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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No tick yet for the regime

  Registering today in Suva. pic Fiji Live
The unelected government's voter registration campaign started today in Suva, Lautoka and Lamabasa - aiming to process 600,000 people in eight weeks.
But as the following  two contributing pieces from bloggers below rightly remind us, it has a long way to go convince all voters the talks to form a new Constitution and elections will be fair and ultimately in the interests of the people.
If the Bainimarama Government is serious about hosting Fiji’s first real democratic elections then it has to come clean on a number of issues.

-The Auditor General’s report must be published and made public
-The interim government must immediately cease harassing media outlets that it deems are not operating within the confines of the arbitrary
Media Decree
-All citizens must be allowed to voice their opinion on national issues regardless of whether they were former politicians, businessmen, religious leaders or the ordinary citizen
-Organisations wishing to hold meetings should be allowed to do so without fear or intimidation by security authorities
-Relatives of the interim government that gained positions in the civil service, statutory bodies or government-affiliated or state-owned enterprises must immediately step down in the interest of transparency and good governance
-The interim PM must declare specifically where and when funds from his flood appeal account were spent because reports by sources within
NGOs and aid organisations have revealed that many are still fighting to survive having lost not only their homes but also their only sources of livelihood
-The interim government must cease using preferred media outlets to disseminate information to the general public in the spirit of fairness, transparency and good governance. This only serves to restrict the flow of information to the public that need to be updated on issues pertinent to nation building
-The security forces should immediately cease acting as thugs and intimidators and refrain from harming, threatening or harassing any citizen at the whim of government officials. All citizens should feel safe, confident, free and part of a nation they call home without fear of reprisal.


In return for these conditions, the people of Fiji must, in the spirit of nation building, peace and progress:
-put Fiji first when making decisions, be it corporate, civil, municipal or national
-be willing to forgive and forget all that has happened since 1987, 2000, 2006 as forgiveness is the first step towards genuine reconciliation
-work together for the benefit of all, putting aside differences and differing views on what should have happened, may have happened or did happen.
-learn from the mistakes of the past and not allow situations to develop where military takeovers or coup de etats will be used as the means to correct political, social or economic discrepancies in the country
-put their hands up when there is a need for community involvement in nation building issues or crisis and get involved for the love of the country and its people because what we build today will benefit our children of tomorrow.

If we can achieve this then Fiji will truly be a democratic nation – perhaps even moreso than other countries that claim to be free and fair.
Until the interim government takes the first steps and we the people embrace forgiveness and move forward, there can be no real peace and prosperity in Fiji.
God bless us all.
Freedom Fighter 

A CHALLENGE TO POLITICAL LEADERS,
THE CONSTITUTION COMMISSION AND THE PEOPLE
The Constitutional Commission has begun its preparatory ground work. I am a citizen of Fiji. I know this blog is well read and stirs debate hence my posting on it. I would really appreciate comments from the readers in the comments section.

1. No immunity provisions in the new or modified 1997 constitution
This should be the starting point of any constitution preparation. All constitutions since 1987 have had to include this reprehensible clause to allow usurpers of democracy to have post parliamentary freedom via the constitution. Any such immunity provisions in the new constitution will allow the current dictator to escape legal proceedings and will provide intending usurpers of democracy encouragement to commit further acts of treason.

The military commander Frank Bainimarama must not be given any immunity. He must be subject to the rule of law post elections. Having said this I think it is also necessary to say that no other military officer should be subject to criminal proceedings post regime change. They were only following orders. These officers also should not be subject to civil proceedings unless their actions were beyond and in breach of their appointments. If they were following orders then were the orders legally justified? Were they following it knowing it was not right for fear of recrimination or other sanction? If this were so then criminal culpability would not attach to these soldiers but civil proceedings could be brought by concerned persons or agencies.

Bainimarama should be subject to criminal and civil proceedings post regime change as he was head of the military and he signed the warrant to first overthrow the Chaudhry and then the Qarase elected governments. His actions should also be subject to a judicial inquiry on terms drawn up by the new President post elections.
The objects of the judicial inquiry should be to expose those persons who aided and abetted the regime like Nazhat Shameem, Aiyaz Khaiyum, Shaista Shameem, Nur Bano Ali, Dixon Seeto, Romanu Tikitikoca, Nalin Patel, Sharvada Sharma and Anthony Gates.
Bainimarama should then be handed to the International Criminal Court for prosecution for crimes against humanity.

The inquiry can serve as a Truth Commission and its outcome delivered to Parliament (as the peoples voice) to decide what action is to be taken against those found to have aided and abetted Bainimarama. Such an inquiry will also bring civil servants and other whistle blowers to spill the beans on the Bainimarama regime.
The President Epeli Nailatikau should also be subject to this inquiry as all decrees after the late President Josefa Iloilo were signed by him. He must also account for his actions as the President during the relevant times and if found to be criminally liable should also be tried in a court of law just like dictators such as Saddam Hussein, Hoshni Mubarak and Augusto Pinochet were tried.

Constitution not to be abrogated
There should be no reserve or residual powers in the constitution given to the President. Parliament is to be supreme and we must ensure that lack of clear language in the constitution does not give an opportunity for future military rulers to manipulate the President into suspending or abrogating the constitution.

The constitution must be the supreme law of the land. It must be a living document and should only be amended by Parliament and must contain impeachment provisions for a recreant President. 

Constitution to limit public spending and the role of civil service
Any successor to the 1997 constitution must contain measures on public pending as percentage of GDP. Governments in the past and the current interim administration have been irresponsible with fiscal spending.

Public spending must also be commensurate with the needs of the people and development funds must be allocated and accounted for in the context of priority and need. Greater emphasis and budget must be allocated areas which need development and where investment of public funds will yield a return.

A further consideration must be that the civil service must be apolitical and not be ‘loyal to the government of the day.’ The civil service is funded by the public and its duty is not to parochial political interests but to the country at large.
All public spending must be accounted for the auditor general be given greater powers of audit.
Retirement age must be restored to 65.

Judiciary
The judiciary must be independent. All post 2006 decrees must be relooked at by Parliament and repealed or sanctioned by Parliament.
Magistrates and judges must deliver judgments within 3 months of hearing cases or be asked to show cause by Parliament why the offending judicial officer should not be disciplined. This must be a constitutional prescription.

All judicial officers must be appointed on merit and all Magistrate and High Court judicial officers must be locals. All appellate and Supreme Court judges must be expatriate to avoid any issue of conflict.

All judicial officers sacked after the 2006 takeover and after abrogation must be compensated, except for Nazhat Shameem who became a paid consultant to FICAC a month aftet the abrogation and has continued to receive lucrative government consultancies.

Parliament
Parliament must be representative of the people. Its composition must be free of any discriminatory practices. Seats must be contested on equal suffrage. Persons over 65 must not be eligible to contest parliamentary elections. It is not a post retirement profession.
Parliament must appoint the President, in consultation with the GCC.

The GCC
This body must be restored to its former seat of deference in the social and cultural affairs of this country. Its views and not sanction of the appointment of the President must be sought. The State must establish a school of traditional leaders under the GCC secretariat as it is vitally essential that the Fijian chiefly system is preserved and one way of doing this is to groom young Fijian traditional leaders.

Land
All State land must be leased only to Fiji citizens. No State land must be leased to foreigners and all land leased to foreigners under the interim regime is to be re possessed without any compensation. Foreigners knew that the regime was illegal after the Court of Appeal ruling yet continued to do business and as such they must be prosecuted and property accumulated to be confiscated and retained by the State. This will discourage other persons who may be contemplating supporting this interim regime.

Native land must be held in trust for Fijians and administered by a new and independent entity. The NLTB has too much baggage and is not the entity to take native land into the 21st century. Native land must be professionally and commercially managed with maximum return to the landowners. A certain percentage of say 1% should go towards an indigenous scholarship fund.

Media
Media must be free from any constraints on publication or ownership. What people need is to be well informed and such information or news to be free from any government distilling or censorship. Any guidelines of media ethics must be determined by Parliament as the voice of the people and the remedy for private rights breaches of inaccurate news reporting lies under the Defamation Act and for public rights breaches – a duly constituted body by Parliament can decide the appropriate course of action.

Military
The role of the military must be microscopically examined by the constitution review team. I suggest that military expenditure be reduced over a 3 year time frame from its current bloated levels to no more than $20 million a year. For this the military will need to be downsized and made more professional and marketed as peace keepers for troubled regions in the world under the aegis of the United Nations. For this the UN should be asked to nominate a commander for our military to instil discipline and better practices.
All military officers over 50 years should be retired with a package equivalent to their taxable salary. All officers over 45 years must be offered a package equivalent to 7 years of their taxable salary. This may be criticised by some or many but it is a measure that has to be taken to downsize the military without punishing the officers.

Political parties
All political parties who have a threshold of more than 20% of seats in the elections should have their political offices funded by the tax payer. Elected politicians have a duty to all citizens and not just their party. To provide such a non-partisan electoral service constituency offices must be funded by the tax payer - with proper checks and balances. This practice is synonymous in civilised democracies and Fiji should aspire towards such practices rather than practices in dictatorships such China and Indonesia.

Constitution Commission
There must be a full time constitution commission office to receive input from the various organisations and the public. It can also make certain recommendations to Parliament for consideration on constitutional matters.

I hope my suggestions are considered in the spirit in which it has been put to make Fiji a better place with no more threats to freedom by the military.
A concerned and loyal citizen
Name and address withheld for obvious reasons

71 comments:

kite flyer said...

I agree 100 percent! All in favour sat Aye. The Ayes have it!

Facist State said...

Let none of us pretend otherwise. Fiji under this illegal human rights abusing repressive junta is now a facist authoritarian state. It is in power because it has thugs with guns. No other reason. Fiji will never return to democracy and freedom until all those involved in the 2006 coup, and all those who have benefited from this treasonous criminality, are brought to justice. Compromise and forgiveness are rubbish. There is no reconcilitation ever, EVER, for dictators, their families and their supporters. Key figures, if found guilty, must hang.
And if the junta groupies Davis and Walsh don't like the above - too bad. Nobody is interested in the views of those who support gun toting thugs who depose legitimate governments and commit horrendous human rights abuse.

kite flyer said...

In the list of the people who have aided and abetted the regime there is one Sharvada Sharma. Who is he and how has he qualified to be on the list?What is his slimmy role? All the others are of couse well known and there is no question regarding their qualifications to be in the list.

Anonymous said...

Are we going to have such problem like this here in Fiji?


Reader: "BRITISH CONSTITUTION GROUP CHAIRMAN ROGER HAYES ARRESTED, CHARGED, TRIED IN SECRET ..."

Posted By: hobie Date: Monday, 2-Jul-2012 23:45


http://www.namastepublishing.co.uk/british-constitution-group-chairman-roger-hayes-arrested-charged-tried-in-secret-british-court-and-imprisoned/

BRITISH CONSTITUTION GROUP CHAIRMAN ROGER HAYES ARRESTED, CHARGED, TRIED IN SECRET BRITISH COURT AND IMPRISONED

At 0930 this morning, in scenes reminiscent of Stasi East Germany, 2 police cars and 4 policemen from Merseyside Police arrested British Constitution Group Chairman Roger Hayes at his Wirral home and drove away.

The first his family heard of him was at 18:30 this evening via a telephone call from a Warder in Liverpool prison, to say that Roger had been tried and sentenced to prison.

At no time were the family or any other members of the public informed of his arrest, and it is understood that he was tried in a secret court without a Jury.

Denied the right to argue his case, denied the right to a Jury, denied the right for the public to see justice being done, Roger was imprisoned in the secretive gulag system that Britain has become in 2012.

Roger's "crime" is that he has been refusing to pay his Council tax, because along with other state taxes, a proportion of the tax revenue gathered is being sent to the European Union, used to fund unlawful wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, and promote terrorism right around the world. To pay tax under these circumstances is, at the very least, unlawful under Section 15(3) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

As such the present government of UK in Westminster is complicit to terrorist action and war crimes and therefore the payment of taxes to an unlawful, criminal regime is itself a criminal act - one in which Roger refused to participate.

In addition to his stance on taxes for unlawful purposes, Roger has also been campaigning for the Lawful Bank - a monetary initiative in which money can be issued to the public as credit, rather than as crippling debt under the existing corrupt and fraudulent International Monetary System.

As Chairman of the British Constitution Group, Roger Hayes has been an outspoken public speaker warning the British public that their rights and freedoms under Common Law and the Constitution are being stripped away and replaced by a dictatorship of secret courts operating under Administrative and Statute Law.

There is no doubt that his success in alerting ever more people to the dangers of the British / EU dictatorship being built by a criminal element now masquerading as British politicians, has caused the State to imprison Roger. His challenge to the fraudulent banking system, as evidenced by the criminal acts of Barclays bank and todays resignation by arch Bilderberger and BBC advisor Marcus Agius, will also have made Roger enemies within Britain's wide criminal banking cabal.

Roger's family are shocked both at his arrest, and at the realisation that Britain is now sliding into a police state, where husbands, fathers and other good people can be lifted off the streets and imprisoned. There is now no doubt that Britain is further under the control of domestic terrorists in Westminster.

We ask that all those who value their freedoms and liberty call Merseyside Police for further information and an explanation of their actions, and also call Liverpool prison to establish Roger's physical safety and well-being.

Merseyside Police Tel: 101 local or +44 (0)151 709 6010 in UK.
Liverpool Prison Tel: +44 (0)151 530 4000
Crimestoppers (UK only) Tel: 0800 555 111

Anonymous said...

Good thinking but baini/khaiyum wont give up power.
too much too loose.
we dont have constitution according to the regime than how come we have voter registration/others.
under khaiyum bs decree.
i cant understand the logic.
fiji needs to restore back the 1997 constitution and hold election and let elected mp do changes according to the wish of the voters within legal means.
we know the 1997 constitution is still alive.

ex army said...

Remember they are totaly in control and they can forge the numbers required....who cares...trhe only thing are for us to stand against these thugs and and take our goverment back.

Pacific in the Media said...

Editor,
An American friend told me I should read the article "In Fiji, a Detour on the Road to Democracy" by Matt Siegel published July 2,2012 in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune and reproduced July 3 in Fiji Today Open Forum.
The article was quite informative. It told me a few things I didn't know even though I am a keen observer of Fiji politics.
What struck me however was the public comments on the article in Fiji Today. None of the commentators - who I take to be Fiji people mostly - were prepared to put down their proper full names. I went to some other articles in Fiji Today and found the same thing. People not prepared to put down their names. Why is this still the case some 5 and half years after the 2006 coup? With the constitutional review public consultation process and the electronic voter registration project underway for the elections scheduled for 2014 isn't the country firmly on the road to returning to democracy?
So why do people still fear revealing their true identity? Why the fear of freedom of expression?
Is there something they know ?
What?
yours sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Siegel's story was posted on C4.5's Facebook earlier today. Bloggers can find it there. https://www.facebook.com/Coupfourpointfive

Fiji Gone Wrong said...

Electoral Registration of Voters Decree comes into effect
Publish date/time: 03/07/2012 [17:07]

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As the Electronic Voter Registration process kicks off today, the Electoral Registration of Voters Decree has also come into effect.

The decree states that the Electoral Act 1998 is repealed however a political party registered under the repealed Act will continue as a registered party until such time further laws are made in relation to the registration of political parties.

It is also stated that the Minister responsible for Elections will perform the functions and exercise the powers of the Electoral Commission until such time as the commission is appointed by the President.

The decree also confirms that the Permanent Secretary responsible for Elections will perform the functions of the Supervisor of Elections until such time the Supervisor is appointed by the President.

The Electoral Registration of Voters Decree said a person who has reached the age of 18 years and is a citizen of Fiji shall have the right to be registered as a voter.

Any person who is serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more and any person declared to have a mental disorder under the law in Fiji shall not have the right to be or shall cease to have the right to be registered as a voter unless the circumstances cease to exist.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

Anonymous said...

Mr Rajend Naidu if you cant read the politics Aust and NZ want to implement in Fiji than you should not be commenting

kite flyer said...

any person with a mental disorder, including megalomania, shall not have the right to rule over the decent,law abiding citizens of fiji. any person currently in power who displays this mental disorder shall cease to hold power straightaway and be taken in for an expert medical examination by a penal consisting of prof ghai, prof nandan, prof crosbie and graham davis will act as the report writer.

Anonymous said...

you are right Kite Flyer...the previous government had a mental disorder called "Racism",that's why they were so dangerous to run the country.Fiji would have gone down the drain.How can a man run a country when he could not even run a bank successufully

Anonymous said...

REWA DAIRY SOLD TO CJ PATEL.
KHAIYUM MATE AJIT KODAKODA /SANDEEP PATEL COMAPNY.
THEY WILL SELL ALL GOVT ASSETS AND OTHER STATE COMAPY AND MAKE THE COMM ON THIS .

Anonymous said...

Ideally a good article but unrealistic. While we're at this, prepare for 3rd world war beginning now in Syria!

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis buys dual citizenship for $3,385 from his pet regime

Bloggers, that regime lackey masquerading as journalist Graham Davis has commented on Speigel's story in his Grubsheet. But here is more interesting revelation - he did a piece criticising C4/5 over a blogger's comment on art of bomb making - and Crosbie Walsh and Fiji Sun reproduced it - Graham Davis than entered into a long exchange with a blogger "Immigration Officer" revealing how low this man can sink in abusing others because he is proud to have become dual citizen of Australia and Fiji

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis buys Fiji citizenship for $3,385 from pet regime - see exchange

Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM
Graham, you say you hold dual citizenship – please tell us when and how you got Fiji citizenship – the Dual Citizenship Act did not come into force until 2009
Citizenship
The Citizenship unit consists of two officers and a support staff and is located at the ground floor, Immigration Department HQ, 969 Rodwell Rd, Suva.
With the abrogation of the 1997 constitution Fiji Citizenship is now being governed by a Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009. This is Decree No 23 and was introduced in July 2009 and is deemed to have come into force on 10th April 2009 – for more information refer Public Notice.
Fiji citizenship can be acquired by:
Birth
Registration
Naturalization
By Birth
Every Child born in the Fiji Islands on or after the date of commencement of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009 (10 April 2009) becomes a Fiji citizen at the date of birth unless one parent has diplomatic immunity and neither parent is a citizen.
By Registration
Citizenship by registration covers six categories of individuals:
The first category covers children born outside the Fiji islands on or after 10th April 2009 if at the date of the childs birth either of the Childs parents was a citizen – section 8(1) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree2009
The second category covers children under 18 years of age of a foreign nationality that are adopted by Fiji Citizens – section 8 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The third category covers children who were under the age of 18 when either parent became a Fiji citizen – Section 8(3) of the Citizenship Decree 2009.
The fourth category covers persons who would have qualified under the previous three categories but they have reached the age of 18 years. These applicants cannot be granted citizenship unless they have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of three (3) of the five (5) years immediately before the application – Section 8(5) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The fifth category provides for former adult Fiji citizens who wish to regain their Fiji citizenship. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy former citizens wishing to regain their Fiji citizenship need NOT renounce their other citizenship – Section 8(6) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The sixth category provides for spouses of Fiji citizens. Applicants must have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total period of three of the five years immediately before the application – Section 8(7) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
By Naturalisation
A foreign national can apply for Fiji citizenship if he or she has been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of five (5) of the ten (10) years immediately before the application is made. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy applicants do NOT need to renounce their other citizenship – Section 11 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009
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Graham Davis
Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM
“Immigration Officer”, it’s frankly none of your goddam business but in the interests of transparency, I’ve paid my $3385 like everyone else in Category Five.

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis buys Fiji citizenship for $3385 form pet regime

Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM
Graham
The fifth category provides for former adult Fiji citizens who wish to regain their Fiji citizenship. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy former citizens wishing to regain their Fiji citizenship need NOT renounce their other citizenship – Section 8(6) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
When did you renounce your Fiji citizenship? If I understand correctly, Fiji had never allowed its citizens to hold dual citizenship until 2009?
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Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM
Oh, Graham, in the name of transparency, please tell us when you became Fiji citizen? Did you ever hold a Fiji passport? And why you gave it up in the first instance?
Davis was born in Suva, Fiji,[3] the elder son of the Rev Peter Davis, who served as President of the Methodist Church in Fiji and, later, New South Wales Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia.[4] He spent his early years on the island of Lakeba in the Lau Group and attended Buca District School, Savusavu, and Drasa Avenue School, Lautoka, before being sent to Newington College, Sydney (1966–1971) as a boarder
1.
o Graham Davis
Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM
“Immigration Officer”, I’ve given you my response and that’s it. I repeat. It’s none of your business what my citizenship status is. Nor is it your business what Peter Thomson or anyone else in the country does.
You have copied and pasted the standard form from the Department of Immigration website and tried to make something of it. Qori.
I have a question for you now, Mr/Mrs/Ms “Immigration Officer”. What country were you born in, what citizenship do you hold and where do you live? I personally don’t give a toss. But seeing as you asked first, how about an answer?
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Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Jiale
You are the one who have been so eager to defend Graham – let him answer those questions – it matters, and it is a very simple YES or NO – did Graham ever hold a Fiji citizenship, and if so, when, and when did he give it up, and when did he reclaim it
Let him answer – keep out of it if you have no answers – I didnt start it – it was none other than Graham who was waving his dual citizenship into that chap Mark Mannings face
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Graham Davis
Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM
When you give me your real name, “Immigration Officer”, we can have a rational conversation about these matters. But I don’t box with shadows. Nor to I answer to those who hide behind pseudonyms. Your belligerence tonight is pathetic. And you have the audacity to demand answers from me from your coward’s castle? I intended to give you nothing more than I’ve given you. But because I have nothing to hide, here are the facts:
I was born in Fiji, was a citizen from Independence and carried successive Fiji passports until the early nineties, when I was obliged to give up my Fiji citizenship when the Australian authorities wouldn’t renew my permanent residency. Thanks to the Bainimarama Government, I can have my Fiji citizenship back. Furthermore, I’ve paid the requisite amount to regain what would ordinarily be my birthright anywhere else. I’ve done what anyone else in my position would do and received no favours from the system, if that’s what you really want to know. That’s the true story whether you like it or not. Now bugger off.

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis buys Fiji citizenship for $3385

Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM
It seems Australian citizenship instilled in you no manners – unless you are high on Fosters – calling those who are engaging you into a debate “morons” etc and allowing your supporters to do the same – here you are, accusing C4/5 of all sorts of things. Hang onto the Fiji dictator, your mate! If you want to use abusive language as publisher of Grubsheet, than rename it Grubshit!
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Graham Davis
Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Moron: disused term for a person with a mental age between 8 and 12, and a common insult for a person considered stupid.
And I thought I was being pretty charitable under the circumstances.
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Immigration Officer
Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM
No wonder you are publishing Grubshit, and aiding and abetting treason. It has become clear that you and others were behind the introduction of the Citizenship Decree 2009 to obtain that Fijian passport, and you in particular, by writing those pro-regime and Bainimarama pieces – no wonder you hated the last democratically elected government. You dolt!
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Graham Davis
Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Yes, that’s right. When you “pro democracy” types try to get up one passage and are thwarted, you merely turn your attentions to another. Sodomisers of one sort or another whichever way you portray yourselves. Buenas Noches, companeros. Ni vakacegu mada.
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terry tavita
Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:02 AM
tsk..tsk..that’s very low..

Anonymous said...

My personal opinion is that those who are found guilty of treason should be given the proper treatment ie the hangman's noose.
Please hang them in Rt Sukuna Park for every one to see.
Those on my list would be Bainimarama, Khaiyum, Shameem , Gates , Sharon etc.
Let them all hang so that people will learn a lesson.

As far as I'm concerned the Election is all bullshit.
Qarase's SDL is the rightfully elected government and the government should be returned to him before anything else is contemplated, whether Election or what.

What we should be doing is asking Qarase to lobby the Forum Countries to activate Biketawa immediately and have the ANZUS forces come to Suva and enforce it.

Then we hang all these losers.

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

Oh hahaa..Davis is such a con journo..a joke..if I had fijis interest at heart I would completely give up my australian passport cause my loyalty lies in fiji and not australia..and if I were the immigration officer I would strip him off his fiji passport cause I wouldnt want a big mouith LIUMURI making statements about my country..Go to hell you freaking white piece of shit...

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis buys Fiji citizenship for $3385 and calls pro-democracy fighters bunch of Sodomisers

Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM
It seems Australian citizenship instilled in you no manners – unless you are high on Fosters – calling those who are engaging you into a debate “morons” etc and allowing your supporters to do the same – here you are, accusing C4/5 of all sorts of things. Hang onto the Fiji dictator, your mate! If you want to use abusive language as publisher of Grubsheet, than rename it Grubshit!
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Graham Davis
Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Moron: disused term for a person with a mental age between 8 and 12, and a common insult for a person considered stupid.
And I thought I was being pretty charitable under the circumstances.
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Immigration Officer
Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM
No wonder you are publishing Grubshit, and aiding and abetting treason. It has become clear that you and others were behind the introduction of the Citizenship Decree 2009 to obtain that Fijian passport, and you in particular, by writing those pro-regime and Bainimarama pieces – no wonder you hated the last democratically elected government. You dolt!
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Graham Davis
Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Yes, that’s right. When you “pro democracy” types try to get up one passage and are thwarted, you merely turn your attentions to another. Sodomisers of one sort or another whichever way you portray yourselves. Buenas Noches, companeros. Ni vakacegu mada.
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terry tavita
Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:02 AM
tsk..tsk..that’s very low..

Anonymous said...

One wonders why all these chineese at the airport have blue passports and dont speak a word of english..so much for the anti corruption charade of lies..lies and more lies by these illegal thugs..and one still wonders where the hell is Leweni nowadays..and by the way..the minister for immigration too corrupt..has a girl vonolagi as a toygirl and buys her iphones and all the gadgets and gives her money on the side too..what a joke..

Anonymous said...

Guess what Compol's wana be son in law is moving around with the other militrary big guy in the group profiling cops who ask questions and a poor friend of mine was photographed asking questions today, first victim. The team is in Western telling all the cops to become yes man or be ready to be kicked out so the families and all his legal and illegal son-in-laws get a job. Never seen such a stupid presentation about trying to aim for the sky.

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis application should be investigated - no wonder the para 5 is so loosely worded - when did he get the passport - after those TV interviews with dictator

Fiji citizenship can be acquired by:
Birth
Registration
Naturalization
By Birth
Every Child born in the Fiji Islands on or after the date of commencement of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009 (10 April 2009) becomes a Fiji citizen at the date of birth unless one parent has diplomatic immunity and neither parent is a citizen.
By Registration
Citizenship by registration covers six categories of individuals:
The first category covers children born outside the Fiji islands on or after 10th April 2009 if at the date of the childs birth either of the Childs parents was a citizen – section 8(1) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree2009
The second category covers children under 18 years of age of a foreign nationality that are adopted by Fiji Citizens – section 8 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The third category covers children who were under the age of 18 when either parent became a Fiji citizen – Section 8(3) of the Citizenship Decree 2009.
The fourth category covers persons who would have qualified under the previous three categories but they have reached the age of 18 years. These applicants cannot be granted citizenship unless they have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of three (3) of the five (5) years immediately before the application – Section 8(5) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The fifth category provides for former adult Fiji citizens who wish to regain their Fiji citizenship. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy former citizens wishing to regain their Fiji citizenship need NOT renounce their other citizenship – Section 8(6) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
The sixth category provides for spouses of Fiji citizens. Applicants must have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total period of three of the five years immediately before the application – Section 8(7) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
By Naturalisation
A foreign national can apply for Fiji citizenship if he or she has been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of five (5) of the ten (10) years immediately before the application is made. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy applicants do NOT need to renounce their other citizenship – Section 11 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009

Director of Immigration said...

Graham Davis got his matey Peter Thompson to accept Fiji citizenship and be posted to UN as regime's mouthpiece to the world

Immigration Officer
Posted July 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Graham
You are an award winning international journalist and experienced TV interviewer (having interviewed PM Bainimarama on several occasions), so it will be very easy for you to fill out the form below for Fiji Immigration and Naturalization Department.

(1) When did you become Fiji Citizen?

(2) When you left for Boarding School in Australia, what passport did you hold on that journey in 1966

(3) From 1966 until 2009, what was your nationality?

(4) The fifth category provides for former adult Fiji citizens who wish to regain their Fiji citizenship under the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009. When did you renounce your Fiji citizenship to become an Australian citizen?

(5) Peter Thompson – It has been said of Fiji’s UN Rep: “Having lost his Fiji citizenship by becoming an Australian and a New Zealander after the 1987 military coup, he regained his original citizenship in 2009, following a Fiji government decree authorising dual citizenship”.

In your Grubsheet blog you wrote: “Almost half a century on, Grubsheet is pleased to have played a minor part in re-establishing the connection when – after an interview with the Prime Minister- we talked about the old days in the West and I mentioned that Peter and I got together regularly in Sydney to talanoa about Fiji. Bainimarama’s eyes lit up and while he didn’t say so at the time, he evidently began mulling over the possibility of using Peter in some senior role. Soon afterwards, Peter began a private mission – financed by veteran Fiji businessmen Mark Johnson and Dick Smith – to try to bridge the gap between Fiji and its Australian and NZ critics. He went to Port Moresby to enlist the support of the PNG leader, Sir Michael Somare, and the initiative produced the first meeting of the respective parties for some time.

That was in 2009. Three years on and Ambassador Thomson is chairing the United Nations General Assembly. It’s a triumphant personal story, the Kai Valagi (European) civil servant removed at gunpoint and forced to leave Fiji now sitting as moderator and adjudicator at the pinnacle of global affairs. But it’s also one of the triumphs of Bainimarama’s determination to use the best people- irrespective of race – to present Fiji’s face to the world. To see my old mate sitting there on the UN podium – Fiji Water bottle by his side – fills me with pride, as it surely must others who hope that Fiji’s best days as a united, prosperous, multiracial nation lie ahead.”

Do you know when Peter Thompson became a Fiji citizenship? In his case he did have Fiji citizenship which he renounced or as you say “lost” it after the 1987 coups?

Again, Graham, did you ever, like Peter Thompson, hold Fijian citizenship? If so, when you gave it up? And, when it you reclaim it for $3385 dollars under the new citizenship decree

Protest Voter said...

Voting Rights

I wonder if this grubshit has the right now to vote in the promised 2014 election - I am sure Graham Davis is looking for a job in Fiji with his "sodomisers" - he is also being paid by the regime to write those shitty columns for propaganda rag, the Fiji SUN. Please folks spread the word on the ground in Fiji that this traitor refused to give up his Permanent Residency in Australia and has only now become a lover of Fiji

Australian High Commissioner said...

Give up your Aussie passport, Graham and return to your Fiji now

I was obliged to give up my Fiji citizenship when the Australian authorities wouldn’t renew my permanent residency.

Now Graham Davis has finally got that Fiji passport as he claims, which is his birth right, he should give up the Aussie passport, which he had taken out for convenience sake, to bring up his family in Australia

CID Inspector said...

His permanent residency was refused by the Aussies because he was under investigation for alleged sodomy of a choir boy in his old boarding school, from files in the Immigration Department - go look it up at Rodwell Rd in Suva - unless he has removed them when he visited Fiji to collect his new passport from Bainimarama. That is why he calls pro-democracy fighters a bunch of sodomisers.

Hunter for Torturer Supporters said...

Defender of Torture, Graham Davis

GD has commented on Siegel's NY Times article in Grubshit - endorsing the beatings of opponents - he will, won't he - eternally grateful for a NEW Fiji passport after buying it illegally for $3385 under the illegal constitutional decree

The same applies when it comes to roughing up regime opponents, something that Siegel insists on describing as torture. He and Grubsheet had a spirited exchange on the subject during our own meeting in Suva, when I pointed out that these were isolated outbreaks of violence rather than an institutionalised state process to punish or extract information. “Fiji doesn’t have formal processes of torture like the United States with its water boarding”, I opined. “It’s more instances of spontaneous beatings – known locally as buturaki – which have always been a feature of Fijian life”. It was an observation that didn’t impress my interlocutor and frankly, I don’t blame him.

Shoeshine Boys Association said...

C4/5 - can you please send the photo of this new $3385 illegal Fiji citizen so that he could give him a good "buturaki" the next time he is here - we dont need sodomisers in Fiji - and dont blame us for doing it - its a feature of Fijian life - the illegal President got one from us lately - we will polish this unwanted Aussies face black!

kite flyer said...

TO the one who wants to know How can a man run a country when he could not even run a bank successfully? That's a question Frank Bainimarama should answer. He is the one who illegally installed him in power as interim PM after the Speight coup. And, no more racist in army now? No more racist in Bainimarama's govt. You forget Alipate Qetaki, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Filipe Bole were all part of Rabuka's racist coup! They are now with Bainimarama. leopards changing their spots?!

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know where Ratu Mara is - is he dead or alive - we waiting for his evidence.Is it true that he has new girl called Padoo who is paying for his expenses in Tonga.Maybe Rajesh Chor Singh wants to answer this.

Anonymous said...

dua na ka na vakaloloma kei na dredre keimami sotava tu qo na lewei Viti. There's no hope here, maybe next thousand years.

Anonymous said...

Something wrong here. If you go to Grubsheet, Graham Davis is actually attacking the regime for beating people up. Honest, go and have a look. You've only run part of what he said to make him look bad. Yes, he looks bad anyway. But isn't the bigger story that this regime apologist is crying "enough".

Anonymous said...

To Kite Flyer
Yes Mr Bainimarama did install qarase as PM after the speight coup but look what qarase was doing...there were so many scams going on while qarase was running the country,,i know the three you mentioned were in rabuka;s racist government...and previous governments did allow racism to thrive but Mr Bainimarama has put a stop to it.No more racism...lets all join hands and support the current government in taking the country forward.
To all the critics of this government...remember,your barking from the sideline wont do you any good..so if you cant beat them,,join them
Daniel Lakh

Anonymous said...

1104PM.
I laugh at you faceless /gutless bugger.
Why can you put your name mate.
Well for info padoo doesnt pay anything and i am not a chor like you.
pls if you have prove than sent it to me and c4.5.
If not just the f up.
Its funny your bring padoo in this ,we didnt bring your mrs in comments.
we are not coward like you.
Ratu Mara is in auss or tonga .
what your concern he can buy you .
he doesnt need anyones money.
He fight for democracy like us and put our name .
why cant you put your name mr lamusona.
well good luck.
People like you are cowards and we dont care about your bs comments.
god bless
Rajesh

Hunter for Torturer Supporters said...

Yes, I agree but the general thrust of Graham Davis article was counter-propaganda against Siegel's article - when did this man become Fiji citizen - I have never had that one has to give up his citizenship to acquire permanent residency - that illegal matey of his Khaiyoom held PR in Australia - so GD's protestations ring hollow. Yes, he is the remainder of his comment

It was an observation that didn’t impress my interlocutor and frankly, I don’t blame him. Because whatever you call them, there’s no excuse for the beatings that have taken place in custody and the onus is on the regime to ensure they are not repeated. When the New York Times publishes a photograph of the scars that Suva identity Ben Padarath carries from his own beating up at the camp, the military really has no-one to blame but itself.

We have never read anywhere where Graham has condemned and chastised the military for scores of beatings and torture of the opponents

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis is also asking the regime to make a note of Netani Rika's comments to Siegel - saying it will raise the ire of the government - Rika has every right to speak out

The sole critic prepared to be identified is Netani Rika, the former Fiji Times editor – famously forced out of the job – who is now the Reverend Akuila Yabaki’s researcher at the Citizen’s Constitutional Forum.

Not surprisingly given his staunch opposition to the regime, Rika declares himself “not optimistic” about 2014, opining that a lot of the government’s plans are “superficial” and the stage is being set for effective military rule for another ten years. That puts him at odds with Yabaki – his boss at the CCF – who has publicly declared himself optimistic about a successful outcome. It will be interesting to see how Yabaki deals with Rika’s comments. The celebrated clergyman has been anxious to portray the CCF as politically independent and an “honest broker” when it comes to the constitutional process. Although he wasn’t identified as a CCF employee in the NY Times piece, Rika’s comments – in direct contravention of Yabaki’s analysis of the reform process – will certainly raise eyebrows in Suva and raise the ire of government.

Anonymous said...

Listen up people, don't lose your cool? Keep the faith! We're gonna get through this catastrophy and
we will together come out strong
on the plus side! The Bai regime is on it's way out, they've ran out of ideas-bullshit ideas-and they can't manage the country enourmous economy.
Khaiyum is nothing more than a bullshit artist.He tries to use people for
all his scams,but it failed and
came back to bite him in the ass?
he's just a big scam scientist and when thing goes wrong, he reacted by burning the place down.He's trying a new propaganda, to make it
appears that Bai is not sick-stroke
& heart-attack, by coming up with the Media decree. Notice how he manipulate the Fiji Time to print
a story and an old picture of Bai
presenting mosese Tikoitoga a medal
which was done last year 2011, but get
the Fiji times to say it was yesterday? So the asseole is running out of tricks too!So hey people, we're going to take this
thing home real soon? So don't lose
hope and keep up your courage,cause
when all is said and done, you and I are the only people that matters,and are ready to fight the fight, to free our beloved Fiji!!!

Anonymous said...

The kind of assassination of character going on here is not doing anyone and the country any good.. I mean the kai palagi from overseas is reading this and already having a -ve image of Fiji... Come one folks, a little bit of facts and restraint on ur part will do us all some good..

paula raqeukai said...

vinakavakalevu freedom fighter for the truth statement of our beloved nation...and truth will set Fiji free from the current tyranny rulers...it is vitally important at this important time of our history that we should all be united together as TRUE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE LIVING GOD JESUS CHRIST and TELL THE TRUTH...LOVE OUR ENEMIES AND TELL THEM TO FEAR GOD ONLY AND REPENT THEMSELVES FROM ALL THE WRONGS they had caused our nation and its people...through the power of the Holy spirit we should forgive them and set-up a truth commission for the sake of all victims and culprits of the 2006 coup...He is coming SOON then we expected and He will repay us with ALL the good and the bad deeds we had done in this world...my plea to the current tyranny rulers... "please repent while the TIME is still on our side before its TOO LATE.....GOD BLESS FIJI...EVER FIJI...

Anonymous said...

Daniel Lakh,
Go wipe Bainimarama's bottom. You sound like a nutcase. There was no corruption by Qarase until proven guilty by the courts.Instead the scam you are talking about was the work of self serving civil servants like Kunatuba and Sorovakatini who were entrusted with the government programs in collusion with greedy businessmen like Bhika. You must be a bitter Indian for not receiving any helped from the government but there were a lot other Fijians who were deprived from their fair share of government assistance and I am one of them. But let me tell that most of us (Fijians not Indians) regard Qarase still as our leader and we will remain with him - no matter what. You can join Bainimarama in prisons soon with the "perceived" progress you sing about - you Bastard.

Anonymous said...

Rajesh@11.04pm - you fail to realise that Ratu Mara is using money taken from your ancestors
(maybe not yours but other Fijians) and you till defending him - Ratu Mara helped rape deomcracy in 2006 and you were with him - then you and him dont get your way and become democracy crusaders - you people are the same as Bani and Asswipe - all opportunist. We at SDl dont want you, Mahen,Beddos and NFP doesnt want you so I guess you should hide in NZ with your loser friends - Fiji doesnt need you to get democracy back.
Ratu S

Anonymous said...

Rajesh@11.04pm - you fail to realise that Ratu Mara is using money taken from your ancestors
(maybe not yours but other Fijians) and you till defending him - Ratu Mara helped rape deomcracy in 2006 and you were with him - then you and him dont get your way and become democracy crusaders - you people are the same as Bani and Asswipe - all opportunist. We at SDl dont want you, Mahen,Beddos and NFP doesnt want you so I guess you should hide in NZ with your loser friends - Fiji doesnt need you to get democracy back.
Ratu S

Anonymous said...

Fiji total population is 837000
how come we have 660000 over 18- voting age.
177000 is under 18 in fiji. doesnt tie up.
no way.
I smell a rat here .
RAJESH

Anonymous said...

The electronic voter registration has finally started. It seems to be a very complex and detailed process compared to the previous ones. It requires a lot of detailed personal data such as finger prints, eye scans, IDs, birth cert etc. It stiffles the election process and too many details are unnecessary. I think Fiji is becoming a big brother state. Now my main concern is do I register and be tagged OR not register and not have the chance to vote out these culprits who are running the regime now.

kite flyer said...

the debate on whether Graham davis is/was eligible for Fijian Citizenship refers?? Quite clearly he was/is. His qualification for eligibility : sucking up to the mob in power by 1. acting as the regime's propagandist under the pretense of "fair and balanced" journalistic reporting 2.glossing over any wrongdoing on the part of the regime( no shit's happening in the country anymore!) 3.attacking all pro-democracy campaigners as people without merit and genuine commitment.
Now that he is a Fijian I think it's just a matter of time before Graham Davis will be bestowed with one of those meaningless medals that are given for service to country (read sucking up to the ruling mob)

Anonymous said...

@ RAJESH 10.52, you said:

"Fiji total population is 837000
how come we have 660000 over 18- voting age.
177000 is under 18 in fiji. doesnt tie up.
no way.
I smell a rat here .
RAJESH"


Areh wah! Your figures do add up.

But whether they're accurate is another story. Do you know what the current statistics are? I thought Fiji kids under 18years was in the vicinity of 310,000? Can you find out for us?

NOT REGISTERING THIS TIME said...

Rajesh, the one child policy of China was adopted which explains the 177000 under 18 year olds.
Maybe you could explain how SDL had 820,000 votes cast at the last elections when the population was 842,000....any bright suggestions?

Daniel Farkh Lakh said...

Daniel Farkh, get out of Aiyarsehole's asshole because you're talking shit as usual.

Anonymous said...

Rajesh you did prove me right by not catching the first flight out of Auckland. You are nothing but a BIG talker but no action. Fiji is way much better off without likes of you. I know that you are doing us a favor by not coming to Fiji. Now do us another favor, just shut your big mouth and not say anything. Just be seen in Auckland but not heard.

Anonymous said...

From 2007 statistics (available on the net) population was 837,000 and interpolation from age bands gave an approx population of under 18s of 307,000. Based on 2007 statistics voting population of over 18s would then have been around 530,000.

The extra 130,000 consist of those that will become of age in 2014 and the 120,000 Chinese waiting to get their blue passports that are due in the next batch.

Anonymous said...

Rajesh @10.52 - I am surprised you can calculate, maybe you can explain how SDL had more votes than voting population and your electrol friend produced twice the number of ballot papers in the last election.
That rat smell you claim is you - the traitor that turned on SDL at SDL, went to Bani and turned on him and now he want a place on our path to democracy - I smell a real opportunist rat.
Francis.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me this was an article to read & digest but LOW when i got to the GCC part of the article and read of the young Chiefs bit that they should be trained to take over, what a load of rubbish! The young generaton of Chiefs are a bunch of dopes to begin with! If you want Chiefs to run the show forget about having ELECTIONS and forget about having a half wit 'democracy'. Chiefs yes but when it comes to politics many times in recent generations they have failed the country and all the races in Fiji not only the iTaukei. The iTaukei cannot be put into bondage for ever, if Chiefs want to be in politics then the sweat of your brow is a starting point!

Anonymous said...

There will be many of those who cannot speak any of the our official languages (English, Hindi, and Fijian) who will be voting too come election 2014. Those are the ones holding their new blue Fijian passports but can only speak Chinese.

Or maybe there will be a decree from the decree maker Aiyaz that Mandarin, Cantonese, and Chinese will also become our official languages in our beloved Pacific Island. Or maybe, just maybe, that there will be a decree that our own iTaukei language and all our dialects will be annulled and voided.

As for Davis, hopefully he will give away his Aussie passport now that he holds the Fijian one. I doubt that he will because he does not trust Bainimarama either.

Anonymous said...

Mr Davis you cannot register to vote. Ok.

Anonymous said...

@ 5.49p.m. Agree with you, i saw no point responding to that nonsense about propping up a feudal system which has no relevance in today's times.

Inanycase, 'chiefs' are meant to serve the people as leaders so why are they not leading from the front during times like these when the people need their 'leadership' most?

Anonymous said...

Lo and behold! 120,000 chinese? We are going to witness upcoming generations with surnames such as ah, le, we, ni, oh, po, so... short, sweet and simple.

Anonymous said...

Freedom Fighter, I respectfully disagree with your proposal that the people of Fiji should forgive and forget all that has happened since 1987, 2000, and 2006. Forgiveness is not the first step in national reconciliation but the last. 

The first step is to achieve understanding. After all, how are we to forget what happened before we even know what happened? Among other things, Bainimarama's role in orchestrating the seizure of Parliament in 2000 needs to be laid bare and the nature of Chaudhry's involvement in 2006 clarified. When it comes to truth and reconciliation, we need to have the former before the latter.

The next step is justice. Perpetrators of crime need to compensate their victims as a partial atonement for their past misdeeds. All aggravating and mitigating factors need to be taken into account. Personally, I believe a few individuals deserve to be hanged for treason, but I'll leave that up to an impartial court served by competent counsel. The point is that without justice, true progress and reconciliation are not possible.

For that reason, I reject the idea of amnesty for anyone. All who committed crimes must answer for their crimes, with punishment commensurate to the gravity of the crime.

After justice is served, and the guilty have paid their debts to society, then by all means we should try to forgive, just as we wish to be forgiven our own trespasses.

But forgive and forget? No, I say forgive and remember. The names of those who committed, and are even now committing, treason should live on in infamy, and their fates should be grim enough to serve as object lessons to deter anyone thinking about following in their footsteps.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Part 1 of 2

A concerned and loyal citizen has offered some ideas for constitutional reform and invites comments. In reply, I offer the following points:

The Constitutional Commission has no validity. It was constituted by an illegal and treasonous regime without the consent, or even the advice, of the Fijian people.

The 1997 Constitution remains the law -- its purported abrogation notwithstanding, given the unlawfulness of that 'abrogation'. All measures for changing the Constitution must conform to the modalities stipulated by that constitution. Anything less is unlawful and invalid.

I agree that immunity should not be on offer, in view of the gravity of the crimes (e.g., treason and murder) involved. I quite disagree, however, with the notion that only Bainimarama should be subject to criminal proceedings. Every officer needs to be held to account. I believe they should stand before a military court and also be compelled to give testimony to a Truth & Reconciliation Commission independent of the President and Parliament and headed by a lawfully appointed Chief Justice.

The Constitution is by definition already the supreme law of the land. It does not confer reserve or residual powers on the President. In democratic theory, such powers are quite extraordinary and exist only where a true emergency prevents the operation of the Constitution, leaving only extraconstitutional remedies. Reference to extraconstitional measures does not belong in a constitution.

Fiji's lawfully elected Members of Parliament can address questions related to budgetary allocations, limits on public spending, and changes in the roles or retirement ages of civil service employees. These do not belong in a constitution, with the possible exception of a balanced budget requirement. I've similar views about your proposal regarding time limits for legal proceedings. The Chief Justice should be in charge of disciplining judges.

I agree on principle that judges sacked by the regime after 2006 should be given some compensation. The only repayment for those reappointed by the regime after the so-called Abrogation should be gaol time.

Anonymous said...

Part 2 of 2

I wholeheartedly support the idea of equal suffrage, but incorporating such changes in the Constitution can only be done after the re-establishment of lawful government and in accordance with constitutional procedures.

I see no reason why Fiji's oldest and presumably most experienced citizens should not be allowed to serve in Parliament. I don't see how the idea of excluding those aged 65 and over is consistent with a desire for Parliament to be representative. Promotion of new leadership is better accomplished through term limits, not ageism.

The role of the GCC is constitutionally defined. Redefining it can only be done legally by a lawful government and in accordance with constitutional procedures. Until then, we should all support, and learn to spell, 'antidisestablishmentarianism'.

I don't support the idea that all state land can only be leased to Fiji citizens or that foreigners should be prosecuted for having entered into transactions with the regime. I do advocate the repudiation of all obligations incurred by the illegal regime.

The media should be subject to no more than the normal enforcement of libel laws and a formalised method of peer review.

Fiji's military should be halved and halved again, its officer corps purged of traitors, and all ranks re-educated and sworn to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic. Fiji should re-focus on improving its law enforcement and maritime security efforts. 

Courts martial should mete out exemplary punishment to the top coup plotters. And the only retirement package offered to purged officers should be a choice of prison time or suspended sentences in return for giving state evidence as witnesses. 

A few years ago I might have advocated greater clemency. The regime should understand that it is steadily depleting reserves of generosity with every fresh example of its arrogance and treason.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Antidisestablishmentarianism!

Messy Fiji said...

Do the crime do the time. key hierarchy and officers who have engaged in acts of treasons in toppling an elected government should be punished. Hosni Mubarak is doing his time, albeit screaming and faking illness and near death as he does it, but do it he must.

Anonymous said...

Dual nationality makes sense for some people and is one of the handful of regime initiatives I would support. If Calamity Davis had a hand in this, then I think it should largely tally to his credit.

Clearly, Fiji means a lot to Davis. It may not mean enough to trump his attachments to Australia, but that's understandable, given that as a Fijian citizen he could hang for treason in a post-Bainimarama Fiji, whereas he remains safe in stable Australia.

In retrospect, it seems that Davis' sad and strange departure from journalistic standards in favour of overt advocacy on behalf of the regime can be traced back to the period when it issued the nationality decree. I don't think for a moment that this was a quid pro quo arrangement -- my opinion of the guy hasn't sunk THAT low -- but it might help to explain why he should be so favourably disposed towards what remains, after all, a dictatorial regime suppressing press freedoms and engaging (systematically, I might add) in human rights abuses.

Davis' petulant responses to Immigration Officer's persistent questions shows his personal sensitivity on the issue. Again, this is understandable, given the fact that his loyalties to Fiji and to Australia are questioned in both countries.

The question of Davis' citizenship seems to be Fiji's version of the Birthers Movement pertaining to Obama. It's a bit instructive regarding Davis' hierarchy of loyalties, and it gives some insight into the man's troubled psyche. But in a more positive vein, and in defence of the man, it also shows Davis' genuine and continuing personal and emotional investment in Fiji, however misplaced.

Now, whether he cares enough to be hanged for it is another question. Perhaps time alone will tell.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

s/ Dakuwaqa, seriously, this kind of armchair psychology is way over the top. Even George Speight wasn't hanged so why would I be, even if you and your ilk emerge victorious from the grave. I wasn't petulant about explaining my citizenship status. I objected to the interrogatory way "immigration officer" pursued his inquiries. He certainly didn't like the answers I gave him. I don't understand what the problem is with this. There are so many i'taukei in Australia benefiting from dual nationality that surely one kai valagi doing so isn't going to make a difference. Unlike some people, I abandoned my Fiji passport when I became Australian in deference to the law at the time. But I can't see anything wrong with getting it back when those rules changed. People go on about me paying heavily to do so but everyone is paying to do so, even i'taukei Australian citizens. All this stuff about treason and hanging is ridiculous. Yes, I support the regime because of its multiracial program but I also point out its failings when necessary. I don't call for SDL and Qarase supporters to be hanged. Some of you need to take a deep breath and get back into the game. You have a chance to stand for office in 2014. Why not take it? All this anger and hysteria is self defeating.

Graham Davis

Anonymous said...

Calamity, let's leave it to C4.5's readers -- my 'ilk', you call them -- to decide for themselves whether your responses to Immigration Officer were petulant or not. They can also gauge for themselves your sensitivity about your immigration status. Your reply seems awfully defensive about it, especially considering that I defended you on the issue.

Fiji's 1997 Constitution prohibited George Speight's hanging. If that constitution is dead and history, as you claim, then it cannot afford you the same protection now, can it? 

In legal terms, your argument amounts to estoppel. In other words, you can't have it both ways.

This stuff about treason and hanging is ridiculous, you say, but are you prepared to tell that to a judge with the same sang froid? It's very big of you not to call for Qarase and SDL supporters to be hanged, but then, why should they be? They haven't committed treason. I see no moral equivalency here.

You fail to recognise that the regime's multiracial programme is a hoax. Bainimarama cynically adopted it in order to lure FLP support, give an aura of moral legitimacy to his naked power grab, and mask his failed attempt to seize power in the unabashedly ultra-nationalist putsch of 2000. 

Speight was Bainimarama's patsy in that coup attempt. The facts of Speight's case need to be reviewed in court and re-evaluated in this light. 

International groups such as the Human Rights Watch have said for the record that they don't see evidence of the regime trying to 'rebuild Fiji into a non-racial, culturally vibrant and united, well-governed, truly democratic nation'. How is it that you do, or is it simply a willing suspension of disbelief?

Now that you're a Fijian citizen again, you're eligible to run for office yourself. For my part, I harbour no personal political ambitions. Nor do I believe Fiji will have meaningful elections in 2014. I hope I'm proven wrong. 

If, however, I'm proven right, will you be a mensch and acknowledge publically that you've been blind to the true nature of this regime?

Anger and hysteria? Well, if C4.5 is truly 'the cyber home of violent racists and the just plain mad', as you characterise it, put me in the latter category. I'm just plain mad about the harm a gang of traitors is daily inflicting on the people of Fiji. I am indeed angry -- as you should be, too, as a Fijian, since it was Fiji's lawful government that these goons overthrew and Fiji's constitution they've rubbished.

But since instead you're a vocal supporter of this gang, make no mistake -- as a Fijian citizen, you're now liable for future prosecution on charges of treason. 

Don't just take my word for it, Calamity. By all means consult a competent attorney. 

By the same token, mate, if my armchair psychology is over your head, seek professional help.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

Thanks Graham good reply to Dakuwaqa-QIOLEVU-deep-sea psychology? Yes, you're right about
the need for people to calm down,shift the anger and hysteria out the door and take the chance
to run for parliament in 2014. Thanks for a great advise-i think
that i might just take your advise
and go for it in 2014? What have i gotta lose? Just a few broken ribs,
a broken jaws,fingers&toes,possibly
an eye sight and a few tooth? But,hey these are body parts i don't need anyways?

Armchair Psychologist said...

Yes, Graham. I think you laid a good lick on Dakuwaqa that time. The old shark might be smarting from that one.

Armchair Psychologist said...

Oops! I take it back, Graham. Dakuwaqa looks untouched, but you're a pathetic mess.

Anonymous said...

Dakuwaqa, thanks for defending C4/5's ilk. Yes, I see where Calamity is now a major contributor to the website, even whilst bashing all other contributors.

Thanks for your stand for democracy, the Constitution, and, yes, antidisestablishmentarianism.

Anonymous said...

Kite Flyer it is not whether we need a new constitution or not, the fact is we are getting a new constitution. There is buts or ifs about that. So let us just accept it and go on with our lives. No use to debate about it. We can't do anything or let that be the cause for us to stop living.

Anonymous said...

Graham, like it or not, Dakuwaqa is right about the fact that you should talk to a lawyer. Treason is a heavy rap.