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Monday, January 14, 2013

Narsey: political parties will either endorse or boycott

Trashing the Ghai Constitution: the positives
Professor Wadan Narsey
14 January 2013

How can there be positives, you might ask?  But first note, even diehard supporters of the Bainimarama Regime must be worried that the Bainimarama Regime is trashing the Draft Constitution, and is going to write its "own".

After all, the Regime itself appointed Professor Yash Ghai (Khaiyum's teacher at Hong Kong University) as Chairman, and the Commission was stacked with three known Regime supporters (Satendra Nandan, Taufa Vakatale and Penny Moore), none of whom have ever disagreed with the review process with its country-wide consultations, or the final product.

Penny Moore, to her great credit, has defended their Draft Constitution, while Vakatale has maintained a discrete silence. Nandan merely complained that Professor Yash Ghai, the Chairman of the Constitution Commission had released the "people's constitution" to the "people" without a collective decision by the Commission- an "illegal" act, roared the Military Regime.


The international community will note that the Draft Constitution abided by all the rigid requirements of the Regime's Decrees 57 and 58 of 2012: immunity for those supporting unlawful governments from 2000 to 2014 (which many opposed), a fair electoral system for Parliament where each person's vote was of equal value, and a clear enunciation of human rights.

Trashing this Ghai Draft Constitution may seem a negative to many, but it is ironically, taking Fiji forwards.

The dubious grounds for rejection
While one could easily find a few faults with the Ghai Draft, the arguments put forward by the Military President in rejecting the Ghai Draft, were totally without foundation and merely reveal the Regime's desperation in clutching at straws.

Nailatikau's most serious allegation was that "it is an anathema to democratic representation that the Ghai Draft allows for, at the very least, a 144 member body of unelected people [the People's Assembly] deciding on key issues pertaining to the people of Fiji".

This was blatantly false. Ghai's "People's Assembly" would not have any real legislative or governmental powers, which would all still reside with the democratically elected Parliament.

The only real "power" the People's Assembly might have had would be the election of the largely symbolic President.  This aspect could easily have been changed by the Constituent Assembly, should they see fit.

All know that that the current President, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, and their ever-changing military spokesmen are all unelected people who have obtained their positions though a military coup and guns.

All know that the Regime's Decree 57 had stated that the final decision on the Draft Constitution would be made by a "Constituent Assembly" which would be completely appointed by Commodore Bainimarama, with nowhere the broad democratic element that the People's Assembly is being given in the Draft Constitution. and only after vetting by the Chief Justice's Tribunal.

Who could believe the President's allegation that the Regime's own Constitution Commission was over-influenced by foreign donors and local vested political groups?

The Regime which professes a belief in genuine people's democracy, felt desperate enough to pass a Decree stopping the Yash Ghai Commission from discussing their Draft Constitution with the people of Fiji, as had been set out originally in their Decrees, while their "legal team" will now do the job.

The Regime's contempt for the people of Fiji and genuine democracy could not be clearer.

The Regime's real worries
The real worries for the Military Regime would have been that: the Draft Constitution did not grant immunity for abuse of human rights; it granted immunity only to those who took an oath renouncing their support of illegal regimes (what a litmus test for the guilty!); the Regime would have to give way to a caretaker government six months before the 2014 elections; and there would be an end to the tenure of the current President.

The Bainimarama Regime was in a panic that the Draft Constitution states clearly that all members of the security forces (army, police and prisons) are explicitly required to not obey unlawful orders from their superiors.  This requirement would have come into effect from the day that the President gave his "assent" to the Draft Constitution.

Another revealing positive is that mid-way through the Commission's work, the Regime promulgated yet another decree that stopped the Commission's exercise to establish which of the Regime Decrees must be modified in order to be consistent with the new constitution.

Such an exercise was absolutely necessary if there was to be full respect for the fundamental human right of access to the courts, and legal continuity in the fair administration of justice in Fiji, with total adherence to constitutionality and the law. The Draft Constitution even went so far as to outline which decrees needed to be changed, fully or partly (Schedule 7).

It would have worried the Regime that Schedule 6 for the Transition Arrangements states in Clause 24 (Judicial proceedings and other pending matters) that "(1) Any proceedings before any court, tribunal or commission that had arisen under any law and that had been terminated by order at any time before the General Effective Date, are revived and may be proceeded with under this Constitution".

This would have restored the basic rights to go to court with just grievances, of relevance to FNPF pensioners whose Burness/Shameem case already before the courts was purportedly terminated by a Decree and also international owners of investments at Natadola and Momi, challenging the appropriation of their assets by a Decree (and several other cases).

While this would have reassured the international investing community, how revealing that the Military President, with reference to the investments at Natadola and Momi, ridiculously alleged that "The Ghai Draft can lead to financial and economic catastrophe and ruin".

Judiciary not prepared to "do the dirty"?
There's another positive puzzle: the Regime's Decree 57  had insisted that after the Constituent Assembly approved the Draft Constitution, it would go to a 5 person Tribunal appointed by the Chief Justice, which would assess it in relation to the Decree requirements, and if necessary, refer it back to the Constituent Assembly for the required changes.  Already fool-proof, you might have thought.

For the Regime to circumvent this whole process suggests that the Regime's legal advisers (including those lurking in the shadows) must have concluded that they would be on totally tenuous grounds, visible to all, if they made any changes to the Draft Constitution via the Chief Justice's Tribunal.

It would seem that Professors Ghai and Murray, and their group of legal advisers, were so thorough in ensuring that their final product was legally "water-tight", that the Regime's Chief Justice (and the 5 person Tribunal) were intimidated out of their "vetting" role, the full details of which would have been completely clear to the public.

Whatever the facts of the matter, it is indeed positive that the Regime found it necessary to short-circuit the process, and pass the Ghai Draft to Khaiyum and unknown advisers to the Solicitor General's office, to do their hatchet job, before it is sent for rubber-stamping to the "people's Constituent Assembly", yet to be appointed by Commodore Bainimarama.

Once more, passing the buck to the "President"
It is worth noting the beginning of Commodore Bainimarama's speech in rejecting the Ghai Draft:

"I firstly wish to thank and acknowledge the leadership and wisdom shown by His Excellency our President. Our vision to create a truly democratic nation under an elected parliamentary system will be etched in history, thanks to His Excellency our PresidentAs requested by His Excellency, the Government's legal team will amend the Ghai Draft".

Khaiyum is now also repeating the mantra- please respect the "President's wishes" in ordering the revision of the Ghai Draft.

Fiji will remember previous activities conducted under the "mandate" and "powers" of a previous President, Ratu Iloilo, all proven to be without substance eventually:

* the NCBBF and Charter exercise by John Samy and Archbishop Petero Mataca;
* the President's Political Dialogue Forum by the "interlocutors" Robin Nair and Sitiveni Halapua;
* the justification of the 2006 coup by Gates, Pathik and Byrne;
* the 2009 purported abrogation of the 1997 Constitution by Iloilo himself.

The "President" yet again acquires autonomous authority, whenever  it suits Bainimarama, and Khaiyum and advisers behind the scenes who do not want to be seen to get their hands dirty.

The sad difference between then and now, is that the current President is not senile like Iloilo, but fully aware of his faculties and the deep sorry hole into which he is digging Fiji.

The world also knows that Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who once failed to be elected by the Great Council of Chiefs to the post of even Vice President of Fiji, is himself the embodiment of the "old undemocratic unelected chiefly elites" who the Regime allegedly wishes to eliminate, in their smokescreen Holy Grail of a new, meritocratic and democratic Fiji.

More positives
While many have been skeptical of the Military's objectives in doing the coup, the Regime has had enough supporters (a few well-intentioned), to be able to hang on to the reins of government for the last six years.

But the Regime's ruthless treatment and rejection of its own choice of internationally renowned and respected law professor (who six years ago seemed to be sympathetic to the "Bainimarama cause") will alienate even more supporters- individuals and business interests alike.

It is a positive sign that many of the former Bainimarama supporters from the unions and Catholic, Hindu and Muslim religions have become vociferous opponents of the Regime (fill in this list) or have silently disappeared from view (fill in this list), and note that both lists are getting longer.

Of course, some Regime supporters (individuals and business people), will continue regardless of any fraud that the Regime commits on the nation, but this list (fill it in for future reference) will also shrink if decent Fiji people ever get around to socially ostracizing them, as happens in morally and ethically strong societies around the world.

The international donor community (Australia, NZ, EU and US), who reluctantly accepted the Regime's "Roadmap" of democratic constitutional reform and free and fair elections by 2014, will have had their hopes dashed and their financial support for the Regime's constitution review thrown in their faces, but they will grit their teeth and continue, no doubt with a more steely appreciation of the untrustworthiness of the Bainimarama Regime.

Current supporters like India and China will know that their own reputations and their wider interests in the South Pacific are being hurt by their continued support of the Bainimarama/Khaiyum Regime, which future democratically elected governments will keep in mind (see my accompanying article on "China and India, the elephants in the Fiji room").

Over the next six months, meticulous comparisons between the Regime's Constitution and the Ghai Draft Constitution- what exactly is changed, added and left out - will reveal more facts to Fiji and the world, about the Regime's "real Roadmap". There will be no place to hide.

Take as positive that all the political parties in Fiji are now united in their opposition to the regime, and will probably adopt a common strategy to the Constituent Assembly.

They will either (a) all participate and insist on supporting the un-amended Ghai Draft Constitution or (b) all boycott and watch with deep interest (and remember) who exactly are the "people's representatives" who will brazenly turn up to rubber-stamp the Military Regime's Constitution.

Either way, there is a definitely a new ball game in town.

Professor Narsey has a blog of his own and can be accessed at http://narseyonfiji.wordpress.com/

73 comments:

Anonymous said...


Fiji regime says Assembly interest strong, only one withdrawal

Posted at 03:43 on 14 January, 2013 UTC

The Fiji interim government says amid the controversy over last week’s decision to commission a new draft constitution, one application for the Constituent Assembly has been withdrawn.

The Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, says applications are still coming in by people wishing to join the Assembly which is expected to begin sitting next month.

He says it has to be representative of Fiji society and could have about 30 members, reflecting the size of parliament proposed in a government submission.

“The advertisement had already closed about a week and a half ago but applications are still coming in. Some of these things take time to come via the post, so we’re giving a certain level of discretion on them.”

Lieutenant Colonel Tikoduadua says the leader of the United People’s Party, Mick Beddoes, will be asked to join the assembly which is to sit for up to six weeks to approve the constitution.

He notes that neither the Methodist and Catholic churches nor top chiefs applied for Assembly membership.

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Anonymous said...


Fiji regime says Assembly interest strong, only one withdrawal

Posted at 03:43 on 14 January, 2013 UTC

The Fiji interim government says amid the controversy over last week’s decision to commission a new draft constitution, one application for the Constituent Assembly has been withdrawn.

The Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, says applications are still coming in by people wishing to join the Assembly which is expected to begin sitting next month.

He says it has to be representative of Fiji society and could have about 30 members, reflecting the size of parliament proposed in a government submission.

“The advertisement had already closed about a week and a half ago but applications are still coming in. Some of these things take time to come via the post, so we’re giving a certain level of discretion on them.”

Lieutenant Colonel Tikoduadua says the leader of the United People’s Party, Mick Beddoes, will be asked to join the assembly which is to sit for up to six weeks to approve the constitution.

He notes that neither the Methodist and Catholic churches nor top chiefs applied for Assembly membership.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International
PO Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand

Anonymous said...



Acting Minister for Education, Commander Viliame Naupoto

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Zero marks to remain following independent investigation
Publish date/time: 14/01/2013 [18:02]

The Ministry of Education has maintained the stand that the 11 students from Labasa Sangam College who were given zero marks for their Form Seventh Examination biology paper will remain following an independent investigation.

Acting Minister for Education, Commander Viliame Naupoto said their finding is clear that there is conclusive evidence that malpractice was involved on the part of the students during the exam.

Commander Naupoto said none of the students have been targetted and people need to accept the reality that there was malpractice.

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Commander Naupoto said everything was assessed during the investigation.

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The earlier decision stands that the students can resit the paper.

Meanwhile the eleven students of Labasa Sangam College and their parents will go on a hunger strike following the decision.

One of the parent's concerned Rajesh Lal said that he is disappointed with the decision reached and he will therefore call a meeting with other parents following which a petition will be submitted to the Commissioner Northern.

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Lal added that they will still not consider the option to re-sit the paper.

Story by: Vijay Narayan and Filipe Naikaso

Kamlesh Kumar said...

Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr said he can understand why Fiji's interim government would reject aspects of the draft constitution.
Carr said while New Zealand and Samoa have been highly critical of the recent development, Australia is taking a softer stance.
According to Carr the re-creation of an unelected Great Council of Chiefs would seem to give rise to the suggestion that ethnic divisions in the country were going to be exaggerated by new constitutional arrangements.




He added that he can find it understandable that the interim government has objected to both these features of the draft constitution

Mafi USA said...

Well said Dr..we will just wait and see the lies and more to unfold beofre us... Shame on you Nailatikau...Shame on you..You benefitted through elitism which takes you to the position of commander....You may have still be hungover when you read your speech to understand the full meaning of it..
We will see...

tattifala said...

Hard to fault Prof Warden Narsey's take on the trashing of the Ghai Draft Constitution and its unexpected bonus for the democratic opposition to close rank against the regime.
Every crisis throws up opportunities according to the wisdom of the ancient Chinese. This crisis - the dumping of the Ghai draft by the military regime so as to manufacture their own - presents the opponents of the regime an ideal opportunity to gang up against the regime and to expose its bluff about being "the peoples' choice government".

onedone said...

Unfortunately, this is no game...just like your other writings poof, this is non commital nonsense...only one course left and that is boycott and protest...there is no othe choice

Anonymous said...

Excellent piece, well said Wadan! Bob Carr and his NZ counterpart have failed big time. This horse from Kiuva is not eating the carrot. Why didn't they listen? All the diplomatic corp and democrats around the world have already got copies of the Ghai Draft and are now eagerly waiting to see the VB/AK version. Their evil intention is now becoming obvious but for how long? Did anyone watch the "NAZI Hunters" on SBS last night? Argentina is too far to runaway to for these criminals? Pakistan or Beijing will be a better option but for how long? The truth will prevail!

Semi Meo, Chief Cleaner,Westfield Mall, Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Excellent piece, well said Wadan! Bob Carr and his NZ counterpart have failed big time. This horse from Kiuva is not eating the carrot. Why didn't they listen? All the diplomatic corp and democrats around the world have already got copies of the Ghai Draft and are now eagerly waiting to see the VB/AK version. Their evil intention is now becoming obvious but for how long? Did anyone watch the "NAZI Hunters" on SBS last night? Argentina is too far to runaway to for these criminals? Pakistan or Beijing will be a better option but for how long? The truth will prevail!

Semi Meo, Chief Cleaner,Westfield Mall, Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

SEMI MEO said...

THE TRUTH HURTS. PROFESSOR YOU'VE NAILED IT ON THE HEAD AGAIN.
NOW I'LL KEEP MY ENORMOUS UNEDUCATED MOUTH SHUT.

Anonymous said...

The political leaders of the country only have heir self serving interest at heart....they dot really care about the people..everyone of the parties had racist policies...that's what this govt is trying to get rid of..the racism.
We need a united Fiji not a Fiji divided by race,religion or land allocation.This Govt is getting rid of these three major issues which has been a hurdle in the progress of the country in the past.The chiefs and the churches have not helped either.In fact they were the causes of the 197 and 2000 coups.So lets all wait for the final draft contitution and lend a hand to the govt and move forward.

Long Live Bainimarama
Long Live ASK
Long Live FMF
Dharam Lingam

Anonymous said...

CA IS A RUBBER STAMP .GOOD TO SEE ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE UNITED NOW.
BOYCOTT THE ELECTION AND CA.

Anonymous said...

REGIME IS FULL OF LIES AND SHIT.DONT LIKE TO GIVE UP POWER.
TIME FIJIAN TEACH THIS KHAIYUM AND BAI SOME REAL BATI STYLE LESSON.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama the Evil, Ruthless, Corrupt, Power Hungry, Conman, Complusive Liar and Scum of a Dictator your days are numbered

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE HAVE TO STRIKE FOR FEW DAYS .THAN WE WILL SEE THE FALL OF THE REGIME.
NO WORK NO SCHOOL NO TRANSPORT AND DONT PAY TAX TO THE REGIME.
NO MONEY REGIME WILL FALL.
PEOPLE SHOULD DEMAND FOR 1997 CONSTITUTION THATS IT AND ASK THE ILLEGAL REGIME TO RESIGN AND FACE THE COURT.
FRANK WANT TO BE PRESIDENT IN THE FURURE .
KHAIYUM PM
AZIZ ARMY COMMANDER
NAZHAT -CJ.
BANO -FINANCE MINISTER.
LETS SPOIL THE REGIME PLAN AND PARTY LETS STRIKE SOON.

Anonymous said...

WHY IS KHAIYUM,CA AND REGIME MAKING A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR US FIJIANS.
WE HAD A 1997 CONSTITUTION .WE WANT ELECTION NOW .WE ARE FED UP OF THE CON JOB OF THIS CROOK REGIME .

Coup fourpointfive said...

Editor,
If what the former publisher of the Fiji Sun newspaper Russel Hunter says is true - and I along with many others think it is - then that must also say a fair bit about Graham Davis, the self-style "independent" journalist from Australian who is currently working as a paid propagandist for the military regime in Fiji.
Hunter says in the first sentence of his short and concise letter : " I find it incongruous that Graham Davis(Letter 14/1) bangs on about genuine democracy while supporting a regime that crushes dissent using military force, controls the media...,awards major contracts without tender, keeps ministerial salaries (and just about everything else) secret, has trampled on human rights, and routinely harasses trade unionists and rights activists - the sad list goes on" ('Racial paradigm rules' , the Australian, 15/1).
If the expatriate Australian wants to side with the military dictatorship that his choice .I don't respect his choice and many other pro-democracy activist don't either. But Graham has the right to make the choice he makes. Having made the choice Graham should not go on and on about being an "independent" journalist.
That is being dishonest.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney.

Anonymous said...

KHAIYUM IS A PUPPET TOO OF NAZHAT.

tattifala said...

Yes there is only ONE Choice for the democratic opposition : To NoT participate in the bogus regime sponsored Constituent Assembly. Remember Mahatma Gandhi's strategy of peaceful non cooperation. It worked.

Coup fourpointfive said...

Editor,
In response to Graham Davis' letter 'What Fiji needs' (the Australian 14/1) I should like to point out to Mr Davis what Fiji does NOT need is for an expatriate Australian to come to Fiji, get on the payroll of the military regime and then tell the people of Fiji and the international community that the military regime is poised to deliver the "first genuine democracy in Fiji's history".
That's nonsense.
Yours sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

What the pro democracy needs to do is to send in some moles to the assembly and shit all over the regimes new constitution.

Meleki Turaga said...

Thank you for a well set out clear and factual verview of the quaqmire the illegal Govt has chosen to follow.

The President has no conscience in allowing himself to be used by Kaium and gang to mouthpiece their filthy plans for Fiji.

Please continue to enlighten us by sharing with us you take on the situation in Fiji....i discuss them with my fellow villagers.

Vutuki Meo said...

Hi everyone. Just to let you know that Bai wants to cancel the 2014 Election and is looking really hard for an excuse to continue Military Rule.

We know that this is how Bai operates.
(KNOW YOUR ENEMY).
We know how he operates.

So at the moment he is involved in a death-struggle.

BAI WILL NEVER GIVE UP POWER
We know that.
Anyone who thinks that Bai will give up power when he loses the election must be really really stupid. He will never give up power.

At the moment all this Constitutional Bullshit has only one goal ie for him to avoid jail and become President for life.

So the best step is to not get involved in the CA

AND ALSO TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE WE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT THIS MAN and his dumb green ants.

So LETS ALL UNITE - ALL MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND GET READY TO FIGHT THIS MAN IN 2014.

He will not let go of Power in 2014 and we must get ready to fight him then.

If he cancels the Election this year - then we fight him this year.

God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

We should all unite and boycott this constitution bullcrap. If Frank can change the constitution to suit himself, what reason is there that he won't rig election results next year 'IF' it happens?

The Oracle said...

SOME INTERESTING ISSUES

1. We now have an idea of how many people will sit in the CA - 30. Once the chosen few are named publicly, we should be able to determine whether the number will be a true reflection of the cross section of Fiji society and whether there is a level-playing field in terms of "as near as possible equal representation of views", pro and anti Bainimarama regime.

2. I will give Bob Carr the benefit of the doubt (with regards to the Fiji Sun interpretaion of what Carr said about the latest developments in Fiji) and look forward with keen interest to what he will say when the Bainimarama regime's version of the draft Constitution is made public.

3. I wonder whether the Graham Davis/Marc Edge saga has now turned into a Graham Davis/Russell Hunter "war of words" with both men keen to muster an advanced following for their forthcoming books which will no doubt provide opposing (with great passion) versions of what led to and has ensued in Fiji since 2006?

4. I look forward to any move, in the not too distant future, to mobilise public support to oppose our rapid decline into absolute dictatorship.

5. And, finally... I wait in great anticiption for that "visionary" Political Parties Decree and in particular, any provision that requires party composition based on ethnic or gender percentages. What a contradiction that would be - because aren't we ALL supposed to be Fijians?

I welcome the RFMF admission that provision can still be made in the statutes for a body (such as the Great Council of Chiefs or even a Bose ni Vanua) to represent indigenous Fijian interests. I do wish to point out, however, that for this to be recognised, provision for such should be made in the new Constitution... as it is in Ghai's Draft.

tattifala said...

The battle-lines are now very clear. It's a fight between the Fiji military and its supporters with the backing of the guns on one side of the battle-line and the people and their pro-democracy activists with the backing of legal and moral right on the other.
The people have NO CHOICE but to stand their ground against the military might of the dictatorship if they are to regain their freedom and democratic rights.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Narsey thanks for such a good write up. I always enjoy what you write. The only thing is that you are long winded. It may be better if you write in 2 or 3 parts. That way the attention will be there.

Anonymous said...

There is no point in participating in the CA. That's because Naicekerua indicated that the members will be HANDPICKED by Bocimarama. And there's a 99.99% chance it will be stacked with members loyal to the pig Bocimarama, semi Meo excluded because he's ineligible. We all know that the pig will do everything he can to avoid being ousted from power because the consequences are severe. When he loses in the election, if there's even going to be one, he will order the army to stage another coup. Yes it will happen.

Vutuki leka pai mai na keba said...

@ darafalla lingam.
What land allocation you talking about, stink4skin. You want some, go lease some.
At least I, my kids, my grandkids and my future generation have got our land allocation in our village. Something that you're so envious of.
Our Yavusa, Mataqali and Tokatoka as recorded in the Vola ni Kawa Bula is not folklore, gandu. It is a living document whereby every Fijian, wherever we are in the world are happily obligated to register our new born kids. Beat that, kunte!!!!!

Anonymous said...

War in Mali: France Can Bomb Militants, but Not Arms Routes
In this Wednesday, April 11, 2012 photo, Tuareg separatist rebels from the NMLA (National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad) stand near their vehicle in Timbuktu, Mali.
To fight a war, you need three essentials: Weapons, fighters and cash. And the al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali now being bombed by France have enjoyed a rich supply of all three ingredients, thanks to the downfall of Libya’s dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as well as, ironically, to Western governments themselves, which have paid Islamic groups millions of dollars over the past few years, to free European hostages in the vast Sahara Desert. “The jihadi groups were flush with cash, and were in a position to buy whatever was within reach,” says Fran├žois Heisbourg, a security expert and chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. “How many arms depots did Gaddafi have? Well over a thousand. So there is still a lot of stuff sloshing its way in all directions.”
The pipeline of weapons to Mali’s insurgents from Libya’s old regime has been an anxiety for African and Western governments ever since Gaddafi was killed in Oct. 2011. The Libyan leader was a prolific arms buyer, spending billions in oil revenues during his last years on state-of-the-art weaponry, and leaving behind miles of unsecured warehouses filled with rockets, machine guns, ammunition and anti-aircraft systems, much of which had never been unpacked. Within hours of Gaddafi’s death, many ethnic Tuareg fighters from northern Mali, who’d fought alongside Libyan forces as mercenaries, retreated across the Sahara, carrying as much weaponry as they could stuff into their pick-up trucks. The patchwork of ethnic separatist groups and Islamist militias that seized Mali’s north this year cemented their control from the muzzles of these guns.

Deepak Chauhan said...

When will international community realise that this is a battle between citizens and a coward hiding behind guns! Just a handful of retards in green trying determine our destiny.

SEMI MEO said...

Oilei...na cava na noqu cala??....lol...lol..

anyway...ni sa vosoti kece na kaikaila ka butako yaca tiko e eke..


Loloma yani...barewa kece ga vei kemunani!!

Coup fourpointfive said...

Editor,
We learn from a Fiji Sun report that Australian Foreign Minister Bob" Carr backs change to Ghai draft " (FS 15/1).Senator Carr would do himself a favour by reading Susana Tuisawau's letter 'Respect the process' in the same issue of the Fiji Sun.
Senator Carr will have no difficulty in understanding and appreciating what Susana Tuisawau the veteran regional educator and trade unionist is saying for Mr Carr is an intelligent and honourable man. Tuisawau says in her concluding remarks " ...Do not force changes on us. Let the elected representatives of the people speak for the people...To do otherwise ... is to violate the democratic rights of the people. It is a violation of democratic governance and an encouragement of dictatorship".
Senator Carr I am sure would not like to be seen as a man who uncritically accepted the official view of the military regime in Fiji rather then the view of the people of Fiji - as articulated for example by Ms Tuisawau.
But then you can't be too sure about anything, can you?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Kamlesh Kumar said...

To all the concerned citizens of Fiji.
There is a President's mandate which should be respected. Let us wait and see what is in the draft constitution. All good parts of Ghai's draft constitution will remain. Only the bad parts will be eliminated and this is our PM assured to me before he left for overseas. There is only one withdrawl from the Assembly which shows the government has 90% support. My advise is wait and see. This government is fair to all its citizens unlike Qarase government. Long live Bainimarama Government.

Anonymous said...

it seem's Bob Carr has ears on Graham Davies and Sharon.

Anonymous said...




Decree sets age limit to 6

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fiji National Provident Fund chief executive officer Aisake Taito speaks to members during the FNPF annual general forum at the Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

SIX-YEAR-OLDS can now become voluntary members of the Fiji National Provident Fund says chief executive officer Aisake Taito.

ANOTHER FRIKIN DECREE.
I HAD TO CHECK AND MAKE SURE IT WAS NOT APRIL THE FIRST.

THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO SHAME.
TAITO YOU ARE SHOCKING!
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
ARE YOU REALLY THAT DESPARATE FOR MONEY?

YOU GONNA COLLECT ALL THIS MONEY FROM THESE CHILD-LABOURERS AND THEN USE IT TO PAY FOR YOUR INCOMPETENCE WITH AIR PACIFIC?

THIS ILLEGAL GOVT IS PATHETIC, AND FULL OF PATHETIC PEOPLE LIKE TAITO.

THIS IS BEYOND THE JOKE.

GO TO THE FRIKKIN CHINESE AND ASK FOR MONEY. STOP EXPLOITING LITTLE KIDS.

Anonymous said...

Bob Carr is innocent about the dark realities of Fijian politics. He takes at face value what that coupster Inoke Kubuabola told him in Sydney. He does not know who Kubuabola is, his history and his past atrocities, this key architect of the 1987 coup. does Carr really think that this military mob will return Fiji to parliamentary democracy? Is he that native or foolish. Does he not know the record of broken promises of this regime? Carr says the jury is out. No, you fool. The jury has spoken, and the jury is the people of Fiji. they want the Ghai Draft to be the basis of the new constitution, not the military version. Wake up Mr Carr.

Anonymous said...

Kamlesh, did the wannabe pm tell you that when you were under his tabale gobbling his kanakas.

Graham Davis said...

Rajend Naidu, you can call me most things but I'm afraid you'll have to come to terms with the fact that I am Fijian and writing this from Suva. Whereas you are in Australia and may well be Australian, for all I know.

Anonymous said...

Police stop planned hunger strike
Publish date/time: 15/01/2013 [13:08]


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Email this page Police have stopped the gathering of some students and parents of Labasa Sangam College in the last hour as they were getting ready to start off their hunger strike as a protest over the zero marks in the Form Seven biology paper.

Parent Rajesh Lal said six Form Seven students together with six parents had gathered at a relative’s home to begin their hunger strike when the police showed up asking for their permit.

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Lal maintained the hunger strike will continue at their home.

He is now planning to take the Ministry of Education to court as he said this is the only way they can get the ministry to show them evidence of malpractice.

DO INDIANS CHEAT TO GET WHATEVER THEY WANT?

CAN'T THEY TAKE DEFEAT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE?

I HOPE THE CURRENT REGIME TAKE NOTE OF THIS!


Anonymous said...

Mr Carr has had his user by date expired. Gillard shud look for fresh blood to head foreign affairs. This guy has made fumbles time and again since taking over the portfolio. Firstly the erronous statement he made about the boy who died after he was tasered by poklice some months back.

tattifala said...

Bob Carr has made a complete ass of himself! any Australian with any knowledge of the real situation in Fiji will tell you.

Anonymous said...

Bob Carr, you fool: whether Fiji should have a National Peoples' Assembly or not should have been a matter for the hand-picked Constituent Assembly to decide, not for the military regime to pre-empt, nor for an unelected puppet President to criticize. The same goes for GCC: if the Fijian people want it, so be it. that is democracy. Don't you get it?

rajend naidu said...

In a letter to The Australian (20/10/2012) one N. Aisbett wrote " It is great that a UN vote has awarded Australia a seat on the body's Security Council. But the reaction of Foreign Minister Bob Carr bothered me. His boast about a big win seemed rather juvenile..." Bob Carr's reaction bothered many other intelligent Australians who were less modest in their reaction to Mr Carr's reaction!!
Thought I'd just thrown in a bit of the background...

Anonymous said...

U.S. pledges help to France against al-Qaida rebels in Mali
The U.S. today pledged to aid France's widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and airlift support and the State Department said it would send civilian contractors to the region as early as this week to train an African-led military force.
"I commend France for taking the steps it has," Panetta told reporters. "We have promised that we'll work with them and cooperate with them."
Panetta said he did not want to "go into all the particulars" about the nature of U.S. assistance, "but it suffices to say that it's basically in three areas. … One is, provide limited logistical support; two, provide intelligence support; and three, provide some airlift capabilities."
France began military action Friday at Mali's request after the radical Islamist rebels began a rapid advance south. By Sunday, French jets had bombed training camps in militant areas and hundreds of French forces were involved.
Panetta said the rebels' push south had added urgency to the situation.

Anonymous said...

For months U.S. officials have been involved in discussions with leaders from France, Mali, and neighboring West African countries about the best way to proceed militarily against the Islamist extremist groups who seized the northern half of the country last April. The jihadists are accused of human rights abuses such as enlisting child soldiers and stoning to death women accused of adultery as they enforce a strict interpretation of Sharia law.
The top U.S. military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, recently said there is evidence that extremists from other African countries have traveled to Mali to train with the al Qaeda affiliate that has moved into the country.
Intervention by a UN-backed ECOWAS force wasn't expected to come for several more months, but late last week the rebels pushed further south to capture another key city. On Friday, France surprised many by immediately sending warplanes to push the rebels back and is continuing to go after rebel targets in northern and central Mali.
While France has greater political and economic ties to its former colony, the United States has long shared concerns about terrorists finding safe haven in the country's desolate northern region. The U.S. military has been involved in counterterrorism operations in Mali since 2002. In the past decade, Mali has been among several West African countries that received training from the U.S. military intended to improve security in the region by strengthening the nations' ability to defend against jihadists and rebel groups. The U.S. is also involved in intelligence gathering, with the frequent use of surveillance drones to keep an eye on extremist groups.
Panetta told reporters he could not say how long the fight against the Islamist rebel groups in Mali would take, but analysts expect it could become a long, difficult battle against the rebels who are well armed with the weapons that flooded into Mali after the fall of neighboring Libya last year.
"It will likely last for quite some time," said African analyst Mark Schroeder of the U.S.-based global security analysis firm Stratfor. "The rebels in northern Mali have been embedded among the local population there and know where to hide in the mountains."
"This is home for the jihadists in northern Mali, and they are going to fight for it," said Schroeder.

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE DECIDE THE FOLLOWING BECAUSE THE POWER IS WITH THE PEOPLE.
1.DEMOCRACY
2 FREEDOM
3.CONSTITUTION
4.ELECTION OF MP
SO LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK.
PEOPLES POWER CAN GET THE REGIME DOWN.


Fijiana said...

Felix now prostitutes the UNION. Not that I am FLP man, but I feel sorry for the workers as if you see, Felix and the union officials do not have a good track record. Fist they jump on the band wagon with Bainimarama in 2006 and after they get a swift kick on their backside, now they become anti Bai.



New political movement distances itself from FLP
Publish date/time: 15/01/2013 [16:41]


The new political movement which has the support of 27 unions under the Fiji Trades Union Congress umbrella has nothing to do with the Fiji Labour Party.

Unions that were behind the formation of the FLP, the FTUC, the Fiji Public Service Association and the Fiji Teachers Union are behind the formation of the new party.

FTUC general secretary Felix Anthony said the congress Special Delegates Conference on Saturday decided that the workers need a political movement and a political party to address the issue of workers’ rights and human rights.

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The leader for the Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry said that many members of the trade unions affiliated to FTUC have spoken to him after the Delegate Conference and told him otherwise.

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Meanwhile, Anthony also said that the council supports the Constitution Commission draft which includes the setting up of the National People’s Assembly and the Great Council of Chiefs.

Anthony said the GCC plays an important cultural and traditional role and the National People’s Assembly is not any different from the national economic summit.

However, he said FTUC is disappointed and remains unconvinced about the excuses given to the people of Fiji by the President and Prime Minister on the constitution review process where amendments will be made to the Ghai draft by the Government legal team.

Fijivillage asked Anthony why has he changed his stance towards the Government now as he was appointed on the FNPF board and Telecom Fiji board after the 2006 coup.

Anonymous said...

both Franks sapotas,,,,,,people without principles always changing colour and who needs drunkards and womanisers as leaders,,,,we need to replace the military regime but not with another bunch of unprincipled immoral drunkard clowns!!!

Anonymous said...

Bob Carr does not recognise indigenous rights in Aust.

People of the Land said...

It is important for the country as a whole not to neglect the important the GCC has played over the years. People must not forget that this body was created by Sir Arthur Gordon because it resembled the indigenous form of governance and it has worked perfectly for the past 100years prior to the military take over in 1987. For people to say that this unelected body was the course of division etc and etc mush have a very short memory.

In the mind of a Dictator he thinks that he will rule forever and that is why he will always build his confidence and integrity and legitimacy from within and using external factors like roping in MPC and his labor party cohorts, Muslim Brotherhood and various religious organization to provide legitimacy for their actions, overseas countries and then boot them out because in the mind of a dictator he is always correct.

As he continues he is slowly realizing that the road to Damascus is nigh and undeniably craving in. Edua na i vosavosa vaka viti e va go, " E na yati mai na colo"... meaning the interior will be slowly and slowly comming to the fore ...no longer an remote possibility.

No we can clearly see as highlighted by Professor Warden that in all their dirty and demonic ways to deceive the people of this nation, they themselves are creating their own enemies.
The Dictator feels that his number one enemy is the Methodist church and the SDL Party. No it is no longer because the shift has already began that now the enemy number ones are the Indian dominated institutions and political parties, religious bodies.

O i ra na turaga ni Vanu akei ira na qase ni Lotu era na lomani kemuni tikoga but outside these two institutions you are a public enemy number one Frank.

This is creation of your AG who is a sickly man and already have an operation in NZ while he was studying there years ago.


Ask your AG who were the people on his side while he was in NZ. UI bet he will tell you ONLY Fijians or Kaiviti.


That is the whole picture of the situation in Fiji now and my plea to all our men in uniform do what is right and just in the eyes of God and for the future generation of this country because you will be questioned by your sons and grandsons in future.

May God Bless Fiji

Anonymous said...

Why is the constitution being engineered to give immunity for treason and financial gain by Aiyaz &party? Is aiyaz so scared of going to prison and bending over for the soap in the shower?
HE SHOULD BE A VETERAN BY NOW !!!!

Anonymous said...

Neither do poofs onedone and nonedone, army judge nazishamimi, bushlawyer kumyummi and the other kaiindia academics support and recognise indigenous rights in fiji ...poor kaiviti the poorest in their own land, now gonna be the unrepresented in the government of their land...get rid of you army and your leaders and get back the 1997 constitution then you might get somewhere.

Kamlesh Kumar said...

New terms and conditions set for political parties. Oilei- No more SDL. The party has to change its name from SDL to an English name. Sad day for fiji.

Anonymous said...

The bastards have changed the rules AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

SDL -United FIJI PARTY -POTE KK.

Anonymous said...

Graham Davis, even though you were born in Fiji, you're not a Fijian, so get your gay head out of Bocimarama's ass because you're so far up you can actually eat from his mouth. Pathetic old fart.

Anonymous said...

Kamlesh kumari, I think you and Graham Davis are blogging from the same computer in the same room in the same house. Now that's disgusting you two gay pricks.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the only party to qualify will be the Sotia ni Solisona Party.

Anonymous said...

You still a Kaivalagi.

komai said...

People of the Land

GCC or better known as "Great Council of Thieves" has zero purpose
in this day and age. They have served their purpose for the colonial masters. iTaukei community are much smarter and educated. They do not need someone to hold their hand and feed them with a spoon.

So bye bye GGC you are now HISTORY.

Moce keda na Ratu vata na Tui

Anonymous said...

Komai, you're not iTaukei, so shut up. Your hero Voceke will get his reward so we'll see where you stand when that happens.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 9:41
Moce SDL, Moce GCC, Moce Methodist.

Welcome New Viti

Anonymous said...

And a fool....hehehe

Anonymous said...

this is for DHARAM LINGAM- YOU ARE SHAME TO YOUR NAME- YOU SHOULD PUT
A IN FRONT-ADHARAM-SUITS YOUR THOUGHTS-IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE IN YOUR SELF OPEN YOUR EYES SEE WHERE FIJI IS HEADING WITH BAINI--DONT TELL ME OF NEW ROADS OR HOUSE BUILT THAT'S JUST TO DISTRACT PEOPLE--YOUR TABALE AISE BOUGHT NEW HOUSE IN NAMADI HTS-500K

Anonymous said...

The most failed instituitions in Fiji:

1) the RFMF -- the root of most evil;
2) the judiciary -- totally subverted;
3) the press -- completely cowed or outright lying propagandists;
4) the chiefs -- with the exception of The Lady, shirking their duties;
5) the church -- needs the spirit of revival, not survival;
6) the police -- utterly derelict leadership;
7) USP -- spineless and apathetic;
8) unions -- why aren't they striking?
9) opposition leaders -- why aren't they organising protest marches?

Fiji is where it is today because they failed us.

Anonymous said...

Let's all not tell Dharam Lingam that his hero Bainimarama was the architect of the 2000 coup attempt. Let's just keep it our little secret. I would hate to disillusion the child. It is his father we're talking about, after all.

Anonymous said...

We'll see which passport you use the day after we lynch the tyrant.

Anonymous said...

I love this guy's math.

The dictator finds 30 yes-men out of a population of over 800,000. One of them finds that even he can no longer support Bai's actions and so resigns. Kumar maintains that this shows that the government has 90 percent support?

WTF?!

Anonymous said...

Meo, still counseling all to wait for the free and fair elections in 2014? No wonder you kept ducking Nameless Cyber Bully's challenge to you. You didn't believe your own propaganda.

Anonymous said...

You army goons, we don't respect you. We respect only your guns.

And why SHOULD we respect you? You are a contemptible lot of traitors, thieves, murderers, and liars.

If not for your guns, we would kill you.

Keep it up, and maybe even WITH your guns.

Anonymous said...

I beg the question: "How can the ILLEGAL PRESIDENT GIVE HIS LEGAL 'ASSENT' WHEN HE IS SITING THERE ILLEGALLY!!??"

Anonymous said...

Isa, as an ex serviceman, I am very, very saddened that the once revered RFMF [ROYAL Fiji Military Force] is now being called, amongst other things, "SOTIA NI SOLI SONA".
But then, I am consoled in the belief that the current members of the RFMF [RASCALS & FUCKED MILITARY FORCE] brought it on themselves!!