|Poised for action: Fijian Solutions Group International now have a Suva chapter.|
Two wrongs coming out of New Zealand: Murray McCully denying it was a waste of money for it to have chipped in $500,000 for the Constitution reforms and former Human Rights Commissioner, Shaista Shameem, wading in on the regimes's draft Constitution.
McCully, who has predictably been quiet on the regime's decision to drop the Constituent Assembly, reckons last year's Constitution campaign was not 'money down the drain.' He says it had an 'unfortunate end' but the exercise which involved a lot of community consultation' and was a good one.
|Shameem: can't escape past|
Shameem originally supported the regime and is accused alongside her sister, former high court judge Nazhat Shameem, the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, and the illegal solicitor general, Christopher Pryde, of helping Bainimarama get rid of Fiji's last democratically-elected prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.
After a stint at Waikato Univeristy, and championing the cause of a FNPF pensioner, Shaista Shameem is now based in Auckland, working at the Grey Lyn Neighbourhood Law Office. According to a website blurb, when she's not fighting the cause of Kiwis, she is walking her four dogs on one of Auckland's favourite beaches.
Shameem also appeared recently on Fair Go, the consumer watchdog programme for Television New Zealand.
Talk meanwhile has surfaced again about her sister, who continues to have a huge influence on the regime behind the scenes having an affair with Bainimarama. The story has been revived by the disbarred Fiji lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry, who reckons he has pictures taken from a mobile phone and will be publishing them soon.
Something else untoward today: The FBC News story posing the question 'Will Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum contest the elections?'
Under the headline 'AG offers no clues on possibly contesting election', FBC says Khaiyum neither denies nor confirms the suggestion, which follows Bainimarama officially confirming he's forming a political party to stand in the 2014 elections.
Khaiyum fobs FBC of with 'we're all focused on ensuring that we have transparent systems, that the elections office conducts in a transparent manner' but we are reminded of the regime's habit of leaking stories to FBC and Fiji Sun, so as they say: watch this space.
Also worth giving space, too, today is news the son of Frank Bainimarama has started a Suva chapter of the Fijian Solutions Group International.
The group is made up of former Fiji soldiers and was launched last year amid controversy. Meli Bainimarama's group is a month old but appears to be already in action if its Facebook pictures are anything to go on.
Editor's Note: Our story wrongly said Shaista Shameem was involved with Bainimarama. It should of course read Nazhat Shameem. We regret the error.