association president, Bala Dass, didn't mince his words when he said the Corporation has found it convenient to blame farmers for the ineffeciency at the mills, which is now at an appalling level.

"This is the worst we have ever had. The real problem lies with the FSC itself. Things were bad last year and promises were made that the mill would be improved this year with the upgrade program. Now things have gone from bad to worse."

Dass had no problem telling media members of the Fiji Corporation Board, which was supposed to have met this week but which has now cancelled two meetings, should resign.

An ineffective regime has yet to stump up with the answers to the ailing sugar industry.
Meanwhile, official confirmation this week the junta cleaned out the Reserve Bank of almost $40 million last year.

The Reserve Bank's annual report says the $39.2 million was made up of the bank's entire profit of $16.6 million in the financial year ended 2009, and one fifth of the balance of the Revaluation Reserve Account of $22.6 million.

The RBF Governor and chairman of the RBF board, Sada Reddy, tried to paper over the disquiet saying the first four months of 2009 saw Fiji going through a particularly tough period economically, as foreign reserves fell to a low of "$430 million and liquidity plunged to below $20 million."

There is no end to the ineffeciencies of this illegal regime.

Sayed-Khaiyum's mother heads for NZ but not before one last good deed

More revealations today of the hypocrisy of the key lynchpin in the self-appointed government of Voreqe Bainimarama.

Michael Field's blog says the mother of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is leaving Fiji for New Zealand,  the country her illegally-appointed attorney general son has had no trouble attacking.

Field says Sayed-Khaiyum's mother, Latifa, has permanent citizenship and is heading to Mt Roskill in Auckland to live off the Kiwi taxpayer.

So much for Sayed-Khaiyum's diatribe that Fiji's friends are India and China. If relations are so collegial, why is she not seeking refuge in Beijing or Delhi?

What hypocrisy from the man who has revelled in hatching decrees that have helped him line his pockets but made life a misery for the rest of Fiji.
Luxury on Naisoso Island

Field says mother was able to do one last good deed for son. He says some last minute deals were going down - a couple of beach front plots on Naisoso Island were being purchased for a couple of million dollars a piece in Mum's name.

We do hope the Military Council is taking note.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Khaiyum's crony John Prasad plans to flee to NZ after milking Fiji's economy

More cracks are appearing within the ranks of the illegal regime - John Prasad is now no longer the Permanent Secretary of Finance. 
He was replaced today by David Kolitagane, with a statement from the junta saying the appointment takes place "immediately" and that Prasad "reverts" back to his previous position as Consultant Special Projects.

Coupfourpointfive has been reliably informed, though, that Prasad, a former Rew Dairy technician turned bogus financial expert, is now planning to flee back to New Zealand as the Miliatry Council closes in on the illegal Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, and his corrupt deals running into millions.

Thanks to his buddy Khaiyum who had earlier made him chair of the Fiji Water Authority and the Fiji Development Bank, Prasad raked in thousands in consultancy dollars.
Those around Khaiyum are also being pencilled in to be taken to the Queen Elizabeth army barracks for questioning. Those Indo-Fijians holding New Zealand and Australian passports are now packing their bags and fleeing Fiji - the country they claimed they had come back to help save with the military dictator.
John Prasad is the first of many who are booking plane tickets back to their adopted countries, leaving Khaiyum to book a ticket to Naboro!

Khaiyum’s crony and junta supporter lined up to bid for Fiji Times

Maharaj: source Sun Insurance
Coupfourpointfive has been reliably informed that Suva businessman, Dewan Maharaj, of Quality Print Limited has been lined up to negotiate the purchase of the Fiji Times, which the illegal Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says must be sold to a citizen of Fiji.

Maharaj, who owns Fiji's largest commercial printing operation, was a prominent member of the junta’s illegal Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress, and is the President of the Sanatan Dharm in Fiji.

In August 2008, Maharaj openly supported Khaiyum’s claim that there was some support from the international community for the Peoples Charter. Endorsing the claim, Maharaj said that even if Australia and New Zealand do not accept the charter, countries like India and China are willing to help Fiji.

Links to Sun Insurance
The same Dewan Maharaj is one of the directors of Sun Insurance Ltd, who holds 200,000 shares, along with Padam Raj Lala, who owns 50,000 shares in Sun Insurance, the former National MBF Finance (Fiji) Ltd.

Recent Sun Alliance activity includes purchase of the Ports Authority headquarters building for  $3.2 million when it  was actually valued at $17 million.

Hypocritical Khaiyum profits from his own policies
While Khaiyum has repeatedly said the Fiji Times must be locally owned, he has had no qualm in selling his Berry Road property to Bright Star Investments Ltd which is owned by Tappoos. Two of Tappoos' BSI directors are listed as holding Australian and New Zealand citizenship.

Last year, Coupfourpointfive obtained the land transfer document showing that Khaiyum sold his Berry Road property to Tappoos for an inflated $810,000. Tappoos bought Khaiyum’s property at the ballooned figure in return for a deal which was revealed later in the 2010 budget.

The deal was that tourists could claim back only from duty free shops owned by Tappoos, VAT on duty free items. Coupfourpointfive obtained a copy of the Land Transfer lodged by a Suva law firm and signed by Khaiyum. It also carries the common seal or stamp of Latifa Investments. The document clearly shows that two lots owned by Latifa Investments were sold to BSI for $810,000.

Our sources established that Khaiyum bought the property for $350,000 in 2005. If this was true then Khaiyum made a profit of $460,000 in three years.

Bright Star Investments was formed in August 2005, and Suresh Lal Tappoo gave his citizenship as Australian and Yogesh Tappoo gave his as New Zealander.

Nepotism goes unchecked
Khaiyum, with his mother Latifa Khaiyum, formed Latifa Investments Ltd in March 2005. They gave their address as 40 Lovoni Road, Suva. The property is now heavily guarded by the police at taxpayers expense after a break-in in 2008.

The property in Berry Road, Suva used to be the office of Fiji Women's Crisis Centre before they moved to new headquarters just before the December 5, 2006 coup.

Remember that in August 2005 Khaiyum also filed a case against his neighbours the Fongs, in the High Court, claiming that he had the right to buy the property because they had promised to sell it to him. Yet another ruse, to acquire and sell at an inflated price through Latifa Investments Ltd?

Latifa is 99 per cent owned by Khaiyum and one per cent by his mother. On 15 March 2005 he informed the Registrar of Companies: “I, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (father’s name Sayed Abdul Khaiyum) of Suva in the republic of Fiji Islands, do solemnly and sincerely declare that I am a barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji engaged in the formation of Latifa Investments Limited .... and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and according to the Statutory Declarations Act 1970.”

It was signed before Commissioner of Oaths Mohini D Prasad, Barrister and Solicitor, Fiji. On 14 March 2005, another signature of his was witnessed by Volisa Lydia Elaisa, the legal secretary, Colonial Bank.

Particulars of mortgage dated 31 May 2005: $284,000, Property Mortgaged Lot 1 on DP 1280, Certificate of Title No 66993, with ANZ Bank.
On 23 August 2006, four months before be suddenly popped up as the illegal Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Latifa Investments secured a new mortgage of $675,0000 on the same above land title with National Bank, trading as Colonial National, Fiji.

Interestingly, Latifa Investments gave its registered office as C/- BDO Zarin Ali, Level 8, Dominion House, GPO Box 555, Suva, Fiji. One of the Managing Partners of BDO Zarin Ali, a chartered accounting firm, is Nur Bano Ali. She is Khaiyum's maternal aunt, sister of Khaiyum's mother Latifa.

BDO has been paying out the salaries of Cabinet Ministers. Our inquiries revealed that tenders or expressions of interest for the work were not advertised. 

Now, the power-hungry illegal bully boy is forcing the Fiji Times to sell to a local buyer, cronies of his own at that. We ask: who is this illegal pig head of a lawyer to demand the Fiji Times be locally owned when his Latifa company sold his Berry Road property to two people who hold Australian and New Zealand citizenships?

We note, too, that Latifa Investments Ltd has NOT submitted annual returns to the ROC for years 2007 &2008. The question needs to be asked - WHY NOT?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coupfourpointfive tipped off about Sayed-Khaiyum's 'kick-backs'

Military Council suspects Khaiyum of allegedly hiding millions in private bank account from kick-backs 
He is likely to be kicked out of his illegal post within days
Every dictatorship provides a fertile breeding ground for unscruplous supporters of illegal juntas to exploit illegality and to enrich themselves, their families, and their cronies.

Now, the days of the once powerful crony of military dictator Frank Bainimarama and chief persecutor of opponents, including the Fiji Times, are numbered as he awaits that final letter and ultimatum to resign or receive the military boot up his backside for allegedly hiding from the nation, and the Military Council, millions in kick-backs from various deals, award of construction contracts, and the Surfing Decree etc, etc, etc.

Stay tuned to Coupfourpointfive - we will be revealing more on Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and his fate, which is now in the hands of the all powerful Military Council.

The author of the infamous Sunset Clause, the thesis that sought to destroy Fijian cultural autonomy, will know very soon whether the sun has finally set on him.

And he's not the only one. Even the dictator himself is suspected of being part of the inner ring, that benefitted from the kick-backs. 

More to come.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bringing Fiji back from the cold

India must impress on New Zealand and Australia the need to engage with Fiji and persuade them to help Fiji implement a racially neutral policy

By Vidya S Sharma for Business Standard
Posted August 29

Entwined ... the flags of India and Fiji
Reluctance to supply uranium is most often mentioned by analysts and politicians as impeding closer relations between India and Australia.

Yet there is another issue that in the long term might turn out to be more harmful to India’s security than uranium. The issue, not on anyone’s radar, is Fiji.

Fiji is presently ruled by Commodore Voreque Bainimarama, who assumed power after removing the Qarase government in a bloodless coup d’etat.

In responding to Fiji’s political crisis in forums like the Commonwealth of Nations, India has mostly deferred to Australia. The rationale behind this has been Fiji’s distance from India and Australia’s proximity to it.

The approach of Australian governments (both Howard and Rudd) has been to publicly bully Fiji and demand the restoration of the old race-based constitution, yet not engage with Bainimarama because this would legitimise his regime. 

Australia has imposed harsh economic sanctions and travel bans that apply to all public servants. It has tried to isolate Fiji diplomatically by having it suspended from the Commonwealth. Australia has played divisive politics in forums like the Pacific Island Forum and Melanesian Spearhead Group to undermine Fiji.

Bainimarama came to power by overthrowing an elected government. He envisions a Fiji where everybody will be a Fijian irrespective of race and religion, and where elections will be based on a one-man-one-vote system. He has promised to promulgate such a constitution by 2013 and organise a parliamentary election by September 2014.

For the last 25 years, Fiji has been plagued by political instability that can be directly traced to the 1970 constitution, which legitimised a race-based voting system and empowered the Great Council of Chiefs to veto any legislation that in its view harmed indigenous Fijian interests. Under that system, Ratu Mara ruled Fiji until 1987 when he was defeated by Bavendra, an indigenous Fijian, in coalition with the party of Fiji-Indians.

Within weeks, the Bavendra government was deposed by Lt Col Rabuka. He handed over power to the then Governor-General, Ratu Ganilau. When Ganilau tried to reinstate the old constitution, Rabuka mounted another coup. In 1990 Rabuka promulgated a new constitution that guaranteed a parliamentary majority to ethnic Fijians. Due to divisions among various Fijian groups, the 1990 constitution was revised and a new constitution was promulgated in 1997.

The 1999 election saw Rabuka defeated and Mahendra Chaudhry become prime minister. In 2000 George Speight mounted a civilian putsch resulting in Qarase being installed as an interim prime minister. Qarase won the 2001 and 2006 elections narrowly. He openly implemented Speight’s policies. When Qarase wanted to pardon Speight in 2006, Bainimarama deposed him.

These have led Fiji to increasingly look towards China. The latter has been hyper-active in the entire South-West Pacific (SWP) region since the mid-1990s. It has the biggest number of diplomats of any country in SWP and is the second biggest aid-provider (about $200 million) after Australia ($450 million). It provides aid without any strings attached and sometimes in the form of cash grants.

With this aid have come Chinese immigrants. Fiji-Indians have been leaving the country since the ultra-nationalists first assumed power in 1987. New Chinese immigrants are replacing them as Fiji’s commercial class. Tonga and the Solomon Islands witnessed anti-Chinese riots in 2006. Most analysts believe that such riots could occur in Fiji also.

It is widely accepted that China’s long-term goal in the Pacific is to challenge US dominance. It is deepening its military ties with Tonga. Beijing hopes to weaken the US’s Pacific security fence by providing aid to and building military ties with SWP countries.

Travel restrictions have meant that many more young professionals are leaving Fiji instead of entering public service. Similarly, banking, construction and holiday resorts sectors (all dominated by Australian entities) are also hurting. Australian sanctions and the nature of Chinese aid are further weakening the already-weak civic institutions in Fiji.

Australian policies towards Fiji are hurting the long-term interests of both India and Australia. This does not mean that Bainimarama’s decision to impose media censorship and overturn the judiciary’s verdicts must be condoned. Fiji’s problems are complex and rooted in history: rivalry between Melanesians and Polynesian Fijians, tensions between Fijians and Fiji-Indians, a Methodist-Catholic divide among Fijians, new Chinese immigrants and a race-based constitution and electoral system.

Thus, it is difficult to fault Bainimarama’s analysis and vision. Merely insisting on the restoration of democracy or bullying Fiji is not the answer. He may be pursuing the wrong tactics, but his motives are worthy of support. India must impress upon Australia and New Zealand the need to engage with Fiji and persuade them to assist Fiji in its goal of implementing a racially-blind constitution and electoral system. Australia has a great deal of experience in fighting endemic racism.

If Australia were to persist with its present adversarial stance, Fiji’s economy will weaken further and poverty levels will rise. This could cause Fijian society to implode along one of its fault lines. It could create a split within the armed forces, making an already unstable region far more volatile. It is not difficult to buy a passport or launder money in SWP countries. India, being a long-standing victim of terrorism, needs to watch this geographical region closely.

The author is based in Melbourne and advises on country risk management, inter-country joint ventures and market penetration strategies.

Flights of fancy or good game plan?

One meeting does not make an agreement as New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, has found.

McCully flew to Suva this week to meet with the junta's Inoke Kubuabola but has admitted that while it was part of an ongoing dialogue, it did not yield any immediate results.

"It doesn't suggest that we're making any particular breakthroughs at the moment, just it's a work in progress,” he told interested media this week.

New Zealand's concern about Fiji is noted but McCully's visit  raises again the question of "Is it better to engage with the self-appointed regime or to isolate it so it breaks?"

New Zealand seems to be wavering from its original stance of bans and sanctions, thanks to it wanting to be seen as a fair player.

McCully said: "They (Fiji) would argue that the international community hasn't taken sufficient notice of their strategic framework for change process. I've tried to listen to that discussion and to make sure that the international community, and particularly New Zealand's concerns, are understood."
Other do-gooders are also testing their new-found power with the recently-elected Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Danny Philip, saying that isolating Fiji from the Pacific Islands leaders forum was a mistake.

Philip likes to remind us that the South Pacific Forum was initiated by Fiji's former leaders, and that as long as the junta is committed to returning to democratic rule, the question of timing should not be of too much concern.

But that's exactly the sort of naivety that continues to fuel the narcssistic nature of this one-eyed junta. Think of Sharon Smith-Johns this week trying to make out News Ltd was engaging in hostile war with the regime because some recent stories failed to show the junta in a good light. 

This regime has been systematically bullying the Fiji media and is now trying to beat the outside media with the same stick.

Forget not, too, the same crap that came out of the mouth of Anthony Gates about New Zealand and Australia interfering at an "unprecedented" level in Fiji's judiciary and internal matters.

It's a distortion of reality and truth as we know it and hopefully, it's something those trying to broker deals with Fiji can separate from flights of fancy.

Aussie wannabe misinformer says Khaiyum and co going nowhere

Fiji's interim Permanent Secretary for Information is trying to scotch rumors concerning the dismissal or resignation of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Solicitor General, Christopher Pryde.

Sharon Smith-Johns says the rumours are unfounded and should be disregarded.

“The fact of the matter is that the Attorney-General and the Solicitor General have been at the forefront of moving Government reforms. They are performing well above expectations and have the utmost confidence of the Prime Minister and other cabinet members," she told the Fiji Sun.
Smith-Johns added: “It’s obvious these rumours are being spread by individuals and disgruntled ex-politicians whose only interest is to undermine the economy and investor confidence.

“My advice is to keep focused on moving the country forward, to enjoy the Vodafone Hibiscus festivities, and to ignore these malicious rumors.”

Talk of Khaiyum being dismissed came on the heels of the resignation on Wednesday of Esala Teleni as Police Commissioner.

Teleni called it quits on Tuesday afternoon saying he had made a significant contribution to the Fiji Police Force but it was time to consider further career opportunities.

Michael Field reported for Stuff.co.nz that the resignation came amidst censored reports of unrest and turmoil in the police saying several senior officers have been fired and are facing mutiny charges.

Earlier this month the editor of FijiLive was detained by police for 24 hours for reporting Teleni had resigned.

Teleni, who was deputy to Bainimarama in the Fiji Military Forces, played a key role in the December 2006 coup.

While Bainimarama was out of the country, Teleni mobilised forces at a time when they believed Australian forces may be about to land in Suva.

Smith-Johns insists it was a personal decision but talk about turmoil in the top ranks is not going away.

Radio Australia's Sean Dorney's report, which included a snippet from Fiji TV, recalled the police crusades the former commander imposed on officers:

DORNEY: Soon after the military deposed the government, Commodore Teleni was appointed police commissioner. He made no secret that he was a committed Christian and ordered the mainly Indo-Fijian police force to support his Christian anti-crime crusade.

FIJI ONE TV NEWS: Good evening. Police Commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, has again warned his officers if they don't follow his lead they will be sacked. He made these comments at a Police Crusade at the Valelevu Police Station last last night.

TELENI: I am here to uplift my Jesus. If people say I am crazy then so be it.

DORNEY: Commissioner Teleni's resignation was announced on the government web site which quoted him as saying it was now time for him to consider further career opportunities. Less than a month ago, a journalist in Fiji was taken in for questioning when he reported that Teleni was about to be suspended. The regime - which is forcing Rupert Murdoch's News Limited to sell or close the Fiji Times before the end of next month - is now accusing the company of conducting a hostile campaign internationally aimed at harming Fiji.