|FIJIAN LOSERS: Mary, Litiana and Bainimarama.|
The cost to Fiji taxpayers of getting dictator Frank Bainimarama and his wife, Mary, son and three daughters to the world cup netball championships in Singapore, will emerge sooner or later.
We already know, though, that the people of Fiji have paid too high a price already with Bainimarama as leader.
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The toll of that leadership now seems to be showing in the sorry losses being experienced by the country's top sporting codes. In 'Sinkapore' as we've decided to dub it, Mary Bainimarama's squad this week dropped from 10th to a record-low 13th.
Samoa (Bainimarama's nemesis Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's team) is now is Number One in the Pacific.
Fiji's efforts in cricket, not to mention rugby, is also down the gurgler. (And Bainimarama still wants a ringside seat at the world cup in New Zealand in September?)
Obviously, the presence of Mary the Patron and Fiji's 'First' family and their sideline support was not enough to lift the performance of the squad and if fellow bloggers are right, perhaps even put them off.
|Ceaucesu and wife paid for their crime against the state.|
Bainimarama and family seem to be flouting their privileged status all too openly at the moment, with the illegal leader and watina and gone all oblivious to the open criticism of their good life at the expense of the people.
Thanks to access to illegal funds (on Facebook the Bainimaramas are often noted gabbling freely about having the latest gadgets like ipads and ifones), jobs and opportunties, Baini and family are leading a champagne life while the rest of Fiji, including FNPF members, are having to tighten their belt.
The world knows the fate of dictators, though. It may take time but most are eventually brought to their knees and made to pay for their crimes against the people. Such was the case of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucesu and his wife, Elena, who were shot dead in 1989 by elite military soldiers after the country finally revolted.
Ceaucescu and wife had blithely continued their excesses, despite the people's growing hatred of them. Even as they were being shot, they claimed ignorance.