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Monday, August 6, 2012

Qarase's sentencing judge asks for police protection

Qarase at court last week.

Dakuidreketi. pic fiji times
The Suva High Court judge that handed down a prison sentence of one year to Fiji's last democratically elected prime minister has been given fulltime police protection.
Justice Priyantha Fernando requested a protection detail for himself, telling police he would need it until he felt secure. 
As of today, an intelligence officer from the Southern Intelligence Bureau has been assigned to stay with the Sri Lankan judge  whenever he is in public. A police officer is also now based at his Nailuva Road house. 
Fernando sentenced 71 year old Laisenia Qarase to a year's imprisonment last Friday, upholding a guilty verdict on nine corruption related charges by three assessors.
The SDL leader who denied the charges is, meanwhile, returning to the High court this Wednesday for another case. 
Qarase and two others from the Fiji Native Land Trust Board (former general manager Kalivati Bakani, and former director Keni Dakuidreketi) are expected to enter a plea on charges of abuse of office.

Qarase faces two counts, Bakani one count and Bakani and Dakuidreketi four counts of fraudulent conversion.

The case will be called for a mention of a plea to be taken and for any issues to be heard from the defence in relation to the consolidated information.

According to an earlier Fiji Live online report, at the previous court sitting disclosures had been served by Fiji’s Independent Commission Against Corruption prosecutors and the defence counsel had informed the court they sought further time to review all documents.

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is the man scared of to ask for protection?
Had justice really prevailed, then why the protection?
Like they say in legal jargon"I rest my case!!!!!"

Anonymous said...

We dont live in Sri Lanka, you coward Justice Fernado, who I assume is a Sinhalese Sri Lanka. He must be equally scared of the Fiji Tamils - South Indians - whose co-brothers he has been holing down for centuries, which gave rise to the Tamil Tigers. I hope we Fijians have the same guts like the Tamil Tigers - these Sri Lankan judges would think twice to accept a position on the Fiji bench. Wakep up, Fijians, and make these scoundrels life a hell. Its good to know that he is a prisoner from his own decision to send our Prime Minister to prison. Coward, speak out and swagger around town in the same manner you were talking from your high judicial pedestal when you sentenced our PM - you coward and illegal traitor

Anonymous said...

Why is he asking for police protection? This is an indication that the decision to send LQ wasn't his, he was ordered to deliver a guilty verdict. Bainivuaka and Aiyarse, people are not dumb. The judge was instructed to deliver what you two pigs wanted. This judge will eventually return to his native country and the enormity of the decision and the influence placed on him will haunt him. He will spill the beans, wait and see.

Asking for protection is also a sign that he thinks he did the wrong thing.

Anonymous said...

Dina says...

FICAC, WHO WILL PROSECUTE FRANK BAINIMARAMA, NAZHAAT SHAMEEM, AIYAZ KHAIYUM, GATES, MANUELI, NAILATIKAU, GANILAU, & CO FOR TREASON - DO YOU HAVE POLO'S OR NOT.

MILITARY OVER SPEND, REGFIMENTAL FUNDS AMISS, THREATENING ELECTED GOVT, NEPOTISM, ILLEGAL BACK PAY OF OVER $270,0000; KILLING CRW SOLDIERS 2000, KILLING VEREBASAGA, RABAKA, MALASEBE.

WHAT ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ON FIJI CITIZENS AND WOMEN.

Judge Fernando - cowards as

AGAIN I REST MY Case.

Lawyer said...

Where is his written judgment for all of us to read. Its not on the official Fiji judicial website. Presumably Nazhat Shameem is still writing it for the world to see - come on, you coward, call on the illegal regime to post your judgment on Paclii - the law website for the Pacific region - instead of calling on the dictator to provide you 24 hour protection

Anonymous said...

Wailei! Keni one big time choro falla. We all know that. Even his buddy Paulisis must give in with him too......tick tok.....move over korovou. Create more space please!

kite flyer said...

Ithought that was what the fiji police were doing fulltime these days : protecting the junta gang and their henchmen.

Anonymous said...

A new Justice of Appeal for the Supreme Court was sworn in this morning by Acting President and Chief Justice Anthony Gates. In taking her oath Judge Chandra Ekanayake said she would sincerely and solemnly bare true allegiance to the Republic of Fiji according to law. Judge Ekanayake was admitted to the Bar in 1974, was appointed as a Judge of the Primary Court in 1979 to 1980, was a High Court Judge in charge of general control of the Administration of the High Court of the Western Province in Colombo in 2001 and In 2003 was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka and was later elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court in 2008.

Read more at: http://www.fijilive.com/news/2012/08/new-justice-of-appeal-appointed/46412/
Copyright 2012 © Fijilive.com

Running scared junta judge said...

What is wrong with this junta judge? Guilty conscience? He must not be allowed to escape from fiji until he has faced justice for his crimes.

Radiolucas said...

I thought that it was a court of law?

Why does he need protection when there are was a "fair" trial?…

Anonymous said...

Ditto to anon 8.51PM

Bob Singh
NZ

Anonymous said...

Did the Judge ask for protection detail or was it simply provided by the regime since the latter is in a better position to make that assessment on security issues that may potentially arise from the Qarase case.

Silly Fijians, when will they ever learn to separate the wheat from the chaff!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Laisa Chang Naisoro Weilelakeba Digitaki has challenged the Australian and New Zealand Governments about why they have soften their stance on Fiji! She also claims that Inoke Kubuabola is an extremist and was the person responsible for the Coup culture in Fiji!!! Check her Facebook page!! I have copied and will paste it on C4.5 so all can see!! This is a real change in tune, if the regime members are reading this; she is currently here in Australia circulating a petition to give to the hive in Canberra! She has approached some Fijians to support her!

Now the other interesting twist in this episode is that the
low life couple Sitiveni and Laisa have just put Qarase in prison by siding the regime with ultra lies! Immunity
deal to backstab his father like mentor!!!

Siti has interests with Sandip Patel of CJ Patel owners of Fiji Sun and Pravin Patel of Vinod Patel in Sheraton
Villas. Incidentally FHL had shares in Fiji Sun and Siti
was the deal maker, was conflicts disclosed to FHL
Board??? No!! Siti did a deal for FHL with Vinod Patel
and bought Clarity, a failed Computer Company, did he
disclose his interests to FHL Board when he signed off
the deal as a Director of FHL? No!!

Guess what, Siti was employed by Vinod Patel as soon
as this regime kicked him out of FHL?? Fishy??? He
was based in PNG; deal done got the immunity now he
has dumped Vinod Patel.......or did he get dumped!!!

These should be investigated if the law applies equally
to everyone!! FICAC gain some credibility by investigating this! It is a simple straight forward abuse of office case!!!

RK Sydney

Maina Vucilevu said...

... I am a fijian and proud to be one..dont know what all the fuss is about...ever since childhood I have always known taukei people to be a loving and caring people and have always been proud to be known for their broadmindedness,friendliness and inclusiveness ...where are all this kaidia/kaiviti comments coming from?...I grew up with indians ,shared(loved) their food, spoke their lingo and as far as I am concerned they are as 'fijian' as my younger brother can ever be...the word 'fijian' is foreign to us as compared to 'kaiviti'which is a tag more appropriate for you hardliners to call yourselves...fyi..no one has copyrighted that 'fijian' tag yet..lets just stand together and get our beloved nation back on its feet...by calling one another 'fijian' and be proud of it...and for you out there who advocate violent uprising against this odious corrupt regime...we are a peace loving and christian nation and we serve a God who has promised in His Word that vengeance is His '..to me belongeth vengeance and recompence, their foot shall slide IN DUE TIME;for the DAY OF THEIR CALAMITY is AT HAND;and the things that SHALL COME UPON them make haste..for the Lord shall JUDGE HIS PEOPLE, and repent Himself for His servants,when He sees that THEIR POWER IS GONE..and there is none shut up or left..'Deut 32:35-36

Anonymous said...

Funny.....the public needs protection from him....not the other way round. I am confused!!

V for Vendetta said...

I hate to see this. This isn't open season on crooked judges.

That doesn't start until after deer season.

On the other hand, it's always open season on tyrants.

Anonymous said...

If we compare the crimes and the specific of what was committed, as againts the sentencing of the former PM of Fiji Mr Laisenia Qarase and Francis Kean, the brother in law of the current PM, one can deduce that corruption and nepotism is rife and at its maximum in Fiji at the momement.
And if the current judiciary thinks otherwise, then the techniques they are using to manage cases brought up for their scrutiny are self explanatory to all stakeholders.
Remember the regime initially took over an elected democratic government, because they alleged that the former government was rife with corruption and nepotisim...hello, it looks like this military regime is more corrupted than any former government elected by the people combined. Are you guys guilty, or are your consciouss telling you that this is all wrong!!! I think that if your conscious are indicating otherwise, then you guys needs to be checked at Saint Giles..
The curent saga with the imprisionment of the former PM of Fiji induces that Fiji indeed has a Kangaroo judiciary poisioned with malice and kila vata! If a convicted killer like Francis Kean is not only freed and pardoned, but also appointed into a key Fiji Public Service designation, and someone like Mr Qarase who was deliberately caught up by the web of administrative policies of Fijian Holdings...remember neither he, nor his croonies stole a single cent. They were merely scapegoats and were at the cross roads of political bickering.
The judge is seeking extra protection because of guilt and the consiousness of making a very big mistake, hence undermining his credibility and reputation which will now be tarnished forever. Sorry Judge, the world knows that you are cheap, incompetent and unprofessional.
Please go back to Sri Lanka ASAP because you will not be leaving a normal forever. This also goes to those FICAC lawyers, crown witnesses including Weleilakeba and wanna be Timoci Vesikula, who spent most of his life in the UK, and now spoiling the reputation of Verata and tearing up the Tailevu with his Northland conspiracy theory..what positives have you brought to Tailevu anyway...shame!! please go back to UK and rot there...we do not need you here in Fiji.

Kemuni na sotia kai Viti...ni yadra mai....cava sa manati kemuni tiko?...E vinaka cake mo ni sa kai Idia, China se loma!!O ni na bilitaki vata kei ira na nomuni vuvale ena veigauna tawai kilai ni mataka..ka o ni na sotava vakaukauwa na kena sasa, mosi kei na tagi!!!!! Ni totolo de o ni na berata na basi!!!

Anonymous said...

sdl shows true colours again.
it wants fiji to be a christian state.

Satini Koki Tikoitoga said...

ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE WRONG WILL BE SEEKING PROTECTION E.G FRANK & AIYARSE. THEY'RE SERVING THEIR OWN INTEREST REGARDLESS OF THE PEOPLES LIVES.

Anonymous said...

Yes he needs protection from dickheads who are saying that Qaralevu did not do wrong. He did wrong and the judge looked at the merits of the case. Na kanaloto dina e cakava o Qaralevu. He deserves what got for what he did. That's nothing to do with him being SDL or making racist speeches whilst being a senator.

Toso Mai said...

My, my at 9.31p.m. Yes, you don't live in Sri Lanka and you don't know half of what Sri Lanka is about..

Just you try resorting to ethnic violence and see where that'll get you.. The world has ZERO TOLERANCE for terrorists! Moce Jo.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... From the nasty comments in here, I smell fear in the anger expressed, from the remaining scoundrels awaiting their day in the dock to answer corruption charges.

Anonymous said...

Timoci Vesikula for PM.

Anonymous said...

It seems that everyone in this regime is seeking security protection from the people they claim to lead.
Look at the amount of protection given to the PM, AG, CJ, the Ministers, Judges, etc..etc., something is not right.

It is because the people running the system are not elected/selected by the people, they forced their way in, and are scared they'll be forced out.

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.... remember? They lived by the sword but don't want to die by the sword....they began , they shall finish it. Look at the other regimes around the world, only time will tell.

Anonymous said...

PM LQ is a humble man and i respect him.
well this judge was pushed by the boss ASK/FRNK to jail PM.
God is great and victory will come to legal PM LQand SDL in Election.
Bring it on regime only dont rig it.
Get ready regime ministers/others for nukulau prison.

Anonymous said...

SK Sydney 11.48pm Sitiveni case will never come in front of FICAC as Vinod Patel are too close to Frank.

Bob Singh
NZ

Anonymous said...

Yes, where is his written judgment?

Anonymous said...

@Maina Vucilevu
You are right, we should not kill evil Leaders like Hitler.
We should have just let him kill all the Jews in the world. Six million just wasn't enough!

Shame on the Americans for trying to do God's work.
Why did they have to sacrifice so many lives in World War 2?
Did they not know that God was going to come down and kill Hitler?

Ohhh the poor mothers of Virginia!
Did they not know that God was going to stop Hitler.
Why did they have to send their sons to die there in Europe?

We should not stop Evil Leaders!
We shouldn't stop Bainimarama.
Just let him push the Fijian race to poverty and let that race die a natural death.

We should take all their land from them. Put it in a Land Bank.

Lets bring in Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Australians etc and let them dig up the whole island looking for Bauxite, Gold etc etc..

Lets turn this place into another Nauru

And lets make Fijians be Slaves in their own country!

Lets not fight for our Country because someone else will.

WHO IS THAT OTHER PERSON? @Maina

I suppose David did not actually kill Goliath.
God just made a stone jump out of the creek and hit Goliath on the head?????

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

Excerpts from a prophecy by Steve Penny...Mon 3 Nov 1997...

`PROPHECY BY STEVE PENNY AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, Nausori

"This nation shall experience a cloud of the glory of God, the anointing coming down upon this nation like a thick cloud filled with rain,.. ...the rain of God's presence will fall on this nation in a powerful way....

...There'll be unprecedented unity amongst the church together in Fiji….

But a number of things will happen during that time.

One will be that a man of sedition, a man of scheming will rise up in your political arena and he will come quickly into prominence. Before you know it, he'll have a position of influence in the nation, but he'll be a man of sedition and he will bring conflicts.

There will be a time when you have civil unrest on your streets and there won't be a massive across the nation, but there will be civil unrest in areas of this nation and there will be even some bloodshed. This man will rise very quickly, but because of the anointing of the Spirit blanketing the island and the church being in revival, the church will rise up and call and sound an alarm.

When they see this happen, this man who begins to cause unrest in the streets, the church will literally flock together in huge prayer concerts, great prayer gatherings and will break the power of that thing.

Where in the natural, the papers will be predicting doom and gloom, they will break the power of that thing and bring it to nought and the revival will continue on. In fact, because of that, many people will turn to the Lord in that hour, will come to the Lord...great move of the Spirit....

...Within 2-3 years?. just in the next few years, one of your sporting teams, I don't know which one, but one of your sporting teams will gain great prominence. They will win a great event beyond what they were expected to win and they'll come back to Fiji and there'll be great celebrations and they'll be national heroes.

You, the church, watch! When that happens, God's telling you that as a sign, because at the same time as that happens and I saw this vision of the nation celebrating this great victory and it was almost like in the middle of their celebrations, something happened in the nation and the joy turned to mourning. The Lord didn't show me what that was, but it's like there was a disaster or something happened and the laughter just stopped in mid-sentence and they began to mourn.

But out of that turn-around, there would be rising, it's like there would rise up a cry unto God from the nation. Even those outside the church will cry. They will be praying together in public,"God, help us!"

... There's a tremendous awakening starting to happen amongst the people of this nation, out of religion, out of Hinduism, out of culture, an awakening concerning the things of the Spirit of God..

Your economy will continue to increase over the next few years and there'll be a sense of, well,"This is wonderful!" and then, there'll come a crash and your dollar, I literally saw your dollar will plummet…..

...."I don't think I've prophesied over a nation quite as significantly concerning a revival, as I am even here today for Fiji…. ..., but I feel a stirring about Fiji. I feel like God is saying," There is something significant that is going to take place in those islands..., .

….The Spirit of God's going to come and dominate the spiritual arena of this nation.There are some leaders that are presently in leadership in this nation. You will wake up one morning in the next couple of years and they'll be gone...just gone, just no longer in key leadership because they have not allowed the Spirit of God to come….

….When the Spirit of God breathes afresh in a nation, it awakens new heroes, new leaders.God often doesn't use yesterday's leaders, yesterday's heroes. He looks for people that want to be promoted to carry a greater anointing for this hour.

Mover and Shaker said...

Laisa Digitaki is failed businesswoman who could not run the walu bay service station even though it is in perferct location and she used to cosy up to SDL and Qarase and got lot of contracts before turncoat hubby siti betrayed Qarase. a more vacuous person than laisa is hard to find, although she fancies herself as some sort of mover and shaker, hahaha.

law said...

For my friends anything, for my enemies the law....

Crocks go directly to jail said...

Crocks go directly to jail

history: afta 87 coups, govt under rambo, gave $$ thru FDB for i-taukei development. Qarase was md @ fdb – the $$ was provided for the purposes of encouraging i-taukei get into ‘business’. Waililakeba (secretary of FDL) and qarase worked together – converting some of the shares into his own name, son, wife and Q-ten. This $$ were soft loans to the provinical councils, so they could buy shares in FHL, and the dividends would be their operating income.
Q used his position to convert what should have gone to the i-taukei for himself/family. the loans were then converted to grants and the grants were made irrecovable and written off, by Qarase thru FDB accounts.
The humilation in jail playing marbles with his mate george speight will live in his mind forever. what was sweet then is now very bitter. q wont be able to stand for elections in 2014. end of the road for him. dont forget Q rang howard to ask him to raid fiji!!!
if frank had not taken over in dec 2006, fiji would now have no money in FNPF, govt would be a puppet of Aust n NZ, mining coys, world bank, IMF, asian bank, etc and their would have been blood shed between the two major races in fiji as the cronies would create diversions so that no one would look at them.
he took what belonged to the i-taukei for himself. the qoilqoli bill, and release of the 2000 coup perpertrators would have walked free – including some chiefs, but they were “used’ by others and race problems was the main thrust. George had sold the mahogny stocks to an american coy for less than half-its value and wanted the coy to deposit $$ into his bank acct in Aust, but he got caught too and did the coup in 2000. Qarase was made PM, by Frank, who later removed him.
One can fool some people, but they cant fool everyone all of the time. The sentence is very lenient.
the printed matter in Fiji is much to be desired – there were/are no problems between the major races but all the hype by the then editor of Fiji Times (FT which should be turned into a mesuem of hate provocation), Vijendra kumar, supported the TAUKEI movement, Rambo, and all the others and now wants to stir up the race relations issues again. that is why Frank kicked those journos out – as they were inciting racial hatred.
please remember qarase stole from his own i-taukei – nothing to do with indians taking the vanua. live together like sister and brother.

Shameeemi said...

I think Judge Priyantha Fernando should have police protection. he had no hand in guilty verdict - that was by the assessors. cant blame them if tupou was lousy in her defence of qarase. Fernando could have suspended the sentence but chose not to do so as it would have meant a one way ticket to Sri Lanka.

Maina Vucilevu said...

@Valataka na Dina..

...hard to quantify your reasoning...u mean we need to rise up against the regime like the muslims in those Arab countries?...the Koran and the Bible portray totally different ideologies that are poles apart..are you a christian?/raised up a christian with christian ideologies and values...trusting a mighty God that teaches tolerance and forgiveness/turning the other cheek?...Bro,for all I know you may hav more of those qualities than me..
'Be not deceived..God is not mocked...for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap'...you are welcome to your views regarding what Hitler did to the 6million Jews...they were only reaping what they sowed when Pilate washed his hands on deciding Jesus' innocence ..'His blood be on us and ON OUR CHILDREN'..(Matt 27:25)what sets us apart is the fact that WE BELIEVE IN GOD....while I hav no stomach for debate on the matter,being a Christian is about tolerance,forgiveness,compassion,understanding and above all.LOVE..these are teachings firmly ingrained in the majority of christians in Fiji and also seeds that have been sowed on Fiji soil by missionaries Cargill and others and watered by Rev Bakers' blood more than 150 yrs ago..which is why those who are advocating violence/uprising/chaos.. may be forgiven for thinking that we're all cowards for this 'laid back' attitude...we are merely Christians who believe in God and 'IN GOD WE TRUST!!'.. .we are a peace loving and christian nation and we serve a God who has promised in His Word that vengeance is His '..to me belongeth vengeance and recompence, their foot shall slide IN DUE TIME;for the DAY OF THEIR CALAMITY is AT HAND;and the things that SHALL COME UPON them make haste..for the Lord shall JUDGE HIS PEOPLE, and repent Himself for His servants,when He sees that THEIR POWER IS GONE..and there is none shut up or left..'Deut 32:35-36

Anonymous said...

Valataka na Dina...!, I for one can sense the passion and flame that come out of your utterances in this forum. In my opinion you seem to be on the ball with your comments and that.. but..can you please put something tangible on the table so we the silent masses in Fiji can lock on to. Knowledge and passion without direction is a dam with no outflow.. its potential wont be realised until it is directed in a systematic way.. for one thing "valataka na dina" means you are fighting for the truth and fighting involves spilling of blood etc for the truth, putting your life on line for something youre passionate about!1.. names like martin luther king junior, mandela,the lady from burma-myanmar( iforgot her name) comes to mind)...If you would come out openly like Vilisi Nadaku did some years ago and stand up, i believe we are more enlightened now than a few years ago and we can stand with you..let our blood spill together if thats what it takes,.. civil disobedience..lets do away with talk please. sa rauta na vosa me da sa cavu ikalawa kina i tuvatuva ni ka me da cakava...so our lives may not be in vain..

Anonymous said...

Hello, There is no state of emergency... so Fiji is still safe. No need for protection.

Or bringf back state of emergency!!

Anonymous said...

Sri Lankan piece of shit. Want to be seen as important by seeking Police Protection. You were the mere tool, ordered to do the job.

No body is going to attack you because no one is stupid punished by your system. Your just reward will come to you slow and sure.

Anonymous said...

It is my opinion that there should be term limit for the PM. It should be 2 four year terms. Also that Fiji should be declared to be a Hindu state and everyone in Fiji should made to follow the religion. This is in light of SDL's submission. At least SDL will than understand how the rest of Fiji community feel. Oh yes I forgot to mention that Hinduism is the oldest living religion. We in Fiji will make history by taking this step. This in particular since India it self is not a Hindu State.

By the way, I am an i Taukei and not a supporter of racist SDL or Qarase. May he rot @ Korovou.

Anonymous said...

Let us act now, no more explanations.We should have done this long time ago.Come on Boys ACTION IS NEEDED. Someone make a plan.

Anonymous said...

this is outrages - LQ will prevail soon. the famous leader Nelson Mendela went into prison and came out a better person - & changed the world/

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between Nelson Mandela and qarase.The former was a freedom fighter while the latter is a corrupt politician,,,so stop comparing the two

Anonymous said...

C4.5 Editor - Can you pose the question online why the paclii law database have not posted LQ's judgement and Sentencing Rulings??? Its been more than a week now. the last ruling is dated 27th July. Is Nazhar looking for case laws to back up political judgement?

Priscilla Queen of the Desert said...

Just pushing it on

By s/Daquwaqa

Part One of Two

In my last posting, I began to lay out a proposal for changing Fiji through collective, nonviolent action. I referred to it as Operation Jericho. I asked for your commitment of two minutes to change Fiji for the better -- the first minute devoted to quiet prayer and reflection, the second minute to stepping out in faith, courage, and action.
I intentionally gave few details about the plan, but I did give the date, time, and place. D-Day is 26 September. M-Minute is precisely 7:00 p.m. The place is in and near downtown Suva.
Why 26 September? The intervening weeks will give us enough time to publicise our plan. It will also give secretly loyal elements within the RFMF and Fiji Police time to develop their own follow-on plans to build on Operation Jericho. Also, on 26 September, Bainimarama will likely be preparing to depart Fiji for the United Nations General Assembly in New York. If Operation Jericho is successful, the only choices open to the dictator will be either to leave the country at a time of particular regime insecurity or to acknowledge that insecurity by canceling his departure. Even if Operation Jericho falls short of its goals, the approach of M-Minute will complicate regime planning.
I understand from confidential sources that Fiji Police monitor Coup 4.5 and are already reacting to my vague announcement of Operation Jericho by laying provisional plans to have extra police on patrol in downtown Suva on 26 September. That's fine. Indeed, the more, the merrier. The extra police presence can do little to impair our operational effectiveness. I welcome them to witness the beginning of the end for the regime and draw the appropriate conclusions.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert said...

Part Two

Why 7 p.m.? At this time, most people are off-work. If they work in downtown Suva, chances are that their shift ends at 5 or 6 p.m., in which case we're only asking that they stick around a while longer to help ensure Operation Jericho's success. If they're still working, they can participate in their workplace or, if need be, slip away for only a minute. This is a shopping hour in Suva, at which time the streets are still fairly busy. Again, the more, the merrier. The sun will set at 6:05 p.m. that evening. The cloak of darkness will add to the effectiveness of the operation.

Why Suva? It's the seat of power -- the regime, the military and the police. It's host to resident diplomatic missions. It's important commercially. Its population is concentrated. And instead of dissipating our efforts over a broader area, our focus on Suva frees those in outlying provinces to come to Suva to participate in Operation Jericho.

So what does this collective, nonviolent action called Operation Jericho entail?

As some of you might have guessed from the name 'Operation Jericho', I'm proposing a noise barrage, a tactic used successfully by other democracy movements.

Synchronise your watches to the BBC, because for just sixty seconds beginning at precisely 7:00 p.m., 26 September, every Fiji-loving man, woman, and child should honk horns, blow whistles, bang drums, turn up the volume, whoop and holler as loudly as possible. Stand in the street, step onto a balcony, idle in a carpark, or simply open a window, but at precisely M-Minute, be prepared without hesitation to sound off as loudly as possible for 60 seconds, pausing only momentarily to hear the echoes of other patriots.

M-Minute is not a protest. M-Minute is a celebration of Fiji.

And if the police should try to harrass us, that is exactly what we should tell them. What, can they take us all to gaol for lustily celebrating Fiji? What evidence will they have, and what is the worse charge they can level against us -- disturbing the peace, when it was only for one minute and well before 8 p.m.?

Just like those Iranian protestors who shouted from their rooftops 'God is great', M-Minute will be a shot across the bow of the regime, demonstrating to Bainimarama and to us all that we do have the numbers and, though remaining non-violent for now, we are capable of action.

The regime has disenfranchised the citizens of Fiji. It's muzzled the press, forbidden assembly, prevented worship, subverted justice and propagated lie after lie, confident that its control of the media can silence the truth. Meanwhile, in Suva, it's always just business-as-usual.

I say it's time we broke the silence. Pass the horns and whistles.

The walls of Jericho fell to Joshua's trumpets. Why shouldn't God perform a miracle in Fiji?

Give us just two minutes. The first minute in quiet reflection and prayer, and the second in joyful noise.

Operation Jericho, Suva, Wednesday, 26 September, precisely 7:00 p.m. Prepare to celebrate.

s/ Dakuwaqa

August 5, 2012 12:50

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a plan to me super cool! so Dakuwaqa n valatyka are 1 and the same person? doesnt matter lets get on with it

Apisai Tora said...

SDL wants Fiji to be a Christian state. Isnt this racisim?

Anonymous said...

Whatever it is, one cannot take the aw into his or her hands to bring about changes. There are so many things we dont like about this regime, should we use force of arms, to get rid of it? Come off!Mahendra Chaudhry had dug up the FHL case for Frank, to call for a coup - joined by native Fijians who couldnt afford to get shares etc

i Taukei said...

Apisai Tora, what about countries who are pushing for a Muslim state? Do you call that racism? Judging from your short and stupid posting, you're not an indigenous Fijian.

Anonymous said...

Hi, there is a poll to vote online.

http://in4freak.blogspot.com/2012/04/who-will-be-next-pm-of-fiji.html

Anonymous said...

Just ask sandip patel off c j patel and bachubhai patel of vinod patel hardware how their relationships were with LQ when LQ was THE PM - Sweet I would say, what was their hand in MAC Patel sentencing?, now LQ?, and of course in the backdrop of their new found business related friendship with franky the cranky and airasehole khaiyum and Fiji Sun and all the other governement contracts coming in via Ajith kogadagada, an employee off c j patel and vvinod patel hardware, eh.
Their business is purely BUSINESS = Money. come what may incl sin sin.

When one tries to hide shitting in the water, it always floats. ! It will be very painful for a lot of people !.

People of the Land said...

Anonymous 3:21 PM

You not an indigenous Fijian because comment is full of hatred. Even animals will never treat their kind like that.

Go take and deep breath and reflect on the good things our forefathers have given to this country which enable you to live like a human being in this country. Just imagine the millions of people who live on the street of India. You are in paradise noe pls act like one and learn to love one another.

Anonymous said...

@Maina 2:46
It's interesting that you picked this verse from Deuteronomy

Remember Deuteronomy was written by Moses before Israel entered the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy was written 120 years before David was born and before he killed Goliath.

So how come after reading Deuteronomy David went and killed Goliath?

And why did God say that David was "a man after My own heart" after he had done all that.


My advice:
You must allow Scripture to intepret itself ( ie see what the WHOLE Bible say about a subject matter)
You cannot just pull out a verse and then say this is what the Bible says.

Did you know that there is even a verse in the Bible that says "..There is no God.."

May be this is the problem with the church in Fiji. They are lost singing choruses and no one is studying their Bible anymore.

One thing you conveniently forgot in your list above is that God is a God of JUSTICE.

Many times in the Bible God wants us to deliver Justice.
Jesus died on the cross because God's JUSTICE needed to be met.

We are even supposed to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Bainimarama needs to be subjected to JUSTICE.

Hear what God says :
"Take away from Me the noise of your songs and choruses;
I will not even listen to the sound of your musical instruments.
But let JUSTICE roll down like waters
And rigteousness like an everflowing stream.."
Amos 5:23-24

Are you on God's side Maina or will you continue to live in lala land?

-Valataka na Dina

Anonymous said...

I am a sri lankan living and working in Fiji and know that the Judge is doing his job . He is a fair man and has conducted the case fairly in my opinion . He doesnt need outside help to write his judgements .
@ lawyer , 6th Aug -shameem couldnt have written his judgement as she was away in Europe working on an ICC assignment , I found out recently .So stop speculating lies .
During '87 , Fiji had sri lankan judges and they did the same and served the judicairy when your neighbours turned their backs on Fiji . Sri lankan s are hard working people and are here to help Fiji come back to normality .
Dont disgrace them . Its sicking to see the venonmous comments .

May God Bless Fiji .

Anonymous said...

Qori . This is the same Sri lankan Judge which let Ratu Suli off and quashed charges against Imrana . He was good and brave then and he is good and brave now .
dont rubbish the judges . they here to do a job like anoone else and appeal the decison if one doesnt like it . why attack him ? Lawyers hiding behind the veil and taking a pot shot .
Have balls come out and make public comments .

Anonymous said...

@S/dakuwaqa

hahaha ....operation jerico......hahaha

Don't forget we will also be waiting for you and your mongoose.

You mess with the best...you will die like the rest.

hahahaha........

Anonymous said...

Balls cannot come out and make public comment ONLY vagina's can; remember Betty White reminder to everyone

Anonymous said...

Whether LQ deserved to be sent to prison or not, only God will know. But the fact remains that if
Bainimarama is powerful enough to free his own bro-in-law and make him a PS after he was convicted
guilty, then who knows what other plots he may behind. That is why every move Bai makes, even it be
for the good, will be looked down upon by the public. And every move made against LQ or his regime, whether it be by the current
government or by the judicial system, will also be shunned by the public.

People of the Land said...

The current environmnet where all the key ingrdients of democracy is absent will always pose grave concern in the peocess of justice. These Judges may be highly professional people but because they are under this kind regime the mixed perception is always ther. Too bad to the supporters of the Coup and all the masias because the cloud of confusion is all over this country. Things will be normal when a democraticvally elected govenemnet wil be in place after 2014.

We can only pray that Viti will be back to the civilian rule soon.

There is no need to hate SDL and the 87% of ppeople supporting the SDL.

Remember when yiou torture a fellow human being it not only the crime aginst humanity but a crime against the Christian God. All these people that initiate and actually carried these evilsh act out will always have the guilty conscious with them and later on it begin eating their system from the inside unless they turn to God and seek forgiveness.

God Bless Fiji and the orinal owners of these good islands.

Kalougata tiko o ira na noda Turaga era na veiliutaka ni mataka.

Anonymous said...

@Valataka na dina

Its amazing the number of Fijians who are capable of reciting verses from the bible and preach. Its amazing that every Sunday 95% of Fiji's christians will go to church and pray for Gods blessing. It's amazing that people like you actually believe the bullshit you preach. But than the saying goes you gotta smell your shit before others get a whiff. Boi dada

People of the Land said...

Take it easy guys we are just begining to engage in huiman dialogue and pls ni kakua ni veivosacataki because the at is the sign of defeat. came up with concreat ideas on how we can rebuild the what the regime has been trying very hard to discredit. Our fout fathers have worked hard and to bring this Viti to where we are today. It was not by the paisa but by those honest elders that prayed and fast during the early 1800s. This nation was formed in 1835 when the missioneries first do their calling on this great land of Viti.

Whay hate Qarase and SDL and the Vitians?

They are in their own land and they have survised over the thousands of years.

Why saying boi dada which is the sign of defeat and lies.

Let's talk common sense pls and dialogue with understanding and respect.

If you support something that your inner being does not agree with ...something is wrong here.
I rememebered the regime came up with trying to change the indegenous people of this country's mindset. They have been trying to play God and what happened..Era sa rairai qase kece ga mai tekivu saraga mai vei Commander. This is a sad reality and compare to the former PM Rabuka who is always healthy and cheerful. I respect the former PM Rabuka as a real gentleman and a man of principle.

End of the day the power of the people will prevail as always.

Kalougata tiko na noda vanua kei ira na kena i Taukei dina.

Maina Vucilevu said...

@ Valataka na Dina...

...have let a whole day pass before even thinking about responding but again I will say here that I have not the time nor the inclination for a long drawn out dissertation on the chronological events and exploits of OT characters in the Bible...as I am quite certain you know your Bible if youre a christian...I have been accused of misquoting Deut 32:35-36 of which the Apostle Paul may also be guilty of as he taught us in Rom 12:10 'Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord...rejoicing in HOPE, PATIENT IN TRIBULATION, CONTINUING INSTANT IN PRAYER...bless them which persecute you, bless and CURSE NOT..RECOMPENSE TO NO MAN evil for evil..provide things honest in the sight of ALL men..If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN..dearly beloved, AVENGE NOT YOURSELVES, but rather give place unto wrath, for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay' saith the Lord...Be not overcome of evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD'...and also Paul quoted in Heb 10:30-35 ..'For we know Him that hath said, 'Vengeance belongeth unto Me...I will recompense, saith the LOrd..and again'The Lord shall judge His people'..IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.. Now, I remember Edmund Burke's famous quote 'THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING'...now what would Christ do?.. as we are followers of Christ and not of Burke...according to Matt 5:39-41,44, Jesus taught 'But I say unto you,'That ye RESIST NOT EVIL,but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also..and if any man sue thee at the law, and takeaway your coat, let him have your cloak also...and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain...But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and PRAY FOR THEM THAT DESPITEFULLY USE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU...that ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven.......what we can also do, as Paul wrote in 1Tim 2:1-2 'I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications,prayers,,intercessions and giving of thanks BE MADE FOR ALL MEN, FOR KINGS AND FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty...we must always remember that God's JUSTICE is always tempered with MERCY otherwise He wouldnt have sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins...you said and I quote,' Bainimarama needs to be subjected to justice'...are we God?? ..to be meting out justice?? Lets LET GOD BE GOD and not usurp His authority in our lives and give Him a chance to show us that vengeance is truly His... Bainimarama has already BEEN subjected to his own justice ... by the seeds he has sown already... whether GOOD or BAD.. he will reap in due time...( Gal 6:7)..this world we live in is a seed oriented world and every living thing on this earth came out of a seed and everything we do and say are seeds that we will reap in time WHETHER GOOD OR BAD..if we purport to be Christians, then lets follow Christ..and His teachings!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymos Betty Whites got such a big vagina it can speak in tongues!

Anonymous said...

@People of the Land...i concur that we should agree to disagree in the spirit of respect for other minds. I guess
it is always hard to swallow the "bitter pill" from the enemy, however forgiving is probably the best solution to this impasse-giving up your right to win back your enemy..just a thought, feel free to disagree!

People of the Land said...

Am I hearing correctly that the Sri lankan Judges are here to HELP?
To help who? They are here to perpetuate the regime's political intention.
Wow can we also say that the Vitians that have migrated to Europe. US and NZ and Australia are there to help?
They are serching for greener pastures and pursuing other opportunities.

You seem to show us your principle in life that you are operating from. Vitians do not deserve to be treated as second class citizen in their own land. Your thinking actually reperesent another layer of Euroentric complexities espoused by those colonised nations. We do not need those Sri lankhan to help us and pls do not use the word HELP. We all know that they are here because they can not find decent employment in their own country after years of civil war and ethnic tentions. Their leaders are still being investigated by the Hague for the Crime against Humanity.

As mentioned before they may have good qualification and good intention to assist the regime, but under this current regime there is dark cloud of confusion amongst themselves NOT the people of the Land. That is why the judicial system has been compromised by the Kaihum or who is guy again. When Ratu Joni made comments during the constutition forum organised by the CCF Kaihum was quick to defend the lies and stupidity of this regime.

Yes, there ios cerdibility in the regime's judiciary NOT the VITI Judiciary.

Ni kalougata tiko na kawai Taukei kei kemudou na mai veiliutaki ni Mataka.

God Bless Viti

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3:26
What is the bullshit that I'm preaching?

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

@Maina Vucilevu

You just said it : "Overcome Evil with Good"

Is JUSTICE evil or good?

If Justice is evil then we must not do it.

But if JUSTICE is the good and right thing to do, then as a good Christian you have the responsibility of applying the Bible to the letter.

If it means Treasonists must be hanged then you must do it Maina.
(otherwise you'll be a disobedient christian)

-Valataka na Dina.

People of the Land said...

Dua ga na kerekere ki vei keda kece sara nai taukei ni Vanua o Viti me dau nanumi ira na wekada era sa mai coko e na lawa vou ni matanitu nei Bainimarama ka mona taka tiko ko Kaihum.

To PM LQ, KD and others please you really have to trust your creator. We, the People of the Land will always pray for you and your families and we can only do what we can and leave the rest to our God. E da raica talega na levu ni yaloca e tiko vei keda na i Taukei. E dua a tukuna for LQ to rot in jail. Oya sa lolovira saraga ka sega ni vakasama vakatamata se vakamanumanu....esa vakasama saraga vaka tevoro.

Vei kemuni na luveda na noda Sotia, au kerea mo ni cakacaka vakadodonu baleta na noda i valavala e na muri keda ga. E rawa ni qai laki suffer kina o ira na luvemuni kei na nomuni matavuvale.

Na dina ena qai vei sereki ka sega ni valavala butobuto ena veisereki.

Let us respect one other and love one another. Other religious can not give the love of God to others but only contain their idol God unto themselves.

Kalougata tiko o ira na noda Turaga kei ira na veiliutaki ni mataka.

E sa tuvani oti tu o ira e ra na noda era veiliutaki.

God Bless Viti.

Mongoose for Fiji said...

Anonymous 9:40, come M-Minute, I hope to bust your eardrums, and you'll be in no more of a position to do anything about it than you are in preventing this posting.

You're a supporter of the dictator and yet you've heard of Operation Jericho, so how much more those who want to restore democracy to Fiji? You're worried enough to try to intimidate other Fijians from joining M-Minute. But you can't intimidate us, because there's not a damn thing you can do to stop us.

You have a better chance of getting rid of Fiji's mongoose population than you do of stopping Operation Jericho.

Who: all who love and care about Fiji
What: one minute noise barrage
When: Wednesday, 26 September, 7:00 PM precisely
Where: downtown Suva
Why: because we can, and there ain't a damn thing the regime can do to stop us

Anonymous said...

Another major trial coming up for Qarase
Publish date/time: 09/08/2012 [17:09]

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Another major high court trial is coming up in the next few months for former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase who is currently serving a one year prison sentence.

Qarase is charged with two counts of abuse of office.

It is alleged that on the 18th of December, 2003, Qarase while being employed as the Prime Minister, Minister for Fijian Affairs and Chairman of Native Land Trust Board caused the extinct mataqali funds amounting to 3.4 million dollars to be transferred as capital for Vanua Development Corporation which was an act prejudicial to the rights of the Fijian Affairs Board and the indigenous Fijians.

According to the charges, the funds were required to be paid to the FAB.

It is also alleged that on the 12th of March, 2004, Qarase, in abuse of the authority of his office for the purpose of gain facilitated the awarding of the MYSAP Information Technology contract to Pacific Connex Limited without adhering to proper procedures.

The charge states that the alleged act was prejudicial to the rights of the NLTB and the indigenous Fijians.

In this case former NLTB General Manager, Kalivati Bakani and former NLTB director and Chairman of Vanua Development Corporation, Keni Dakuidreketi will be tried with Qarase.

Bakani is charged with one count of abuse of office.

It is alleged that as General Manager of NLTB, he facilitated the awarding of the MYSAP Information Technology contract to Pacific Connex Limited without adhering to proper procedures.

Bakani is jointly charged with Dakuidreketi.

They are facing four counts each of fraudulent conversion.

It is alleged that on the 24th of June, 2004 and 14th of July, 2004, Bakani and Dakuidreketi fraudulently applied by effecting the payment of 2 million dollars which consisted of extinct mataqali funds as a loan to Pacific Connex Limited.

According to the charges both were directors of Pacific Connex.

It is alleged that Bakani and Dakuidreketi again fraudulently applied by effecting the payment of 900 thousand dollars of the extinct mataqali funds as a loan to Pacific Connex Limited between the 18th and 19th of November, 2004.

It is alleged that they did the same between the 28th and 29th of September, 2005 with an amount totalling 1 million dollars from the extinct mataqali funds.

It is also alleged that between 27th April, 2005 and 3rd July, 2007 Dakuidreketi and Bakani fraudulently applied a government grant of 1 million dollars which was disbursed to Vanua Development Corporation through the NLTB as security for a loan by Pacific Connex Limited which was a purpose other than the purpose of the said government grant.

Today High Court Judge, Justice Priyantha Fernando revealed that he will not hear the case.

He said he has already asked that another judge be nominated to preside over the case as he has already heard Qarase's earlier case.

Upon questioning by Bakani's counsel, Aseri Vakaloloma on who will be the judge, Justice Fernando said that is not the lawyers concern.

Qarase was escorted to court by officers from the Fiji Correctional Services.

The case is adjourned to 14th November for the pre-trial conference as the lawyers want further discussions on the proposed agreed facts in the case.

Qarase's new lawyer in this case is Tupou Draunidalo.

His previous legal counsel was Qoriniasi Bale.

Dakuidreketi is represented by Queens counsels Brian Keene and Maria Cole.

Bakani is represented by Filimoni Vosarogo however Vakaloloma appeared on his behalf today.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

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Qarase in court for different fraud charges

13:02 Today

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Report by: Maca Lutunauga

Convicted former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase appeared in court this morning for fraud charges along with former senior i-taukei Land Trust Board executives Keni Dakuidreketi and Kalivati Bakani.

Qarase is currently serving time for abuse of office and discharge of duty.
For this case – Qarase is charged with seven counts of fraudulent conversion along with Bakani.

Bakani and Dakuidreketi are charged with two counts of fraudulent conversion, one count of conspiracy to defraud, and one count of abuse of office.

They are alleged to have defrauded the i-Taukei Land Trust Board while they were executive board members.

High court judge Priyantha Fernando says all parties need to be ready with the agreed facts by November 14 – for the pre-trial conference.

Justice Fernando could not confirm whether he will still be the trial judge for this case.

Anonymous said...

LQ,KB & KD,
Trials, tribulations and prisons are simply strategies by the devil and his followers to weaken your faith and principles. I know you are all great men - born and bred to be successful and effective leaders.. so steadfast and keep the fight, you are not alone and all these are just detours. You will bounce back and rise above all these circus.

Please inform the court to order DPP & FICAC to start their investigations from the days of Ratu Mara when the Extinct Mataqali funds had been used on numerous occasions without following proper procedures.

Demand the kangaroo court not to apply selective justice to suit this evil regime's agenda.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Crocks go directly to jail said...

Crocks go directly to jail

Qarase took nothing out of the Itaukei but gave everything they rightfully own back to them e.g Crown Schedule A & B lands, the qoliqoli which belongs to the i Taukei & not the government/state. He never took to a single cent out of FHL illegally but Voceke did the complete opposite. So go and get you facts right.
August 9, 2012 9:07 PM

Anonymous said...

An evil person will be afraid of his own shadow.... stomach that Sri Lankan judge.

Anonymous said...

@ 9.52p.m Aug 9

Sell that nonsense elsewhere, people aren't that naive. Crocks go directly to jail was absolutely spot on - crocks like qarase do get their just desserts.

legacy said...

While Great Britain discusses how to keep the flame alive and the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games, we are reminded of the woeful legacy to Fiji rugby left by Keni Dakiudreketi.For that alone he deserves to go to Jail.

Which Taukei ? said...

@ Anonymous Anonymous above - why don't you give yourself a proper ID. Try AA or A1 or A2


Who owns the Qoliqoli ? You say the Taukei ? Which Taukei ? All the taukei or only the chiefs ? All the chiefs or only the big ones? The Qoliqoli is linked to the Taukei's subsistence way of life ,pre-Christian religion and feudal political structure. We now live in a Cash economy, Christian values and under parliamentary democracy. Ownership of the Qoliqoli has to change likewise.Qarase was not providing the leadership to lead Taukeis into the future but was simply playing to the mindset of Taukeis too lazy to make mental changes to suit the times we live in now and in future.

Anonymous said...

Apsai Tora!!! Is he still alive or he is speaking from his grave.

Anonymous said...

Tora is very much alive and well. He is in Sabeto at his village.

Anonymous said...

@which Taukei & Anonymous 5.40am

Please get these into your pea heads.The i qoliqoli belongs to the I taukeis.period.Whether it be chiefs or commoners or whoever, as long as they are Itaukeis.

The Iqoliqoli was not ceded to Britain in the first place, only the authority to govern-swallow that truth. The I qoliqoli remained the property of the Itaukeis ever since they set foot on this islands. Who gave it to the crown and then to the state currently? That was day light robbery and needs to be addressed and corrected -and mark my word-IT WILL BE CORRECTED SOMEDAY,whether it be 2 years or 100years.

You sound like a useless person without owning a single property and an opportunist dreaming to own one. You mentioned Cash Economy,Christian Values, Parliamentary democracy... those are the very institutions that guarantee property ownerships ...so what's your point? the fact remains that the I qoliqoli belongs to the I taukeis and the SDL had already set the process of returning what rightfully belongs to the I taukei and that process will be COMPLETED because it has to be.All these happenings/circuses are just detours.

hard luck my friends. Go find your luck somewhere.

Anonymous said...

When you are dead you own nothing.

When a Chief had the power of life and death over you, you have no rights. Pure and simple. You dont even have right to life, so forget about fishing rights or any other rights. You are ndaydreaming.

These rights were handed over to Queen Victoria, lock stock and barrel. Remember the war club, that killer of all before it, commoner or brother, no discrimination.

Queen Victoria (British Government) gave this concession of a fishing right to the indegeniuos for their sustenance, otherwise other british subjects might deny them access.
This concession was given, for their sustenance, but not their exclusive right. They were made responsible for management as they had experince in conservation, already practiced by them.
Now itaukei want fishing rights but no responsibilty for conservation. If u cant practice conservation management, you dont deserve any fishing right. You are abusing your privilage.

NO, nobody has any right to abuse our natural resources.
Nobody is stopping itaukei from fishing in there qoliqoli for their sustance. But who harvests undersize fish and crabs etc.

Which Taukei ? said...

@ Anonymoous 12.59 pm

The point is, the SDL solution through the Qoliqoli Bill is too simplistic for a complex set of factors. The proposal through the Qoliqoli Bill to make other citizens pay for the use of coastal resources is potentially antagonistic towards building a nation and is reminiscent of club warfare. SDL should go back with clear heads and soound minds without the yaqona mix and come up with a solution that would promote national unity rather than division and conflict.

Anonymous said...

@ Anoymous11.47 & Which taukei?

hardluck my friends.

A chief is a Itaukei.If he/she owns the iqoliqoli,he/she owns it on behalf of his subordinates. Whether his subordinates are alive or dead as you put it, is beside the point. The point is, it should be returned to the itaukeis.The i taukei knows best how to use and share their resources and they had been kind enough for the past centuries.

Who had been fishing undersized fish & crabs? They are fisher-folks with their long fishing nets most of whom Indians while the i taukei are fully engaged in marine & iqoliqoli conservations.

Check your facts.The ownwership of the land and the iqoliqoli was NEVER given to Queen Victoria -only the authority to govern(lewa and not taukeni).Those are the very words of Ratu Cakobau as paraphrased by Sir Hercules Robinson.

The SDL solution might be too simplistic but at least they had started the process of restoring justice and like every good work, it is still Work In Progress (WIP)
to be continued and completed soon....