The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the problems at Rugby House must be investigated with a view to prosecuting those involved in the mismanagement.
It says the suspension of all direct funding support to the Fiji Rugby Union by the International Rugby Board is a national shame not only to rugby followers but to the people of Fiji.
"It has been seven years since the illegal Fiji Regime placed its stooges in leadership roles at Rugby House. The objective, we were told, was to improve and transform rugby and its administration in Fiji.
"Instead, from what we can gather from the IRB statement, the IRB audit report would suggest serious flaws in the management of funds and in the administration of rugby in Fiji. This state of affairs is totally unacceptable and must be rejected by the people of Fiji."
UFDF says the current FRU Board has been quick to disassociate itself from the IRB audit outcomes but "it must now take decisive actions to hunt down those responsible for the mess and bring them to justice without delay."
"The debacle at Rugby House is not surprising. Similar problems have surfaced in all areas where the illegal Regime has interfered in their management and activities."
UFDF says the problems at FRU are "mere extensions of the illegal Regime’s mismanagement of the nation’s affairs which has resulted in our critical financial position, weak economy, high unemployment, low income, extremely high poverty level, high inflation, rampant corruption, nepotism and rising crime rate".
Indonesia tries to 'buy' support
UFDF also says interference by Indonesia is not unexpected.
It says such interference has also occurred with the outgoing Indonesian Ambassador, Aidil Chandra Salim, stating in an interview with the regime’s Fiji Sun on Dec 8th last year that ‘Commodore was a strong and transparent leader, urging Fijians to vote for a strong leader, saying Fiji was lucky to have a leader like the Commodore’.
"In the same interview Ambassador Aidil Chandra Salim also said that the ‘Indonesian government was totally behind Commodore Bainimarama’s bid to become Fiji’s elected Prime Minister’ and that Bainimarama’s Pacific Islands Development Forum [PIDF] was stronger than the Pacific Island Forum, even though the PIDF is still being set up."
UFDF says while such utterances from a Head of Mission contravenes diplomatic protocols, it demonstrates a consistent pattern by Indonesia to try and ‘buy’ its way with the MSG and others to avoid facing the issue of the West Papuan’s Campaign for independence.
"The call for Independence of West Papua is a matter that not only the MSG group should take up and support, but the Pacific Island Forum members, including Australia and New Zealand should unite and support the West Papua’s people’s call for independence, just as we all sought our Independence from colonial rule many decades ago."
UFDF says the West Papua people must also realize that the Commodore is Prime Minister in name only and his support base comes from his use of the military to intimidate and threaten his own people, just as the Indonesian government is doing to the West Papua people. He does not represent the Chiefs and people of Fiji