The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement is kicking off the first of its mini forums for the elections this Wednesday night with FLP leader, Mahendra Chaundhry, as guest speaker.
The movement says Chaudhry is the first of its offerings and hails him as Fiji's 'Comeback Kid'.
The meeting is at MacArthur Hall, Dixon Lane, Revesby in New South Wales.
Voreqe Bainimarama is meanwhile expected to start collecting five thousand signatures this week in order to register his political
The coup leader is said to have revealed the plan during a talanoa session in Kalabu.
Fiji media says Bainimarama
is expected to sit down with party officials to work out how
signatures will be collected.
It's being said everything has been finalized, including the party colours.
Why has Frank Bainimarama made himself a rear admiral two weeks after stepping down as commander in chief of the RFM? Could it be that he wants to shore up his power, even though he is supposedly now a civilian?
The United Front for Democracy says the recommendation is likely to have come from the newly installed and ‘promoted’
"This recommendation would have had to have gone to the line
Minister for Home Affairs, who would have to then get his boss’s
approval who just happens to be the Prime Minister and recipient of the
the PM approves his own promotion, it is sent to the Commander in Chief
who is himself indebted to the recipient for his own position and once
approved, the new Commander can bestow the new rank of Rear Admiral on
his former Commander and a celebration is held."
The Coalition says "Compared to our neighbors, the Fiji fleet consists of 9 vessels [not
all operational] 3 are 20 years old, 4 are 23 years old and 3 are 27
years old. The naval contingent is 300 and we now have a Rear Admiral.
Zealand has approximately 11 ships, 5 helicopters, 2,166 navy personal,
333 active reservists and 1 Rear Admiral as Chief of the Navy.
"Australia has approximately 14,215 naval personal, 2,150 active
reservists, 51 commissioned and 1 non-commissioned ship. They have a
Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff and 2 Rear Admiral positions to
manage their Navy."
Other questions that need answering:
Why has Ruth Townsend, assistant director of public prosecutions, resigned? And why has she challenged Christopher Pryde's claim it was for better opportunities?
Why has Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum terminated the Public Accounts Committee? (see full UFDF statement on right of blog)
And has Fiji hired a police commissioner from South Africa?