#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 2011-07-03

Friday, July 8, 2011

Asco deal revealed as huge scam with sources claiming illegal PM and AG bagging millions in 10% kickbacks

The four year deal between the illegal government and Asco Motors has been revealed as a major corporate scam with claims the self-appointed prime minister and treasonous attorney general are both benefiting from a 10 per cent commission from the arrangement.

The multi-million dollar deal for lease vehicles for the Defence Forces such as the police, navy, army and prisons was hailed as extremely good for 10 million dollars, including serving costs and government saves money and maintenance costs, when it was signed off by the Ministry of Finance.

But the cracks in the deal have emerged with sources saying the fine print will see the Fiji taxpayer paying unnecessarily for a deal that sees both the illegal PM and AG cashing in.

A close look at the MOU between the illegal government and Asco Motors shows that of the 133 vehicles which are expected to last for four years, just 20 will go the distance and that most will have to be returned to Asco within two years. 

The MOU signed by the Finance Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and vetted by the illegal AG office clearly states that: 

1) All lease vehicles must only be used up to the mileage of 150,000km at which time it must be serviced
2) Any usage after 150,000km will incur a cost of $50.00 per km.
3) Any damage to the vehicles under lease must be met by the interim government as additional expenditure. 

With the frequent use of lease vehicles (most of them are Twin cabs and will be used by the police), it is expected that they will reach 150,000km within a year and half.

In an earlier $10 million dollar deal with Asco Motors in 2009, about 80 vehicles out of 100 ended up being returned to the company well before the expected deadline of 2013.

Inside sources say taxpayers would've been spared such an exorbitant cost had the illegal government bought the vehicles outright. They say the vehicles would've had solid life of 10 years, especially as most of the government departments like police and army have their own traffic pools with about 20 mechanics servicing the fleets.  

In fact, sources say the country is being taken for the ride of a lifetime and that the lease deal with Asco is just one example of the sort of business deals that Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum are benefiting from.

They say the illegal PM is taking bribes of 10% from all investors coming into Fiji and that investors are basically being told to cough up or stay out. They say when Jim Ah Koy was ambassador to China, all of the Chinese investors who are now in Fiji paid the self-appointed PM 10% of their total investment.

They also say the Chinese businessmen take offerings such as liquor and cooked food every weekend to the PM's house and that they're also pay for his shopping while he is overseas.
Inside sources believe that with all the new mining industry that have started, the cement factory, land development and the recent Mahogany deal, Bainimarama has bagged close to $25 million from investments of $250 million in the last four years.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bainimarama and wife lead Fiji's 'Sinkaporean' netball defeat

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.

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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The future leaders of Fiji ... who are they?

We asked the question and you gave us your answers. Several names kept popping up, suggesting there's support for them to play some leadership role in either a caretaker government or after the elections. 

Fiji has not been short of political parties but most have been eroded with the coups. Some parties like the SDL and Fiji Labour Party are still on the scene but like many of the politicians who've been suggested for the key roles of president, vice-president and prime minister they're considered 'tainted' and according to some opinion should not be part of any elected or government to take Fiji to elections.

The call for 'fresh blood' was strong and some of the 'fresh' names that came up were: Epironi Tulele, Moala Nata and Pio Bosco Tikoisuva, Raman Veiji and Sireli Bobo and Paula Uluinaceva.

Significantly, there was a push for more women to be included in government. Disappointingly, very few young people were nominated.
Suffice to say, the question of who can lead Fiji is a difficult one and one most of us agree on.  But as we said when posed the question, our aim is to get us all thinking about where to from here. The debate, obviously, continues.

Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi - president
Jai Ram Reddy - vice president
Wadan Narsey - prime minister
Attar Singh - Minister for Labour
Ro Teimumu Kepa - Minister for women affairs
Graham Leung - Attorney General
Epeli Ganilau - Minister for Defence
Poseci Bune - Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi - President
Savenaca Narube - Minister of Revenue
Mahendra Chaudhry - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Richard Naidu - Minister of Information
Graham Leung - Attorney General

President: Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Vice President :   Ratu Jone Baleidrokadroka
Prime Minister  :  Savenaca Narube
Minister for Finance  :  Paula Uluinaceva
Minister for Foreign Affairs : Ratu Isoa Gavidi
Chief Justice: Richard Naidu
Attorney General: Dr Rachael Olutimayin (Former  DPP Officer now based in Vanuatu USP Campus
Solicitor General : Tupou Draunidalo
Minister for Women's and Social Welfare : Dr Atu Embersen Bain
Minister for Commerce and Trade: Dr Yodi Alakijah
Minster for Civil Aviation and other porfolios: Ratu Filipe Tuisawau
Minister for I' taukei : Ratu Peni Volavola of Qeledamu currently completing MBA at USP.
Commander FijI Military : Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti. I believe a changed person needs a second chance.

Dr Steven Ratuva- Lecturer- Prime Minister
Michael Dutta- Lawyer.
Ratu Kailova - Ex Foreign Minister Qarase government.
Dr Brij Lal
Dr Tupeni Baba
Ratu Uli Mara- Minister of Defence.
President – Pio Bosco Tikoisuva
VP – Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
PM – SL Rabuka
Finance – Jone Kubuabola
Foreign Affairs – Kaliopate Tavola
Primary Industry (Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest) – Luke Ratuvuki
Lands, Mineral resources – Josefa Dulaki
Provincial Development, DISMEC – Ilaitia Tuisese
AG – Jai Ram Reddy
Education, Youths & Sports – Tupeni Baba
Fijian Affairs & Multi Ethnics – Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu
Local Government, Housing & Environment – Keni Dakuidreketi
Tourism – Bill Gavoka
Commerce, Public Enterprises, Civil Aviation – Laisenia Qarase
Defence, National Security & Immigration – SL Rabuka
Social Welfare, Women & Culture – Jiko Luveni
Health – Dr Nei Sharma
Works, Public Utilities & Energy – Anasa Vocea

Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi
Tupeni Baba
Imrana Jalal
Ro Temumu Kepa
Laisenia Qarase
Navin Maharaj
Mick Beddoes

Epironi Tulele
Roko Seru
Ratu Joni
Former Reserve Bank Governor
Moala Nata
Lepani Bevu
Joape Kunikoro

Women leaders who must somehow be included:
1) Temumu Kepa
2) Imrana Jalal
3) Atu Emberson Bain
4) Priscilla Singh

More Feedback:
Only one person is capable & acceptable - Solomon exile Roko Tui Bau - Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. Whether he'd accept given what he's gone & going thru (wife has serious health issues) is another matter? Other than that - can't see any other suitable candidates? All hypothetical anyway - Vore & Nailatikau will never voluntarily surrender power - repercussions too severe - personal opinion is only way change will occur is thru RFMF via internal putsch. 

As a Kiwi who has worked in Fiji and loves the country greatly, I follow the various developments with interest and a great deal of sadness. It is vital that Fiji gets this right. The four coups have, as you know, represented elements of the various factions that wish to govern the nation. I think that a political 'circuit breaker' is needed to avoid lurching from one destabilising event to another. The model that has been applied by the United Nations in places like East Timor perhaps offers potential for Fiji in that the military government doesn't run elections, they hand over to the UN in the interim. This could see a Special Representative of the Secretary-General leading a Transitional Authority supported by Fijians, international experts and perhaps UN civilian Police. This would provide the time for a constitution to be developed and elections held (under UN supervision). 

The inherent stability would see trade, aid, investment and tourism recover in the meantime.

As to who that person (the SRSG) might be - my only suggestion is that they would come from beyond this region and not from a country that had traditional colonial or similar interests in the area. In the case of East Timor, it was the UN's Brazilian rising star Sergio Vierra de Mello (who was tragically killed in Baghdad years later). Here's a link to the UN's current list of mission heads around the world http://www.un.org/News/ossg/srsg/table.htm

I think the question should be WHO WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO SEE IN THE NEW GOVERNMENT? Right now we are seeing the same old familiar faces start to crawl out of the woodwork - the Kaitanis, the Rajesh Singhs, and Shiu Rajs, the Shailendra Rajus, the Sam Speights, etc. Fiji deserves better.

We would all like to see our country re-start its journey towards joining the rest of the world in the 21st century.  We would like to see people in government who have the community's well-being at heart and work towards making a difference. We want to see changes that benefit everyone.

There are many capable people in Fiji like Kennneth Zinck.  He has experience being in government as well as being in the public eye. He also has the interest of the community at heart and has great rapport with his constituency.

We do not need any caretaker government. We like the Bainimarama government. I already told my 2 namesake to 4get about what they want, because the people in Fiji are not blind. Whether good or bad this government, we still like it because it fulfill all our needs compared to past government. And we believe that the 2 gentlemen are following the steps of past politicians.
Bainmarama as PM
Any others but not from any one associated with SDL, Labour
Ului Mara as minister of home affairs-Lau

Qarase for PM. Let him pick his team. It's only the right thing to do that the elected PM be the Caretaker PM.

More women! Caretaker government AND the new government (2014). It's important that women begin to put themselves forward for elections.

1. Have a RAMSI Type of operation man by UN or neutral force to monitor Truth and Reconciliation Commission for two year before election end of 2013 to take us forward in 2014; The Head of the RAMSI operation is to nominated by the UN;
2.    The consultation needs to include former PM Qarase and former Opposition Leader to nominate 5 members each and 5 military Council nominees and 5 Fiji Council Of Churches Nominees, therefore total of  20 people altogether to advice and guide governance for the remaining period leading to election in 2014.

This is a semi-loaded question.For the past four and especially the past two,there has been no debate on credentials of new politicans-it is all a guessing game at this stage.With the current system and the history,Fiji would be hard pressed to woo credible candidates for a caretaker govt and eventually an elected govt.The old power hungry ghosts of SDL and Labour would be at play until dead and buried-they know the taste of power.

Paula Uluinaceva, Warden Narsey, Kenneth Zinck, Vitinia Lesuma Chung, Luse Kinivuwai, Jacque Koroi, Peter Waqavonovono, just to name a few. I hope the people who's names I've mentioned don't mind, but I re­­­­­­ckon, they will do a superb job.

I think you'll need to get people of standing - chiefs, academics, businesspeople, etc. They should have a proven track record of integrity. To gain international support, they should be persons who opposed BOTH the 2000 and 2006 coups. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi is one name that comes to mind. Lawyers like Tupou Draunidalo and Devanish Sharma would also be good picks IMO.

Someone that knows power and money corrupts even the well intentioned and therefor is prepared to implement laws that will keep himself/herself HONEST AND TRANSPARENT FROM DAY 1.

Whoever it is just needs to tread carefully knowing fully well that Fiji has Indigenous Fijians & others meaning it is a multi-racial nation. Try stepping out of line in terms of Indigenous Fijian issues or Human Rights for that matter, he will be taken to account for his follies! People are now better informed & know which way to move to obtain relevant authentic advs and take actions. Fear must not be created as the current case seems to be.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sources: Roadblocks as Fiji police search for 'coup operatives'

ON THE GROUND:  Reports of intense police activity.

Intelligence information has revealed roadblocks have been erected in Suva as a result of police trying to capture two Europeans believed to be 'coup operatives.' Sources say a coup is being planned and will happen soon.

The 'operatives' are believed to be travelling in a rental twin cab and have been seen photographing key installations around Fiji. The Europeans have apparently been seen at the naval base, FEA, Telecom, police stations and the hydroelectric project at Monasavu.
It's believed the alarm was raised on Sunday but police have so far failed to capture the operatives. Sources say the police RT is scrambling with activity as officers try to locate the men but authorities have so far been unsuccessful in tracing the men.

Sources also say the files on the illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, have now been removed from the Fiji police archives of the police commissioner Ioane Naivalurura, and have been sent to Australia. The files are also understood to be with former 3FIR commander, Roko Ului Mara, who with supporters is preparing a case against Bainimarama in The Hague for the ICC.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sources: Bainimarama looking to hold elections early to get the jump on rivals

WAITING: When will Fiji get the fair and free elections it deserves?

It's being suggested Fiji's illegal dictator Frank Bainimarama is preparing to spring surprise elections on the country, perhaps as early as next year.

The self-appointed prime minister is spending millions of dollars in all of the provinces, promising bags of goodies in what some observers say is a sure sign of campaigning or electioneering.

Sources say Bainimarama has also asked the Bureau of Statistics for a census count as soon as possible and that it will take at least three months to pull together the population figures. They're suggesting early next year as when he'll hurl an unexpected election on the country.

He will of course resort to defending the early election by saying it's what Fiji citizens and the international community have been asking for all along.

Going to the polls unexpectedly will entrench the illegal rule of the Bainimarama junta and Fiji and all who support her must be aware of this. The self-appointed military leader is trying to survive and will fight dirty to succeed.  

And with SDL and the Fiji Labour Party clearly not having any real leaders and ill-prepared for an early election, Bainimarama is expected to romp home.

Sources say he's been getting advice from Foreign Minister, Inoke Kubuabola, one of the key advisors who it has been said has been trying to convince the dictator to declare early elections.

The surprise elections have one ultimate end: To allow Bainimarama to stay in power. And sources say once he wins the poll, the United States, Australia, Europe and New Zealand will have no option but to ease sanctions and withdraw support from Roko Ului Mara, who will be let out to dry.

In recent weeks, Bainimarama and his underhand illegal attorney, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, have both reiterated elections will be held in 2014. Intelligence information, however, suggests he has a more cunning plan.

The electronic elections will of course be rigged. It's believed a team from Indonesia will be in Fiji this week. Readers will recall Bainimarama visited Indonesia earlier this year and discussed similarities between the two countries and how Indonesia could help Fiji hold elections.

Sources say Bainimarama has, meanwhile, already put into key positions army personnel in the Electoral Commission which will allow his election campaign to get underway without disruption, even with the involvement of the United Nations. Sources say he has a huge advantage over Mara and the pro-democracy movement, thanks to the estimated millions he's throwing around.

Sources also say there will be no defeating Bainimarama with SDL and FLP being ill-prepared to go to the polls. Former military officer, Roko Ului Mara, who has been campaigning against Bainimarama say he'll have no chance. They say battles are won on actual battle fields not by virtual warfare from abroad.

Bainimarama's security means the longevity of the illegal attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum as well. The very same Khaiyum who a few days ago trying to get his own people on the FINTEL board. 

The Commerce Commission was forced to intervene in a dispute between FINTEL and Telecom Fijii after FINTEL pulled the plug on TFL’s internet cables.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fiji's corrupt leader wings off with clan on latest overseas junket

'FIRST' FAMILY OF FIJI: Frank and Mary Bainimarama with their mob .... living it up at taxpayer's expense.

In what is clearly a sign of "I'm the boss and I can do anything", Frank Bainimarama has taken his wife, son and three daughters with him to Singapore on his latest overseas junket.

The illegal leader and wife Mary, son Meli and three daughters have gone to watch Fiji play at the netball world cup in Singapore.

His trip to the Hong Kong Sevens in February (readers you will remember what is now the famous Coupfourpointfive picture of him and soldier son Meli riding in a limousine at that international tournament) apparently cost the Fiji taxpayers $80,000 for him and his entourage of 80.

This latest trip to Singapore is estimated at $40,000.

Imagine the damage the Bainimarama clan could with with the taxpayer credit card if they were allowed into New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup?

Meanwhile back in Suva, Bainimarama's most biddable minions, the illegal police commander Ioane Naivalurua and illegal MINFO chief, Sharon Smith Johns are maintaining the status quo for the absent-yet-again junta leader.

Naivalurua has done another major reshuffle with Smith Johns defending the deplorable action by police this week to shut down the retreat by the Fiji Womens' Rights Movement and to take two of the women in for questioning.

Smith Johns insists the group didn't have a permit but sources say the gutless police backed off from laying charges against the women, including co-ordinator Virisila Buadromo, because of fear of the international publicity.

Fiji, of course, remains in the international eye and the dictator continues to make out to the world he is not the arrogant, oppressive leader we would have the world think he is.

FDFM defends inclusion of GCC in 10-point transisitional plan

The Fiji Democracy of Freedom Movement in Australia is sticking to its belief the Bose Levu Vakaturaga must play a crucial role in its plan for a return to a fair and free Fiji.

It says opposition to the Great Council of Chiefs being allowed to ‘reconvene to deliberate on the affairs of the nation’ is irrelevant and misplaced.

In a statement signed by its interim president, Suliasi Daunitutu, FDFM says criticism the Bose Levu Vakaturaga is unelected or a colonial invention and its track record in past crises is "irrelevant and misplaced."

Quote: "The BLV is one among many institutions in our national political and social life that has been dismantled and harassed by a government that wants to destroy all institutions of representation, association and dialogue, and has systematically used the public emergency regulations to achieve this.

Our No. 8 demand needs to be read together with the 7th, i.e, to ‘re-empower institutions of governance, including allowing democratic elections for such bodies as municipal councils, industrial associations, trade unions and statutory organisations’. ‘Institutions of governance’ include also other unelected bodies, like the civil society organisations, and it is important that all of these be allowed to meet and deliberate, including the BLV. At a time when the trades unions are threatened with an attack through the Critical Industries in Financial Distress Decree, we should not allow divisions or petty quarrels to undermine our unity."

The FDFM has also dismissed objections to its demand the 1997 constitution be restored saying critics claim the legislation's  provision for communal electoral rolls is flawed or that its electoral system is too complex, is unproven. 

Again, from its statement: "This is a longstanding debate in Fiji, taken up by the supporters of the Bainimarama-Khaiyum government mischievously again to justify and legitimise their continued rule. Others have objected that the need to make reforms ‘with an appropriate electoral system, including the removal of communal rolls’ is unconstitutional since only an elected parliament can make such changes. Again, we have sought to put forward demands that can unite our movement.

"The choice is plain: either we embrace the promised arrangements upon which deliberations will allegedly commence in 2012 or we build upon those which Fiji’s leaders from across the political spectrum agreed in the mid-1990s. There is no easy middle way, but our proposed way is to accept that the 1997 constitution is a living document, and that changes should be made. The time has passed when communal seats are reasonably necessary for the alleged ‘protection’ of the indigenous Fijian community, if they ever served that purpose. 

"We believe that this was acknowledged by all of the major elected political parties in Fiji. The recommendation for a reform of the electoral system was the only serious proposal in the regime’s ‘People’s Charter’. Unanimity could have been achieved around this through dialogue, sparing Fiji much trauma. Instead the Bainimarama-Khaiyum regime chose the avenue of confrontation and discord when they repudiated dialogue and abrogated the 1997 constitution. 

"So we have compromised in this respect, but not in others. To embark upon a course of accepting the regime’s proposed constitutional deliberations in 2012, if these eventuate, would be suicide for the cause of democracy in Fiji. Just as with the ‘People’s Charter’, these would be used merely as a method of tokenistic consultation, with Bainimarama and Khaiyum in fact deciding the outcome. We need an alternative moral compass. We stand by our demand point (3) for a restoration of the 1997 constitution."

The movement also urges people to be flexible saying "we need to broaden and strengthen our movement. Nothing is cast in stone. We appeal also to those who have weathered this storm within the regime hoping to exercise influence or sway the government towards democracy. So, our Ten Point Plan remains subject to negotiation and dialogue, and we will use these negotiations to build the necessary unity. The time is past when we will allow petty squabbles to divide our movement.

"This is the only strategy on offer to restore our country to economic security, political openness and public order. To those who seek continually to find fault with the activities of the democracy movement, we say step back and think carefully about your position. Whose side are you on? In theory, you back the creation of a future perfect democracy, but in practice you back a military dictatorship and attack those pressing for democratic government. We appeal to you instead to unite around our chosen programme, and build support for the transition to democracy in Fiji."

The 10-point transitional plan was revealed at the first pro-democracy movement in Canberra last month, featuring former military officers Roko Ului Mara and Jone Baledrokadorka as keynote speakers.