Fiji's provincial chairs have been issued with termination letters.
All 14 of the provinces were given their letters yesterday; some are meeting today to see what they can do about it.
One province in particular is preparing to fight the decision.
The termination of the chairs follows a recent directive by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum for Yasana Holdings Ltd to be taken over by Fijian Holdings Group Limited.
The 14 provincial councils and the Rotuman Council held 62.24 per cent of the shares in Yasana, the rest belonged to the
iTaukei Affairs Board.
Bainimarama has been trying to strip chiefs of their power and traditional authority for some time.
He last year disestablished the Bose Levu Vakaturaga despite an outcry, and is now trying to shut down Fiji's traditional governance structure completely.
His aim? To secure his longterm future via the presidency.
There is no justification for the terminations but the regime is known for manufacturing 'plausible' excuses.
The one Bainimarama has been falling back on lately is the well-worn claim people have agendas and are trying to destroy his good work of the past six years.
The coup leader has a particular fear of chiefs with political nous, chiefs who have the credentials to straddle both worlds and, worse, who have a huge following.
To him, they inconveniently wear two hats when it suits them - that of chief and that of politician.
These are the leaders Bainimarama is trying to eliminate, which suggests he may be due to indicate the future of his biggest rival, SDL.