Coup leader Frank Bainimarama has named Tikoitoga the new commander of the RFMF but it's as much a playing to the gallery as other tilts he's taken on things.
Bainimarama ushered in Tikoitoga as his successor yesterday and not his brother-in-law Francis Kean as inner sources signalled as a show of 'transparency' to the likes of Australia and New Zealand and international funders.
The annointing reflects the warped thinking everything is safely in place to allow him to legitimately morph from coup leader to elected leader in September.
As the sham Fiji Sun survey would have us believe, Bainimarama has 79 per cent support and 'is the man to beat.'
The changing of the guard heralds no significant change for citizens: we are still living under a military dictatorship.
And so the fight, unfair as it is, continues to be about power, albeit now via the polling booths.
The newly-appointed Tikoitoga has told Radio Australia the army has returned to the barracks and will not interfere in the elections, even as some 55 RFMF officers are embedded (the latest of them is Ioane Naivalurua, the country's former police chief, who is now Fiji's ambassador at large) in the government machinery to ensure people toe the line.
Tikoitoga has also proclaimed the RFMF will protect the Constitution - the same Constitution that was imposed on the people after the regime turfed out the one prepared by a five-member commission - which gives the army immunity?
Yes, the political parties have their work cut out for them: Bainimarama has been campaigning for months and they lost their footing after they failed to form a coalition, so votes will be splintered leaving it to SODELPA to reharness what it can of its SDL support base.
But as has always been the case, the onus is on the people to look beyond Bainimarama's propaganda machine and make an informed vote.
To help provide some balance in the lack of information and coverage being given to the the parties, we provide here links to some of the articles Professor Wadan Narsey has been publishing on key issues, including education.
C4.5 also urges political parties to help remove this military dictatorship by using the blogs to keep the people and voters informed.
LInks to Wadan Narsey's analysis: