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Monday, February 17, 2014

The game changer Fiji has been waiting for

Waqavonovono: youth president for SODELPA
Yet another visit by the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Group, albeit made more significant by the inclusion of Australia's Julie Bishop, the RFMF supposedly 'farewelling' the illegal leader as he prepares to 'step down' as commander in chief, and the welcome news the country's biggest legitimate political party has joined forces with an influential youth advocate.

It could be the game changer Fiji has been looking for and has not found in any of the delegations by the Murray McCully's, Bob Carr's and now Julie Bishop's of the world.

Pita Waqavonovono has been advocating for youth rights for some years and has appeared on these pages in several stories challenging the edicts of the Frank Bainimarama regime.

He has first hand experience with the thuggery of the illegal regime, being one of three NGO workers called to the barracks just after Bainimarama took over in 2006 and abused and beaten.

Waqavonovono has now been made interim youth president of SODELPA, an alliance that has already triggered venom from regime trolls and supporters sensing the damage the partnership could do to Bainimarama's political ambitions. 

Because as we know: Fiji's youth can vote for the first time and have the numbers to make or break the fortunes of political parties, hence Bainimarama's attention to their vote. 


When Julie met Frank: in Suva.
SODELPA is the first party to name a youth official. Both the party and Waqavonovono have subsequently been quick to take on Bainimarama, challenging a number of the myths he's been spouting about 'old politicians' and youth. Below is an edited version of their statement.


Bainimarama: You need to be in your late teens or early 20s to have any memory of the traumatic events of 2000, when our parliament was seized by rebels. And only those in their mid to late thirties will have any recollection of the equally traumatic coups of 1987.
Mr Bainimarama should be reminded that the military has been the cause of the instabilities in Fiji since 1987. The present regime leader was involved in the 2000 and the 2006 coups and .... he (He) is the most suppressive, brutal and vengeful leader in Fiji’s history and the natural laws of life are unwavering –whatever you sow you will reap.
Bainimarama: The point is that some of the greatest upheavals in recent Fijian history aren’t part of the lived experience of a great many young Fijians. So they are not interested in these old battles being fought again by some of the same politicians now putting themselves forward for political office in the 2014 election.
The Social Democratic Liberal Party does not doubt the capacity of our youths to engage in discussions with respect to their interests and needs, leading up to the national elections in September. The party appreciates that though our younger voters will have barely remembered the political upheavals of 1987 and 2000, they would have felt the impact of those events one way or the other.

Many families directly suffered following the two upheavals. As a direct result of the coups, some families lost their homes and others experienced unemployment, whilst a lot of families were separated and a lot of professionals fled Fiji. These are the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties of the nations’ youths. The greatest upheavals in recent Fijian history will certainly through their shared experience with their parents and close relatives become a part of the “lived experience of a great many young Fijians. You cannot separate the past from the present “our past is part of our lived experience.”
Bainimarama and his government is the cause of the present situation where young people are struggling to find jobs and the economy is stagnant. There are now over 13,000 graduates listed by the National Employment Centres who are yet to find employment. If there was no coup Fiji would be in a situation many times better than what we are in now.
The economy is projected to grow at a low 2-2.5% hardly adequate to grow the economy and provide employment for these graduates and others. The rising unemployment and poverty indicators of rising prostitution, drugs and crimes of violence testify to the general social pervasive malaise pervading the country.
He should first of all tell the youths how much he and his ministers are paid. Tell them the amount of debt his government has amassed in the last seven years. Fiji’s net foreign equity is $6019.8m ($6 billion) which means that every man woman and child in Fiji now owes over $7500 in overseas debt.
Also tell them why he has not revealed the Auditors Report since 2007 to reveal the amount of money his government has squandered during his rule. And tell them how his government is selling of government assets such as FEA Ports Authority and AFL to pay for the development side show his government is publicizing throughout the country. These will be paid back by the youths he is addressing in Vunisea and other youths he is trying to entice.
Bainimarama: These old politicians are part of Fiji’s past. They have no fresh ideas to take the country forward. They are locked in the same mindset that created our national traumas in the first place. They are bogged down in the same old politics of sowing suspicion and discord.
The old politicians have done more for Fiji than his present government has. They have built hospitals, wharfs, airports, hydro dams, provided electricity grew the sugar, pine and mahogany plantations. They established schools and also started the process of free education that the regime is just continuing.
They have offered scholarships to indigenous Fijians that have made dramatically improved their high academic achievements and allowed them to highly paid offices and opportunities for work in Fiji and throughout the world.

Compare that his regime’s scholarship toppers where only approximately 60 indigenous Fijians will receive scholarships from a total of 600. What is the future for the young indigenous Fijians he is addressing in such a high level of disparate allocation of scholarship? Even the lay man would know that something is rotten in Fiji.
A lot of money, mostly borrowed, is being pumped into the economy to try to propel it after six years of dismal growth.
The Asian Development Bank stated that, “The Fijian economy is not achieving its potential. Average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth during 2006–2012 was negligible (0.7%), well below the government target of 5%, and below the modest growth achieved during 2001–2005 (2.4%).”
There is the truth. The “old politician” Qarase achieved a modest 2.4% growth rate between 2001 and 2005. The naive and blundering Bainimarama was 0.7% for 2006-2012.
Bainimarama: They want to re-empower the same elites who brought Fiji to its knees in the first place. They are yesterday’s men and woman.
...He is the one who has brought Fiji to its knees. Under his rule civilians have been tortured and the deaths of CRW soldiers have never been investigated. The regime has created Decrees that suppress basic human rights and freedoms. He with Khaiyum have written their own Constitution and foisted it upon the nation forcing us to declare it as …” the people’s constitution.” They will become yesterday’s men, pride and power has blinded them to this truth.
Bainimarama: They have nothing to offer Fiji’s young people. They have nothing in the way of a bold vision to take our nation forward.
He should tell the indigenous Fijian he was addressing  how his vision has totally destroyed the fundamental pillars of indigenous Fijian society. He has eliminated the GCC and emasculated the Fijian administrative structure with his personal appointments to the Provincial Councils , the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) and the creation of the land bank to alienate Fijian land. He has put out decrees such as the Land Use Decree and the Mahogany Decree in which he has powers to use native land in the national interest which will override the basic rights of indigenous Fijians.
The indigenous Fijian youths he is addressing should ask him why his regime has not signed and ratified the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He and Khaiyum will not be forgotten by the indigenous peoples of this country for their unprecedented, callous and systemic disenfranchisement of the rights of the indigenous Fijians. The indigenous youths will know the truth and they will act with their votes to reveal the truth. The youths will not be blinded by his side-shows of “tele-centres and sewing machines “ orchestrated to hide the real damage he and Khaiyum are doing to their future as indigenous inhabitants of these islands.
Bainimarama: They put themselves and their interests first, not Fiji first. And their old ideas, their constant carping and jockeying for power deserve to be rejected.
The youths should ask him whose self- interest he is acting on when he rewards his own family and friends with jobs. Military officers now occupy the upper echelons of the civil service. It is never a policy of the civil service to employ someone who has committed manslaughter (his brother in law) and re-employed as Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Works and Transport. In whose self interest are these? He has rewarded Permanent Secretaries mostly military officers and regime lackeys with salaries of over $200, 00 per year. His regime has in the meantime agreed to a minimum national wage of $2.00 per hour. The youths will not be blinded by the false and empty recycled words of Bainimarama.
Bainimarama: I appeal to Fiji’s young people to turn their backs on the politics of the past and embrace my vision of a new and better Fiji.
We do not support Bainimarama’s claim that the younger generation has no interest in the politics of the past. SODELPA is fully aware that our younger people will hold us to account on these matters that have played a significant role in shaping the Fiji that we have today. SODELPA supports a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to assist in providing us with some answers and to encourage national reconciliation.
His vision “for a new and better Fiji” has created the systematic disenfranchisement of the indigenous Fijians youths and their disempowerment through policies that dismantle indigenous Fijian institutions. His regime will effectively divide the indigenous Fijians. The division will allow the exploitation indigenous Fijian natural resources without due diligence and appropriate environment assessment reports illustrated by the growing concerns of landowners on the negative impacts of the Wailevu Bauxite mine and the Namosi Copper mine. The youths of Bua and Namosi are standing up and making a stand against these gross violations of their inheritance. SODELPA urges all the youths of Fiji to stand up for their country and to secure a sustainable future.
Bainimarama: I want a level playing field, where hard work and the quality of your character determine your success in life, not who you know, which family you come from or which part of Fiji you come from.
....In his regime it’s the family connections and those close to him that get the jobs and the rewards. He has eliminated his close friends who do not agree with him and created discord. In his regime you have to know which family you come from and how much you praise him. 
He should explain to the youths what the “quality of character” he had when he claimed 698 days of leave and $185,000 in back pay.
SODELPA believes that going to the polls to cast their votes in September, will become perhaps the most defining moment for some of our youths. They will become leaders of tomorrow. We cannot underestimate the wisdom of our young generation to do the right and thing and vote for justice, freedom and the truth.

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Anonymous said...

Francis Kean to take over as Commander RFMF. Keeping it in the family.

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Anonymous said...

Somewhere in there SODELPA should have mentioned Bainimarama's treason and murder.

Certainly worth mentioning, as who in good conscience could possibly want to vote into office a traitor to his country who has innocent blood on his hands?

Anonymous said...

Banimarama -- the new brand of arsehole. Let's wipe him out of the office he stole.

Anonymous said...

SODELPA to date is a Nationalist Party. There is no place form them in Fiji. SODELPA, NFP, FLP and PDP should be deregistered for their old school primitive agendas. We need a modern day forward thinking party. A party that would actually represent the cross section of the communities and not any single race. All of the above mentioned parties are only thinking of themselves or their pockets. Mahendra Choodhry, Raman Singh, Parmod, Biman, Attar Singh, Felix Anthony, Dan Urai, Nirmal Singh, Kepa, Tupeni are good examples of this self serving bunch of crooks.

Anonymous said...

@ ANNON 2:27&2:45PM Drau yalica vinaka sara tiko na kuro da drau vakasaqara tiko qori. Na tamata ena vakatulewa ga mai na ka e raica ka vakadinadinataka ni vakayacori vua kei na veika e tuberi ka susugi kina mai vei Ratu kei Nau me na dau maroroya ka vakamareqeta. E rawa ni dou na otiva na kemudou kuro da dou vakabutara tiko qori ka dou tini tale ena veikanikani vakaikemudou, sa dravusakulukulu ga mo dou na veisautaka rawa na yavu ni bula vakaitaukei..totolo mai na veidigidigi!!..bring it on and make my day.

Samu R said...

we will never never vote for Bainimarama.

He is a thug, murderer, torturer, thief, a criminal who deserves to languish in Prison for the remainder of his life

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Anonymous said...

That's it, Im changing to SODELPA

Dharam Lingam said...

FIJIANS residing illegally in New Zealand could soon face deportation.

And the New Zealand Government has identified a total of 771 Fijians staying illegally in New Zealand.

Rajesh Singh,Kamlesh Kumari etc. you bastards better start packing.

Anonymous said...

Im changing to SODELPA too
Govt Trolls eat ur heart out

Anonymous said...

I will vote for SOPDELA

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Pita

You have to tell the youths of Fiji about the two thugs Bai/ KAHYIUM.

The national debt $6 billion.

Both earn over $1 Million since 2006.

Vote SOPDELA.

Anonymous said...

This news reporter from Fiji Sun JYOTI PRATIBHA who is also admin for several forums in Facebook and many fake profiles. She/ it is most commonly as as "Whale" in the forums because of her over weight. Some of the fake ID which she uses are Shyster Babs, Champa Naidu amongst many others. She has to be the most unprofessional and unethical journalist in Fiji. Two of our friends, Roshika Deo and Shamima Ali are being victimized by the whale. As a woman, I am embarrassed by her action. Some of us gals from USP are planing to travel to Nadi and pay this whale of gal a visit. It would be interesting least to say. There will be some arse kicking for sure to make our trip worth it.

Jyoti you may run but you can't hide.

Anonymous said...

Soon Francis Kean commander.

What a joke!

Anonymous said...

Stop using tax payers money for election campaign.

WE SHOULD HAVE AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT.

OTHERWISE THE ELECTION WILL BE RIGGED 100%.

Anonymous said...

what they need to do now is fight the dirty press they're getting from bai and co and undo the brainwashing frank and khaiyum have done in the lasat seven and then some years.

Peter Waqa said...
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Anonymous said...

ENOUGH OF ROBERRY BY BAI / KHAYIUM SINCE 2006.

SALARY - 1 MIILION FOR 8 YEARS.

BOTH HAVE MADE COOL $8 MILLION IN SALARY ALONE.

Forgot what Khayium got from Tappos for the sale of his Berry Road property - $850,000.

This is the tip of the ice berg in terms of robbery and corruption of taxpayers money!

Surend Prasad said...

I supported Frank Bainimarama when he carried out the coup in 2006. Now I've seen how corrupt his government is. It surpasses all corruptions put together by past governments.

Anonymous said...

Dharm Lingam

Rajesh is an honest man not like Bai / kHAYIUM WHO ARE STEALING FROM THE PEOPLE OF FIJI.

Surend Prasad said...

If Bainimarama select Kean to military commander then it is a clear case of corruption. It cement the fact that 2006 coup was executed to save himself from prosecutions.

Anonymous said...

The facts in this article must be made public.

Vote SOPDELA.

Anonymous said...

military trolls strike again .. agree on the venom
that's why we stay Anon !!
Me going SODELPA

Anonymous said...

People of Fiji want to know for transparency and accountability the assets of BAINIMARMA AND KHAYIUM BEFORE 2006 AND AFTER.

WHY BOTH HAVE NOT DISCLOSED THIS INFORMATION TILL NOW.

BOTH HAVE LOOTED TAXPAYERS MONEY.

Anonymous said...

SODELPA sounds like a character from the movie "John Carter"..all the best!!

Anonymous said...

THE PEOPLE OF FIJI NEED TO SPEAK FREELY WITHOUT ANY FEAR!

WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN!

WE NEED DEMOCRACY AND NOT DICTATORSHIP AND TALIBAN RULE.

Anonymous said...

We need people like Rajesh Singh to be freely allowed to come to FIJI without any fear.

We know Rajesh this government is frighten as you speak the truth.

Rajesh was an elected member of parliament.

We want you stand for election.

Anonymous said...

Why Bai/ kHAYIUM FRIGHTEN TO HAVE AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT TO TAKE US TO ELECTION.

THEN ONLY IT WILL BE FREE AND FAIR ELECTION.

Anonymous said...

As a kaiviti academic at USP, I can confirm discrimination at USP. Steve Ratuva is a far better academic than Biman Prasad. His papers are origional. They are of a far higher quality than Biman and other Indian academics. . But he was never made a professor. Today Steve Ratuva is teaching in NZ. I don't believe Rajesh Chandra promoted Biman Prasad. Rajesh Chandra sacked Biman Pasad as dean for non-performance.

Kai Bau said...

Lets not forget that the novice Bainimarama on the political arena will be exposed soon. He is against seasoned politicians and he will bite the dust for sure. The onus for Fiji to move forward will be revealed when the new military commander is chosen to replace the idiot and any wrong move here Bainimarama will be digging his own grave.Lets hope that he comes through and face the court of law .Bainimarama have to be really careful here as any wrong move by now will jeopardise his cunning plan he had set up.Its the end of the journey and it will be a touch and go once he left the commanders post.

Get Busy Now SODELPA said...

SODELPA must now also elect a strong leader who will appeal to other people as well as itaukei. if it organises itself properly and the other parties don't split too many of the votes, it has a good chance - if the nation can be turned away from the bribes of bainimarama.

Anonymous said...

DO NOT VOTE FOR BAI AS KHAYIUM WILL COME BACK AS A.G.

VOTE SOPDELA.

Anonymous said...

Rajesh Chandra is a corrupt man.

He employed Jai Kumar as marketing manager without advertising in the newspaper.

Jai Kumar wife Premilla Kumar CEO CONSUMER COUNCIL still to investigate and report on this nepotism!

JAI KUMAR WAS SACKED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR CORRUPT PRACTICE.

Nothing To Lose said...

Take the bribe, don't vote Frank.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting Bainimarama, seems they dont have a good lineup at SODELPA, all unaccomplished idiots!!

Anonymous said...

SODELPA all the way ... Rather vote for these idots than a murderer

Anonymous said...

Thank you SODELPA for putting up Pita Waqavonovono as youth leader. He is a good example for our youths to be openly gay and that our religions tells us to be homosexuals. So much for wanting Fiji to be a Christian state SODELPA. Are you that desperate SODELPA that you scrapping the bottom of the barrels now and finding confessed homosexuals as role models and leaders??????

Anonymous said...

Dharm Lingam if Rajesh is a honest man, he should clear all his debt. He owes me money and like a thief ran away to NZ. He also owes money to NFP. He owes a lot of our friends money. If he is a honest man than that make me the Pope.

Anonymous said...

I THOT THIS TYPE OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE NATIVES WAS ILLEGAL UNDER THE BAI KAIYUM CONSTITUTION BOI DADA


ANZ has announced the launch of the ANZ Asian Business Centre in Fiji, marking a first for Fiji and the Pacific.

The Centre will provide personalised service and attention to the business needs of ANZ's Asian business customers.

“Customers will receive the dedicated support of our highly experienced Asian Banking Relationship Managers,” said ANZ CEO Fiji and CEO Pacific, Vishnu Mohan.

“As a strong and established business in the region, with super regional connectivity to 33 markets around the world, including 12 in the Pacific and 15 in Asia, we understand the unique needs of our various customer segments, including our valued local and off-shore Asian customers.”

Mohan said that through the Asian Business Centre, ANZ would support intra-regional links of trade, investment and people, to help Fiji and the Pacific grow.

“We are dedicated to providing deep local insight and connectivity to businesses operating in and around the Pacific region, including Cash, Trade, Markets, and Relationship Lending products in sectors of expertise such as tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure,” said Mohan.

He added that the ANZ Asian Business Centre would also serve as an avenue for business customers who wish to trade directly in Renminbi, also known as Chinese Yuan.

ANZ last year was the first bank in the Pacific to provide its corporate and commercial customers in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu the ability to trade directly in Renminbi doing business in China.

The new ANZ Asian Business Centre is located on the first floor of the ANZ House Branch in Suva.

ANZ has been in Fiji since 1880 and is now the largest bank in the country with 15 branches and 81 ATMs servicing Retail, Commercial and Institutional customers and employing about 600 staff. Fiji is also the location of ANZ’s Pacific Headquarters, which shifted from Melbourne to Suva in 2013.

Anonymous said...

As soon as Kean is named Commander I know that there will be a revolt.
As usual, I will go on the rampage in Suva as I have done in 87 and 2000.
As the dust settles I will have a sense of peace and fullfilment as my fiji will be returned to me The Native from the evil clutches of the military/ anti indigenous front.

The Native

Navy said...

Francis Kean will be never made commander, while he was the commander for navy there was almost a internal coup and frank had to remove him and put him at Strat HQ.

Anonymous said...

Yes Rajesh we want you to stand for next erection. So cum to Fiji and we will vote for you. Make sure you cum soon.

Anonymous said...

Im switching from PDP to SODELPA

Anonymous said...

Rajesh come bro and stand in the election. We need people with brain like you in parliament.

just saying said...

judging from the frenzied tone in some of these comments, people are keyed up over the elections but also fancy themselves as candidates. please, for the sake of democracy let the candidates and officials be people who can be viable opposition to bainimarama. from what i've seen of pita waqavonovono has paid his dues to the youth of fiji and should be a credible contributor.

Anonymous said...

francis kean cannot be a contender for commander in chief - it would ne a nail in Bainimarama's coffin

Solomoni Vukutawake said...

SODELPA - here we come

Solomoni Vukutawake said...

Im also switching now to SODELPA - from PDP

Anonymous said...

Vinaka - Im switching now from PDP
to SODELPA

Anonymous said...

switching to sodelpa

Crikey Julie said...

\oh dear, Julie. Surelu you weren't goohey eyed over the region's biggest thug, thief and liar???? Though I did read somewhere that you said Frank 'laughed a lot.' Crikey Julie did you swallow his bullshit?:

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says winning the elections will be a bonus considering the tremendous work the military has done so far.

Speaking at his farewell church service at the Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa yesterday, Bainimarama says this was part of his conversation with Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during their historical meeting last Friday.

“We were talking about elections and I told her , if I win the elections it will be a bonus. The military has done a huge job in changing people’s views to see clearly the dark times Fiji lived in before. We now have a new constitution. A constitution that allows us, who are being paid, to work extra hard and to provide services to those Fijians who rely on us.”

And with only a couple of weeks left before he steps down, the Military Commander also told his soldiers, the path the military is heading on won’t change, despite the change in leadership.

“When I say there will be no change, there will be no change in the government leadership, I will still be the Prime Minister until the elections. The path of the military is taking will not change as well. My trust is on the senior officers here that they will lead the military on the direction we are going since 2000.”

Anonymous said...

Wananavu SODELPA. Sa qai toilet paper brand ka dina ni sa Biu mai dua na dau soli cebo me iliuliu ni taba gone.

Anonymous said...

THE ILLEGAL REGIME GAVE ANOTHER CONTRACT TO CHINA RAILWAY FOR $50 MILLION TO THE ROAD FROM NAUSORI AIRPORT TO ROUNDABOUT!

ANOTHER CORRUPT DEALING WHICH TAX PAYERS OF FIJI HAVE TO PAY LATER!

Ex Navy said...

SOPELA is made of adulteress, homosexuals, convicts, racists, nationalist and thugs. Vote that out.

Anonymous said...

FIJI PEOPLE HAVE NO FREEDOM OF
ASSOCIATION AND SPEECH.

ONLY BAINIAMARMA AND KHAYIUM CAN ONLY TALK.

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA AND N.Z MINISTERS.

DID YOU TALK TO ORDINARY PEOPLE ABOUT THE DICTATOR.

Anonymous said...

INTERIM GOVERNMENT FOR ELECTION OTHERWISE KHAYIUM WILL RIG THE ELECTION.

Anonymous said...

Fiji politics at it's best.

It's so easy to slag others off but so much harder to say what you would do differently.

The population needs to start asking these politicians what they are going to do better and how they are going to do it?

Anonymous said...

YAY Pita.
I voting SODELPA

Anonymous said...

Everyone who stands up to the Government and Frank Bainimarama are called GAY.
Unbelievable. In that case, I dont mind been called GAY also

Anonymous said...

SODELPA - i voting you

Anonymous said...

@vote gay sodelpa----i am gay and vote sodelpa...all my mate will vote sodelpa, after we win election, we will make laws to return to SDL name..fux KAYumi degrees-----

Anonymous said...

I hope Pita does run for Sodelpa. Current ILLEGAL govt is way out of step from the younger voter population and way too condescending towards the ageing population. Pita seems to have both a genuine concern for the people and not willing to stroke the ILLEGAL govts ego.

He has my vote,

Bai.

Vilimone Natewa said...

Peter is gay. Do we as Christians want him to lead us. Bible is against homosexuality. What example he will set for our children. Those who support Peter and Ro Kepa are contradicting Christian principles. Christianity states that adultery and homosexuality is a sin. These commonalities are found in SODELPA. Time for another coup.

Anonymous said...

Vanua ga e tini kina nodra vakanananu,vosa kei na veika qima na tokoni Bainimarama tiko na kuro da kei na maliwa !!! A cava beka sa leqa ? Sa sega tale beka ni dua na ka yaga e vakatawana tu na nodra qavokavoka era sa tiko voli ga kina e bati ni lovo!!..probably suffering from undiagnosed serious personality problems.

Peter Waqa said...

Bula Vinaka Coup4.5 and everyone commenting herein.

I am very interested in the conversations happening here and have a few points.

1.) I do acknowledge the presences of Military and Government commentators who hide under false names and Anonymous postings. It is unfortunate that the current regime's supporters see it fit to hide their NAME's - why are you afraid to declare your NAME and VIEWS ??

2.)Me joining SODELPA came out of much thought and prayer. And from the very beginning, my vision for the Party has always been focused on bringing positive change at the right time.

3.) This fascination with terming people homosexual and using being 'GAY' as a form of Bullying is unFijian and does not match the Christian foundations of the RFMF or this Nation. Why decide to be homophobic, when the issue surrounds militarization, illegality and dictatorships. I will put this issue to rest by declaring to you all two things, ONE, I am not GAY and TWO, I will continue to fight for the rights of people in FIJI regardless of their Sexuality or Religion - WE ARE CITIZENS OF FIJI and WE NEED EACH OTHER if WE ARE to obtain a SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRACY

4.) I thank Coup 4.5 for the coverage. I am humbled but at the same time proud of the other young people who were voted in alongside me last week. These names echo brightly in the corridors youth progression, and these are persons who are united in the vision, that SODELPA can be a transformative contributor to a lasting and enduring Democracy for this NATION. To affect the Party's Policy and Activities, you have to shown up and physically help change the Party. Sitting behind a computer Screen sowing hate messages will do almost nothing to deter positive change.

- WHY are we spending too much time sowing HATE into the Democracy process. When we could be spending energy uncovering injustices and promoting PEACE and Dignity.

All in All, I dont agree with everyone herein, but I will never move to silence you or gag you from your personal opinions.

Let us be Productive

Blessings

Peter Waqavonovono




Anonymous said...

Kua ni levu na gusumuni na sotia ulu lala ni vosa tiko ike. Na veivutusona e draki ni bula mai na keba. Ni yavu lauvutu.

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Anonymous said...

Peter one more time------Are you gay or bi-sexual? Declare yourself instead of being a "Closet Queen."

Anonymous said...

This news reporter from Fiji Sun JYOTI PRATIBHA who is also admin for several forums in Facebook and many fake profiles. She/ it is most commonly as as "Whale" in the forums because of her over weight. Some of the fake ID which she uses are Shyster Babs, Champa Naidu amongst many others. She has to be the most unprofessional and unethical journalist in Fiji. Two of our friends, Roshika Deo and Shamima Ali are being victimized by the whale. As a woman, I am embarrassed by her action. Some of us gals from USP are planing to travel to Nadi and pay this whale of gal a visit. It would be interesting least to say. There will be some arse kicking for sure to make our trip worth it.

Jyoti you may run but you can't hide.

Anonymous said...

This news reporter from Fiji Sun JYOTI PRATIBHA who is also admin for several forums in Facebook and many fake profiles. She/ it is most commonly as as "Whale" in the forums because of her over weight. Some of the fake ID which she uses are Shyster Babs, Champa Naidu amongst many others. She has to be the most unprofessional and unethical journalist in Fiji. Two of our friends, Roshika Deo and Shamima Ali are being victimized by the whale. As a woman, I am embarrassed by her action. Some of us gals from USP are planing to travel to Nadi and pay this whale of gal a visit. It would be interesting least to say. There will be some arse kicking for sure to make our trip worth it.

Jyoti you may run but you can't hide.

Anonymous said...

Professor Satendra Nandan for president! We need a poet in government house.

Anonymous said...

You can tell who are the regime trolls because they really have a fixation on homosexuality. That is a dead tip-off that they're also members of the RFMF, because the RFMF is always preoccupied with thoughts of sodomy.

They are threatened with sodomy, and they are rewarded with sodomy. They threaten sodomy against others. If you disagree with them, then ipso facto you want sodomy. If you agree with them, then you are sodomising the country.

It is so fitting that they are led by an anus.

Bainimarama -- the new brand of arsehole.

Anonymous said...

Francis Kean is eminently qualified to succeed Bainimarama as Commander RFMF.

Like Bainimarama, he is a traitor.

Like Bainimarama, he is a murderer.

Most important of all, he is Bainimarama's family. He can lead until Meli is ready.

Anonymous said...

Pota denies he is gay. Whether he is or not I don't really care. But some anonymous contributors posting on behalf of the regime say I should care, because this should disqualify Pita as a role model for youth.

If the trolls are right about Pita's sexuality, I don't see how that disqualifies him as a youth leader. I only see how it would disqualify him as a role model for heterosexuals.

And if homosexuality should disqualify one from holding office, then what about the homosexual now serving as the regime's Chief Justice?

Shouldn't corruption be a disqualifying factor? Then what about the crook who is now serving as the regime Attorney-General?

Shouldn't murder be a disqualifying factor? Then what about the murderer now serving as the regime's Prime Minister?

And shouldn't treason be a disqualifying factor? Then what about this entire regime?

Anonymous said...

There you go - Sodelpa full of in-taukei youths - no Indo-fiians and other races in Pita's Youth Council - Leopards Never Change Their Spots - Welcome to old nastly and racist SDL in disguise

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Tui Viti [Nai Karua] said...

FACTS: 1]This Govt has done more developments in this nation than any other past Govt.Built and upgraded more roads,schools,hospitals and health centers etc,etc.FACT.2]When did the villagers complaint against the Govt. about the bauxite mine,all we could see are pictures of smiling villagers holding a big cheque with a huge dollar sign and 8 figures beside it.FACT:3 This Govt. has encouraged the installation of many Chiefly titles vacant for years notably Tui Nadi, read Tui Nadi's comments in the media recently ,quote"I will support and follow PM whenever he turns up in the west"unquote.FACT:4.The Provincial Councils are financed by and created by Govt. so it is proper that 'Govt appoints its nominee.FACT:5.A recent analysis made by the World Bank and Asian Bank staff who visited FJ found Fiji doing well Economically and praised policies implemented by this Govt.as the way to go.They in fact wanted to offer loan to PM but he refused stating that he has put in place economically soun principles that will steer the ship forward.FACT:6 Many High Chiefs have openly disclosed their support for the Govt. on the media.FACT:7. The clause 'national interests' in Fijian 'i naki ni veivakatorocake taki raraba' is to utilise native Fijian Land lying idle for thousands of years, but this Govt will ensure that the land generates economical return for the landowners and Govt.There is no complete transfer of land, the Govt leases it for the benefit of the landowner.Land Transfer is a long process,1st the mataqali,tokatoka,yavusa must meet and agree then ALL sign and declare their consent,there are mechanism in place in the I-Taukei Lands Act that prevents,checks the complete transfer.Rather then allowing the land to lie idle we should make use of it to generate our economy.Someone stated that Namosi Copper Mine is worth 1Billion,well after all the surveys,digging,mining,shifting,cleaning,working only about 400-500 million in net worth would be left.Then Govt and the landowners share these proceeds so the whole nation benefits.The Govt is giving i-Taukei a better deal than Monasavu,Vatukoula etc where only a handful of people benefit from it.Most notably as in Monasavu, the law firm: Fa and Ass.In Vatukoula Mr. Reid was paying off several high chiefs and till to date the natives of Koroboya,Ba and Tavua Village are still questioning the finacial viability of Vatukoula.

Anonymous said...

Tui Viti

Yes, idiot - dictators all over the world have done the same

Reason: no accountability - no questioning?

Just imagine if Mahend or Laisenia's governments had gone behind the people's back to bring into Fiji Chinese workers etc

How much kikc-backs did they get - this government people?

Iferemi Tawake said...

I feel sorry for this guy Peter. He is being used by SODELPA politicians. These politicians can sell their mothers, sisters, and wives to be in power and to become cabinet ministers. The coup in Fiji is due to Sodelpa. In 1987 they started Taukei Movement and supported Rabuka. In 2000 they instigated CRW to overthrow the government. Now they are again trying dirty techniques to discredit madiba of Fiji, PM Bainimarama. SODELPA is a nationalist party and alongside with NFP should not be allowed to contest the election. Say yes to multiracialism and no to racist,
corrupted people

Open Toolkit said...

I see that the regime trolls came out again last night. It seems that regime trolls have become major contributors to this site. That just shows how nervous the regime has become.

And good reason, too. It's time for the regime to fish or cut bait.

Pita Waqavonovono joining SODELPA and Julie Bishop unilaterally moving to normalise relations are probably not the game-changer we've been waiting for. But what might be the game-changer is the fact that Bainimarama is about to tip his hand. He's been promising elections all these years. Now it's time to deliver or hatch a new plot.

He's promised to name a successor as RFMF Commander. This means he now needs to announce the name of his most trusted arse-licker and then appear to relinquish his command. Secretly, of course, he still intends to call all shots from behind the scenes. It will be a gamble.

His successor could get a swollen head and quietly work to substitute his own people into important positions in order to surpass Bainimarama in influence. Perhaps the bigger threat is that the also-rans who are also senior officers will resent not being chosen and having to answer now to Bainimarama's puppet, who they will likely regard, not without reason, as their inferior. The rank-and-file might not like the new Commander, or worse, they might like him too much. The announcement will introduce a new wedge between the Traitor-in-Chief and his leading henchmen, a fissure that loyal/remorsefu/jealous RFMF and democratic oppositionists will naturally seek to exploit.

Imagine how galling it would be to be a senior officer and to be passed up for promotion by a lesser officer whose only qualification is that he's thought to be a better arse-licker! You've laboured your whole career to get to this point. You've committed or abetted treason in order to stay in the running. You've brought dishonour to your family name, in the hope of redeeming it later. Only, now there won't be a "later". Nothing lies ahead except retirement and infamy, or, at best, obscurity, whilst the treason party goes on without you. You might even face arrest and cell-time with George Speight or Pita Driti.

Have a son in the RFMF now? He'll be passed up for promotion, too, whilst Meli Bainimarama is propelled through the ranks like a rocket, so that he can be positioned to succeed the next Commander.

In short, what happens when powerful men allow their loyalty to the Commander to trump their loyalty to their country, but then that loyalty goes unrewarded? With any luck, we're about to find out.

Kai Tailevu Butuka Tu said...

Viliame Natewa, if you are truly Fijian you will look at your comments especially if you are a Christian as your post seems to indicate. To question and make allegations against na Marama na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa and against Pita Waqavonovono on adultery and gay perspectives is sad. We Christians do not judge ...btw do you know that the Lord Jesus Christ had challenges the pharisses to throw the first stone if they were guiltless and without sin? When he looked up after writting on the sand, there was noone there. We are all sinners and equal in the sight of God. Qarauna nomu lotu e vovodea qai vakaraitaka na butobuto ni nomu bula. Blasphemy is dangerous because God;'s words canot be increased or decreased to suit one's agenda. The wrath of God will be on those that judge or that commit sin against their neighbour. Sa La Vi and God Bless Pita and Na Gone Marama!!

Anonymous said...

Sodelpa all the way

BoB said...

Open Toolkit, you don't know how right you really are!

Yes, we could see soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Come, Come, come September! Nikua na qai laurai kina na vakateratera e caka tiko mai Delainabua...SODELPA ALL THE WAY!.....Voreqe and your goons you will know now whats politics is all about come election! Get the election done with and will put all of you lot in Naboro...I think your only remedy will be to coup again..se cava but it will be your biggest mistake if you ever think that you can successfully do it again... rere tiko ni yavu ulu lala....you have all brought shame to the institution that we adore and respect....i'm ashamed to call myself a former military officer.

Yes We Can said...

Pita Waqavonovono and SODELPA joining forces heralds a new and more concerted attack by citizens against the unfair playing field, thanks to the decrees that have stripped us of any power and freedom to fight back. I believe it's a game changer because it shows the people are being smart and using what resources they have, ie themselves. It is, in fact, the only and best weapon we have to counter the illegal regime.

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
Rowan Callick tells us in his article 'Clearing Fiji's roadblocks' The Australian 18/2) that "At a stroke, Australian has dealt itself back into the heart of events in the Pacific Island". This miracle of sorts has happened as a result of what "Fiji's military ruler Frank Bainimarama has described as a "fruitful" breakthrough meeting with Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop last Friday - the first he has held with an Australian politician since an awkward encounter with foreign minister Stephen Smith more then five years ago".
So this is good for Australia. It has "dealt itself back into events in the Pacific Islands". But what does this mean for the people of Fiji? What has changed for them? The same mob who grabbed power through a military coup over 7 years ago are still in power and they are still calling the shots on everything in the country - including the police force, the army, the civil service, the judiciary and the media.
And what's more they are in charge of the democratic elections as well.The dictatorial rulers of the country in charge of democratic elections. Can you beat that!
The military commander Frank Bainimarama told his soldiers "the path the military is heading on won't change, despite the change in leadership" (Fiji Today blogsite 17/2).
That makes it plainly clear that the elections and all that (including the "breakthrough" meeting with Ms Bishop) is just going through the right motions mostly for the international partners who are a good source of funding and they want that funding.
Nothing else will change all that much for the people of Fiji.
Rowan Callick's view is therefore rather parochial. Its concern is more about Australia and its standing in the Pacific then the people of Fiji and their right to good democratic governance - Now!
yours sincerely,
Rajend Naidu

Change for Fiji said...

Well done Pita - for taking a punt on SODELPA and for stepping out staight away to deal with the criticism. That's the kind of operator we need, someone who has the courage to speak openly and in a way that brings us together rather than divides us. SODELPA is fortunate to have you. My hope is that you maintain your integrity and use it to help overcome the hurdles ahead of you and SODELPA. The party has made mistakes but must now find a new way forward to bring both itaukei and kai india together. Hopefully your contribution and those of the other young people elected give them a steer.

Anonymous said...

Julie was in Suva for Australia not Fiji. Julie was there to look out and protect the interests of Australia and her government, not the people of Fiji. As has been said for the past seven and a half years the people of Fiji have to look to their midst for change.

Bai will be a sore loser said...

@Open Tool Kit: Bainimarama does not want to give up his power so will choose Mosese Tikoitoga or Esala Teleni, both of whom have proven to be trusted in the past or as you say 'arse lickers.' The regime will keep ticking on as it is with Bai installed as prime minister, ie. unless he senses that things won't go his way at the polls, even with the elections rigged up to go his way and the political parties and citizens gagged.

Anonymous said...

It will be hard perhaps impossible mto bring on board kai india. regime has unfortunately succeeded in 'brainwashing' many of them, especially the young: just have at facebook and the aggro coming across

Anonymous said...

Ni yadra na kai Kadavu. Sa solia o Voreqe nomuni paini vei ira na kaidia me ra musuka ka me saumi ira na nona matanitu suguraki ena i lavo. Kemuni na kai Kadavu me qai soli vei kemuni na kau varo me i sau ni nomuni qele. Bau cava tu na veidabui ya. Vacava me solia na konitaraki vei kemuni na kai Kadavu me ra vakacakacakataki kina o ira na tu mai dela ni yavu.

mark manning said...

In Pita Waqavonovono,I do believe, Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and other Regime supporters, as in the case of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, have met their Waterloo! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Winter
http://www.great-victory1945.ru/winter.htm

Frank and Aiyaz can now sit back and ponder the saying, " he who forgets the past, is bound to repeat it"!

One could surmise that Russia's winter, is nothing compared to the passion for Freedom, of Fiji's Youth!

I do believe that this is effectively, a "Checkmate"!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkmate

It's your "move" Frank!
And I suspect that it may be a bowel movement, now that he has one hand tied behind his back in regards to a truly Democratic election under the watchful eyes of both the Australian and New Zealand Governments!

Anonymous said...

Vei Ifereimi Tawake
Kakua sara ni siosio na gusumu mo cavuta na vuaviri ni 1987 kei na Taukei Movement baleta au a solia kina na noqu bula meu dua vei ira na 162 na Kaivesu dro mai Naboro 1987 me keimami taqomaka kina na Noqu Kalou kei na Noqu Vanua ka maroroya na I tikotiko Vakaturaga kei na kena isema ni veiwekani vakaturaga vakavanua.

Au edua na daulaba, dauvutuka na sona, daubutako kei na dau veivakararawataki tamata. Au curu vaka 53 e vale ni veivesu ka lewai vaka 121 ka daudro vaka 15. Au sega sara ni vuli vinaka mevakataki iko, ia, au kila na tamata dautabetabe, lasulasu vaqakoro. Na vale ni veivesu e koronivuli ni lasulasu, lawakica, gusubona, tabetabe, liumuri, informer, veivutusona, vutulaki, kubu, dramica, wadua, dauforce rapist etc. ka nodra koro talega na tagane, laione, taika, maqe, leopati, sipi, elevadi, vuaka, kalavo, moko, kokoroji, cikinovu, duna kei na manumanu vuka.

Au kerei iko kei Bainimarama mo drau tu tani vakatikitiki meu biliga lesu tale mada na gaunisal ni roti kari nei Kaiyumu ka dramica mada na maliwa nei Bano Nur Ali kei Shameem Khan rau na tinana lalai.

Meu tinia, Ifereimi Tawake, kakua ni vosa ena ka ko se sega ni bau cakava rawa baleta na lewe ni Taukei Movement e se bula vinaka sara tu ga nikua ka ra sinai tu oqori e yasa ni nomu vale.

Au kei iratou na noqu matavuvale keitou na qarava ga na Kalou ko Jiova kei Jisu Karisito ka maroroya na itikotiko vakaturaga dina sara kei Viti. Vinaka vakalevu

Anonymous said...

@ MARK MANNING-----LONG TIME WE NEVWR HEAR FROM YOU...YOUR GOODWRITING..KEEP IT UP MATE.....

Anonymous said...

SURELY, FRANCIS KEAN WILL BE GIVEN THE COMMANDER'S POST BY BAINIMARAMA.

THATS THE ONLY SAFE OPTION FOR BAI. GIVING THE POSITION TO ANYONE ELSE WILL BE SUICIDAL FOR HIM - REMEMBER HIS RANTING ABOUT "THE MILITARY WILL NEVER DEVIATE FROM ITS COURSE" ???? WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, PSYCHOLOGY TELLS US THAT HUMAN MEMORY ERODES WHEN THERE IS NO REHEARSAL!!!!

THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN DOING THE REHEARSAL IS LEAVING, THEREFORE, THE MILITARY DIRECTION TOO WILL CHANGE IN NO TIME AS MEMORIES CORRODE!! - MARK MY WORD! WE ARE JUST ALL HUMANS AGAIN SO NO BIG DEAL!!

MOCE, BAI KEI KHAI.......

All Hail Bainimarama said...

You guys are delusional.

Russia's winter is nothing compared to the passion of Fiji's youth?

The only passion of Fiji's youth is for hanging out with their friends and going to the movies.

Even the USP students haven't made so much as a whimper since we've been in power. They're all lamusona anyway.

Just like all of you.

Anonymous said...

OCEI E NA RAICA NA NONA NA LAKI TOQA NA NONA TIKI EDUA ENA LAKI VEIDIGIDIGI?

NA KAI VITI SA RUI VUKU-NA DINA ENA QAI VAKARAITAKI KOYA GA.

EDA SA RUI DAU VEI VAKALOMA VINAKATAKI-VOSA KAMIKAMICA IKE,GOLE I SA NA DUA DUATANI NA KA LAKI TUKUNA.
MAI MAI NA VEIDIGIDIGI-QAI RAICA GA IKE O BAI KEI NONAI LALA NA KAIVITI.
SA DRI YANI

Anonymous said...

Bai will not lose. He can't afford to. So he either wins the game by cheating, or he kicks over the table.

Julie Bishop is telling him to play the game fairly whilst she prepares him some cookies and milk.

When she comes back with his plate, she fully expects to see the game pieces all over the floor.

We've all seen this before. By now, we all know what kind of spoilt child we're dealing with here.

Anonymous said...

So where is PDP Peoples Democratic Party these days??? Dying a slow but sure death huh. Wanted to challenge Chuadhry and FLP. All workers now supporting FLP. Civil Servants 100% backing Labour!

Anonymous said...

"The Fiji military forces that have been torturing and killing and maiming civilians."

FIJI ILLEGAL PM CHALLENGED OVER WOMEN BEATINGS

A Fiji businesswoman says the Prime Minister's call for men to think long and hard about the treatment of women is a complete contradiction of his past actions.

Speaking at the opening of a women's centre in Kadavu last week, Commodore Frank Bainimarama spoke out against the country's high rate of domestic violence and said real men don't hit women.

But Laisa Digitaki, who was taken from her home and severely beaten by soldiers after an anti-coup protest in 2006, says while it's positive that the Prime Minister is speaking out against domestic violence, his words ring hollow.

" My point is that he is the commander of the Fiji military forces that have been torturing and killing and maiming civilians. So my point is that he doesn't have the real heart, the good heart to be able to look after us."

Laisa Digitaki says she still wants to meet the Prime Minister to discuss her beating almost eight years ago.

Photo: Laisa Digitaki-Weleilakeba officiating at the price giving ceremony last year at Uluibau Primary School, Moturiki.

Anonymous said...

"The Fiji military forces that have been torturing and killing and maiming civilians."

FIJI ILLEGAL PM CHALLENGED OVER WOMEN BEATINGS

A Fiji businesswoman says the Prime Minister's call for men to think long and hard about the treatment of women is a complete contradiction of his past actions.

Speaking at the opening of a women's centre in Kadavu last week, Commodore Frank Bainimarama spoke out against the country's high rate of domestic violence and said real men don't hit women.

But Laisa Digitaki, who was taken from her home and severely beaten by soldiers after an anti-coup protest in 2006, says while it's positive that the Prime Minister is speaking out against domestic violence, his words ring hollow.

" My point is that he is the commander of the Fiji military forces that have been torturing and killing and maiming civilians. So my point is that he doesn't have the real heart, the good heart to be able to look after us."

Laisa Digitaki says she still wants to meet the Prime Minister to discuss her beating almost eight years ago.

Photo: Laisa Digitaki-Weleilakeba officiating at the price giving ceremony last year at Uluibau Primary School, Moturiki.

Anonymous said...

All Hail Bainimarama is the stupid ass Alex Elbourne, one of the biggest regime arse lickers and bullies on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

This poofter Aman Singh who takes young USP student boys behind the darkness at Sportscity has now the leader of PDP LOL. What a joke PDP has become. His brother Sashi Mahendra Singh keeps him at arms length and keeps away from him. This poofter screwed PDP for good.

Anonymous said...

Alex Elbourne magaitinamu

Anonymous said...

Alex Elbourne always goes to Sport Council to see Litiana, instead end up with Chairman poofta

Anonymous said...

Thank you Pita Waqavonovono for coming out quickly whilst many in this forum and in other Fiji Democracy blogs are and have been trying to vilify and demean you. Your coming out openly without fear of these illegal authorities reveals to me that you are honest, humble, and a good and fearless person. These are just my initial takes on your character and I hope to see you as an advocate for truth, honesty and transparency, and as one who loves your country and its people.
I was somewhat reluctant to vote for SODELPA but you have given me hope that you and your peers of about equal age, will change the antiquated mindset that older SODELPA members had been bogged down in since 1987, 1988 and 2000. I had lived through those times and I am not proud of what I saw and experienced. I thought that the events of 2006 would have been the answer but I was immediately proved wrong because of the actions of those who kowtowed to this illegal government including the more terrible corruptions they have been involved in.
I must mention too here, that, for SODELPA to invite you to join them and lead its youth membership, makes me hope that it is changing for the better. I hope you will not be their reason for just gaining votes. I hope that there is sincerity and openness and a sense of rebuilding the country and its people evolving within the party. Gorbachev who was instrumental in the political reforms in the former USSR called it "openness and rebuilding-glasnost and perestroika".
God bless you and our beloved Fiji.

Anonymous said...

WHY ONLY 70 (OUT OF 600) TOPPERS SCHOLARSHIP WHEN TO KAI VITI STUDENTS???
THIS IS ROBBERY OF FAB PLACES BY FRANK KAIYUM AND THE MAGAITINANA COMMITTEE OF SEETO , GANESH, RAJESH ETC MADARACHODS....
WE GONNA GET U BASTARDS AND LOVO U

Anonymous said...

anon 5.31pm
u dont see to give a shit about indigenous rights he???

Viti Vou said...


SODELPA has been branded by cry babies as a Nationalist Party because SODELPA will fight for the injustice by the current regime against this country's first indigenous people. SODELPA is just using the UN instrument to full fill its obligation to world leaders as stated in the Declaration of Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.

What ever people saying this is the party of the Kai Viti.

Anonymous said...

WHY ARE ALL TOPPERS COMMITTEE ARE NOT KAI VITI?

nO WONDER ONLY 60 KAI VITI QUALIFIED FOR TOPPERS POSITION.

Coup fourpointfive said...

Mick Beddoes on the Forum visit and a new statement from Laisenia Qarase reiterating what happened on the Momi Bay deal, the one the regime keeps harping on about.


January 17th 2014

The Editor
Fiji Sun
SUVA

Dear Sir

Embracing the Usurpers
Of our democracy

I note with much sadness that Australia and New Zealand, the once unwavering ANZAC team, have finally bowed to the usurpers of our democracy and have opted to ‘Embrace’ rather than ‘Engage’ with the Bainimarama Regime.

In doing so they are sending a very clear and dangerous signal to all Pacific Island nations that military coups can eventually win the support of the ANZAC team as a viable alternative means of changing a government then via the ballot box.

In the end, what Foreign Ministers Bishop and McCully have signaled to Fiji citizens is that the national interests of Australia and New Zealand come ahead of the plight of the oppressed and disenfranchised people of Fiji.

A keen and clearly excited Mrs Bishop announced that Commodore Bainimarama was laughing in the meeting she had with him. Well of course he would be laughing.

Mrs Bishop had been to see him personally and had then presented him with a signed Rugby jersey! This was shortly after Commodore Bainimarama's Attorney General, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had described Australia's policy towards Fiji as an abomination.

There can be no doubt that the Commodore would have regarded Mrs Bishop's visit to him as an act of appeasement, on Australia’s part and a diplomatic victory for him. The signed Rugby jersey being the icing on his cake.

It appears to me that both Australia and New Zealand are making all the concessions, with nothing in return. They know full well that many of the required steps for transparent, free and fair elections are still unfulfilled. We still live in a dictatorship, repressive decrees are still in place and the Attorney-General remains in effective control of the election process and there is no way he will concede power to the Electoral Commission.

So on face of it, Australia and New Zealand unlike some of the smaller but principally stronger Pacific Island nations have thrown the towel in and surrendered to coups and illegal take over’s in the Pacific.

They appear to be nervously unwilling to firmly hold the regime accountable to the norms of democratic principles and values that Australians and New Zealanders expect of their governments.

The decisions of Foreign Ministers Bishop and McCully over the weekend make the words of Gordon Livingston MD seem appropriate - ’Ignorance can be remedied, but stupidity has no cure'


Mick Beddoes

Sabeto








PRESS RELEASE

Now, the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, in his speech in Vunisea has issued a statement on the alienation of native and other matters aimed at discrediting the elected Government which I led at the time of the transaction.

It is important that the facts relating to the land transaction be stated clearly, so that people may be able to form their own informed opinions on the criticisms leveled against the SDL Government.

The land transaction in question involved the swap or exchange of 68.7 hectares of native land owned by Tokatoka Nasau with freehold land of equivalent value owned by Matapo Limited, the developer of Momi Bay Resort Project.

Coup fourpointfive said...

Part two:


Upon exchange the native land was to be converted to freehold and the Matapo freehold was to be converted to native land and registered under Tokatoka Nasau. There was no “loss” of native land in the transaction because of the equivalent freehold land and other benefits in exchange.

My information is that the conversion of native land to freehold was completed. But the conversion of freehold to native land has yet to be completed, due to interference by the present Government following the Military Coup on 5th December, 2006.

The transaction was made with the voluntary agreement of the two parties involved, Matapo Limited and Tokatoka Nasau. The NLTB gave its approval to the deal and the Government of the day sanctioned the land swap under the Land Transfer Act. The terms and conditions of the land swap are recorded in an Agreement between the two parties dated 31st May, 2005.

The landowners were obviously satisfied and happy with the benefits they received then, and the benefits they will receive in the future if the project is successful.

Unfortunately for the landowners they have suffered because of the effects of the military coup of 5th December, 2006. The overthrow of a democratically elected Government has effectively “killed” the Momi Bay Resort Project. The Momi Bay Resort development would have been completed by now if there was no illegal take-over of the Government.

Mr. Khaiyum’s often quoted reference to the provisions of the law relating to this transaction is also misleading. As Chief Legal Officer of the Government he should at least be completely honest with his explanation. The transaction was completed within the relevant laws with voluntary participation of all parties involved.

The bottom line is that the landowners, as owners of the land agreed to exchange their asset with a similar asset of equivalent value. It was a voluntary act on their part, and they were satisfied and happy with what they received.

The conversion of native land to freehold land was never the policy of the SDL Government. The Momi Land transaction was an isolated case which all parties concerned approved and came away satisfied with the outcome. The transaction was carried out within the Land Transfer Act and completed in good faith.

Both Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and Mr. Khaiyum appear confused about the entrenched legislation in the 1997 Constitution relating to native land. The entrenchment of the Native Land Trust Act means that any amendment of that Act would require a higher and more difficult Parliamentary votes for approval. This has protected native land from possible attempts to alienate such land.

It is no secret that the SDL Government would like all native legislation remain entrenched in the Constitution. It is almost certain that the successor to the SDL would like to maintain this as a key policy issue.

The present Government’s draft Constitution does not provide for entrenched native legislation. This means that any amendment to the Native Land Trust Act, for example, would require a simple majority in Parliament. Furthermore, without entrenchment in the Constitution, it will become much easier to alienate native land, the issue that both the Prime Minister and Attorney General appear confused.

There are two precedents for similar land transactions. In the Hyatt Hotel and Denarau development projects there were similar land exchange transactions, both during the SVT Government. In those two cases and in the Momi Bay project the benefits to landowners have been substantial.

L. QARASE




Anonymous said...

Vinaka, Mr. Prime Minister. We always knew the regime was lying about this. If it wasn't, it would have taken you back to new kangaroo court proceedings long ago.

Anonymous said...

Brava, Laisa Digitaki!

Anonymous said...

Good posting by Open Toolkit. If I were a general being passed up for promotion on account of an idiot thug trying to avoid arrest for treason and murder, you can bet I wouldn't go down without a fight. On the one hand I could do nothing and end up looking at a trumped up prison sentence handed me by this illegal regime. On the other hand I could act first and go down in the history books as Fiji's hero and saviour, and thereafter probably win outright election as Prime Minister pretty easily.

Anonymous said...

Good posting by Open Toolkit. If I were a general being passed up for promotion on account of an idiot thug trying to avoid arrest for treason and murder, you can bet I wouldn't go down without a fight. On the one hand I could do nothing and end up looking at a trumped up prison sentence handed me by this illegal regime. On the other hand I could act first and go down in the history books as Fiji's hero and saviour, and thereafter probably win outright election as Prime Minister pretty easily.

Anonymous said...

Game changer my back side 225255, Has Pita held a 8am to 5pm job ever. Stop this youth crap, get some real people to lead Fiji. Business people who have made it.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5:37 PM.

I am the author of Anon 5:31 PM and I did not in fact say anything about indigenous rights. This does not mean that I am not an advocate of these rights and I hope that SODELPA and its youth wing under Pita Wqavonovono will adequately address the needs of the native Fijians because I am one of them.
What I was commenting on was that, it was relieving to see that a young man such as Pita was courageous enough to stand up to this repressive regime despite what he went through in December 2006. That type of courage in a person is rarely seen.
The only person that the fearsome fears is the fearless.

Anonymous said...

ALEX ELBOURNE WANTS TO TALK TOUGH ABOUT HIS COCKSUCKING ARSELICKING SUPPORT TO REGIME. THIS GUY IS A FARKALL JOURNO WHO RAMBLES LIKE A FARKED UP EMPTY PIECE OF SHIT ON THAT MAGAZINE. GO FARK YOUR FATHER YOU LUVENI POOFTER, MAGAITINAMU SONALEVU, LAU VUTU.

Anonymous said...

at Ifiremi Tawake....seems like you don't know who was behine the CRW team to overthrow the Govt...if you don't know anything shutup....BOCI

Anonymous said...

Youths my foot!!
90% of youths will follow their parents not these so called youth leaders.
Game changers in SDL are the chiefs, vanua and senior proven leaders not youths.
But thanks Peter for coming & all the best.....& remember that you maybe a coup victim but you are not a proven leader ie leadership and wisdom, maturity is built up over many years and not via facebook and internet.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 7:04pm..

Why don't you say that in front of Alex Elbourne, in person.

Laurai ga vei iko na SONA LEVU..

Anonymous said...

Regardless of SODELPA'S pathetic denials, prime waterfront native land is now forever gone from the indigenous owners, that is the bottom line.
The developers benefitted far more from the Momi land-swap than native landowners. Just as Qarase and family benefited far more from the Fijian holdings A-class shares than the mataqalis.

SODELPA says SDL Government supported the transaction because the iTaukei land were paid good money. What is more important to the Fijian? Land or money? Just because SDL and Qarase greedy for money, doesn't mean native landowners greedy for money too. SDL out the greed of money in native landowners. Isa, they have forever lost their god-given land. Thank you Qarase, Qoriniasi Bale and SDL for showing how native land can be given away. you have opened the floodgates for other greedy developers and land owners to the same for money. you have set the trend - the precedent. SDL and Qarase matavailavu. You sold out native heritage for money. You are paying the price for your sins. That's why you and SDL are out of power. That's the will of God - if you cheat and deceive people you pay the price.

Anonymous said...

A youth, willing and determined to learn, will one day become an older person of increased wisdom. Hopefully these youths will not be overcome by pride and selfishness which are two of the major reasons for individual and societal failures.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 7:40 PM.

Then what about the Namosi and Bua landowners who have lost rights to their land to land-grabbing miners and developers. When will they get their lands back for their own use? In a hundred or two hundred years? And how will their lands return their previous productive conditions after being raped by these money-hungry corporations?

Anonymous said...

BAI / KHAYIUM UST BE PUT AT NABORO.

THE BIGGEST THUGS IN THE HISTORY OF FIJI.

EARN OVER $1.3 MILLION AND BICKBACK FROM CHINA RAILWAY!

ALL SRI LANKANS MUST BE PUT IN A BOAT TO SRI LANKA WHICH WILL SINK ON THE WAY.

AJIT (C J PATEL) WILL BE INVESTIGATED FOR TAX EVASION IN VARIOUS FORMS!

Anonymous said...

anon 7.40pm
sona levu - what about mangroves lost to the business people leased out by your boci govt? and removal of entrenched legislation on native land allowing govt of day to change native land law.....sivia ga na vosa sona levu baleta sa tawa nomu taga tamata no school no job qai butako job

mark manning said...

@ anon 1206
Thanks, but am on facebook and here and matavuvale.com
There is almost no need for me to comment now, all Fijians know exactly what is happening and how they have been fooled. I even suspect that the soldiers are just waiting for the right moment to take back control from Frank and Co!

Tui Viti [Nai Karua] said...

@ L Qarase Taro: A cava dou sega ni lisi taka kina na Native Land me vaka e caka tu oqo e Suva,Nasinu,Nausori ka dau vakatokai na Native Lease? A cava na vuna dou sa veisautaka na qele ni taukei oqori me Freehold? Na Freehold me vaka na noqu kila e dau tukuni tu ni 'qele voli vakadua' ka dau yaco ga oqo kevaka sa nakita na taukei ni qele me volitaka vakadua na qele oqori,se sa kawaboko na lewe ni mataqali ka taukena na qele oqori ka vakadinadina taka na Liuliu ni Yavuasa kei na NLC. Na noqu kila ni e rawa ga ni veisau na qele mai na Native land kina Agriculture leased land. Me vaka e tiko mai Nadi,labasa e veisau na qele ni taukei kina Agriculture lease me rawa ni tei na dovu me rawa kina na i voli na suka.Na Agriculture leased land ga e rawa ni veisau kina Commercial Lease se Qele ni tauyavu bisinisi me tara kina na sitoa se bisinisi cava ga ia era lisi kece tiko ka taui lisi kina na i taukei ni qele ia,na Freehold Land se qele voli vakadua e lisi vakacava oqo?.E na sausaumi vakacava? Na i sau vakailavo ni qele [land value] e tubu e na veiyabaki, sa vakamatata taki na tikina oqori vei iratou na i taukei ni qele? Au sega nni viaducu kemuni se beitaka e dua? Se cava beka na nomu vakamacala e keri LQ?

Anonymous said...

Anon at 7.29pm is obviously not wit h the times. Business and politics is being done on the net because it is the fastest way to get results. Barack Obama won the US presidency in his first term via an internet campaign that saw him reach millions of young people who embraced his Yes We Can motto.

Anonymous said...

Give Pita the opportunity to work with Sodelpa. I am sure the chiefs and officials took him into the fold knowing they would compliment each other so trolls stop stirring the pot! Sodelpa hierarchy must welcome the youth because a united front is your best weapon. Don't stuff up

Anonymous said...

I must congratulate Fijian Holding Limited (FHL) chief executive officer, Nouzab Fareed, and the Board for the courageous and bold decision in calling “a spade a spade”.
I also congratulate the Fiji Sun for publishing the details of FHL Logistics on January 4, 2014 in their business page.
The voluntary liquidation of FHL Logistics is a commercial and sensible decision. FHL would have made attempts to salvage a profusely bleeding entity through various means however have been unsuccessful. This would probably be because of the initial wrong decision by FHL of buying a struggling entity for much more than it was worth and later further dozing the entity with unsatisfactory management.
A few aspects that need scrutiny by FHL Board and management are as follows:
In the first year of operation in 2011 FHL wrote down FHL Logistics assets significantly because, presumably, the assets were acquired for much more than what it really was worth. There was significant operational and set up expenditure on Year 1 that also contributed to the $2.9 million loss.
In 2012 the write down of assets continued suggesting that the asset values were still considered inflated and also significant operational costs resulting in a $2.5 million loss.
In 2013 the “right-sizing” of the company and the “clean-up” (Fiji Sun 4/1/14) resulted in the losses being minimised however a further write off of $1.29m was recorded.
In the three years of operation FHL Logistics has cost FHL Shareholders a total of $6.69m (Fiji Sun 4/1/14) in operational losses apart from the acquisition amount. This is concerning and really needs some clarification.
The question that needs to be answered are as follows from all shareholder concern perspective:
• Has FHL considered a forensic audit for FHL Logistics for such sizeable losses?
• Has FHL considered reviewing how the valuations of the assets were done when in year one and two there were significant write downs?
• What action has been taken against those that were involved in providing a valuation which resulted in the significant write downs?
• FHL Logistics purchased an existing company which, although was struggling based on the information in the press, had an existing setup; why was there a need for substantial set up costs in year one?
• The significant operational costs in a logistic company would relate to repairs and maintenance of vehicles, plant and machinery; was there a transparent process considered when these costs were incurred?
• Were the repairers or garage owners linked to anyone at FHL?
• FHL as a sizeable entity has sufficient internal logistical work e.g. SCIL, Humes, etc.; was FHL Logistics an option to consider for these work instead of owning or controlling these entities yet outsourcing their logistical work?
I urge FHL to consider a total review of the FHL Logistic acquisition and operational processes.

Interesting no response from FHL on this????

Timoci Serevi (FHL Shareholder)

Anonymous said...

NATIVE LAND IS NOT SOLD! FULL STOP. OUR OWN FIJIAN SDL GOVT AIDED AND ABETED THE SALE OF NATIVE LAND. A PRIME PIECE OF VITI IS NOW IN COMMERCIAL FOREIGN DEVELOPERS HANDS. FOREVER.HOW HOW DARE SDL DO THAT!!

Anonymous said...

Commercial swap consented by both parties and endorsed by President of Fiji , Chair of NLTB Iloilo, what the fxxk man!!! Coup of 2006 did not allow complete swap and you blame SDL....you are really in dahdah land!!!

Aiyaz and Frank has removed entrenched provisions for itaukei land protection in the 1997 constitution to one of simple majority in parliament .....this is what is stealing itaukei land stupid!!! Parliament with simple majority can convert all Native Lease to freehold or crown, you can do fxxk all about it......this is the FrankAiyaz protection offered to itaukei land!!!

Got the balls.......fight for it now!!!!!

Native Itaukei

Anonymous said...

parliament will be dominated by Fijians.
Only Fijians can sell Fijian land.
Qarase govt was Fijian.
It aided and abetted sale of native land.
Nothing happened.
Despite noqu vanua, noqu kalou talk, there was no action. There was no protest. there was no war. In fact Fijians are actually defending the sale of the land. They saying it is ok. so what's is all the fuss about land all these years. when fijian land was sold, no one batted an eyelid.

Anonymous said...

KHAYIUM THE DESTROYER OF NATIVE FIJIANS.

VOTE SOPDELA.

Anonymous said...

@11.34pm Timoci Serevi

Obviously you will not challenge this large loss of your money that ended up in some Indians pocket!!! Grow some balls and question the Directors of FHL about the loss!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:40, what is pathetic is the way you regime trolls keep coming on this site to beat a dead horse. This land issue is a non-issue, except in the way it is another opportunity messed up by the 2006 coup.

The Fijian landowners didn't lose land. They swapped land.

There's nothing to indicate that Qarase gained personally from the deal.

This was not the first government to assist with a land swap. You chose to ignore Qarase's explanation, because the facts don't fit your political agenda.

This regime has set about systematically to alienate Fijians from their control of the land. Under the phony new constitution, t's no longer entrenched as it is under the real constitution. That was one of the main goals of the BKC, second only to ensuring immunity for the regime's crimes past and present, including treason.

Anonymous said...

Does this land swap nonsenses warranted the overthrowing of the democratic elected government? This is so lame! Most commentators in this thread are merely trying to justify why the coup was executed and not realizing the wrongs they have all committed in doing. The end will never justify the means.......Bainimarama and all soldiers are so blinded by power and probably may all have NPD (Narcissistic personality disorder. Sa kua soti na lecaika....ni raica mada na vanua vakaloloma sa namata tiko kina na noda vanua....The proper and legal way to change governments is through the ballot box and not by the barrel of the gun....Na lotu cava ni cakava tiko....sa vakadomubula na levu na lialia....O Voreqe me tarovi vakatotolo de na vakaloloma o Viti!

Anonymous said...

If Qarase is well versed with business why didn't he advise the land owners on the best deal for them. Rather than swap their prime land for goat grazing land why didn't he get the land owners to be part of the business by having their land as equity and profits shared to them on an agreed percentage. In that way they don't completely loose their land which has intangible values. Old village sites, burial sites etc have all gone which are sacred to the itaukei with what Qarase did. So much for blaming the Indians when itaukei governments of Rabuka and Qarase made the swaps. Now they both in SOILEDPAPER or whatever the name of the party is.

Anonymous said...

Now that the hotel owns the land next to the sea they have the rights to the foreshore and will chase away the itaukei who used the foreshore for fishing and other seafood. Claims by SODELPA and QAEAse that the deal was fair is in fact the biggest con job of a itaukei government on itaukei landowners.

Anonymous said...

The i-Taukei landowner decided the deal was in his interests. Are you so arrogant that you think you know his interests better than he does himself?

Yes, I wager you are.

Anonymous said...

The landowner didn't lose land; he traded it for land he valued more. What about the intrinsic value of THAT land?

And what about the intrinsic value of the freedoms taken from you by this regime? Why don't you seem to valie those?

And what about your country, the nation betrayed by treason by these traitors? Why do you constantly support them? Where is your patriotism? Where is your love of Fiji?

Anonymous said...

I'm one of the itaukei landowner and we were conned by Qarase. We have lost everything. What do you know you kawa ca. Our stupid elders and Qarase who agreed to the deal have robbed us of our God given land, sea and resources.

Anonymous said...

I don't care what you people think about this government but my land stolen by Qarase will never come back. My problem is with Qarase and his government and not this government. We the younger generation have lost our only valued item on this earth. Qarase you blurry kawa ca.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama didn't use the land swap issue to justify his coup, because he knows as well as we do that it's a non-issue. That's why he doesn't raise it publically himself but has his arse-licking supporters do so anonymously, on websites such as this.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't your land, you lying POS. The landowner was happyto make the trade. The only thing that messed it up was the coup of 2006, a coup you obviously supported, you traitor.

Anonymous said...

What has this boci pita Waqavonovono done for Fiji or any of its people. NOTHING!!!!! I suggest he go find a job first.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. A regime that can't bring itself to openly criticise the land swap, because it knows it was perfectly legal. And critics of the land swap who can't bring themselves to openly defend the regime because they know it is perfectly ILLEGAL!

Anonymous said...

Pita spoke out in defence of your rights.

That's a hell of a lot more than YOU have ever done.

Anonymous said...

Pita has found a job -- as Fiji's next Youth Minister.

Anonymous said...

Going to Waterloo
switching now to SODELPA

Anonymous said...

Is that the best the regime can do -- vague criticisms about "old politicians" and a clumsy disinformation campaign regarding the true facts of the Qarase-brokered land swap?

Fine, you guys run on that, whilst we run against your treason, murder, lies and corruption. And oh, yeah, the fact that you wrote indigenous land rights out of the phony constitution you're trying to foist on us against our will.

Rolling Stone said...

The readership of this blogsite is not representative of Fiji. This is an opposition blogsite, so most of the posters are oppositionists or regime supporters trying to drown out the opposition voices.

I've also never been an SDL fan, and I'm opposed to communal voting. In my frequent visits to the villages, though, lately, a few things stand out, and one of them is deep support for the idea of SODELPA leading a united front.

Another is deep mistrust of, and even disgust and hatred for, this regime, mingled with occasional anecdotes showing genuine appreciation for high-level visits by the regime and for its attention to local infrastructure needs, albeit with corrupt practices and borrowed money at inflated costs.

The main approach I see their leaders take is to plan for the elections but to expect they won't take place. They want some direction on what to do in such an eventuality, and they are looking to the united front's leadership and the vanua to give it to them in advance of the elections or their re-postponement.

Anonymous said...

As an outside observer, I wonder why you Fijians are so frightened of your military. After all, is there a more cowardly bunch in Fiji? These are the people sworn and paid to protect your country and its constitution, and yet they just roll over for a few traitorous wankers. Less than worthless, the whole lot of them. They're supposed to be your first line of defence, instead they're nothing but a bunch of cowardly bullies. If you agree, then stop seeing them as anything more than a pack of cowards hiding behind a uniform, because, indeed, that's what they are.

Anonymous said...

Fiji military has turned against the very people thy were sworn to protect. These dumb fark soldiers think they know how to run an economy. Frank was nothing before he became army commander, didn't even own or operate a village shop.

Anonymous said...

@ 11.34 Timoci Serevi

Have you considered all the Indian companies and businesses that were in direct competition with FHL logistics? With your analysis...it appears you have not considered the cartel that these other operators bide by, and as FHL Logistics was a Fijian owned company, the cartel had ganged up to ensure that FHL Logistics did not make it! This scenario is exactly what these bloody indian businesses have been doing to Fijian businesses and aspirations all the time! FHL logistics must and should be given a chance to run and be revived!It is a good business! It's unfortunate that indians have been given the reins to reign and effectively remove FHL Logistic as a competitor to their kind! Think about that for a moment. Businesses of FHL Logistics' magnitude are expected to take hits because they are trying to take a piece of the pie already enjoyed by cartels. Off course the indian business cartels will barricade and do all they can to sabotage any new player. farid(idiot)when he closed down FHL Logisitcs,did so to the joyous celebrations of Ashok transport, CDP, Kishore Kumar Couriers etc...And the statistics go...another Fijian business bites the dust! I know and have experienced the above issues first-hand and to be factual, because I faced these realities in the 15 years of running my own business-Construction, in a market that was very competitive,as an indigenous,until the coup of December 2006...when things just really got out of hand. When things "normalize" again, I will definitely apply for the position of leading FHL logistics, should it become available.

YADRA MAI NA NODA! NA DINA E NA SEGA NI TABONAKI RAWA, E NA QAI LAMATA CAKE MAI...IA, ENA GAUNI NI KALOU.

Anonymous said...

Ni Veicai kece ga na matanivalu ulu lala ni Viti....ni yavu lialia ni vakamuria tu e dua na lecaika vakataki Voreqe....ni saga na vuli me rarama na rai....unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

I am from Suvavou. Why the fuck did Kaiyum do up a Deed of Cession decree stopping our land claims in Suva?
Why are prime areas being leased out without inviting us first?
Why remove the entrenched legislation from the Constitution - now my reps the chiefs have no direct power on land legislation.
I want Bai & Kaiyum out ASAP - caiti tamamu drau kei kemuni kece na tonoki rau tiko!.

Anonymous said...

How many kai viti got Toppers scholarships.....WHY NO PUBLICITY TO DATE?
How many Kai Viti businesses were running before 2006 and how manu NOW?
Sauma mai na taro qo kemudou na matanitu sonalevu dou cici tiko qori.

Anonymous said...

Na vuku gona nei Bainimarama me sogo na bisinisi ni taukei me da volivoli ena sitoa ni kaidia se kaijaina.

Anonymous said...

If the sale of prime native land is ok as some are saying, than why have NLTB? Why not remove the ban on land sales so other landowners too can swap their land and benefit? The ban on land sales is useless anyway, as Qarase, Qoriniasi Bale and SDL have proved. SDL

Anonymous said...

In the absence of a formal coalition emerging from UFDF, SODELPA must lead a united front. Joining forces with a youth movement is a start.

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
Foreign minister Julie Bishop's meeting with Fiji's military ruler Frank Bainimarama - where she shook hands with him with both hands and presented him with some kind of rugby jersey and he "laughed a lot" and she apparently smiled a lot - for some reason reminds me so much of Raymond Bonner's book Waltzing with a Dictator : The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy.
I wonder why?
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
We read in the regime mouthpiece newsletter the Fiji Sun (17/2) that responding to "concerns from former politicians" that the Sept 2014 elections "will not be transparent, free and fair" one regime lackey Tukai lagonilakeba wants to if "any of these past politicians can inform the public which national elections since 1970 till 2006 were free and fair?"
This is a lousy attempt at providing a rationalization for the way the Bainimarama military regime is conducting the affairs of the country and in particular its preparation for the elections.
It is simply a justification for the status quo.
The coups in our country had nothing to do with fraud elections or bad democracy or bad constitution or bad race relations or bad politicians. They were power grabs. Pure and simple.
Is Tukai lagonilakeba aware that " Election fraud has been rampant throughout US history"? ( 2004 Rolling Stone's comprehensive report and Gumbel's book). Is he aware that strong claims (including supreme court challenges) were made that George Bush's presidential elections were not free and fair? ( Sunday Mercury.net. The Grassy Knoll: the truth is out there! 'George W Bush - The Election conspiracy' by Ben Goldby on March 10.2009).
Or, take this Indian example :
In June 1975 the High Court of Allahabad found sitting Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of employing a government servant in her election campaign and Congress Party work, which constituted election fraud. So the court ordered her removal from her seat and banned her from running in elections for 6 years.
Gandhi refused to resign, declared a state of emergency, granted herself extraordinary powers including eventually the right to make decrees while bypassing parliament, launched a massive crackdown on civil liberties and political opposition including jailing political rivals and journalists ( thousands in all), cutting off electricity to opposition newspapers and dissolving opposition controlled state legislatures.
After 19 months she fortunately restored democracy and unjailed her opponents, operating under the delusion that she would be lauded and re-elected. She was immediately crushingly defeated.
( source : RangeVoting.org - Election fraud and rigging).
So yes election frauds happen even in more established democracies but it does not provide a justification for a military takeover.
The latter only happens in a banana republic.
Which is what my beloved home country has become - courtesy of four coups in four decades.
sincerely,
Rajend Naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Ironic! The regime is about to put into place a Freedom of Information Decree to allow 'Fijians to access information from any government department easily.'

This is the sort of 'freedom' Khaiyum envisages:

“For example you may have put in an application to the clerk over the counter, and the clerk they may assess it, and then pass that on to somebody else, and all the file notes and the actual decision making. Under the Freedom of Information Decree, you can have all the access to that information, and all those documents that led to the decision being made in the final instance. So under the FOI you’ll have right to do that.”

"... obviously regulatory agencies or ministries that have a high people impact or contact, would be the first once to be considered for FOI.”


Anonymous said...

native landowners swapped prime seafront land for goat-grazing land, and it is called a good deal, hahaha, if this is not fooling landowners, I do not know what it.

Lost Heritage said...

Momi Bay landowners have fore-ever lost rights and access to their beach, foreshore and abundant reefs.The beautiful sunsets and sunrise. no amount of money can ever compensate for that.

Anonymous said...

Lost Heritage, you've lost the plot.

They were compensated with other land that they deemed more valuable.

Why do you pretend to value the land they "lost" but not the land they gained?

It's because you're vainly trying to get political mileage out of this.

If Qarase did something wrong, then why doesn't the illegal regime arrest him for it? It has trumped up charges against him before. Why not do it again over this issue?

Answer: Because even the regime knows this is a non-issue, try as it would love to build this into something more than that.

We know it, too, and so do you.

Anonymous said...

Mr Sayed-Kahiyum, where do we file under the new freedom of Information Act to get access to all of the Public Auditor reports suppressed by the Prime Minister's office these last many years?

Anonymous said...

No comparison, Rajend. Marcos was a genius, Bainimarama an imbecile.

Anonymous said...

Coup 4.5 realised that they made a huge mistake when they posted the blog article about P.Waqavonovono.He was ambushed from all angles by regime supporters and seeing that it wasnt working in their favour they quickly replaced it with the Hon. PM and his son.But it was too late the cat had got out of the bag and as a choice for youth leader from a scale of 1-10 the rating he received was 12. As usual Coup 4.5 shot itself in the foot,AGAIN.

Anonymous said...

How many kai viti got Toppers scholarships.....WHY NO PUBLICITY TO DATE?
How many Kai Viti businesses were running before 2006 and how many NOW?
Sauma mai na taro qo kemudou na matanitu sonalevu dou cici tiko qori.

GREED FOR MONEY said...

Anon 1.51pm, you have lost the plot, not Lost Heritage. The plot is 'sale of native land'. The key waords are 'SALE' 'NATIVE' 'LAND'. Get it?

STOP TRYING TO DIVERT ATTENTION BY TALKING ABOUT COMPENSATION.

The 'SALE' of 'NATIVE LAND' is NOT NON-ISSUE! Only a non-Fijian can say that.

Native land is the most important issue dear to the native heart.

SDL Qarase government are traitors to the Fijian race for putting greed of money in landowners hearts and minds and tricking them into selling their piece of viti.

these idiotic landowners have forever lost their heritage. Thank you Qarase and SDL.

Anonymous said...

I recommend Suliasi Daunitutu to go to Fiji and become President of SODELPA and lead the party to victory in the election. He is brave and courageous. A great Fijian he is. OI ME TATALUVALUVA MAI NA BATINA. HEHEHE.

Anonymous said...

Don't be naïve 'Greed for Money', tell us which Native Land was sold by the SDL Govt?????

We only know about lands being EXCHANGED for other lands...

vinaka,

I Taukei ni qele.

Anonymous said...

That is the difference between Fiji and Tonga we are much more educated than you guys and have become more of a Christian!It is easy to start a revolution but much more hard to rebuild after.We have seen its effects on Liberia, Somalia,Yugoslavia and many other nations that were well developed at one point in time but are now reduced to a nation of ruins and false hopes.The Devil Satan, your Master, wants it to happen in Fiji.but we dont want to destroy what our fathers have build.There are other avenues available to address this issue,its a long process and questions our patience but is more rewarding.As in 1987,2000 we had patience and the elections were held and moved on,there are however ever present groups of people in FJ and in the Pacific that despise,envy and hate the progress FJ has made over the years.They want to tear the nation apart and rebuild on their terms and conditions. Look at Syria a nation in mourning ,there will be no winner in the aftermaths,both parties are losers,that makes them a bunch of losers,they are [both Govt and Rebel forces]regretting startinge the war,other foreign parties have joined the war and they will want a piece of the nation when the war is over,but that will be another 8-10 yrs.When the USA,Great Britain and their allies were involved in the Iraq War since G.Bush [senior] other nations in South America were minding their own business and building,as to date the economies of the South American Nations have surpassed the US.Yes,Venezuela,Cuba,Brazil and other Latin American Nations are faring better than those allies of Us and GB.War saps the energy,destroys all civil structure,tears family apart,then there is the rape,torture,murder,abuse and phsycological effects on soldiers on both sides,no one.no one wins.We dont want it here.We are too small a nation,too small an economy ,everyone is related so we dont want war in this country.Peace is what we want!

Anonymous said...

landowners of denarau, naviti, Warwick, the Fijian Resort too should EXCHANGE theIr rime land for goat-grazing land since it is so beneficial for native landowners. How about it?

Anonymous said...

Lost Heritage...
So join this meeting sona levu


Hindus unite for first celebration

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE first ever gathering of Hindus to celebrate their contribution to the country will be held in Nadi in April.

And organisers of the event — the Vishva Hindu Parishad Fiji or World Hindu Council of Fiji — emphasised that the first Fiji National Hindu Conference was not a religious or philosophical meeting but rather, a community conference.

"This conference is not a religious or philosophical event, but a community conference," said president Jay Dayal.

"The theme is "the contribution of the Hindu community in strengthening and building Fiji" and it will cover economic, health, environmental, social and cultural aspects.

"Basically, the conference will provide a platform for all Hindu organisations, temples and like-minded groups to showcase their contributions to Fijian society in general and Hindu society in particular."

The conference will be held on Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13 at the Tanoa International Hote

Anonymous said...

what twisted thinking to think c4.5 promoted pita waqavonovono and sodelpa thentook story off cos they made a mistake. what s@#$%head thinking is that? people should put their brains into top gear and think of ways to promote the party and youth so they vote. let's get off our lazy asses and do something for ourselves for a change instead of expecting everyone else, international community and all, including c4.5, to do it all for us.

Anonymous said...

Fiji can learn something from Ukraine demonstrations. The people there have not been afraid to fight for their independence, 25 of them dying as a result. Fijians have no guts, all soft bellied letting worthless soldiers rule their lives.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:44, your posting makes no sense.

The article re Pita W. wasn't "quickly replaced". It wasn't replaced at all. It's still there. It has nearly 200 comments.

On a scale of 1-10 as a youth leader, Pita is a 12? A twelve, on a scale of one to ten?

On a scale of 1-10 as a moron, then, you, too, are a twelve.

Sheihk Sabir said...

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.

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Anonymous said...

Looser 5:31 is that the best you can jot...crawl back under that rock you came from

Anonymous said...

Can C4.5 keep us advised of the work of Pita Waqavonovono and SODELPA? If this alliance is to be useful to the nation the most useful blog must do its part and keep the people informed.

Anonymous said...

Waqavonovono .... im switching to Sodelpa

Anonymous said...

Sodelpa all the way

Coup fourpointfive said...

New officials elected to FDFM:


MEDIA STATEMENT
February 9, 2014
The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement (FDFM) was established in April 2009. The key objectives of the FDFM are to operate and function as an umbrella organization to coordinate and actively advocate a campaign for the restoration of democracy in Fiji under the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
The Movement exists to ensure that the restoration of democracy in Fiji is put at the forefront of discussion, debates and other engagements at all levels from political to the grassroots people and organizations. The movement has been actively engaged and lobbying the Australian Government to pressure the current illegally established Fiji Government into conducting fair elections as specified under the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
Current FDFM memberships spread across Australia, including affiliate groups across the United States and New Zealand.
On Saturday 1st February 2014, a Special General Meeting was held at the Revesby Workers Club, NSW, Australia. At this meeting the following were elected as the office bearers of the movement.
National President – Usaia Waqatairewa
National Vice President- Sera Laveta
Treasurer: Joseph Raga
Secretary: Mereti Qaluma
FDFM extends its gratitude to Mr Suli Daunitutu for his leadership from 2010 to 2014. During this period Mr Daunitutu fought difficult and complex issues in attempting to engage communities abroad to understand the severity of the illegal Fiji Government. During this time, under Mr Daunitutu’s leadership, he actively pursued engagement with the Australian Government participating in dialogue that was pertinent to the people of Fiji. FDFM acknowledges the work Mr Daunitutu undertook and the exemplary leadership displayed to all FDFM chapters throughout this period. The movement wishes him well in his future pursuits.
The Executive National Board of the FDFM looks forward to continue working with its chapters in 2014 including with our partners and supporters. The new National President Usaia Waqatairewa said that ‘this is an exciting time for the movement in our fight to returning Fiji back to its rightful democratic rule. We cannot give up and we must keeping moving forward in honoring the voices of those that continue to suffer under this illegal dictatorship.’
Mr Waqatairewa said that ‘the FDFM is first and foremost apolitical. We are not here to progress self-interest. We are here to stand as a united front with the United Front for a Democratic Fiji (UFDF) in the 2014 elections. FDFM has commenced its engagement with UFDF to assist in the process from overseas. Although we are not at the forefront in Fiji, we, as the Fiji people abroad, are able to assist in the elections process by supporting those that share the same vision as the FDFM. This vision is to expedite the exit of Frank Bainimarama through an election process.
Furthermore Mr Waqatairewa said, ‘Frank Bainimarama’s leadership needs an expiry date. He needs to come to terms that his leadership is no longer needed and irrelevant, as the country has been bought to its knees through corrupt practices and bad economical decisions that affect the livelihood of every day Fiji people who are struggling to get by. It is time for a change and Bainimarama is not that change.’

Anonymous said...

I don't see SODELPA as a Multiracial party. how many non iTaukei are there in executive committee? A big fat ZERO. This party still remains a very much "Nationalist Party." In modern Fiji there is no place for this sort of party. NFP will also fall in same category. NFP is a party that is owned by Attar Singh, Pramod Rae, Raman Singh and Biman Prasad. Now pretty much a Labasa party. A far cry from what Hon. A.D. Patel had in mind. Even Hon Patel did not act as if he owned the party.

Come on AG this has gone on for too long. It is time for you to act on this and deregister NFP without delay. They are challenging your patience, so do not let them get away with this. Show them what you are made of. Otherwise they will walk all over you.

Anonymous said...

It's so sad that Pita has to deny on this Comments Board that he is not gay. When a person seeking political office anywhere around the world denies something like that, it usually means the opposite is true.

Better to have not said anything at all then try and do a cover-up - a cardinal sin in politics.

But good luck to Pita anyway!

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:26 PM.

You're saying that Pita is "denying He's not gay", and that the "opposite is true"?

Read your statement properly and ascertain the real meaning of what you just mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3.26

Oops sorry you're right. What I meant to say that it sad that he has to deny that he is gay.

Anonymous said...

Guys guys, Pita is not gay. He can't be because he slept with Hosanna.

Anonymous said...

@Loser !0:42 AM.

First of all, look our different spellings. You spelled "looser" and I spelled "loser". Then check any dictionary and find out who of us spelled the word we actually meant correctly.

Your conjecture reveals to me that you envy Pita Waqavonovono for his bravery and transparency, which characteristics you cannot even come up to. He is climbing up the ladder of success while you, in your jealousy, are just trying to bring him down which will be impossible for you to achieve.

You cannot even do better than to just scold at me to go and "crawl back under a rock". Such utter stupidity!!!Nothing better to say!!!

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Anonymous said...

Hahaha. It's more like Meli Bainimarama defecated on your brain judging by the stupid crap you write.

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Anonymous said...

HOW I KNOW THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE and that PETER WAQAVONOVONO is the REAL GAME CHANGER !!!
-- it has brought all the government bloggers and military personel at Berkley Cresent out n number's.
Frank Bainimarama and he's RFMF must be scared shitless of the two most mentioned names in the 'HATERS' regurgitation above - Waqavonovono and Ro Teimumu.
SODELPA, with these two - you are a force to be reckoned with. I read Peter's Facebook status the other day. HE is not running for ELECTIONS!! He is looking to help reform the Party and Guide them through to Elections. NOW BAINIMARAMA is Fucked !!

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