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Friday, December 21, 2012

No Christmas miracle for Fiji


A match made by the stars: Ghai and Nailatikau
It started with a bang and ended with stars. That may well have been the way the world came about but it's not how the Fiji Constitution has found life or longevity.

The regime's plan to replace the Constitution it abrogated in 2009 has been dogged from the start by a lack of credibility. Today, December the 21st, the day touted as the arrival of Armageddon, that process fittingly came to an end.

The unelected government's plan for a new constitution has been bedded in doom with the chair of the Constitution Commission, Yash Ghai, himself admitting Frank Bainimarama tried to manipulate him and the outcome of the discussions and submissions.

He confessed to Radio Australia only last month the work of the Commission was not independent.

"...... there has been massive interference. Now I get emails from PM to do this or not to do that, and this is a kind of harassment. We've also been now told to publish any newspapers ads for which we pay, every single expense we have incurred since the beginning of July" before going on to say: "I do not see how Fiji is going to have a free and fair election unless these decrees are cleaned up."

A month later, it's a rather chuffed looking Yash Ghai who this morning handed to the illegal president, Epeli Nailatikau, a draft of what the five-member Commission thinks should be the new founding document for Fiji.

Yet even as Ghai and Nailatikau beamed into each other's eyes, questions and criticisms surfaced with reports the printing of the draft was brought to an abrupt halt last night.

We've also been reliably told the scheduled meeting with political parties and NGO's planned for tomorrow at Parliament House has been stopped. 

Those anticipating a look at the draft and discussing it were informed yesterday by Keshwan Reddy it was not going to happen.

But as with so many things, the regime was quick to spin a story to 'legitimise' the end of the Commission's work, the delivery of the draft and where the country goes to from here.

In an interview run in FBC and Fiji Sun, (Ghai time ends, audited accounts awaited), the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, is given unfettered licence to convince people there has been no rort.

Blessedly, those with even half a Christmas cracker for a brain can see it for what it is.



As the draft constitution is today handed over to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, what does this mean for Fiji? What now for Constitution Commission chairman Yash Ghai and his team?

AG: Well it means one of the clogs in the wheel to get to the 2014 elections has been completed. So essentially, the Constitution Commission will hand over the draft constitution together with the explanatory note to His Excellency our President who then passes it on to the Constituent Assembly.

Will the draft be made public?
 AG: The draft will be made public through the Constituent Assembly. Because, as the Prime Minister has stated through various other communications, also through the Decree and through the advertisements that have come out in the newspapers [calling for Expression of Interest to join the Constituent Assembly] that the Constituent Assembly will be essentially a reflection of the different groups of Fiji.
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Whether they are rural groups, urban groups, faith-based organisations, national organisations, whether it’s the RFMF, whether it’s the government, whether it’s groups representing people with disability, youths, women’s groups etc. -the Constituent Assembly will be made up of those people.
The draft constitution, once received by his Excellency our President, will then be handed over to the Chair of the Constituent Assembly who then will obviously give it to the Constituent Assembly members. The Constituent Assembly members will then take it out to their constituents.
And that’s where the actual consultations will take place: between the constituent assembly members and their constituencies. They come back and of course discuss the draft constitution through the Constituent Assembly.
It should also be noted that the Constituent Assembly will be open to the members of the public – so there will be a gallery area where the members of the public and the media will be welcomed.


So will Government be represented?
AG: Yes, of course, the Decree provides for that and not only government but various other groups within our society.


What are the roles of Professor Ghai and the Constitution Commission after handing over the draft on Friday?
AG: Well that’s provided for by the law. The Commission’s work then ends and of course they then go on to their respective occupations that they had prior to this. The Commission’s work ends and then of course the Constituent Assembly begins its work in the New Year.


What does this handing over mean for the Bainimarama government? Is it on par with the timeframe it had set in the lead up to elections in 2014?
AG: Definitely, as the Prime Minister has announced previously that the elections are to be held by September 2014 – we are very much on track with that because as I said earlier the draft constitution is just one of the many things that needs to be done.
The new constitution will tell us what sort of electoral system we will have and then, once we know that, the Elections Office can then prepare accordingly. And that will necessitate the need to educate the members of the public on what kind of voting system we will have.
So there are many things, there are many aspects of the whole process. The drafting is just one of its aspects. The second aspect of course, apart from the Elections Office, is as far as the constitution is concerned, is the Constituent Assembly.

Any other comments?
AG: We are hoping that the Constitution Commission will also, as required by law, produce its audited accounts. As you are aware the amendment to the Decree requires the Commission to publish on a monthly basis its accounts. They have, of course, received some funding from overseas donors. Obviously it’s important for the people of Fiji to know how that money was spent. Even the Government does not know. That’s how independent they are. So that’s one of the aspects – we look forward to seeing from the Constitution Commission.

65 comments:

tattifala said...

Nothing has changed since 5/12/2006 when the Fiji Military illegally took over the Government of Fiji and installed a military dictatorship.
Fiji is still under a military dictatorship today. The new constitution commissioned by the usurpers was a farce from the very outset. what we are seeing now is merely a confirmation of that fact.
Remember people the illegal Attorney General is also a usurper. His word on anything is not worth shit!

mark manning said...

Funny watching Indigenous Fijians destroying their own culture, traditions, country and their forefather's legacy.

Kamlesh Kumar QEB said...

Well people in past were always rubbishing the government saying that no constitution will be made. Now the constitution has been be made the same people have started to scream with new attacks. PM Bainimara is following his timeline. Well done PM Baini. Even Dr Brij Lal has said this constitution is better then 1997 one.

Anonymous said...

the bullsghit continues

Anonymous said...

Nailatikau says “Fiji has had a chequered constitutional history. We have had three Constitutions since independence. The decree which established the Commission will lead to the formulation of our fourth Constitution.” he said.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NO MIRACLES for freedom, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

No amount of venom will stop PM Bainimarama. Sir great job!

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the part where the current administration like the FNU VC have 5 years contract renewed so that for 2 years he can campaign for the election and if he loses @ least he still got his place for 3 years as VC so nothing will be lost... Nice idea but be rest assured it will be present in the constitution... how about that 5 years contract renewed...

tattifala said...

@ AAnonymous 6.26PM
You too right. the bullshit continues. and we are being hit by all kinds of bull manure. small bullshitters like Kamlesh kumar and bigbullshitters like Aiyarse kaiyum.
what comes out of their mouths the same thing comes out of my tattihole.
these regime parasites are "moo kolo tatti" falas. only garbage out of their mouths.

SEMI MEO said...

Phew!.after 3 long years; now the best Christmas present for 2012…a draft of our road map to sanity and democratic governance once again!

It is a much needed port of call before imminent elections destination on the eve of Fiji day 2014.

And the “ladies morning party in black” in the background of the photo may have cemented the final rites to the racist 1997 constitution.

Now..let’s not celebrate Christmas, but sacrificial give towards those at home who may not have a roof over their heads on Christmas day.

..oh…at least we have a “culture, traditions, country and … forefather's legacy” to improve on...unlike some descendants of convicts who NOT even know their real forefathers are to start with..let alone a culture to esteem!

Focus is the name of game from now on!…focus on the game and soon to be approved game rules!!...let’s not be to worried about some pale face foreigners wailing nothingness from the sideline of journey….

It's gonna be the best Christmas for us 99.99% Fiji Citizens..

Anonymous said...

You kaivit wake up!
this is the president that signed the decree that got rid of your chiefs, the same one that signed decrees that made it hard if not impossible for the methodist church to pray together. Ultimately he will sign the decree that gives the muslim brotherhood and the kai india, the lapita potters, that makes you slaves in your own country. Your own kai are your worst enemies thanks to Bai and the bainis

Anonymous said...

Dr Brij Lal does not even know about his own 1997 Constitution provisions to give any legitimacy to the Ghai Commission that is full of conflict of interest and lacks legitimacy.

Go and ask Dr Brij Lal on what basis he recognises the 1997 Constitution to be lawfully abrogated?

So Kamlesh Kumar QEB.... you read Bainimarama's speech at AG Conference. He says 1990 Constitution was not consulted on.

Yet RFMF says they are final bastian of law under both 1990 and 1997 constitution.

On one hand they pride to be final bastian under 1997 constitution yet they have no balls to take declarations from court if the 1997constitution is indeed lawfully abrogated.

So RFMF gives legitamacy to 1997 Constitution in their own submission and the PM and AG's comments are inconstitent with RFMF's and

Dr Brij Lal is talkig shit just like you.

Sa Sucu Sa Lutu



Priscilla Queen of the Desert said...

Khaiyum says...The Constituent Assembly members will then take it out to their constituents.
And that’s where the actual consultations will take place: between the constituent assembly members and their constituencies.


Is this ahint of who mwill be appointed to the Assembly?

Anonymous said...

Aiyaz iinsists the Commission publish audited accounts, which is appropriate, given his (usurped) role as chief law enforcement officer. Now, why doesn't he insist that the several Public Auditor reports held by the pretend-PM Bainimarama also be published?

Anonymous said...

Let's recall one of Dakuwaqa's warnings to Yash Ghai et al:

"This is not the time for shrinking violets. If Mr. Ghai does not assume greater ownership of this process, then he will soon face a dilemma. He will recognise belatedly that he must either rubberstamp a dishonest process framed by the regime or he must leave, confirming the deceitfulness of the regime, admitting the failure of his efforts, and looking gullible and foolish.

"The regime will demand his virtue. He must either surrender it or act decisively to defend his chastity by fleeing Fiji with his dress in tatters, so to speak.

"Similarly for Christina Murray. Is anyone muzzling her, preventing her from laying out her own expectations for the parameters to be observed by all parties to the constitutional 'dialogue'? She's an independent moral agent, and her reputation is also at risk.

"I bear no ill will toward either commissioner... yet. But I have no shred of trust in regime assurances, do not recognise the validity of the regime's constitutional process to date, seriously doubt the value of the commissioners' involvement, and deeply suspect the motives and integrity of anyone recruited by the regime. If the commissioners stand up for constitutional principles and the rule of law, without compromise, then I look forward to their statements challenging the regime's misconduct, and to their expulsions. If instead they endorse a dishonest process, then they will feel my enmity, so help me God, and share in the blood guilt for what follows."

Ghai rubberstamped a process he knew to be dishonest. He surrendered his virtue. He and his team deserve our unremitting enmity. They will share in the blood guilt for what follows.

Anonymous said...

Aiyaz doesn't want the draft published until he has a chance to read it and insist on whatever changes he deems necessary. So much for an open and transparent process!

Anonymous said...

Breaking news - Nazhat Bitch Shameem is the chairperson for the constiteunt Assembly

Anonymous said...

President looks like one of the three stooges!

Anonymous said...

@ Semi Meo

I have been puzzled by your comments ever since you started blogging. I really dont know what your position is. Sometimes you criticize the IG by calling the Illegal PM Rear Admiral etc.' but here you are celebrating the completion of a tainted draft constitution which has been interfered with by the Rear Admiral. You say that the 1997 constituion was racist and that 99.9% of Fiji citizens would celebrate this christmas because of the draft constitution. People on the floor dont care. We have just seen a cyclone pass through with damages in villages etc. and what we need is food and shelter; not a tainted constitution.

Secondly, you are enjoying yourself in a fully democratic country but advocating that Fijians should accept the constitution and celebrate it this christmas when it has been literally forced down on us. You sound like a hypocrite just like the illegal IG and AG who wants the Constitution Committee to provide financial report for its spending but have not produced an Auditor General's report since 2006 and also kept secret the salaries of illegal Ministers.

Surely, there would be an uproar in Australia where you live if that Government were to govern like that of the IG here in Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Ghai is another liar like the regime now.
He promised fiji people will get to read the draft Constitution.-now its a no.
Now its gone to Illegal President.
Fijian are been conned by the regime and Commission.
We dont need any on this illegal Constitution and Regime .
Time fijian wake up and fight for truth and freedom.
God Bless you all this Christmas.
Rajesh

Anonymous said...

Cyclone looters front courts. What the fuck were the cops doing during and after cyclone. Stop trying to get publicity by trying to use chainsaws and cane knifes to clear trees and branches. That's not your fucken job. Read the disaster act to know your jobs. Those robberies happening just meters from police station and police posts.

Anonymous said...

Fiji problem is not the constitution.
Army is the problem.
Why dont we get rid of the army and coup will stop.

Bye bye Ghai said...

Constitution Commission Chairman "Professor Yash Ghai said the commission is grateful to every Fijian and the many organizations for their invaluable submission.

He said with the guidance and wisdom they have been able to make a number of decisions reflected in the draft which responds to the hopes of all Fijians."


I guess Ghai was trying to cover his back by alerting to the people the interference that was happening but knew ultimately that he had to deliver the Constitution.

All Armied Out said...

The military has lost its way and is now just a sollection of political mercenaries.

Sadly it has misconcpetions about itself.

It thinks it's job is to deal with both internal security situation and external threats and takes licence with all the liberties that go hand in hand with such a belief.



In sane countrie

tattifala said...

The new constitution is NOT a peoples' document. It is an IMPOSITION. Even the so called "consultation process" has been an IMPOSITION on the people via decrees.
The means of the constitution making was wrong the end document will be wrong and UNLAWFUL.

Anonymous said...

@tattifala

The new Constitution is Australia's document. The simple reality is that the Constitution Commission has been funded by Australia for Australia's interests.

Stability provided by the RFMF protects Australia's business interests in Fiji. That is the tradeoff, and bottom line.

Anonymous said...

'Ghai time ends audits awaited' is a rather crude but telling heading. Essentially, it's phuck off Ghai and show us the books while you're at it.

There's no free lunch, Ghai - surely you knew that.

Anonymous said...

Into the mix - this from Rajendra Chaudhry Facebook.

Prelude to a New Constitution – Commentary

As yet another Christmas dawns upon us and the Mayan doomsday prediction for today has yet to materialise, I am quite focussed on the draft constitution to be released tomorrow. No doubt it will include immunity provisions with a note that the Constitution Commission had to include the immunity clause despite 95% of persons opposing it on account of the requirements of Decree 57 of 2012.
The Chief Justice has been asked to review the constitution with a panel of members comprising a tribunal and to 'tidy' it up to ensure compliance with the self serving Decrees 57 and 58 of 2012. I hope he will refuse if foe anything than to preserve the sanctity and independence of the judiciary.
Where does all this leave the lying, treasonous and criminal dictator and his cohorts? Bainimarama knows the writing is on the wall for his regime but particularly for him if he decides to contest elections. The immunity 'vote' which was a resounding 'no immunity' clearly would have sent shivers to the dictator who had been paraded by the likes of Khaiyum as a benevolent dictator and lied to that he was loved by the people - again much like the Emperor's new clothes.
Bainimarama will be forced to return to the barracks as he would have to resign as army commander to contest the elections and once he resigns he is done like the proverbial Christmas turkey. With the new constitution, Bainimarama's role will become significantly subservient to it and the national momentum would be towards an elected and accountable government. Bainimarama may choose to hurl threats from the barracks but it will not have the force as it did pre 2006 as the people would unite under a common banner against Bainimarama.
Many in the military may implore Bainimarama to gracefully retire. He may accept such advice if he has right minded people around him. If he chooses not to and transgresses the law he will have to face the sanction of court. No immunity provisions will apply.
Bainimarama has to realise what he did in 2006 was wrong and a serious offence against the laws of Fiji. The mandate of the people cannot be usurped no matter how unpalatable. Such mandate can only be withdrawn by the people at the next elections or by their representatives in Parliament by a vote of no confidence. People the world over have fought tirelessly and many have died trying to preserve and protect their freedoms.

Anonymous said...

If Bainimarama is sincere he will be forgiven. Our people are God loving and will forgive for who are we to judge. I quote Luke 6:27- 45 to emphasise my point: 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. 32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Sitiveni Rabuka had the courage to apologise for his unlawful acts of 1987 and to say what he did was not right.
Bainimarama’s reasons may be many or few as to why he committed treason in 2006 but there can be no justification in fact or in law for his actions. This point was made very clear by the Court of Appeal in the Qarase v Bainimarama case, where the appellate court tore to shreds the High Court decision (Coram Gates, Pathik and Byrne JJ). His chief legal advisers Khaiyum and Sharvada Sharma are clearly driven by personal rather than national agendas. The shroud of secrecy governing ministerial pay is one example. The failure to release the Auditor General’s report on audit of government finances since 2006 is another. There are numerous others which the people are well aware of.
The economy is down on its knees as a result of mismanagement over the last 7 years. Our key exports are down and tourism is adversely affected by cyclones and hurricanes and the concerns of tourists on their safety.
Civil service morale is at its lowest ebb as many civil servants work under threat and fear and only to be paid to meet their financial obligations.
Social ills such as crime and prostitution are on the rise and Police are affected by budgetary constraints and a lack of direction by a Commissioner, who capable as he may be, simply does not have the knowledge and experience required to be the chief police officer and is also not given genuine support by many senior police officers as can be evinced by frequent and damning information on the Commissioner.
This regime has no moral authority to govern. Its minister should, upon the release of the draft constitution tomorrow, tender their resignations to the President as a sign that that they respect the wishes of the people. To do otherwise would be to invite continued vitriol and criticism from numerous citizens and organisations both locally and abroad.
It is time for a fresh start. People who have been suffocated since 5TH December 2006 need to breathe the air of freedom and democracy. Political views must be openly aired. Media freedom must be restored and churches and social groups allowed praying and serving the people freely. Let me finish with a quote which I find quite relevant as it relates to individual freedom and which in essence is that the right to freedom also comes with the right to be accountable for your actions.
Its by Robert A Heinlein and reads: “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Anonymous said...

The Constitution Commission has cancelled a meeting it had scheduled to brief political parties and NGOs on the draft constitution presumably under pressure from the regime.

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry expressed disappointment, adding “I am surprised that the Commission has succumbed to this kind of intimidation from the regime”.

The meeting was scheduled to take place at 9am on Saturday, 22 December at the Parliamentary complex. It was earlier planned for Monday 18 December but had to be deferred because of Cyclone Evan.

In an email informing stakeholders of the cancelled meeting at 7pm on Thursday, December 20 Commission’s Executive Secretary Keshwa Reddy simply said:

“Due to certain factors, which is beyond the control of the Commission,
we regret to inform that the above meeting is now permanently called off.
On behalf of the Chairperson, Commissioners and staff we sincerely apologise for this notice and any inconvenience caused as a result."

Mr Chaudhry said this was to be expected: “They didn’t want to give the people of Fiji a chance to comment on the draft constitution. They wanted to shut everyone out.”

The completed draft was handed over to the President today by the Constitution Commission.

An earlier requirement that the draft be released to the public for comments before it was handed over to the President, was removed by Decree 64 which was promulgated on 31st October 2012.

The next step in the process will be for the Constituent Assembly to debate the draft constitution and make amendments where necessary. The Assembly is to be hand-picked by the Prime Minister. Two weeks ago the regime put out advertisements asking for expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve on the Assembly.

Mr Chaudhry branded the call for expressions of interest as “utterly ridiculous. Don’t they know who the representatives of the people are?”

FLP’s major concern is that the people of Fiji and their mandated leaders are being deliberately shut out of the process.

It is clear by now that the regime is determined to have its own way. Debate at the Assembly stage is likely to be carefully orchestrated. Under Decree 58 members are bound by the decisions of the Assembly.

The Decree prohibits them from expressing “dissent, publicly or privately other than in a meeting of the Assembly”. In effect, this stops any public discussion on the provisions of the draft constitution outside the Assembly.

Likewise, the suspension of the ban on political meetings imposed under the PER, will be lifted now that the draft constitution is handed over to the President.

Special Police permits will now have to be obtained to hold public meetings to discuss the draft constitution.

“The whole thing is being done in secrecy. Unless the process is opened up for discussion, it will have no credibility,” said Mr Chaudhry.

He re-iterated FLP’s call that the constitution be put to a national referendum.

Anonymous said...

The Constitution Commission has cancelled a meeting it had scheduled to brief political parties and NGOs on the draft constitution presumably under pressure from the regime.

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry expressed disappointment, adding “I am surprised that the Commission has succumbed to this kind of intimidation from the regime”.

The meeting was scheduled to take place at 9am on Saturday, 22 December at the Parliamentary complex. It was earlier planned for Monday 18 December but had to be deferred because of Cyclone Evan.

In an email informing stakeholders of the cancelled meeting at 7pm on Thursday, December 20 Commission’s Executive Secretary Keshwa Reddy simply said:

“Due to certain factors, which is beyond the control of the Commission,
we regret to inform that the above meeting is now permanently called off.
On behalf of the Chairperson, Commissioners and staff we sincerely apologise for this notice and any inconvenience caused as a result."

Mr Chaudhry said this was to be expected: “They didn’t want to give the people of Fiji a chance to comment on the draft constitution. They wanted to shut everyone out.”

The completed draft was handed over to the President today by the Constitution Commission.

An earlier requirement that the draft be released to the public for comments before it was handed over to the President, was removed by Decree 64 which was promulgated on 31st October 2012.

The next step in the process will be for the Constituent Assembly to debate the draft constitution and make amendments where necessary. The Assembly is to be hand-picked by the Prime Minister. Two weeks ago the regime put out advertisements asking for expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve on the Assembly.

Mr Chaudhry branded the call for expressions of interest as “utterly ridiculous. Don’t they know who the representatives of the people are?”

FLP’s major concern is that the people of Fiji and their mandated leaders are being deliberately shut out of the process.

It is clear by now that the regime is determined to have its own way. Debate at the Assembly stage is likely to be carefully orchestrated. Under Decree 58 members are bound by the decisions of the Assembly.

The Decree prohibits them from expressing “dissent, publicly or privately other than in a meeting of the Assembly”. In effect, this stops any public discussion on the provisions of the draft constitution outside the Assembly.

Likewise, the suspension of the ban on political meetings imposed under the PER, will be lifted now that the draft constitution is handed over to the President.

Special Police permits will now have to be obtained to hold public meetings to discuss the draft constitution.

“The whole thing is being done in secrecy. Unless the process is opened up for discussion, it will have no credibility,” said Mr Chaudhry.

He re-iterated FLP’s call that the constitution be put to a national referendum.

Anonymous said...

The Constitution Commission has cancelled a meeting it had scheduled to brief political parties and NGOs on the draft constitution presumably under pressure from the regime.

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry expressed disappointment, adding “I am surprised that the Commission has succumbed to this kind of intimidation from the regime”.

The meeting was scheduled to take place at 9am on Saturday, 22 December at the Parliamentary complex. It was earlier planned for Monday 18 December but had to be deferred because of Cyclone Evan.

In an email informing stakeholders of the cancelled meeting at 7pm on Thursday, December 20 Commission’s Executive Secretary Keshwa Reddy simply said:

“Due to certain factors, which is beyond the control of the Commission,
we regret to inform that the above meeting is now permanently called off.
On behalf of the Chairperson, Commissioners and staff we sincerely apologise for this notice and any inconvenience caused as a result."

Mr Chaudhry said this was to be expected: “They didn’t want to give the people of Fiji a chance to comment on the draft constitution. They wanted to shut everyone out.”

The completed draft was handed over to the President today by the Constitution Commission.

An earlier requirement that the draft be released to the public for comments before it was handed over to the President, was removed by Decree 64 which was promulgated on 31st October 2012.

The next step in the process will be for the Constituent Assembly to debate the draft constitution and make amendments where necessary. The Assembly is to be hand-picked by the Prime Minister. Two weeks ago the regime put out advertisements asking for expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve on the Assembly.

Mr Chaudhry branded the call for expressions of interest as “utterly ridiculous. Don’t they know who the representatives of the people are?”

FLP’s major concern is that the people of Fiji and their mandated leaders are being deliberately shut out of the process.

It is clear by now that the regime is determined to have its own way. Debate at the Assembly stage is likely to be carefully orchestrated. Under Decree 58 members are bound by the decisions of the Assembly.

The Decree prohibits them from expressing “dissent, publicly or privately other than in a meeting of the Assembly”. In effect, this stops any public discussion on the provisions of the draft constitution outside the Assembly.

Likewise, the suspension of the ban on political meetings imposed under the PER, will be lifted now that the draft constitution is handed over to the President.

Special Police permits will now have to be obtained to hold public meetings to discuss the draft constitution.

“The whole thing is being done in secrecy. Unless the process is opened up for discussion, it will have no credibility,” said Mr Chaudhry.

He re-iterated FLP’s call that the constitution be put to a national referendum.

Anonymous said...

Rajen boy forgets that behind Bainimarama are hundreds of other guys who now have their futures staked onto this thing.

All have a stake in this process and its outcome. A personal stake.

And that is why not one will go to jail. The Captains and Leutenants who participated in the atrocities of 2007 to 2009 all have their careers in front of them. They will be Lt Colnels and Colnels into the coming decade and a half, and in the case of Leutenants well into the next two decades.

And that is why they will continue with what Bainimarama sets out today because they understand what the alternative will mean for them personally should they deviate. It will mean a review of their activities from 2007 to 2009 and possibly criminal prosecutions.

The majority of the current cadre of junior officers have been heavily involved in the atrocities of 2007 to 2009. They have a personal vested interest in ensuring that this process goes through. And they will be Commanding officers of the RFMF in the next twenty to thirty years as they rise up the ranks.

Bainimarama will age gracefully and in peace. Secure.

SEMI MEO said...

@Anonymous December 22,201 6:18AM. The bigger hypocrite is you!! You live in denial and attempt to defraud bloggers by your pretend patriotic post. Simply, of NO credibility what so ever, probable just like all you are and believe in. Your kinda coward is not needed in Fiji’s rebuilding process.


Look!! You have not read all my contribution as you claimed..but, of course we pity you’re “puzzled” ,hence you forgot your miserable name!.


.”puzzled” as I do NOT support the Rear Admiral, I do NOT support Mr. Qarase, I do NOT support Labour, I do NOT support Nationalist…if fact, I might support on of the other 6 or 7 political entities who’ve recorded they interest to contest Elections 2014..you ca form a “puzzled” party for all I care!


We pity when you’re “puzzled” by many of us in the Diaspora who’re committed to forego Christmas feasts and give towards the Fiji appeal..


You’re further “puzzled’ that the head count of our security forces immediately post Coup would have elevated Army commander rank to Major General..uh..Rear Admiral as your PM is a seafarer.


You’re “puzzled” and living in denial that the 1997 constitution went though it’s last burial rites with the “ladies in black mourning party in the photo.


You’re puzzled, that though I live in a so called democracy , Australia is presently investigated by relevant International agencies for blatant preach of human rights locking up civilian refugee, blatant and pandemic inhumane treatment of her indigenous people and segregating them in bush commune reddled in drug, sex abuse and poverty, the most racist Immigration Laws on earth!, and existence of remanets of the “white Australia policy” of yestyears clothe in modern deceptive names!...that is you Democracy??...you are puzzled as you admitted…


Of course, as you admitted….“I have been puzzled”…well, stay “puzzled”, while us 99.99% Fiji Citizens more on with a clear mind focused on the journey to 2014 election and thence we will change what need to be changed and …may be un..uh..puzzle the “puzzled’!

tattifala said...

the people of fiji DO NOT have a real voice in anything relating to the governance of the country - and that includes the new constitution being manufactured by regime hired hands.
their input is tokenism and a farcial pretense of " public consultation" and "democratic participation" in the making of the supreme law of the land. as some perceptive people have noted here people who support this bogus constitution making project have their special interest and hidden agenda. The reality is the constitution is a document being IMPOSED on the people of fiji by the ruling military junta. Is that such a difficult thing to understand?

Anonymous said...

Bro Rajendra Chaudhary, you might as well wish for the sun not to come up tomorrow. theres no way Gates will walk away from deciding on the new Constitution. Any event why this flawed process. He might one day have to pass judgment on it? You guess it. Control by the AG all the way to the end.
It is not new that the judiciary in Fiji has been involved in coups. Yes coups. Judges have advised coup makers in the past. Tuivaga, Fatiaki, Scott in 87 and 90 and 2000. Gates in 2006 and lets not forget the guru of judicial ethics Madam Shameem. Why would it be different now.
Gates was the hero after 2000 for the Rajen Prasad case. He did a complete u turn in Qarase's case in 2006 later righted by the Court of Appeal. Sadly and most telling is the fact that his Qarase judgment is now proven not to be based on fact - that Q's government was corrupt and the people needed salvation. We now know that after 6 years no one has been charged let alone prosecuted for being corrupt in government. Gates judgment and the reason for the 2006 coup is a legal fiction. That is fact - not fiction.

Anonymous said...

Chaudhry is part of the 2006 coup and should be charged for treason too.
RPC was part of it too.
what goes around come around.

Anonymous said...

Chaudary and the Fiji people are deluded. Its not the Constitution of the people of Fiji.

This is an Australian Constitution written to secure Australian business interests in Fiji. The trade off for the RFMF having its way.

Until that is realised, everything else is delusion.

The Constitution process has been paid for and funded by the Australian Government. Endorsed by Bob Carr. Presided over by an ANU graduate lawyer who worked for the Australian Colonial bank before the 2006 coup d’etat elevated him to Attorney General, and will be reviewed by the Chief Justice of Fiji who together with the President of the Fiji Court of Appeal are Australians. The consultant is Nazhat Shameem who is also consultant for AUSAID in Suva.

Newcrest told to talk to Fiji leader

January 16, 2012
Barry Fitzgerald

NEWCREST MINING will have to deal directly with Fiji’s military dictator, Frank Bainimarama, on negotiations for the development of its $1 billion-plus Namosi copper and gold project.

Commodore Bainimarama has announced that he will be taking ”over responsibility for overseeing negotiations related to the Namosi joint-venture mining project in Waisoi area”, which is 30 kilometres west of the capital, Suva.

The move appears to be a response to anti-mining non-government organisations agitating in the Waisoi area for opposition to the project on environmental grounds.

Newcrest is the manager and owner of 69.94 per cent of the Namosi joint venture, home to the Waisoi deposit and other copper/gold targets.

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The Waisoi deposit ranks as one of the world’s biggest undeveloped copper/gold deposits. Newcrest last estimated a total resource of 7.9 million tonnes of copper and 7.7 million ounces of gold.

Commodore Bainimarama said on his government’s website that as a ”result of some people seeking to politicise the project for their own benefit by spreading misinformation, the Prime Minister wants to personally ensure all relevant parties’ voices continue to be heard – in particular those of the landowners”.

The Namosi project is the subject of an environment impact assessment and Newcrest has said previously that it expected to complete a feasibility study into a development by June.

The website statement said Fiji was ”committed to maintaining a pristine environment in Namosi and throughout Fiji”.

”It is imperative to be forward-looking to ensure a clean environment for future generations while trying to gain maximum benefit for landowners – as has been done successfully throughout the world,” the statement said. Newcrest could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Had it not been for Fiji’s political turmoil, stronger copper and gold prices would have made the deposit a real development candidate.

Hopes that development may proceed have risen since a new year address by Commodore Bainimarama in which he said that emergency powers in place since 2009 would be rescinded and a new constitution was in the works. But that was followed by laws allowing for the arrest and detention of citizens without access to the courts for 14 days, said to have the purpose of preserving peace and public safety in the lead-up to national elections in 2014.

Commodore Bainimarama seized power in 2006 in the fourth coup since 1987. The fallout did not scare Newcrest away from pursuing Namosi’s big-time potential: its entry into the joint venture with Japanese partners occurred in July 2007.

tattifala said...

@ anonymous 952AM
I agree with every sentence in your posting except the last which reads: Bainimarama will age gracefully and in peace-secure.
Time will be the best judge on how the dictator ages.
yours is a pre-judgement.

Anonymous said...

@ Semi Meo

Boy, you sound so angry and in a fit of rage with venom spitting out of your mouth. Sometimes you sound so biblical, but here, it seems you are the hypocrite; saying something in contrast to your bibilical statements. If you had read today's FT, you will see people foregoing Christmas because of the damage by TC Evans. There is nothing to celebrate regarding the illegal constitution.

If you think Fiji is OK now, why dont you come here and experience what we face on a daily basis. And dont hide behind the fact that you are a Fiji citizen when you very well enjoy the benefits of Australia. After all you are saying Australia is being investigated, so Mr Meo, return home and enjoy the rear admiral's leadership; then, the fun begins.

Anonymous said...

Look at the puppets in black smiling from the background..all satisfied of a job well done...NOT....LOL..

Anonymous said...

Illegal AG AiyazK is an ANU law graduate? I thought he studied in queensland.

Anonymous said...

It is ok for the people of Fiji to examine the details of the Constitution Commission's expenses but no, no, no! The people cannot be shown what Government is spending on its salaries for the Government Ministers!!!

Mr Farkyum what about showing the taxpayers how much you people spend on your salaries and perks since they are the ones giving that money through taxes!

bainimagana levu said...

No amount of venom will stop PM Bainimagana because he is too stupid to realise it. Sir great job for being fiji's first navy commander to abandon his men and run away to save your ass, then shit in your pants out of fear in front of your men! even the puftas are braver than you SIR, well done!

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo becomes more unhinged with each posting. His 99.99 percent is delusional. He claims clarity of thought, but any reading of his rants indicates otherwise.

mark manning said...

It's symbolic of his struggle against reality:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFBOQzSk14c

Anonymous said...

Tattifalla,

Pls pls pls for god's sake stop your tatti comments. You have been spewing tatti in the other blog sites as well (fiji today democracy now).

I agree with others that you have a problem of low self esteem, inferior complex etc.

Anonymous said...

The 2006 coup had the blessings of FLP including MPC. He needs to be the first person behind bars. Chor Chaudary has one motto "my way or the highway". Son RPC has the same vision.

Mahen 'coup finance minister' chaudhry said...


'Hon". Mahen "Illegal Finance Minister" Chaudhry's hypocritical and self-serving statement about constitution smacks of hypocrisy. Had this treasonist not betrayed Qarase's multiparty govt, we might not be here.

Chaudhry: disappointed that Commission succumbed to regime's intimidation.
He not only helped put this regime in place, he was part of it.

Chaudhry: regime didn’t want people to comment on constitution.
Chaudhry is responsible for giving regime crucial support in early days, before it bit him in the arse.

Chaudhry: Don’t they (regime) know who the representatives of the people are?
Didn't you, when you became illegal finance minister and approved Baini's illegal $200k backpay?

Chaudhry: major concern that people and their mandated leaders are shut out.
Where was this concern when you supported the 2006 coup barka?

Chaudhry: It is clear by now that the regime is determined to have its own way.
True, it takes one dictator to know another!

Chaudhry: Debate at Assembly stage is likely to be carefully orchestrated.
Yes, just like at FLP meetings and appointments.

Chaudhry: Decree prohibits expressing “dissent”.
My, my, sounds so much like the FLP. Dissenters are expelled or disciplined.

Chaudhry:The whole thing is being done in secrecy.
Just like your secret $A2m bank account in Australia!

Chauhry: constitution be put to a national referendum.
Too late. you should have never supported illegal coup.
As a treasonist, you are responsible too. Jail awaits.

Anonymous said...

All these talks and acts on the new constitution, are just part of the whole cycle that the coups have driven Fiji into since 1987.

We elect governments, we then stage coups, we bring in coup makers to run our country, then they abrogate constitutions, they draft new ones which grant them immunity, and recreate a system which secures their freedom on our streets.
What is happening now is part of that cycle, spiraling the country down into its economic and social disorder.
Why do these coup makers grant themselves immunity if what they did, according to them, was good for the country? If some actions are good, then they should be good for us all, at all times, and would not deserve any legal protection. In other words, the idea of seeking immunity is an act of acknowledging that coup makers have committed the most treasonous crime, which needs the protection of the highest piece of legislation of the land.
This self admitting act of seeking immunity self centered, self seeking, treasonous, and lacks any national interest and concerns.

Let's be aware that we are just cycling a long the same path, with different actors, on the same bicycle [military] waving/fooling the people with all the rhetorics.

Anonymous said...

Tiki se warai ni tiki na qai qo ena qai ga! You like Bainimarama or not this journey will continue. A new Fiji for all Fijians. Merry Christmas everyone.

tattifala said...

@Anonymous 12.14 AM !!
Pls pls Pls for gods sake don't tell me I should comment on this blog or that blog for fucks sake!! I will continue to comment whereever I want to. You have a problem with that you handle your problem. I have no problem with my SELF or my comments.
If one intelligent person appreciates what I say that's good enough for me. You intellectual low lifes can go vutulaki !

t said...

Fiji 's UNelected Unlawful prime minister voreqe bainimarama has offered his congratulations to the newly ELected Lawful President of South Korea Park Geunhye.
Does the man know the difference between leader given a mandate by the people to govern them and a usurper who imposes his rule (by decree) on the people without their CONSENT?

Anonymous said...

When you read the illegal PM message to Korean PM, one wonders who wrote this message. Clearly not the illegal PM.

oi le said...

Meo's posts are just hogwash in other words tatti. He has got his head in the sand and his black as in the air.

tattifala said...

@ Anonymous 12.14AM
some shit commenting at 12.14AM tells me to stop commenting!! I might consider his decree for me to stop if he can reveal his real self. now we have a challenge. come on be a man!

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo is sick guys. First he ran away from Fiji, and he's been asked so many times why, but he conveniently dodged the question. He's a two-faced toilet scrubbing hypocrite, he comes up with 99.9% crap and always used rear admiral. Semi we know you love Bai's rear but you don't have to keep saying it.

Ah I think I know where you got the 99.9% from semi. It's from the label on a toilet cleaning agent where it says...kills 99.9% of germs lol. But thankfully you've build up a resistance to it lol

Anonymous said...

wahahahaha @ 10.55a.m. so truz! I think it's called harpic, that's why Semi Meo is always harping on about 99.9% crap in his foul mouth.

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo also needs to man up and answer the challenge Nameless Cyber Bully posed to him now two months ago. If he really believes the elections will happen and be free and fair then he should put his blogging whe his mouth is. The problem is that his mouth is always full, stuffed with Bainimarama's pipe stem.

Bye Ghai said...

It would have been too much for Ghai's reputation to walk away from a constitution for a second time. He would lose all credibility then and get no work whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

This is not true . My info is that she now lives and works in holland

Anonymous said...

We don't need army, they should go to their own vilages.

Anonymous said...

We don't need army, they should go to their own vilages.

tattifala said...

Fiji will NEVER have a free and fair election unless the Fiji Military is returned to barracks,the Bainimarama military dictatorship and its rule by decree dismantled , a caretaker civilian government set up and the UN supervise the elections.
without ANY of the above the election in Fiji will be RIGGED.

SEMI MEO said...

...and may the nameless Anonymous "man up" with their respective true ID..then..I may bother answer their pathetic Qs