|Any Walter Mitty's among this lot? pic FBC.|
Geriatric businessman Jim Ah Khoi has been rolled out by the Fiji Sun, in a curious story which has him declaring support for the coup leader and turning to a fictitious American literary character, Walter Mitty, to rubbish the Opposition.
Bloggers have already pulled the curtain on Ah Khoi's shabby record as a government minister and businessman but what of the Fiji Sun's political stories: are they really being penned by its journalists (the Ah Khoi piece was bylined Rosi Doviverata) or ghost written by spin doctors, such as Graham Davis?
|Ah Khoy admits he's no soothsayer. pic Discombobulated Bubu.|
In a reference that is surely over the head of many Fiji people, 78 year old Ah Khoi uses 'Mitty' to hail the treasonous coup leader Frank Bainimarama as a modern day hero and to dismiss the country's political leaders as no-hopers.
He says: “My observation of the political and economic scene has led me to believe that the Prime Minister is God’s appointed man for this hour in Fiji’s history. He is therefore in my humble view ‘A Man of Destiny’, a MOD."
Ah Khoi says “Frank’s got it right" and "by sheer hard work, and determination he and his party will romp in the next general election."
"There is so much more that he has done that no other PM has done since independence. I suggest voters look at the fruit of Frank’s hands, symbolic of what he has done, when it comes to poll day.”
No specific date has been confirmed for next year's election but the acting permanent secretary for the elections, Mohammed Saneem, arrived in Auckland on Sunday and a team from the election office is ready to register offshore voters at a number of venues in Auckland and Wellington from October 23rd to the 31st.
On the home front, the provisional rolls are not being made available to the political parties let alone the more than 550,000 people the regime says it has enrolled.
Bainimarama insists his new Constitution will introduce 'overdue democratic principles'.
|Saneem: NZ enrolment.|
"This constitution, in all objectivity, is designed to keep the perpetrators of the 2006 coup and their advisers from accounting for their unlawful actions in removing a democratically elected government." (see C4.5 Facebook for the Chief's full statement and debate.)
There's more drama in the police force with the acting police commissioner, Ravi Narayan, investigating why so few officers turned out for the third quarterly parade last week, forcing it to be called off. Leaks to C4.5 show there is ongoing distrust of the hierarchy even with Iowane Naivalurua gone.
Still, $42,000 has been spent on six new radar speed guns to allow officers to get 'tough with drivers' during the Christmas period 'to avoid fatalities'.
All six of the radar guns are already in use: now tell us who are the real wannabe heroes.