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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bainimarama's exclusive mahogany deal with Gibson Guitars hits a snag

Frank Bainimarama was gifted a $7300 Gibson Guitar on March 6, 2011 in return for the apparent exclusive deal

Fiji's illegal leader has become caught up in drama in the US where he has been trying to seal a deal with the company that produces the famous Gibson Guitars.

A press conference was supposed to have been held yesterday between Gibson Guitars and Bainimarama but it has now been cancelled.

The news conference in Nashville was to announce a new partnership between the company and Fiji for sustainably harvested mahogany wood.



According to the original news release from the company, CEO Henry Juskiewicz was to appear with Bainimarama to reveal and publicise the deal, which guaranteed Gibson rights as exclusive buyer of certified Fiji Pure Mahogany.

A statement from Juskiewicz, however, raises many questions and hints at problems: 


“We have been approached by a supplier with close ties to Fiji with promises of responsible and sustainable supplies of wood and are currently exploring the potential. No absolute commitment will be made until we conduct an extensive review of the situation."

Gibson was last month raided by federal agents looking for illegally imported wood although several politicians have described it asover the top.



Sources say the US follows very strictly legislation known as the Lacey Act, which bans commerce in illegal timber and since Bainimarama is the illegal PM, the deal would also be seen as 'illegal'.

Fiji's Mahogany plantations is the largest in the world and is a million dollar earner. One of the reasons for the George Speight coup in 2000 is believed to have been a fallout over a Mahogany deal between the Mahendra Chaudhry government and Speight, the then chairman of the Fiji Hardwood Corporation.


The Fiji media are, meanwhile, still running a story saying the deal has been signed off.


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102 comments:

mark manning said...

It's only a little bit illegal in a dictators eyes !

Anonymous said...

Who make the deal with gibson in us?

How much bribe paid to dictator/junta?

When was tender called?

Why fijian mahogny sold at under-cut price for kickback?

Who elected dictator to sell fijian mahogny at loss?

Millions of kicbacl deal done-where is FICAC?

Which Pm in world goes to make deal with company-handpicked?

Why fijians sleep?

What is price of mahogny sale to gibson ? Why under-cut?

Fijian mahogny and land is sold off by dictator who elected him?

Anonymous said...

The truth why the 2006 coup was done by dictator is now coming out.

One main reason is to make millions in bribes/kickbacks from sale of fijian mahogny.

No tender/no best price/no transparency-PER-sell at low price make millions in corrupt price.

Dictator must stand trial for abuse of office/offical corruption/fraud.

Fijian mahogny owners can get billions more if sold to best price-tender co.

Anonymous said...

Fiji Mahogany to Gibson Guitar is provided by Sustainable Mahogany Industries (SMI) and SMI is a client of Nur Bano. Nur Bano thru Aiyaz has isolated all other mahogany firms in favour of SMI. it is known millions have gone as fees and commissions to nur bano. it is now common knowledge in fiji that all foreign investors have to engage either Nur Bano or Lailun khan if they have to get favorable gov response and concessions! well, there you go!

Anonymous said...

So Vuaka can now play his Gibson guitar and sing all the way to the bank. Kill the mad man!!!

mark manning said...

Another string in Frank's bow ! boing !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And guess who is behind arranging those deals....YOU KNOW who...guess what your thinking is what i am too!!

Anonymous said...

What a shambles!! Wagner and SMI should be hanged for leading our mahogany astray.

This only shows that they were lying all along about Gibson as their market, when it they clearly weren't.

Now Bainiarse is Wagner and Kaiyums puppet going over there to beg to kiss Gibson's CEO's ass to sign a contract.

this just shows us that Gibson guitars are NOT made of Fiji mahogany.....lies! lies! lies!

Even our media is singing the lies through their teeth. Thats because small Khaiyum runs the show there.

Gibson facilities have been raped and pillaged by their own Federal agencies for deals of acquiring illegal wood.

Do they really expect Gibson to dig their grave deeper by dealing with dictators!!??....I think not!!!

You guys have lost our chances with Gibson, and you have given our mahogany a bad name.

Now our mahogany will be known as the one that got rejected by Gibson.

Good luck! how embarrassing for Frank. He is being made a fool of, by Wagner and Aiyaz on the world stage. Surrounding himself with idiots. He should shoot them now.

Anonymous said...

Gibson, SMI and FrankyArse haha!!

Birds with the same feathers flock together lol!!!!

Gibson trying to clean up their image. Thats why they cancelled the press conference hahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

As if the raids on Gibson werent bad enough; then these two clowns show up hehehe

Anonymous said...

Does bainimarama even know of the US laws that ban illegal dealings. I think if he did, he would not have gone and made himself look like an idiot. I blame wagner.

Anonymous said...

Maybe SMI is not telling PM and AG the whole story about US import requirement.

Anonymous said...

Wheres the photo of the press conference and Gibson CEO shaking Bainivuakas hand??????????

Is it even true?

Anonymous said...

Fiji Prime Minister Out of Tune

It is going to be a shock for the families of the junta when they are all finally locked up.
This episode of the illegal PM tripping to the US to try and set up a deal with Gibson is fradulent.

It goes to show that the illegal PM and his illegal AG did not know about the Lacey ACT which the US Federal agents strongly uphold. This Lacey acts forbids US companies dealing in commerce with illegal timbers.

Yet we have the illegal PM thinking he could pull the wool over their eyes.... Wrong.

The illegal PM is going to look pretty stupid (or more stupid) when he returns to Fiji.

Navua Residence said...

How come there was no news about SMI mill burning down last month? And they still want to supply Gibson. The mill is closed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the two, John and Frank held hands and toured Gibsons factory after being told of the press cancellation.

Elvis said...

"We're caught in a trap with Suspicious Minds" - ELVIS

hahahahaha!!!lol!!.....How ironic is the posted picture of frank and the guitar aye hahahaha!!!

Suspicious eyes ga looking from the back is John Wagner hahahaha!!!

Nanise said...

Does this mean that the guitar soli vei voreqe was not made of fijis mahogani.....maaaaan, sa so na tamata lasu lasu levu saraga. smi get out of fiji.

Anonymous said...

it hurts me to think that we fijians are so vulnerable.

anybody can just come and tell us anything like aiyaz and this john wanker, and we'll just go ahead and believe it.

Gibson was too good to be true. Now they will look at us as illegal beings.

Anonymous said...

Time For Hillary Clinton to act

It would be an opportune time for Hillary Clinton (US Secretary of State) to meet with the illegal PM Voreque and sort him out.

Frank is powerless in the US

Maybe they could detain him in the US while Fiji has their elections ?

Anonymous said...

Elvis's encore : Jail House Rock

Now that the illegal PM has a guitar he and the illegal AG can learn to sing Jail House Rock - Naboro style

Anonymous said...

bribes and kickbaks is right. and thats all what this is about.

Anonymous said...

lol @ mark manning hahaha vaka lailai ga eh!!

Not Fiji Mahogany said...

Wow this is really surprising!! oh my lord, I did have my "suspicions" about that guitar not being made of Fiji Mahogany. Now its all coming out.

kai tailevu said...

vei kemudou na wili blog tiko mai na PMs office, o voreqe sa qai roqo ca tu na levu ni lasu caka tiko mai vei i ratou mai mana. A sa tukuni oti vua. sega ga ni rogo. maleka sara.

Sera Baledrokadroka said...

What the hell!!! OMG....this whole gibson thing was just a big white elephant from the beginning.

you mean to say that they are just trying to negotiate a contract now!!!!!!!......OH MY GOD!!!

Anonymous said...

Bloody hell, and the media has the audacity to print the lies tisk! tisk!

Anonymous said...

slap in the face, Waaatish

Anonymous said...

hey when did Smi burn?

who burned it?

is it true?

there was no news aboutit.

Anonymous said...

isa my late father used to own aand play a gibson in Sydney. we couldnt believe that fiji mahogany was going to be used in it.

now we have no reason to believe it. moumou sara.

Anonymous said...

Can fiji make its own guitars??

Anonymous said...

so the 1 million for license went in PM and AG's pocket? most likely.

Anonymous said...

Ive heard of dictators getting bombed by US led allied forces such as NATO etc etc, while they hide out in isolation.

This joker has stepped right into the cage/trap, which I find hilarious as only an idiot would do that.

If bainimarama is allowed to return to Fiji, he would have certainly won this round as the Americans were caught napping.

havent heard from the VRF of late. Come on guys, where are ya?

Anonymous said...

Just look at him in his 3 piece suite. he must have felt really silly dressing up for a press occasion that didnt eventuate

Anonymous said...

We being conned with our Mahogany and Air Pacific with American con artist Dave Pfliger in the pilot's seat (subject to logbook verification). Sa da oca na lasutaki, lako tu ga mai o ira na macawa da solia na noda i yau.

US officials please hand FB to FBI. God save Fiji.

Master Bate said...

Pure Fiji Mahogany? Is this a new soap?

I just hope its smoother than our coconut soap.

Semi Miau said...

The Americans should lock up this illegal dictator in Guantanamo bay.

Anare care giver washigton state said...

I hear that John Swagner is only sells expensive equipment from here and is not really an expert on wood.

Bula to all the guys in Fiji Forestry. loloma tu yani qo. Waikau

Smell the Coffee said...

Fiji Mahogony is not recognised with the world body because of it has not followed the proper procedures in processing from seedlings to its lumbering stage. The tree has to be individually branded. No 'illegitimates'. Well then again, there's a forest full of illegitimates. Take that to the Bank!

push tailevu said...

hey, how come smi is sending all there exports to dominaca republic? whos making guitar there?>

how much they pay

Tony Boyd, Denarau said...

Frank and Aiyaz have really screwed this one with the public view on this industry.

Closest I'll get to it is at the Hard Rock cafe.

Anonymous said...

Nice one again CFAAH. More embarrassment for the junta. What goes around, comes around.

Horny Hippy Widow said...

I just hope that all resources around the world are managed well, and that the little forest people can make some itty bitty penis. I mean pennys!

Be at one and all with the world people.

Watch out for Semen said...

@ master bate. this is not a porn blog! Get a life.

You smell it said...

@ Smell the Coffee: All I smell is a load of Bull Coka, coming from these guys.

This whole fiasco with Fiji mahogany and Gibson has and is, just pathetic as of NOW.

Shoot the Mic said...

Radio Fiji should be burned for these lies, just liek smi.

Anonymous said...

SMI = Smarmy Mischievous Idiots

Anonymous said...

Graham Southwick was spot-on when he said on Talk Business,

"these foreigners will rape our resources, and when its all finished, they will move on to the next country with resources"

Get out now SMI and Megamaderas, while its still safe for you. The landowners are well aware now. Aren't they.

Anonymous said...

Calling US President Obama.

Look up our illegal Pm now while you and we have the chance.

PLEASE!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes thats right.

Hillary Clinton did say that she wasnt going to recognise the junta.

How can we reach her to report this???

Anonymous said...

So all that million dollar signing with SMI was all bullshit.
So Sharon MISINFO is another big liar.
Frank Liar
Aiyaz Liar
Sharon Liar
May be 2014 elections also another big lie.
Diplomatic Missions shouldn't have bothered going to the meeting.

Eric C. said...

"I shot the PM, but I didn't shoot the AG.." Give me the guitar Vuaka and I'll play you this song.

Anonymous said...

Paleez can he even play the bloody thing, 2 embracing to see him full suit, big head like a cow!

Anonymous said...

All of a sudden, 'FIJI MAHOGANY IS THE BEST". After ALL these years, HOW come? It is very obvious that this ILLEGAL regime THINK they are God given!! E sega bau - Dou yavu vodoloto!!!!

Vanua. said...

Know what cracks me up? Obviously nobody's bothered telling any of these people that any contracts or agreements entered into with an illegal regime such as Viti's are not worth the paper there written on - have no legal standing whatsoever - somebody obviously living a 'giant legal fiction'.

Anonymous said...

The Fijian Kawa is doomed. They talk a lot when Chaudhry was PM, they march on the streets and burn the towm. what happen now, lamus lamus....khaiyum is smarter than all the Fijians put together, silly goats

Anonymous said...

@5:00 PM. unfortunately, Obama the Kenyan is also illegal, being not constitutionally eligible; the difference being he was 'elected'.

Anonymous said...

All is not lost for Frank at least he came out with a free guitar.

mark manning said...

That is a beautiful guitar Frank is holding, and i hope he knows the words to the song he'll be strumming to in Naboro !
Old Man River !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s

Captain Crook said...

SHIVER ME TIMBERS.....I had no idea that the smi mill had burnt down!!! is this fact? When?

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 8:56pm

Io, me tauri ga na nona 'free guitar' ka vakababataki e qaqani yadrena, meda cegu laivi yani.

Oti qai sere kece mai na kena wa qai mai wavivigi e na domoi nona boso ko Airyarsy qai yarataki yani me lai lili toka mai na loga ivi mai na Triangle!

Yavusa Vugalei said...

Mosi na yaloqu ni sa kila tu na levu ni lasu cakava o Khaiyum kei Bainimarama.

Maumau sara na levu ni kau (logs) matua vaka lusi vei na kai va lagi qori.

Sa na kau sara na tuku tuku o qo vei o ira na lewe ni mataqali me ira kila sara na levu ni lasu kei na levu ni lavo e butakoci vei kemami na taukei ni qele.

sa na seqa tale ni kau sobo yani e dua tali na mahoqani vei the mili ni SMI. Me dou kila sara tiko, ena lesu tale yani vei kemudou na lewa ni noda kalou kei na vanua.

Better Lawyer than AG said...

so lets review:

1.) John Wagner does an outstanding job under the AG's table (and pays for it) to get an audience with the illegal PM.
2.) John then buys a Gibson Guitar worth $7300 from an outlet somewhere in the world i.e, AUS, NZ or USA etc, to present to the illegal PM, and hoodwinks him into believing that its made of Fiji mahogany that he, JW is already supplying to Gibson Guitars.
3.) The illegal duo is further deceived into JW's tour of a so called high tech facility where stencils are used to cut out guitar shapes (this is really funny!!!), and they use girls to showcase equality in the workforce (note how in the papers these girls had minders standing behind them to make sure they don't accidentally cut their fingers and hand off).
4.) JW arranges a trip to Gibson Tennessee telling the illegal PM that he'll be signing a contract with Gibson's CEO.
5.) The PM arrives to find out that there are legal obligations to abide by in the US for importing wood, of which Gibson has been found guilty, TWICE!!!
6.) Gibson cancel the planned press conference planned by JW and Bainimarama ends up taking a tour of the factory instead.
7.) Fiji media (those close to PM,AG) immediately run limited paragraph stories with one sentence to lie about how a deal has been signed with Gibson, and the rest is all garble that we already know. Complete of Bainimarama with that look on his face showing how he wished he had met Elvis (even though Elvis died like four decades ago).
8.) Lack of Evidence: No report from media in the US about how one of their biggest commercial icons has signed a deal with Fiji for mahogany. But Fiji's "All Knowing" media supposedly have this exclusive ahem! ahem!


You, PM & AG bone heads really picked a winner here guys.

Congratulations!! [pun intended].

Pac Harbour Lot1 said...

You guys dont forget the real criminal, Chris Donaldson of SMI.

He is a debarred lawyer from Australia, living in exile here in Fiji. He changes investors like he changes underwear. The latest, John Wagner has taken over Chris's limelight.

We don't trust them around these parts of our beloved Navua and Deuba.

Guitar Hero said...

so much for looking forward to playing a Gibson with Fiji mahogany. Guess that's not going to happen now.

Fiji Psycho said...

@ Anon 8:37

Better to be lamu lamu than Lying Thieves.

lamu lamu people tend to live longer. Lying thieves get murdered; amongst other choices.

Reply mai.

Anonymous said...

SAW THIS ILLEGAL LEADER DOING HIS PERSONAL SHOPPING AT LEXINGTON AND 42 ST. WHEN HE LOOKED UP I WAS STARING AT HIM IN THE EYE AND HE QUICKLY GLANCE AWAY AND WALKED TOWARDS HIS BOCI GUARDS. I DIDN'T MOVE BUT KEPT STARING AT HIM. WHEN THEY TURNED AROUND TO LOCATE ME I WAS ALREADY CHANGED INTO MY WIG COSTUME STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. I HEARD HIM WISPERED TO A GENTLEMAN NEXT TO HIM...'CAITA AU NANUMA GA DEU RAICA E DUA NA KAIVITI NI DURI TU MAI NA KONA YA'...

Anonymous said...

All lies, illegal PM is meeting with Gibson Guitar owners in their Boardroom in Nashville. Get our facts right.

Anonymous said...

Photo evidence is here for FICOOK to charge the dictator for offical corruption now cos he has recieved a corrupt guiter/gone to make corrupt deal with gibson in usa.

this is corruption.

Anonymous said...

FIJI IS BURNING! FIJI IS BURNING! FIRE FIRE! FIRE FIRE! GO AND FETCH ME SOME WATERS! UMMMMM! UMMMMM!

TM

Anonymous said...

FB has new title FBI (Fiji Born Idiot)

Anonymous said...

Some have gone to jail for making no personal gain yet Frank pockets $7000 guitar and walks freely.

Anonymous said...

Careful if u are from aust or NZ and writing on the blog using vodafone 3G. AG has requested his fellow bomb maker Aslam to give user info for this blog site. he is already giving him access to vodafone Fiji logs.

Anonymous said...

Suggest we all write email or even better write on Gibson forum about this matter. Let hurt the brand. Www.gibson.com

Anonymous said...

@ anon 1:16am

Where's your proof looser????

Shirley Bosworth, Nadi said...

Fiji's media continues to lie to the people of Fiji, and for what!!!.....These liers are treasonous.

Just who do they think they are. HOW DARE THEY.

I love Fiji mahogany said...

Coup 4.5 and anyone else who can, take some pictures of the burnt mill at smi and have it posted. This will add fuel to the fire for chris and his rogue partners.

Muchas gracias

obrigado

Winston Daurewa, Tennessee said...

I still havent heard anything here in tennassee about this deal going through. I think Gibson did back out unfortunately.

This press conference was supposed to take place on the 23rd, which was yesterday?

I kinda feel sorry for Gibson. They've been through hell lately and cant seem to do anything right according to the federal government agencies!!!!

I don't think this is the right time to be dealing with our Fijian Prime Minister. The illegal aspects are too big a issue for the US government to ignore.

The supply environment is just too hot to handle for Gibson right now. These American feds are all over them.

Anonymous said...

PM and Ag lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies

you have no shame and you will pay dearly

Anonymous said...

we will watch the two of you get hanged in Albert park for all to see and bare witness.

Anonymous said...

Guys I suggest you check this site to find real time position of frank or AG. You just need to enter their mobile number and exact location will be shown.


http://www.sat-gps-locate.com/


I believe franks number is 9980085 (99BOOBS)

Happy days!

Anonymous said...

@12.31am

you read too many Sherlock Holmes that you now think your'e Sherlock - wig costume? what next? crap!

Anonymous said...

Man I just the picture of this Idiot addressing the UN looking very important, but can we get some pictures C4 of the other nations in attendance, I'm guessing there would be next to nobody there listening to this nobody.

mark manning said...

A Public Official accepting a gift in return for favours is corrupt behaviour !

mark manning said...

Frank is Aiyaz' smegma !

Anonymous said...

The US Feds should also take Bainimarama to task for attempting to do illegal business in the USA.

Anonymous said...

This of offical corruption, abuse of office, fraud and corrupt monies by dictator.

A multi billion dollar scam to rip off the fijian owners by under price sale-corruption.

Accepting the guiter/bribes is a gail sentence.

Anonymous said...

1 day bainivuaka...u days are numbered...na qita qori ena nomu buka e eli...aihyass wait 4 ur day its around de corner,ur de next..

drau na kama bula2 kei na qita qore...drau yavu lasu2,conman,butabutako...

SEMI MEO said...

Oh…but it is OK for US to import blood diamonds for Africa, especially the new found Zimbabwe Diamonds via India. Why not US Fed Agents raid that on too??or are some of them mega slush campaign donors..

Let's sell our mahogany to the highest bidder….better still relax log exports (of course with reforestation/compensation provisos by exporter).

Our saw dust and twigs could fetch much instead of rotting away as landfills!!

Anonymous said...

anon 3.38am
u sound like a st giles patient with your fiji is burning rants

Vanua. said...

Who the hell is advising these Gibson people? Don't they know that their - or any other 'contract'entered into with this illegal regime would be nil & void the very same instant democracy is returned to Viti.

Anonymous said...

Anon:3.02PM

Fiji is burning Fiji is burning by Anon 3:38 AM is for us and not for lunatics and big arsehole like you. You bastard of bastards Anon 3:02 PM.If you do not like it then just shut up F.....U! OK. Thank you C4.5 for the message.

Duruka

Anonymous said...

Semi you cat, show us some facts about these so called blood diamond the US is importing, to much TV.

The Next Commander said...

Kai Viti want democracy soooo bad now...wow back in 1987 they didn't want it at all citing it as a foreign flower .....the Lord works in miraculous ways indeed.

Ratu Sai said...

Semi Meo

Kala poci who cares about the diamonds from South Africa? The issue is about Fiji, the corupt Bai and mahogany...where land owners and Fijia as a whole are being sold out, ripped off for the sake of money in Frank's pockets.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Vore can sing a better tune than the crappy one sponsored by his
mate Carl Ngamoki-Cameron.

or sing a lullaby to the toad on his left.

Get it tight said...

Too many bullshit lawyers on this blog. You believe anything people post. Get a life. The Gibson people are with FB yet C4.5 tries to paint a different picture. Dare you to print this

SEMI MEO said...

Ratu Sai and faceless coward of 11.24pm...sadly, both of you have very short memories. "sold out and rip off" of landowners did NOT start with the Aiyuz/Bainimarama Gov.

Do we have to take you ignorant foreigners done memory lane, again?? Goodness!!

We Fiji Citizens do not have to be reminded which former Fiji Gov agree to lease Native land for a less that a Fijian dollar an Acre, under which Fiji Gov was the grand elite Fijians rip offs in National Bank, FDB, FH, which previous Fiji Gov had the opportunity to advance the i taukei, but FAILED!!..because a majority former I tauei MPs and Senators love their wine and women more than the innocent they purport to represent…look at the Hansard attendance of Parliamentary sub committees and both House sittings..sure they signed in, just long enough to justify allowances…shame…shame!!...no wonder we have blooming coups!!

This present dictators alleged rip offs is peanuts compared to rip offs of previous…uh…Democratic Government??..so stop watching TV and read a bit of history and spend a few lunch time at the National Achieves…

Anonymous said...

wananavy semi meo....

Taukei. said...

@ AUS resident Semi Meo.
"we Fiji citizens?".
Isa Semi - no papers.

Anonymous said...

Please feel free to add this to wikipedia page for Gibson

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't/isnt Roko Ului supposed to be getting rid of the regime? We don't need another blogger we need soldiers rising up against bainimarama and Khaiyum. What can Ului tell us that we have not heard or do not know from blogs already. Ului, leave the blogsto the bloggers: go ahead and do something nobody else is doing. What is point in you and your teamblogging you may have a name to cash in on but that's all. The only people you 'reaching' is Pacific Scoop. There is ore valuable work for you to be done elsewhere and you know it.