#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 2012-01-08

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bainimarama's votes for the Personality poll were sent from government phones

UNETHICAL:  Vodafone's boss, Aslam Khan, (third from left) alerted the regime to Premila Kumar's strong lead.

REDDY: One eyed perspective?
The so-called 1500 votes for Frank Bainimarama on the last day of  the Fiji TV Personality of the Year texting competition came from just two phones, both of them government numbers.

Coupfourpointfive sources have established the texts were sent by two personnel from Bainimarama's Suva office and that one of them was using this phone number: 9905393. 
FIJI TV FACE: Satish Narayan

Our sources reveal here the true scale of the dishonesty behind the vote rigging that saw Premila Kumar bumped from her win and Bainimarama cheat his away again to the top.

Here's how the sham was played out:

1) As has been established, Fiji TV made the mistake of closing the poll a day early: on December the 30th instead of the 31st. But on the 30th, Premila Kumar was already way ahead of Bainimarama by almost 600 votes.

2) The mistake was picked up by Vodafone boss, Aslam Khan, who alerted Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. Vodafone also informed the regime the revered leader was trailing badly behind Premila Kumar. 

3) On December the 31st, two government numbers, which typically begin with 9905, were used to send more than 800 texts supporting Bainimarama. The two personnel who wrote the texts were from office of the illegal prime minister.

4) These two then called Vodafone (their contact person and Aslam Khan's trusted man) to see if their texts had gotten Bainimarama ahead of Kumar. They were informed that while the numbers had indeed put him in the lead, the text initials were wrong. Bainimarama's two officers were texting "FB" instead of "VB" as advertised by Fiji TV.

5) The two officers then re-sent more than 800 texts with the initials "VB".

6) These texts were discounted by Fiji TV because they had already closed the poll by mistake, a day early. 

7) Khaiyum, Bainimarama and Khan then got the pay-ad Fiji TV to strip the title of Fiji's Personality of the Year from Premila Kumar to give to Bainimarama. 

8) Khaiyum then decided to lay a complaint with the Commerce Commission claiming: "The allegation is that members of the public could text in and give their vote and the announcement was going to be made on the first of January. Unannounced to many members of the public, Fiji TV closed the actual polls on the 30th of December as opposed to the 31st of December.' 

Khaiyum has been quick to take the high moral ground but as  Coupfourpointfive sources have revealed in the above information, the slight of hand came from the regime.

Consider the following, folks:

1) Even if the poll closed early, Vodafone broke all ethics by informing an interested party - the regime - about the result of the poll. Khan is of course a regime supporter and has been proven to be a colluder time and time again. If this happened anywhere else, there would have been an outcry.

2) If Mahendra Reddy is fair and impartial, then he needs to man up and acknowledge that text messages for Bainimarama were sent from two government numbers. Two years ago the Nausori town clerk, Satendra Singh, used his work mobile to send hundreds of texts and won a car offered by Vodafone as part of its birthday giveaways. Singh was sacked by the regime, which had control over municipal councils through Special Administrators. He had offered to pay the phone charges. His dismissal was justified because he abused his  power. Will justice be done here as it was then?

3) More worrying, though, are the implications for the supposed 2014 elections. If a texting competition can be rigged after the regime knows it is way behind its rivals and challengers, then it will cheat just as it has done in this poll. It's a poor loser.

4) Alarming, too, is this very real scenario: With electronic voting as planned, it will be much easier to rig votes because the regime has the advantage of knowing how the other candidates and parties have fared. This is the real zinger in this sorry, sordid affair by Fiji TV and Vodafone to find Fiji's Personality of the Year.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Investigations into why Bainimarama wasn't named Personality of the Year

The illegal prime minister and dictator, Frank Bainimarama, is ticked off he wasn't named Personality of the Year and two investigations have been ordered into how the poll was conducted.

The search for the right titleholder got underway late last year by Fiji TV and people were asked to text in (via Vodafone), who they thought should be Fiji's Personality of the Year.

Fiji TV declared on New Year's Day that Premila Kumar, the chief executive officer of Consumer Council, had won the most votes.

But it has now emerged that another announcement eight days later (January 9) named coup instigator Franky Bainimarama the rightful winner.

His sidekick Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has held a press conference to say that it wasn't about the winner, but the way the poll was conducted - and the fact it closed December the 30th instead of the 31st.

Khaiyum has asked the Commerce Commission and Media Development Authority to investigate.

The Bainimarama appointed illegal attorney also says he has a statement from Vodafone which details discussions between Fiji TV’s Satish Narain, and a Vodafone staff.
He says according to the Vodafone letter, Fiji TV failed to count the 1500 texts sent in on December the 31st - texts which
put Bainimarama in the lead and ahead of Premila Kumar.

Khaiyum would have us believe that the unsolicited texts that came in on the last day were genuine. Only in Fiji would they expect us to believe such a lie.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fiji's ambassador to US Winston Thomson defends regime yet again

Source: Al Jazeera
Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, famously condemned Fiji's first military coup, saying: "Today's events are particularly deplorable as the first military coup against an elected government in the South Pacific."

In the wake of the 1987 coup d'etats, democracy has remained elusive for a post-colonial society deeply divided along racial lines. With further military coups in 2000 and 2006, Suva, Fiji's capital, has become the coup capital of the South Pacific.

The question is whether Fiji can chart a new course and re-establish a stable and enduring democracy. The choice rests with Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the leader of the 2006 coup and current head of government. Without his acquiescence, democracy will not return to Fiji. But, even with it, there are no guarantees. This is the puzzle Fiji faces.

Al Jazeera's foreign correspondent Eddie Walsh spoke with Fiji's Ambassador to the United States, Winston Thompson, to hear his views on what progress has been made towards the restoration of democracy and the country's outlook for 2012.

Eddie Walsh: On Saturday, your country officially lifted the state of martial law that has been in place since 2009. While the move does not restore democracy, it has been hailed as a step in that direction by Commodore Bainimarama. How has the United States responded to the move?

Winston Thompson: I think the US sees the end of the emergency powers as a positive move. While the US has tended to allow Australia to determine the Fiji-US relationship, the US has been increasing its engagement with not only Fiji, but also with the South Pacific. Because Fiji is so pivotal to the South Pacific, there is now a new opportunity for the US to be more forthcoming in terms of facilitating the process back toward[s] a democratic government. Because of the holiday period, we have not had contact with the US State Department yet on these issues. But, I foresee things developing along these lines.

EW: Now that the public emergency regulations have been lifted, do you expect a significant shift in Western foreign policy toward Fiji?

WT: It is too early to see a major change since the announcement was just made. But I would imagine that there would be - because the things that have been changed by the government are the things that have been most objected to by these governments. So, it would be a bit unusual for them to have made this stand all along and do nothing when these changes are brought in.

As you know, there are three pillars to US policy towards Fiji: 1) Implementing Section 7008 sanctions, 2) Protecting and promoting US interests, including maintaining full diplomatic relations in Suva and DC, 3) Doing no harm to the people of Fiji. The US has maintained this position all along.

The US was not very happy about the coup taking place, but they also wanted to make sure that the people of Fiji were not impacted. Although Australia and New Zealand imply that they have a similar "Do No Harm" policy, the impact of their sanctions has had very significant impacts against ordinary Fijians. In the case of the US, they have not imposed their sanctions in the same way.

The US also has welcomed the moves that have been made, including setting up the consultative process for the new constitution. Australia and New Zealand may have welcomed these moves as well, but there appears to be a certain degree of hesitancy and caution in what they say.

EW: Does this move provide a strategic opportunity to fully normalise Fiji-US relations, or do you need to wait for more concrete steps toward democracy?

WT: This is the moment. These moves by the government, in a way, are to conform to what other governments have asked us to do. So, it is an opening that we will certainly take-up. We will operate through the US State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs on this.

EW: The lifting of martial law has been met with great scepticism in some circles, especially in Australia and New Zealand. Critics argue that the speech announcing the move itself indicates the current government is not committed to democratic values. One particular line has has caused a lot of angst: "Public order, protecting the vulnerable, and safeguarding the economy will always be paramount." What was meant by this comment?

WT: For a country like Fiji, democracy is a very fragile thing. It can be tipped over by over exciting certain groups within society and causing turmoil. This has been the concern of the government in maintaining the public emergency regulations. If you allow too much freedom of expression, people are uncontrolled in what they say and you can get very heated emotions being generated, which is not in anybody's interest.

EW: Unfortunately, this can be the same argument given for preserving dictatorships as well. How then do you address sceptics who say that Commodore Bainimarama's lifting of martial law is disingenuous?

WT: We can only wait and see. The public emergency regulations have been lifted. What that line says, if there is an explosion in violence, maybe we will have to look at it again. What the government is asking is for people to be responsible and not get over excited. We have had situations in the past where people have used the race card to demonise others, which has led to political instability. What the prime minister therefore is saying is that this is an issue that we will need to continue to watch.

EW: While the lifting of the public emergency regulations is important, do you think more needs to be done by the government to demonstrate your commitment to democratic values?

WT: On the strategic framework for change announced by the prime minister in 2009, we laid out a timeline for the process of getting to elections in September 2014. That framework said, in the first two years, we would focus on economic and social development. Then, there would be a process to developing and promulgating a constitution. And, finally there would be elections. We have kept to that timeline.

As far as Fiji is concerned, the prime minister has made it very clear that the public emergency relations would be lifted. Next, he will be announcing the setting up of the consultative process for the constitution. By the end of this year, the constitutional review will be fully underway. It will be developed in 2013, explained and promulgated to the people, and then available in 2014 in order to hold the elections.

EW: The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper recently ran a piece with Lieutenant-Colonel Tevita Mara. He argued that the end of emergency rule would make little difference for Fijian hopes for democracy. He also cautioned that Commodore Bainimarama was attempting to clear the domestic political field behind the scenes so that he can run unopposed in the future. What is your reaction to these comments?

WT: Lt Col Mara has been making these comments since he left Fiji. Having been part of the Fijian military at a very high-level, it is a bit incongruous - as if he was not an uninvolved and innocent bystander. When he first started making these statements, he said the lifting of the emergency regulations, the registration of voters using electronic means, and intention to set up a review committee for the constitution would not happen at all. Now that they are happening, he is questioning whether it is genuine. In terms of eliminating the competition for Commodore Bainimarama to have the field all to himself, I think that is a scare tactic that is not realistic.

EW: It would appear counter-intuitive that the government would take one step forward with the lifting of martial law and immediately take one step back with the prosecution of political opposition leaders. Why then is the government suddenly moving forward with charges against Mere Samisoni and other political leaders?

WT: I think it is probably just a coincidence that they are happening at the same time. She is a fairly spirited sort of woman who tends to make overheated, rash statements. These have been overheard and she now will have her day in court. If she was making statements and plotting as are stated in the charges, then she is going to face the legal situation that she has created.

EW: In 2010, your government made a pledge to improve the human rights situation. Almost 18 months later, Human Rights Watch and others continue to publicly admonish Fiji over its human rights record. When you speak of keeping your promises to the international community, do you feel the government has followed through on its human rights pledge?

WT: The lifting of the public emergency regulations has dealt with lot of criticisms related to the freedom of association, freedom of speech, and human rights generally. So, people will be free to make comments, associate and return to a normal life. Now that the decision has been made to the lifting of the emergency regulations, there is a new platform for reviewing the situation in Fiji.

EW: The International Trade Union Confederation has argued that Fiji is prosecuting 'an all-out assault on trade unions in Fiji'. In 2011, there also were increasing calls for Fiji to restore freedom of the press. Now that the public emergency regulations have been lifted, do you expect the government's approach toward trade unions and media to change in 2012?

WT: The fact that the public emergency regulations there prevented their meetings and association, so perhaps the criticism was justified. Now, the unions will be free to meet and do whatever they were doing before.

The Media Industry Development Degree 2010 continues. There has always been a self-regulated organisation where complaints against media were directed. But, the government felt the issue wasn't being taken seriously enough by that body. The government indicated that, unless that body took its job seriously, they would have to pass legislation. So, that legislation came in when it was felt that claims against the media for exaggeration and incorrect reports were not being taken seriously.

With respect to ownership of the media, many countries have laws which restrict offshore ownership. I don't know that ours is particularly different from standard international practice. Because the Fiji Times was wholly owned by News Corporation, they couldn't satisfy local ownership requirements.

The Fiji Times also was, for a long period, very critical of the government who felt it was not very helpful in getting Fiji moved in a positive direction to get back to elections in the proper state. If you continue to criticise and print things that are not correct, you keep the collective mentality in an unsettled state. In the end, the frustration with the ownership and editorial direction of the newspaper meant you had to do something.

EW: The process of demilitarisation is not currently addressed in the strategic framework. Is there a timetable for the troops to return to their barracks?

WT: When the process gets to the stage of preparing for elections, the need to have the military visible will change. At the moment, many military officers man positions in the civilian government. I would imagine they would return to their military positions then.

EW: Your comments would suggest that there is no timetable to address issues which fall outside of the strategic framework. Given that uncertainty over these issues is fuelling doubts over your government's commitment to democracy, do you feel it is now time to broaden or deepen the strategic framework?

WT: The challenge is there. There will be disbelief; there will be scepticism. In the fulfillment of these objectives and as more are announced, including the constitutional review committee, things will fall into place. As people see these things moving along, it will incrementally improve relations. The framework was a broad statement with a very long timelines. As time goes on, there will be a need to be more specific and fitting things into the timeline. In terms of giving greater credibility to the process, maybe we need to be more specific on some of those other points.

EW: We have talked a lot about whether Fiji needs to do more to demonstrate its commitment. But, as a diplomat, you probably have strong views on how the international community could improve its side of the engagement as well. What actions can the international community take to encourage Fiji to move forward on the reforms that they are demanding?

WT: The government has put out a timetable which it has adhered to, but there remains a certain attitude in the international community. Some in the international community have criticised what the government has done in its pathway back to democracy. As a consequence, Fiji has looked to other sources for friends and assistance and developed new partnerships and relationships.

So, I think what has happened over the last five years is that there is a new pattern of relationships which has developed. We have moved away from the traditional ones, which relied on Australia and New Zealand very heavily, as well as the United States and other Western countries to some extent. We have become more associated with other countries. China has always been there. Japan has been much more assisting. New relationships have developed with Indonesia, India, and other non-aligned movement countries, like the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

In some cases, these countries have endorsed what Fiji has done. In others, they have said, what you do is up to you. They have said that we will continue to provide what assistance where we have in the past and you will sort yourself out in good time. Whereas the others have said that you have to do this, that, or the other - regardless of whether Fiji thinks that is the right thing to do. This is the issue with our traditional partners.

EW: One of the arguments made in defence of the coup was that it was necessary to prevent the further politicisation of race in Fiji. How then is the current government working to overcome this issue in the run-up to elections?

WT: The government has systematically removed the issue of race out of the whole society and body politic. That has been there since Fiji was a colony. So long as it was there, it compartmentalised the people. You had a communal look in electing officials to whatever office, not just the parliament. This perpetuated this sense of being separate. Now, all people in Fiji are regarded as a Fijian. Before, this was reserved for just one group of people. The removal of those potential sources of friction has provided a better basis to move on. Over time, hopefully this will leave people less to feel different about. The government also has followed through on recruitment to public service and into the government on a meritorious, non-racial basis. It is going to take time. I am sure with time the information collected by our statistics bureau in government will confirm these trends.

EW: Fiji is not the only country that is forced to deal with deep ethnic cleavages within its society. From your perspective, why then do you think that current government is not being recognised for its efforts to bridge the racial divide?

WT: It is hard to understand for those familiar with the Fiji situation. Tensions can boil over very easily when people are not responsible. Our past history shows that irresponsible actions have tipped the situation over. It's a reality that we have to live with. My view is that others tend to look at this very narrowly in their definition of democracy and freedom. Generally, these attributes have evolved in these countries over many years. They have become entrenched and stabilised and society adheres to them. In the developing countries, these values are not as well entrenched. You have to be more careful or they will unravel.

EW: There are many examples in which the military leadership elects to stand-down prior to a return to democracy. There have been calls for similar moves in Fiji. Do you see widespread support within the current government to remove the military from politics prior to the 2014 elections and is there a timetable for this process?

WT: I am not privy to such talks. That said, the previous coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, did stand down, became a political figure, stood for elections, and came back in as the prime minister. In this case, I would imagine that Commodore Bainimarama could follow a similar path.

EW: It is clear that some major challenges remain in Fiji's path to democracy. However, progress also appears to have been made in the past year. Looking ahead at 2012, what are the diplomatic 'wins' that you are trying to achieve and what are the most serious risks facing those efforts?

WT: The basic position that Fiji has, and has been following, is the strategic framework for change to build a better Fiji. We want to make Fiji a more balanced country, first in terms of socio-economic development and then, updating the legal framework and laws. This removes the issues which have been divisive for Fiji. Only then can you move forward with the constitution and elections. In terms of performance along that continuum, the government has followed it. It has not conformed to what some other countries have set out though who want elections immediately.

Fiji has been saying all along that our whole issue is that the basis of the constitution is wrong and must be fixed. But, that is falling on deaf ears. Now, we are at the stage that the public emergency regulations are lifted. We are getting ready for the constitutional review phase, with the economic and social development plans having been fully launched.

The only challenge for us is if we do not follow through on the commitments we have laid out in the strategic framework. Assuming that we continue along that line, we would have to be accepted at face value once these things are done.

Now, the relationships that have been on ice need to be reviewed and normalised with countries like the United States. It has been put that when we have announced a date for elections that things will happen. But, that date has already been set for 2014.

We are comfortable with where we are at on our timeline. We remain open to other countries being part of our development processes, and we are very appreciative of those who have stood by us these past five years. But we are clear on where we are going and will not be dictated to by those who've been less than helpful up to now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Honig continues to fight regime 'persecution'

YAROI, KAMEA: Some of Honig's 70 acre freehold resort. 
 HONIG: Battling trial by media and biased officials.


From: K Honig <ken@arizonastoragecenters.com
Subject: Re: Fw: Re: Govt. Response to Your Comments
To: "Christopher Pryde" <christopher.pryde@gmail.com>
Cc: MorrisDA@state.gov
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 5:53 PM

Mr. Pryde,

I apologize for my slow response but as stated earlier undertaking a process like the one I was considering is a major effort. The problem here is that there are two separate issues - my illegal detention in Fiji during the months of  October and November of this year and the subsequent extortion demands from certain representatives of the Fijian government. I have spent an enormous amount of time seeking out opinions from my counsel in Mexico, USA, Nicaragua, and Israel - locations where I live and/or conduct business - regarding human rights issues (illegal detention) as well as seeking redress for the financial threats and demands imposed upon me. The words "futile" and "foolish" in taking on the Fijian government are what I am hearing from my representatives most often, primarily based upon the capricious and arbitrary detention already imposed upon me, the lack of any binding rules, laws, or constitution, the "trial by media" methods employed by the Fijian government against me, the slanderous and malicious comments against me emanating from Fijian government representatives, and ultimately the lack of desire in knowing the truth as shown by the Fijian government. 

Regarding your question about my failure to file a complaint with the Attorney-General, to the contrary I spoke with the gentleman directly on his mobile phone (679-990-5777). He was not interested in my problem at the time, passed the phone to one of his "attendants" and she promptly hung up on me. I tried earnestly and frequently to meet with Biosecurity CEO Silvestrini, but he refused me every time. I met twice with the acting Director of Immigration (Brown) but he stated he could not help me. I filed two written complaints with the P.M.'s office (October 25th and November 7th) as well as sat outside the P.M.'s office for 4 hours on November 8th hoping for an audience without success. The United States Embassy was unable to secure my release and I spoke with them no less than 10 times. Seriously Mr. Pryde, what more would/could you have done in my shoes?

SILVESTRINI: Fiji's biosecurity boss
I have a 70 acre freehold private resort worth millions of dollars in Fiji and it's not the kind of place that you bring lizards to nor is it the type of place you simply walk away from. However, I continue to have a difficult time understanding that Fiji has become the type of place where non-uniformed government hooligans can approach you and detain you indefinitely, issue warrants for "cash fines" payable immediately on any charge they can develop, steal and use against you your non Fijian government issued I.D., run an extortion racket like a criminal enterprise, etc.

Some questions that come to mind, that remain unanswered, are:

[a].      On what basis did Biosecurity act against me.

[b].      Why did it take Biosecurity so long to make a decision

[c].      What exactly were they doing in the 20-25 days when I was stopped from leaving Fiji;

[d].      What authority and power did Director of Immigration act under to place me on the black list.

[e].      Why didn’t Immigration Department lift the ban when the Police said that they had cleared me of any criminal charge;

[f].      Under what power did Biosecurity place me on this black list.

[g]      Why did Biosecurity Officer Taitusi ask for a $1,000,000 "donation" from me at the same time they were investigating me.

[h]      Why did Biosecurity Officers Cama and Silvestrini immediately and mysteriously drop their "investigation" of me after their extortion demands were met, yet PRIOR to the court ruling in my favor for release, AND while Biosecurity officers were still on my property conducting their fourth physical investigation

[i]       Why did CID Officer Jorge Ravaga from SavuSavu request my passport information "strictly to report the interview to the U.S. Embassy" which was a blatant lie only to deviously pass along same information to Biosecurity - who was not legally or otherwise entitled to my personal information yet used it to write a "cash fine" as well as have immigration refuse my exit from Fiji

[j]       Why was the Biosecurity Promulgation Act completely ignored by Biosecurity Officers (PART 8 - POWERS OF BIOSECURITY OFFICERS) 65(5) A person may be detained under this section only for as long as is required to question and search the person and the person's baggage and to arrange for biosecurity measures to be taken in respect of it.

[k]       Why is it that to this day not one shred of evidence exists against me, nobody can find any iguanas, and the Biosecurity officers are not in prison

Mr. Pryde, I have a wonderful life am not foolish enough to take on the Fijian government nor the corrupt elements within it.  I will not spend any more of my time on this fruitless pursuit. As well, obviously I cannot provide the evidence you ask for at the peril of those that assisted me.  However, someone interested in the truth may wish to find the answers to the questions above and I'm certain that if that same someone searched hard enough they would find $40,000 of my money in the pockets of CEO Silvestrini and Legal Officer Cama at Biosecurity.


Ken Honig

--- On Tue, 11/22/11, Christopher Pryde <christopher.pryde@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Christopher Pryde <christopher.pryde@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Fw: Re: Govt. Response to Your Comments
To: "K Honig" <ken@arizonastoragecenters.com
Cc: MorrisDA@state.gov
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 8:55 PM

Dear Mr Honig

Thank you for your email.

As the Attorney-General has said, if you have any evidence of corrupt activities concerning Biosecurity Fiji or any other Government agency, please forward it to us and we will investigate the matter.

I note from your email you said you had attempted to lodge a complaint with the Attorney-General. I have checked our records and can find no record of any complaint having been lodged with us.

We remain interested in receiving any evidence you have of corrupt activities by people in the Fijian Government or any of its agencies.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher T. Pryde

Solicitor-General and
Permanent Secretary for Justice and Anti-Corruption
Office of the Solicitor-General
7th Floor, Suvavou House
PO Box 2213
Government Buildings, Suva

Tel:      (679) 330 9866
Fax:     (679) 330 5421
E-mail:  christopher.pryde@gmail.com

This e-mail contains information that is confidential and which may be subject to legal privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not read, use, distribute or copy the contents of this e-mail. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify me immediately and destroy the original.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bainimarama the hypocrite covers up for Fiji's hanging judge and adulterous RFMF major

The regime has revived the Public Order Act to keep Fiji citizens under its control with the illegal leader claiming everything it did under the Public Emergency Regulations was justified and created a fair Fiji. This in the face of so many examples of regime hypocrisy, two of them alone below. 

The first involves a cover-up of Justice Daniel Goundar in a number of cases involving his maternal uncle, Keshwan Padayachi. Since the publication of Coupfourpointfive's recent story exposing the original conflict of interest, at least eight other cases involving Goundar's uncle that were heard by him, have been removed from PACLII. A search of the cases throws up the following: 404 File not found. 

The conspiracy and the attempt to shroud the truth by the Judiciary shows it is not independent, impartial or fair as Frank Bainimarama claims in flowery state of the nation addresses. If it is, when will Justice Goundar be asked to explain his undeclared conflict of interest and why is he being protected? Is it so because it is his job to send more innocent people to prison? 

In the other case, a RFMF major who was sacked alongside a female soldier after they were caught having an affair, has not only been reinstated but was promoted by Bainimarama. The same Bainimarama who this weekend insisted he has made a "better society—one that is more fair, just and transparent meeting international standards."

The following cases on PACLII – the legal information institute concerned Justice Daniel Goundar presiding over cases where his maternal uncle Keshwan Padayachi appeared for the Accused/ Appellant.
1.        Gani v State [2011] FJHC 712; HAA020.2011 (30 September 2011) [3%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 30 September 2011; 10 KB)
3.        Kiran v State [2011] FJHC 226; HAA009.2011 (19 April 2011) [2%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 19 April 2011; 10 KB)
4.        Jahid v State [2011] FJHC 262; HAA05.2011 (12 May 2011) [2%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 12 May 2011; 14 KB)
5.        State v Dayal [2011] FJHC 476; HAC009.2010 (29 August 2011) [2%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 29 August 2011; 9 KB)
6.        Bano v State [2011] FJHC 227; HAA008.2011 (21 April 2011) [2%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 21 April 2011; 11 KB)
7.        Prasad v State [2011] FJHC 710; HAA018.2011 (30 September 2011) [2%]
(From High Court of Fiji; 30 September 2011; 12 KB)

Sacked soldier now Commissioner Central
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely" and this old adage is ever fitting for Fiji’s military regime and its high school failure leader, Voreqe Bainimarama.

In an address at the Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) commanders’ parade and award ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks top ground in Nabua, in December 2011, Bainimarama said that soldiers who abuse the powers bestowed upon them will have no room in the RFMF.

Unfortunately, these are hollow words indeed for the rest of the world outside the RFMF walls since Bainimarama himself and his underlings are an abusive force themselves.

Look no further than 2007 when then Major Laisenia Bale Tuitubou undertook a peacekeeping mission to the Sinai. There were female Fijian police officers in this mission. During the mission Major Tuitubou had an affair with a fellow married Fijian female police officer. It was during the time of Teleni’s run as Police Commissioner and his law of “extra marital affairs in the police force will find you sacked”.

Upon Major Tuitubou’s return, and later in 2009, the affair was found out and both the female police officer and Major Tuitubou were relieved of their military and police duties and sacked as per “Teleni’s law”.

But fast forward to 2011 and what has happened? Major Tuitubou is now Commissioner Central, Lieutenant-Colonel Laisenia Bale Tuitubou. He was also the soldier responsible for approving the permit for the annual meeting of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Rewa in November 2011, which was later blocked by police officers from Nausori and Ro Temumu turned away from attending the meeting.  

On December the 1st, last year he opened the ablution block at Ratu Alipate Primary School in Naitasiri delivering a speech that reeked of self-promotion and praise for his high-school failure leader Voreqe Bainimarama, who obviously enabled him to obtain the Commissioner’s role after the debacle of sacking for extra-marital affairs.

It is yet another classic example of “what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander." For while Laisenia Bale Tuitubou and his family continue to enjoy the benefits of the military regime’s corrupt practices with his high posting, the family of the sacked female police officer continue to struggle to make ends meet with only one parent now being the bread winner in these difficult and hard times in Fiji.

Why wasn’t the female police officer reinstated to her previous post in the force if Lt. Col. Tuitubou is now Commissioner Central? So, much for the promise by Bainimarama that no military officer will benefit from his coup. The so-called leader of Fiji is a liar.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

We'll take the piss .... why not?

An insider was able to give me Bainimarama’s draft of his speech dated 6th January. His draft was then sent to Qorvis who turned it into the speech we all heard on Friday 6th. Bainimarama’s draft paints a truer picture of the situation in Fiji.

My humble servants: As I told you in my New Year’s address the Public Emergency regulations will be lifted tomorrow. Now I will tell you what will really happen; I did not want to tell you before because I did not want to ruin the good will on the first day of 2012.

This marks an important step toward the informing, you my humble servants, about the new constitution under which a truly democratic election will vote me in as President and Khaiyum, He is the one with his hand up my arse, as Prime Minister.

No modern state, especially one created by an act of terror wishes terror upon itself. I am sure you understand, my humble servants, that it is important for the well being of my family that I take a lead from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Equatorial Guinea and Bahrain to name a few of Qorvis’s more enlightened truly democratic clients.

In Fiji we have experienced terrorism. I should know because I was the ring leader. Qarase will never forget the terror of having armed soldiers at his door. President Iloilo would always shake when he signed any document I asked him to sign.

We must never allow this to happen again because that would remove me from power. Therefore I will crack down on anyone who threatens my authority and my wife’s shopping trips.

In the UK a person can be detained for 14 days on suspicion of terrorism. My friend Robert Mugabe tells me that is nothing and he can detain people for as long as he wants. Now that’s sensible. He has been a dictator as long as anybody and he knows what he is doing. The USA has Guantanamo Bay and detains all terrorists off shore. That is a great idea and we are going to close Rotuma to all civilians and turn it into a massive detention centre.

Mugabe also tells me that any vilification of the Zimbabwe’s Supreme ruler and family even on the internet has been criminalized. Any blog site that shows another picture of me and my son in the back of a limo will be exterminated. I have found the people who hacked the Government website this week and they are now working for me at the high speed internet cell at Naboro.

We have had such safeguards in Fiji under the PER. However, I removed it in a shameless attempt to garner international support and to pretend we will have consultations on democracy. However as my puppet master informed me we need to ensure that MY rights are protected and so we have updated the Public Order Act.

Over the past few years I have brought in a number of changes. We have sought to empower my family and modernize us. Well at least all my grand children have iPads and I have an iPhone. My new friend Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Commander of North Korea gave me a new app for my iPhone for Christmas. It is called iDictate and a lot of the new Public Order Act came directly from the App. (Note to self. Make me Supreme Commander at first available opportunity)

My Government has been very successful and we have achieved an overall decrease in the crime rate because nothing that I, my ministers and members of the military do can be a crime. Take the policeman who went for a swim in the pool at QEB after one of my officers beat him unconscious. 

Under past governments corruption prevailed and the economy was mismanaged. (Apparently they had something called economic growth, I have no idea what that is) But anyway the problem with their corruption was that it did not include me, Khaiyum or Aunty Nur. I feel sorry for Aunty Nur because she is so ugly and she says she needs all this money for major plastic surgery. She was given a quote the other day and it will cost over $10m USD to make her into a decent looking woman.

Now my Government, with the help of corruption and has made sure that all the money coming into Fiji goes through Aunty Nur and Khaiyum. They then give me a cut he tells me it is the biggest cut because I am the dictator and I trust everything Lickmyarse says.

Over the past few years here is a list of my Governments achievements.
1-      Implementation of a common and equal citizenry. - We have all read Animal Farm and some citizens, namely myself are more equal than others.
2-      Outlaw of institutionalized racism and other discriminatory practices – Just look at the military, we are an institution, we have racism and we are outlawed by the rest of the world.
3-      Codifying equal rights for women – Aunty Nur gets an equal share
4-      Creation of FICAC – That’s a godsend for making sure all the corruption comes my way. If you don’t send the cash to my Swiss bank account then you go to Prison.
5-      Creation of the Independent Legal Services Commission – That is answerable to Khaiyum
6-      Instituting a Child Welfare Decree – If I had not increased poverty we would not have needed this.
7-      Putting in place a new Crimes Decree – That gives me total control
8-      Creating a transparent and sustainable provident fund – Well I will have a pension that will keep me and Mary in the way  we have become accustomed
9-      Equal distribution of land lease monies – Half for all the owners and half for me
10-  And Restructured Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Sugar industry – Vaniqi tells me we have had a run of record years. He said “Lowest production ever”
11-  Getting better returns for landowners and providing security for tenants – As Khaiyum and I are now the biggest landowners it is imperative we get bigger returns and also we need to make sure our Chinese tenants are well looked after.

Under me Fiji has managed to do great things and these include:
1-  We have made unprecedented investment in technology and communications. How else do you think we read all emails and listen to those Vodafone mobile calls.
2-  We have invested greatly in rural areas. My new farms are doing very well and supplying food to my new mines.
3- We have increased poverty so more people need free food, textbooks etc.
4- We have increased our diplomatic ties, especially with those countries whose concept of democracy is as flawed as my own.
5- We have brokered many successful partnerships. Aunty Nur with Rewa Dairy, Aunty Nur, with 100 sands Casino, Aunty Nur with…. She is good about sharing the wealth
6- We have given impetus to the private sector. - And that is why they are all investing overseas
7- We have been able to cut taxes - I have found that if you keep the money offshore in Switzerland or the Caymans you don’t pay tax at all.
But none of this could have been successful if the normal checks and balances of a democratic system had been in place.
We would not have been able to move forward if democracy had kept us in the past. The freedom blogs have not seen the light and with my new iDictate app they will be destroyed.
There is nothing more I want than a Fiji which has me as Supreme Commander for life…..
Unfortunately the rest of the speech was unreadable as there was a large Johnny Walker Blue Label stain.

Thumbs up for Democracy!!