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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tikoitoga a 'loose canon' lying for Bainimarama

Amadou Sanogo
 Fiji's land force commander Mosese Tikoitoga has been told to exile himself to the West African country of Mali and offer his services to the coup leader there.



The American-trained Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo ended 20 years of democratic rule on Thursday, claiming he deposed President Amadou Toumani Toure because of his incompetence in combating the Tuareg insurgency.

Mosese Tikoitoga
In a statement from the Council for a Democratic Fiji citing the ex-3FIR leader Roko Ului Mara, Tikoitoga is described as 'a loose canon and the Fiji military's latest weapon of intimidation aimed directly at the people of Fiji.'

Mara says the best option for his former military colleague at this point is to exile himself to Mali where he can offer advice to Captain Sanogo, on 'how to completely stuff up his country.'


Tikoitoga yesterday continued his week-long defence of the self-appointed military government of Frank Bainimarama saying some chiefs had caused the deaths of innocent soldiers and others to be sent to jail.


He singled out the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu regarding the overtaking of the Vaturekuka military camp in Labasa in 2000 in what he said was an abuse of 'chiefly power.'


Lalabalavu had earlier asked Bainimarama to 'let the nation know which chiefs were taking advantage of their traditional roles.'


Tikoitoga retaliated with the claim the Tui Cakau could have influenced the Labasa soldiers who were mainly from Cakaudrove not to mutiny, but didn’t.


“Now he is sitting in his village and raising such questions whilst the soldiers who blindly followed whoever was influencing them, were court martialled and have served time or serving time in prison."


Tikoitoga also brought up jailing of the Turaga Qaranivalu, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, for mutiny in 2001, in Suva, saying: “I assure that those soldiers who died and those who had suffered because of the irresponsible behaviour of some chiefs – their suffering will not be in vain.”


Mara says Tikoitoga's tirades as Fiji prepares to embark on free and open consultations, have been authorized by Bainimarama.


"Colonel Tikoitoga is reinforcing the warnings already given by the dictator through speeches, interviews and military parades and marches.


"The signal Tikoitoga is sending from headquarters is that the army is in charge, it is watching, and ready to act if the Commodore gives the order."


Mara says Tikoitoga is clueless about politics.


"This is evident in his lectures to Fiji’s politicians about multi-racialism and claims they are clinging to the 1997 constitution because it permits them to appeal to their ethnic voters. He is also demonizing politics and threatening to wipe it from the face of Fiji society."


Mara says Tikoitoga is misleading people about the regime's original stance on the Constitution.


"He is telling a massive lie when he claims the 
1997 constitution was abrogated as soon as the Bainimarama coup was executed in 2006. This, he says, was part of the army’s “clean-up” of Fiji.

"Colonel Tikoitoga plainly does not know that the number one priority of Bainimarama after 2006 was to uphold the 1997 constitution. He supposedly did that until 2009 when the Court of Appeal ruled his government was illegal.


"It was only then that Bainimarama purported to abrogate the constitution. By that time it had become part of his so-called Peoples Charter and it is still a bulwark of that misconceived and illegitimate document.


"So even though the constitution has been allegedly thrown out, it remains central to his policies. That is what is meant by dysfunctional government."


Mara says Tikoitoga is misguided in thinking that if racial voting systems are removed from the 1997 constitution, people will stop voting on racial lines.


"It will take a long time for the populace to fully embrace multi-racialism, especially after the damage to interracial relationships caused by the Bainimarama coup. Dictatorship, laws and decrees will not change attitudes that are deeply entrenched among Fijians and Indians."

24 comments:

Anit Singh said...

THE 1997 CONSTITUTION LIVES - IT LIVES.. IT LIVES.. PERIOD.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES BELIEF THEY CAN ABROGATE THE 1997 CONSTITUTION!!!

THE 1997 CONSTITUTION LIVES... IT LIVES... IT LIVES... PERIOD.

Anonymous said...

A Cassava Constitution - for the Cassava Republic !

Anonymous said...

We say bring-on the elections Bai in 2014. Let there be Foreign UN observers following every ballot box and WE WILL BEAT HIM FAIR AND SQUARE.
We're going to campaign on how stupid and incompetant are Tikoitoga, the Army and the liar Bainimarama.And they should never ever be in any position of leadership but should be subject to the law like everyone else in Fiji.

-Valataka na Dina.

flash in a pan said...

@ Anit Singh

It lives...like Frankenstein.

@ Anon 10:11pm

Are you assuming the 1997 Constitution was literally or figuratively made of Tavioka
(Cassava), including its authors?

Just to clarify, is it the leaves or the roots?

Anonymous said...

Just like the 1970 Constitution. Fijians have no idea about democracy because democracy has been incompatible with the autocratic tradition. all the bullshit on this board highlight the contradictions of the indigenous community in Fiji.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

FRIENDS AND PEOPLE JUST SIT BACK AND RELAX. ALLOW THE LADIES AND CLIQUES COMPLETED THEIR THOUGHTS INTO REALITY. TRUTH HURTS IF IT FAILS, REVELATION FORCES TRUTH TO TALK FREELY , TRUTH SEND EVIL TO IMPRISONMENT, TRUTH DELAYS BUT NEVER FAILS AND TRUTH ALWAYS TRIUMPH.
SOON THE BLAZING GUNS IN FIJI WILL MAKE AN ABOUT TURN, HALT. DISMISS AND MARCH OFF TO JOIN PEOPLE’S POWER SOON OR LATER. WHY ? BECAUSE THEY ARE RELATED TO PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE AND THE BLOODS OF THOSE MURDERED VICTIMS ARE STILL CRYING OUT TO THE EAGLES FOR JUSTICE TO BE HEARD ON A FAIR AND JUST HEARING LOCALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY. THE LADY SISTERS ARE IN HUGE BUBBLES TROUBLES , IN THE CONSTITUTION THEY MUST HELP THOSE KILLING BLAZING GUNS TO FREEDOM OR ELSE, SO AS THE MURDERED VICTIMS TO FREEDOM OR ELSE.

LEGAL EAGLES ARE WATCHING EVERY STEPS TAKEN BY THE BLAZING GUNS SO TO LET THE GUILTY KNOW THAT HIS SERVICES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT IS THE BEST WAY TO LIVE FOR IN FUTURE. JUSTICE MUST SEEN TO BE CARRIED OUT AND NOT JUST TALK TALK WALK-ABOUT. ANY UNELECTED GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD WILL ALWAYS FACE WITH TROUBLES BUBBLES AND BUBBLES TROUBLES.

CORRUPTIBLE PRACTICES ARE FREEDOM KILLERS TO MAJORITY BUT SECURITY AND HAPPINESS ARE FOR THE FEW CLIQUES ONLY. PEOPLE, WITH OR WITHOUT THE BLAZING GUNS, WITH OR WITHOUT CENSORSHIP AND OR SANCTIONS, TRANSFORMATIONS TO THE WILL OF THE FEARLESS MAJORITY WILL TAKES PLACE ONE DAY WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. HISTORY PROVES IT TO MANY NATIONS AS DICTATORS ALWAYS HUMPTY DUMPTY FALL BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE HANDS AND LEGS BUT ROLLING WITH FEARS. PLEASE KEEP THE PEACE AND DO NOT FIGHT THEM BECAUSE ONE DAY SOON THEY WILL RUN AWAY WITH A SPOON.

Anonymous said...

Tikoitoga,

Your points are valid but they are covered in trhe 1997 constitution.

It is like when the constitution is not followed, you remove those who abuse it.

You do not remove the constitution.

Similarly if many say RFMF is the problem...then do you say remove the RFMF?

Sa Sucu Sa Lutu..

Anonymous said...

To anonymous @11.36pm -you have a very simplistic view of Fijian society, let alone democracy itself.

Indigenous community or Fijians own about 80% of land in Fiji. Their chiefly system is key part of their social structure and fabric of who they are, their identiy, and relationships. Just like democracy, they both have their pros and cons. Democracy is not a perfect system either, look at the last government as an example.

It is about finding th right balance, giving fair due to the fijians in their homeland, good and proactive leaders, good and transparent governance processes that is lacking.

The indigenous community are feeling aggrieved and harrased by what has been shoved down their throats in their own home country. It is their country, their way of life, and their land, and not yours to come and hoodwink them under the guise of some delusional concepts of pure one sided, western democracy, or the very dictatorial circus currently ran by Kaiyum and bainimarama.

Anonymous said...

So, Mali is now the Fiji of Africa. Or is it that Fiji is now the Mali of the Pacific?

Nailatikau's presidency began July 30, 2009. If the regime followed the constitutional term limit for the president, then his term in office is due to end July 30, 2014.

Does anyone really believe Bainimamara will let someone else ascend to the presidency and be in a position as commander-in-chief to dismiss him as PM and as RFMF commander? No, he's already changed the rules to allow the Cabinet, which mostly consists of himself and Aiyaz, to appoint the president, because he intends to be president.

Some might ask why Bainimarama would want to swap the powerful PM position for a largely ceremonial one. This is why the need for a new constitution arises. Bainimarama wants to change Fiji's system to something more resembling a presidential system and to broaden the powers of the presidency. He thinks the new presidency will give him the respectability he craves and the power he needs, whilst relieving him of the day-to-day responsibilities of running the government.

The logic of his personal situation is that Bainimarama will need to make himself president for life. By that point, Fiji will be less like Mali, and more like the Central African Empire under the eccentric and ruthless Emperor Bokassa I.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Mara is hardly in the best position to criticize others about stuffing up their countries by committing coups. If he wants to be helpful, maybe he should go recruit some of those Tuaregs from Mali and lead them against his former co-conspirators.

Anonymous said...

Why cant all this published in our daily newspaper so all the citizen of fiji can read and understand what is going on.....

Au kanaka waca la said...

Esa levu ga na ka 'oni vatukuna tiko ka vakaraitaki ga kina na yalo wai sa rui sivia. Ni lako mada ka la'ki tei tavioka ena nomuni koro. 'O keda na Kai Viti eda sa kilai raraba tu ni dau bula ga ena vosa kei na lasu. Mo ni rogoca vinaka sara. 'O qo na gauna nei VITI VOU. Sa lako mai na rarama ia, meda ciqoma na veisau ka toso baleta na qai oqo esa qai ga. Warai na isa.

Anonymous said...

VINAKA MARA
1997 CONSTITUTION IS A LIVING DOCUMENT.
NO ONE CAN THROW IT OUT WITH THE BARREL OF A GUN.
READ THE COURT RULING THATS FULL STOP.
MOSESE AND HIS BOSSES AG TALIBAN/BAI/CRONIES NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
IF THEY CANT READ THE 5 COURT RULING ON 1997 CONSTITUTION.
THAT WAS GIVEN BY HIS CURRENT CHIEF JUSTICE AND APPEAL COURT.
SO FRANK AND HIS SO CALLED F UP MERRY MAN .YOUR BS IS OVER.
FIJIAN WILL VOTE SDL AND FLP INN .
YOU WILL END UP IN NABORO.
TIME IS STILL ON YOUR HAND TO RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION AND GO BACK TO THE BARRACK.
THAN LET THE COURT DECIDE ON YOUR FATE .
MY ONE CET ADVISE .
LIKE YOU SAID I AM A NO SCHOOL PERSON BUT AT LEAST I WAS VOTED BY THE HIGHEST NO OF VOTERS IN 2006 .
MAY I REMIND YOU THAT I HAD HEAPS OF VOTES FROM YOUR ARMY OFFICERS TOO.
YOU TOLD THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR SDL BUT ARMY OFFICERS DID EVEN THE POSTAL BALLOT PROVED IT.
SO STOP THINKING YOU WILL WIN .YOU ARE THE BIGGEST CON ARTIST AND CONMAN FIJI EVER HAD.
ARMY IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM .NO ARMY NO COUP.
ALL THE COUP WAS DONE BY THE ARMY.AND SUPPORTED BY THE ARMY.
NOT THE CHIEFS/CHURCH/VANUA,PEOPLE.
THESE PEOPLE WERE LURED BY THE ARMY.
GOD BLESS FIJI.
Rajesh.

Anonymous said...

The reason why this Tikolevu guy is making speechs of a coup star?

The question is why?????

This man is HA chairman and corrupt with one billion dollar waila city development scam.

This why he pretend to coup star cos he is raking in corrupt monies- bribes/kickabacks.

What he gonn take politics out of politicans?

What a idiot and stupit dumb falla- he is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Ratu U Mara will now be the king of tonga.
Smart way of getting into power.
He , as king, will then lead his Tongan Army against Fiji army and the Tonan army will win.
Fiji then becomes a part of Tonga.

Anonymous said...

Japan yesterday donated $4million for solar power to 41 villages in Fiji. Might I add, the new CWM Hospital was built with Japanese Aid too.
How much China donating????? or only loan.
"Look North Policy" full of crap. Boicici. Bainimarama Aiyaz Tikoitoga - all idiots.

Anonymous said...

What idiots that say that the 1997 still is in place and can't be removed by a gun.

If that it the case then the 1970 constitution must be the real one that is still in place. Long live the 1970 constitution!!!

You idiots are so funny sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Japan is donating only so they get to fish in Fijian waters. Wake up Fiji. No such thing as free lunch!

Anonymous said...

One more time the 1997 constitution is "DEAD" hasn't work
since the 2000 coup? Your 3 years constitution life, ain't much of a constitution!It was created & the handworks of two Indo academics, and the plan was to put Chodohry
labour party, back into power? The constitution was one of the largest
constitution under this planet, Why? The 1997 constitution has 33000 words,it is one of the longest most intricate in the world.With an Island so small and population just over 800,000 why do we need such a complicated piece
of documentations? For instance, the United States of America constitution including Amendments
only has 8,052 words;Australia has
11,321 words;Japan has 5,185 words,
Why do we need 33,000 words for,unless we're trying to hide something?Were we trying to confused people and i mean Fijian people? Was the idea that the constitution can only be interpreted by lawyers and judges?
Interestingly, under the 1997 constitution,it Gave the Prime Minister,the constitutional power,to REMOVED THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH THE GCC OR BLVT...Incidently,PM Chodohry was
talking about reducing some of the
Presidential Power when St George
walking in and terminate,his dictatorial reign.Thank Bai, for taking down, this piece of toilet papers?

Anonymous said...

Mo is corrupt like his leader. Who are you telus about the GCC? If you have guts resign from the army and then seen where you are.

Anonymous said...

We are againg taken for a nice cosy ride-as long as you were part of the Coup scene-regretting it now or not is immaterial! You were the problem then and you will be a problem in the future. Sorry to say Roko Ului has smartly diverted aatention form himself to others in the ARMY-i don't buy any of the rubbish! You all should be taken to task not tomorrow-TODAY!
None of you who were in the thick of things need to be heard its as simple as day and night-you were the problem you still are part of the problem!

Anonymous said...

Who is this SOB Tikoitoga to be questioning the Turaga Bale a Tui Cakau. Sega ni dau dri a omu welu i na i tiotio va'aturaga i Ca'audrove luveniyali. O cei e mai 'ilai io. You guyts will come and there will come a day when you have to go but the Tui Cakau lives on. He cannot be removed from his chiefly position. We the Cakaudrove people will remain loyal to him and no military propaganda by this nobody Tikoitoga can stop that. And I believe that goes for the entire chiefly system in Fiji. Sega ni rawa ni dou tababokoca vakadua na i tutu vakaturaga e Viti. Sa cici tu mai na vica na drau na yabaki. O cei o kemudou, se qai sucu ga enanoa mo dou mai veisautaka eso na ka e sega kina nopmudou baigani. Dou yavu kaisi oi kemudou.

Lote said...

GCC gone, next to go Chiefs! Hurricanes!!!