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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Opposition biggies ready to get in ring with Bainimarama

The people have called it: poster doing the rounds.
Never has it been more important for a political debate, than now, as the illegal government continues to try to bury its lies and inconsistencies.

In fact, there should be a series of political debates between the Opposition parties and the regime led Fiji First Party and coup leader, Frank Bainimarama.

Candidates debates are the norm in general elections and are widely accepted as bringing new democracies a number of positives, including helping voters make an informed choice, discouraging personality attacks, and keeping a record of promises and therefore, officials, honest.

Even war-torn Liberia, which had its first democratic elections in 2005, following a military coup in 1980, had presidential debates during the run-up period.

And yet Bainimarama and illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, have rejected calls from political parties for them to debate him - why? 

Because neither he nor his image makers can afford to risk destroying the myth they've worked so hard to create. 




Blood on his hands: CRW soldiers tortured and killed.
A lot of money and time have gone into burying the real Bainimarama - the ambitious army commander who deposed a democratically elected government, chucked out the 1997 Constitution, burnt Yash Ghai's draft Constitution, beat and tortured citizens, turned on his own men, and whose greed sanctioned a $1.7 million dollars salary.


Bainimarama insists he is only being paid for the role of prime minister ($278,750) and not other portfolios but deposed PM, Laisenia Qarase, says he was only getting $106, 967!
The real Bainimarama: doing a runner.

It's not surprising then, that Bainimarama's handlers don't want him in the ring with the likes of  the seasoned Mick Beddoes, Attar Singh, Biman Prasad, Nirmal Singh, Mahendra Chaudry, Niko Nawaikula, and the learned Ro Teimumu Kepa and Dr Mere Samisoni, who'd puncture his bag of lies.



A live public debate, though, would ultimately give voters a chance to get a real perspective on issues that haven't been answered properly by the regime, including the ownership and protection of itaukei land under its Constitution, the political process heading into the election, the role of the army, the economy, unemployment, the cost of living and media freedom.

Mostly, though, it would be a welcome relief from the never ending planned and staged campaigning we've had to endure with Bainimarama trotting out week after week to yet another grand opening as the country's 'generous benefactor' and the sycophantic media reports that follow.

Ribbon cutter: taking credit for another new bridge.
Support for a political debate has grown on these pages in recent weeks and as a result of some very strong arguments from regular bloggers, such as Emil King, C4.5 has approached several organisations with the idea of partnering such an event, but not surprisingly the groups we had thought could - and should lead such an important event - have said their hands are tied.

Many will recall that Section 115 of the regime's Electoral Decree bans citizens groups from hosting debates and panel discussions on elections. Universities appear to be the only group free to co-ordinate such political gatherings.

And yet sources tell us the outfit run by Khaiyum's brother, FBC News, is organising two political debates just days out from the September 17 ballot: September 10 and 14. 

We are still seeking details, but if there are going to be  debates, they should be hosted by an independent and credible organisation, not the regime-funded FBC. 

This will ensure political parties and voters get a fair go and the debate isn't just another Bainimarama soap opera.

142 comments:

Anonymous said...

Open debates using all media outlets and translated in all media outlets is the best way to inform the voters who is the best person to lead Fiji to democracy and civilian rule.

Anonymous said...

Sai Lealea

3 hrs ·
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BAINIMARAMA'S REAL SALARY

There is proof available of Dictator Bainimarama's $1.8 mllion salary which he has failed to disclose!

It would appear a salary of $700,000 was granted and signed publicly by President and Tui Vuda, Ratu Iloilo, back in 2007. FIRCA had also confirmed this.


Given this information, Dictator Bainimarama has effectively lied to the Electoral Commission over his income as required under his very own decree.

He should therefore be fined nd deregistered.

Anonymous said...

C4.5 you had run the original story about Bainimarama's contract with documents in 2007.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I think it might have been 2011.

Anonymous said...

Ke caka na open debate ,me tarogi vei koya :
Ke lusi?

Anonymous said...

ke lusi? ke lusi? ke lusi? ke lusi? ke lusi?.........veituitui vakasoseti i vale ni veivesu,sa caka vavinaka tu vaka ga na hotel!!

Anonymous said...

sa bau wadrega.....sa bau wadrega....sa bau wadrega.

Anonymous said...

It is ok to support SODELPA, but to use a photo of some unlucky victim of regime is low. This makes Coup 4.5 no better than the present government.

Shame on you guys for shooting your bullet hiding behind democracy.

Anonymous said...

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector" - Plato: Ancient Greek philosopher (428/427-348/347 B.C.)




"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience" - Albert Camus: French novelist, essayist, and playwright.1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. 1913-1960

Talk about deluded! said...

Ah you guys joking? Ro Teimumu Kepa is refusing to go on talkback radio, let alone engage in a public debate with anyone. She is too dumb and too racist for her spin doctor, Jess Sikivou, and her hand holder, Peter Waqanovonovo, to even let her open her mouth without a prepared script. Two queens trying to prop up the Queen of Rewa on the slow march to electoral humiliation. Coup 4.5 reveals itself in this posting as the propaganda arm of SODELPA. it wasn't about democracy at all. It was about the indigenous elite getting back into power at any cost. The Fijian people have woken up to you. It's over even if you can't see it because you are blinded by your own propaganda.

Anonymous said...

A Dictator does not have the guts to face people that he had bullied for a long time.

NA CAVA ME TUKUNA O BAINIMARAMA?

E SA SOLIA OTI NA NONA MONA ME MANIPULATE TAKA O KHAIHUM.

BAINIMARAMA E NA TAUCOKO E VOSA KINA E WIILKA TIKO MAI NA KA E VOLA MAI O KHAIHUM.

SA BAU WADREGA ME LAKI VOSA ENA MATANA LEVU NI YACO GA ENA FOMU LIME VAKATAKI TELENI.

E NA NONA SAUMI TARO TIKO VEI RO FILIPE TUISAWAU E SEGA MADAGA NI SUYAMA RAWA NA TARO IA VOSATAKA E SO NA VOSA LOLOVIRA ME VAKA NA MACAWA.

OQO BEKA NA TAMATA E NANUMA O VITI ME NOMUNI PRIME MINISTER.

SA BAU WADREGA VAKAGA E TUKUNA TOKA E DUA NA DAU MASI POLO MAI DELAINABUA O ANON 10:09 PM.

VAKAMADUA DINA!

Anonymous said...

@Talk about deluded. the Fijian people have woken up to the hard fact of not aligning themselves with a crook who champions himself as the Saviour. No, we are not gonna be fooled this time. The Queen of Rewa will be crowned "King" of FIJI come September. Just step aside and pay homage. Bainimarama will be humiliated like the Brazilians - having a hyped up image of being a champion but humbled close to the finish line. Come September Come.. we will trounce Bainimarama and FF

Anonymous said...

If the leaders of FF refuse to participate in any debate, supporters of other parties should do what Ro Filipe did. Attend Bai and Kai's campaign and ask them hard hitting questions that will expose them.

Anonymous said...

@ Talk About Deluded, then what have you to fear? What is FF afraid of? Ask your bosses to rewrite their decrees to allow organisation of a debate.

Anonymous said...

Frank is too cowardly to engage in a debate. He proved that when he ducked the PIF Leaders Meetings in Niue and Port Moresby. He showed it again when he had the radio announcer cut off the question from a caller. His idea of courage is sending his goons or Aiyaz.

Frank's whole career has been about avoiding accountability. That's why he staged the 2006 coup. It's why he won't allow release of the Public Auditor reports. It's why he scrapped the Constitution and added immunity clauses. It's why he opted for Fiji to pay higher interest rates than the IMF was offering for its loan. It's why he had the provisions against political activities by NGOs written into a decree. The Cassava Patch Kid is a world-class coward.

Pathetic fools said...

Seen a lot of rubbish over the years on Coup 4.5 but this one takes the keke. The "learned" Ro Teimumu? Hahaha. She has been carefully kept away from the media and talkback radio for the very reason that she risks blowing her campaign right out of the water. Learned my foot. The one thing SODELPA is really terrified of is RT in a real debate. What are you people going to do after September 17? You have become so deluded it is really going to be devastating. But because you have never shown your faces, all you will be able to do is bang your heads against the wall in private.

Anonymous said...

Chk out Fiji TV web site...
Ro Filipe vs Bai/Kaiyum open debate in Rewa,,,,,,,,,,1st time since 2006 for them to get a head on confrontation in same room 2 metres from each other.....
Toe to toe match...
Small prints in Sun and nothing on that on FBC TV,,,,,,,

Anonymous said...

Fiji First quizzed about scholarship allocation

Posted by: Newsteam in News 13 hours ago Comments Off 173 Views


By: Dreu Vukailagi


Education Scholarship 2Meanwhile any doubts on the current government scholarship was also put to rest last night.

Rewa Chief, Ro Filipe Tuisawau questioned the scholarship allocation and how many were awarded to i-taukei students.

It was a campaign with a difference.

One of the most talked about issues, the number of scholarships given to i-taukei students.

“From the information we have, Out of that 600 scholarship may be indigenous fijian only 50 0r 60 scholarship at that rate we do not know what will happen in a few years time,” said Rewa Chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau.

The party’s general secretary providing the answers..

“But those who are not part of the top 600 scholarship we are still paying for their education. There are many i taukei students who do not get top marks who may get 230 marks as long as they have a place in the university we are paying for their fees. PM have set aside $10 million dollars for those who came from the maritime and rural areas who do not have home in Suva or Lautoka we paying their accomadation so in this way we have 20,000 thousand students benefitting from this in university,” said Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He also reminded the people of Rewa how the previous allocation of i- taukei scholarship failed grassroot indigenous Fijians.

“And also we discover that when we have the i-taukei scholarship there were some people that have connection they get scholarship, there were some people although there children fail they keep getting the scholarship we found people who took them 5 to 10 years to get a law degree but they still got scholarship,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Fiji First Party will be in Davuilevu Housing tonight.

Anonymous said...

Fiji First Party campaign hits the Rewa delta

Posted by: Newsteam in News 13 hours ago Comments Off 182 Views


By: Dreu Vukailagi


Fiji First 1The Fiji First Party campaign continued in the Rewa delta last night.

While it was their second on the campaign trail this week, last night’s meeting provided an opportunity to answer questions.

The scene was set for the Fiji First Party’s second campaign.

Held here in Nakorovou it was a chance for those in the Rewa province to hear plans for them.

“If we say something to you we must always ensure that we will do it, we not here to make fall promises, if we cannot do something now and tell you that it will be done in 5 years time we will do it, we are not here to tell lies to you,” said Party Leader Voreqe Bainimarama.

Rewa Chief, Ro Filipe Tuisawau was also present at the meeting.

He raised his concerns about the credibility of the election.

“You are the General Secretary of the party but you are the Minister of Election isnt that a conflict of interest,” Ro Filipe asked.

Ro Filipe was assured that the Supervisor of Election and his office is independent.

“When Laisenia Qarase was the Minister of Election and the Prime Minister nobody say it was a conflict of interest. When Sitiveni Rabuka was a leader of the SVT and Minister of Election nobody say it was a conflict of interest, Only now when Fiji First was formed and I am the General Secretary everybody is saying it is a conflict of interest, that is not fair and it is not right,” said Party General Secretary and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Anonymous said...

Ro Filipe questions Yash Ghai constitution

Posted by: Newsteam in News 13 hours ago Comments Off 246 Views


By: Dreu Vukailagi


Yash Ghai 2The 2013 Constitution was again questioned at last night’s Fiji First Party gathering.

Rewa chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau posed the question suggesting the 2013 Constitution has been imposed on people and not the product of consensus.

“Just about the Yash Ghai Commission we all participate in the consultation but we need a constitution that will bring unity to all but when that does not happen for us it is really a disappointment,” Ro Filipe said.

Party Leader, Voreqe Bainimarama clarified why the Yash Ghai Constitution was not used.

“Just about the Yash Ghai Commission we all participate in the consultation that will bring unity to all Fijian but when that does not happen that constitution is not fair,” Bainimarama said.

Anonymous said...

The proof is in the pudding. The next coup maker of Fiji will say exactly what ASK is saying. This time they include the Bai & ASK example in their campaign and say it was not a conflict of interest then and its not a conflict of interest now. The difference is lawfully elected and unlawfully obtained. And the gullible will say yes Siree you are right and the circle of life in Coup land continues.

Anonymous said...

At a meeting in the Officers Mass a Officer asked FB what will be his response if he lost the elections. His answer was " the Officers already know what to do".

For your conclusion......

TURUKAWA said...

Bainimarama's Call for FFP's 50 Seats Win has Now Confirmed it All :

Bainimarama's recent declaration that his FFP will win all the 50 Seats in the upcoming September 17th/2014 General Election does not surprise any of us anymore.

In fact he had just "let the cat out" publicly and only reconfirmed what many of us had suspected all along about the final Election Outcome.

A recent paper on the 2014 Election Verdict had already made the following predictions which is now being publicly confirmed from the horse's very own mouth!.

The following are the Election Verdict for information :

1. The 2014 General Election results have already been known.
2. The FFP will get all the 50 Parliamentary seats and no other political party will get any.
3. After the Elections, a legislation will be passed that will ban all other political parties in Fiji, and we will have a ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT
4. Members of other political parties will be systematically hounded and persecuted
PROGNOSIS
5. The indigenous community will gradually witness their rights and land ownership taken away from them through what is known as “cultural jihad” where things like cultural ceremonies, Christian worship and identities will be gradually be abolished in the name equality of rights and of democracy. Decrees will be enacted to back these up.
6. The Chiefly system in Fiji will be abolished and replaced by another system where Fiji will have its own Honorary Titles- something like what they have in Malaysia.

Conclusions:
1. The General Elections in Fiji in September 2014 will be conducted within a day using an electronic voting system for tallying the votes.
2.This electronic voting system will be systematically programmed to suit the desired verdict. 9 Indian Nationals are right now working at the Government's ITC Systems with an extra ordinary Budget of $21 million. They will be the ones who will make sure the FFP wins all the 50 seats through computer programming.
3. Frank Bainimarama had just been informed that all are on target and therefore his recent public statements to that effect. [It is their deception at work again here folks!].
4.The current scenario now orchestrated is designed to match the final outcome of the election results. This is done by feeding the local and international community through the local media (Fiji Sun, FBC TV and Radio Fiji) with false and misleading information that will be used to validate and substantiate the election results later.
5.As previously announced in the local media, “it would be better that there will be no opposition in Parliament that will only delay progress”, attributed to the PM is a figment of his mind-set….and what his mind has set, is happening right here in Fiji.
6.Fiji will be resigned to another unknown term of leadership under the new Government.

[Source : Anonymous].

Lets pray for God's intervention in to the forces of darkness that are now seeking to reinstate themselves again in perpetuity in the corridors of power of our land, Fiji.

Like King David, lets all publicly declare and make it all our personal and corporate prayers for the Lord to send confusion to all the Regime's legal counsel in all areas where they may be now trying to concealing the truth.

May God bless All and May God Bless Fiji!.

Anonymous said...

If electronic voting will take place the election will NOT be free and fair.
The Indian nationals will surely manipulate the results of actual voting.

Anonymous said...

WATCH MY WORD BAINIMARAMA IS LIKE KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR IN THE BIBLE AND HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED. HE WILL BE FED TO THE ANIMALS AFTER HIS DOWNFALL AND ALL HIS SAPOTAS WILL RUN FOR THEIR LIVES.

THIS GREAT LAND WAS GIVEN TO GOD BY OUR FORE FATHERS AS A CHRISTIAN LAND FREE FROM THE INFIDEL AND NOW YOU WILL SOON SEE WHAT IS BEING HIDDEN WILL NOW BE SHOUTED FROM THE TOP OF THE ROOF.

Anonymous said...

THE HUGE CROWDS TURNING UP AT FIJI FIRST RALLY'S CLEARLY SHOWS THE HUGE SUPPORT PM HAS WITH THE PEOPLE.THE PICTURES AT NAKOROVOU,REWA WHERE IT LATER CAME TO LIGHT that THE CROWD AT FIJI 1ST WAS MUCH LARGER THAN SODELPA,AND BEAR IN MIND THAT IT WAS RO TEIMUMU BACKYARD.AGAIN in todays Fiji Sun another HUMUNGOUS CROWD OF ALL RACES.THIS IS CREATING FEAR TO SODELPA CANDIDATE AND SAPOTAS,THATS WHY THEIR EXPOSNG THEIR FEAR ON THIS SITE BY SWEARING AT PM ETC.Sa qai matata tiko mai na dina ni Opinion Poll nei Fiji Sun that more than 80 percent of the people of VOTING AGE in Fiji prefer the current PM as the leader.Now those Sodelpa candidates in the Western, yes less then 10 people,sa kua ga ni biu mai na taba ena Fiji Sun; de so na sapota ni Sodelpa e tauvi mateniuto wale!.. ha!ha!

Anonymous said...

To all you who believe in the living God. Please earnestly pray to Him to save this country and its people. Computers and anything else on this earth are nothing compared to our God. I am a living testimony of how God's power saved this nation and its people from being used by a multinational company from being sucked dry of its finances through the use of computers. Pray with me and witness the power of God on you as his people, and our nation.

Anonymous said...

FIJI FIRST...

SA KAUTA MAI NA RARAMA ,

SOLIA NA GALALA NI SO KALOU,

SODELPA SE KAUTA TIKO GA MAI NAI VESU NI VANUA....ME DA VEITUITUI TIKO GA VAKASOSETI KINA BULA DRAVUDRAVUA..

O QARASE E TAROGI MAI SAIONI, KALABU CAVA O KAU TANI KINA NA 2006, kenai sau sa sega ni gauna ni rai lesu, se kauta mai na ka sa oti.....ya

Sa rairai beci na na Roko Tui Dreketi, ni vakayagataki koya tiko na dau ni polotiki duka. isa au loloma dina.

Tui Viti said...

KEVAKA TALE ME QAI FREE NA WAI ME VAKA E KACIVAKA NIKUA O PM,SA OTI VAKADUA VEI IRA NA VIA SASAGA TIKO ME RA TALEVA TALE NA RED CARPET TREATMENT,THE GAME IS OVER SODELPA,PM IS CONSIDERING FREE WATER FOR FIJI,ANALYSIS AND PLANNING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY, Au kerekere vua na turaga na PM me dau biuta toka eso na warning ni bera ni kacivaka eso na NEWS vaka oqo baleta ni na KURUSETA na noda vanua,DE NA QAI TAUVI MATE NI UTO GA KINA ESO NA CANDIDATE NI SODELPA KEI IRA NA KENA SAPOTA. ha!ha!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 12:07 PM

I think I would rather rely upon a computer than your god.

My computer helps me to put food on the table, no god has managed that yet.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 12:00 PM

Disregarding political views or allegiance to any party I would suggest your assumption of crowd size is rather stupid.

Public hangings used to draw massive crowds also.

wake up and smell the stench said...

Anon@10.49pm It's your kind of warped reasoning that has helped keep Fiji under the control of Bainimarama and Khaiyum for the past eight years. If anything, this photo should remind us all, especially people with 'consciences' like you, of the harm the illegal government has caused. Bainimarama was behind death of CRW soldiers - he has no shame or guilt about it and yet you would have us all duck from the truth. That has been our weakness as people which this regime has capitalised on: we are too 'civilised' to do what they have done so they continue to win. Do you think Bainimarama and Khaiyum or Mosese Tikoitoga lie awake at night worrying about the proprities of what they are doing? No, they are forging on with their lies and propaganda.

Anonymous said...

This is the time for i taukei to unite and remove Bainiamarma and Khayium who have only manipulated everything since 8 years.
These two have committed treason and are no different from George Speight and must be taken to an independent court.
Their is no media freedom and no freedom of speech since 2006.

High Tea said...

Anonymous 10:49 PM says it's shameful and low for C4.5 to publish a photo of one of Bainimarama's torture victims. Hmmm, not sure I see the logic. I don't see at all how publishing a photo of a torture victim is morally equivalent to the act of torturing the victim.

Maybe, like the earlier poster, he'll find a way to try to blame Bainimarama's actions on C4.5, even though they pre-date C4.5 by several years.

Also, if C4.5 is shameful and low for publishing the photo of the torture victim, then how much more shameful and lower would it be to vote for his torturer?

Anonymous said...

Showing a picture of a dead body that simply shows the normal signs of lividity hardly supports the claims of torture.

Are some so naive that they think this is due to something other than a natural occurrence when a body has been lying in one position whilst dead ?

Anonymous said...

$1.4 MILLION DOLLARS IN OVERDUE ROYALTY PAID TO KALABU VILLAGERS BY PM BAI.THAT IS UNDER THE NEW 2013 CONSTITUTION.WHEN THE ENTRENCHMENTS WERE IN PLACE (1997 cONSTITUION)AND CONST OF PAST, THEY MADE SURE THAT NO ROYALTY IS PAID TO KALABU VILLAGERS SINCE 1913.NA ENTRENCHMENT E VAKABOBULA TAKI IRA TU NA TURAGA/MARAMA NI KALABU MAI NA 1913,SA SIVIA TALE OQO E 100 NA YABAKI SA QAI SAUMI TU VEI IRA.IA NA QEREQERE E RAWA, E TA KINA NA GAUNISALA EE SUVA,NASINU,LAMI KEI NAUSORI. VINAKA PM.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I put my faith in the Living God.

No food can reach the table if God wills otherwise.

Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,

No computer can get you to Heaven.

Anonymous said...

I think YOU'RE the naive one if you think the claims of torture by this regime are unfounded!

Tui Viti said...

Au sa kerea vei keda na i TO ni Fiji 1st me da kua ni rulaki se vosacataki ira na Sodelpa kei na sapota.eda kai Viti vata tikoga,ka da veiwekani.Laivi ira me ra vosaca tiko mai ena kena levu,baleta na keda i wiliwili e 80 pasede,taura nomu wele,ni vunau na Sodelpa da gole yani,da lai rogo vunau,gunuva na kena yaqona,ia na nomu tick me gole vei Fiji 1st,da na osota yani vakalelevu ena vakatunuloa nei Ratu Tabaiwalu,da lai katalau,vakasigalevu ka gunu yaqona talega kina, ia na tick me gole vei Fiji 1st.Sa kena levu.Taki!!!!!!

KUA NI RERE said...

@anonymous 12 PM
Who's afraid?

We are not afraid.
Hello!
We are not the ones walking around with Bodyguards.

ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN DEMOCRACY IS NEVER AFRAID.

If majority of Fiji's population choose Bainimarama to be their leader. That's fine.
That is what Democracy is.

O kemudou ga dou rere tiko.

Its only DICTATORS WHO ARE AFRAID.

FOREVER LOOKING BEHIND AND AROUND THEM....

ITS DANIMARAMA AND KAIYUM WHO ARE AFRAID.....not Ro Teimumu.

IF THE PEOPLE WANT TO CHOOSE A LIAR , TREASONIST AND A MURDERER TO LEAD THEM, THAT'S FINE.
ALL I CAN SAY IS IF THE PEOPLE THINK that Increased poverty and Increased Suicide and Increased Malnutrition is a good thing...wait till you get him for another 8 years.

Life WILL BE HELL FOR FIJIANS IF THEY DONT DEAL with the problem of danimarama.

SEGA NI RAWA NI DA TOTAKA TIKO NA TAMATA DAULABA, TREASONIST, LASULASU QO QAI DA NANUMA TIKO ME NA VAKALOUGATA TAKI KEDA NA KALOU.

DRAVUSAKULUKULU!

FIJIANS MUST DO THE RIGHT THING AND CONVICT DANIMARAMA FOR TREASON....otherwise you Fijians will never progress.

Anonymous said...


Me da kua ni vakacalai.
E ratou vuaviri nodratou curu mai
Sa mai tukuni me kua ni saumi na wai
A i vakarau ni dua e saga me veirawai

Nodratou i waragi na veivakamatei
Sikolosivi ni i Taukei sa lako e vei?
Na lasu na nodratou i yau talei
E sega ni dua nodratou vosa me tudei

Tukuni me caka na veivakasavasataki
Sa dewa sara ki na sugu veiliutaki
Ena sega ni dua na mataivalu me vakayagataki
Ka sega na wekadra me vakaitavi

Boko na Matabose Vakaturaga
Ratou lewa na bose ni yasana
Tabana ni qele sa yavavala
Duri tale e dua na baqe ni qele sega ni macala

Na Pasivika e vakaraici Viti
Kena matabose e sa katiki
Duri tale e so na kena komiti
Caka ga ena cudru kei na vakasaiwiliwili

Toso ga na koti reveni kei na dola gaunisala
Me rawa ni tukuni ni matanitu vinaka
Levu na noda dodonu e tabaki matua sara
Isa na i taukei sa veisau na yacana

Na matanitu oqo e curu mai na katuba cala
Mai saga me rawa na lomana
Me mai butuka na vakasabusabu, na veibeitaki kei na nodratou cala taumada
Me da kakua ni vakamatabokotaki vakarawarawa

Vakarau na veidigidigi siga dua
Kua ni digitaki koya e veiliutaki ni kua
Lesu kina lewa ni lewe ni vanua
Digitaki koya e muria donu mai na kena katuba

Sa dri yani!

Anonymous said...

Dina taucoko sara Anno 2.44pm.

Anonymous said...

Tui Viti
Sa mata saraga o iko na namu.....dina sara na namu maina 2006 yaco mai e dai me toso tikoga .....vinaka vinaka ,,,,mera vakatavulici nomu kawa na namu keina lasu ,,,sa na yaga sara vakalevu na kana loto

Anonymous said...

Army says - public debate with Frank...you kidding me...lol...remember the 2010 interview with Philipa....that's the mental state of mind of Fiji PM.

McDONALD: Prime Minister, who’s one person who’s been a really major influence on your life?


BAINIMARAMA: No, no, cut, cut, cut. I don’t want that.

McDONALD: You haven’t been this accessible to the foreign media ever, I don’t think. Why have you chosen now to let me in and to show a more personal side of you?

BAINIMARAMA: Well I have been accessible to the media. The international press have been here before you to interview me especially Graham Davis. But there’s a different side of Fiji, and the governance and the ministers and me personally that the Australians and the Kiwis don’t see, a lot of them don’t see.

McDONALD: And what side is that?

BAINIMARAMA: The ordinary side. We are shown in the TV and in the papers every day as, as dictators, dictators in the sense that we go round abusing the powers that we have. That doesn’t happen here.

McDONALD: You are a military dictator though?

BAINIMARAMA: I am a military man. But ah... what does dictator mean to you?

McDONALD: Well you do have a very firm grip on Fijian society.

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, but that.... is that what dictatorship is about? Then if that is a definition of dictator, then I guess most of the countries in the region have dictators.

McDONALD: You have Fiji under a state of emergency.

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, for good reason. The Australians and the Kiwis would come up with that when they have a state of emergency, yes or no?

McDONALD: But the state of emergency does clamp down on many freedoms of speech?

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, again, I said the reason why we’re doing it now is for very good reason. We are working towards democracy in 2014 when we have parliamentary democracy, when we have election. And in the meantime there are many reforms that we need to put in place, and those reforms will never happen if we open everything out to every Tom, Dick and Harry to have their say.

McDONALD: Could you spell out the reforms you’re trying to achieve?

BAINIMARAMA: Well the reforms are in the way we think. We’ve been led down one particular path in the last 40, 50 years. We need to come away from that. Our constitution has not been good, has not been kind to us. Our constitution... and on that note our electoral reform, our electoral system, has not been kind to us, has been very racist. And those are the type of reforms we need to get away from, the reforms that we need to put in place.

McDONALD: Can you spell out how the constitution is going to look?

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s going to be free of race politics, that’s that’s one. You know, the electoral system for instance is going to be based one man, one vote. If that is something that the Australians, the Kiwis, don’t like, I really don’t see what’s the problem with that. I don’t... you... if you have it in your country? Do you have one man, one vote?

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McDONALD: Yes.

BAINIMARAMA: Then I don’t see why we can’t have one man, one vote in Fiji.

McDONALD: Well why can’t you achieve it sooner?

BAINIMARAMA: Well as I continuously said, the reforms take time. This one, I told Graham last week, that this is the one opportunity we’re given to bring about the reforms, to bring about a better Fiji. It’s to do with the people of Fiji. It’s not to do with us, not to do with the military, it’s not to do with his governing body. It’s to do with what’s going to be the future of our people, especially our children and our grandchildren. And this is the one opportunity. We lose this opportunity, God help Fiji, seriously.

McDONALD: Why do you think you are the best man to make decisions on behalf of almost 900,000 Fijians?

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s not me, really. It’s the military. Ah I also mention this, that the military is the only entity that can bring about the reforms. The politicians can’t bring about the reforms, for obvious reason. Ah... they are politicians, they would love to stay in power, and because of that ah they don’t like ah much to bring about changes that would remove them from power. And those are the changes that we are putting in place now.

McDONALD: But you’ve already been in power almost four years. By the time the elections come about, it’ll be 2014. You will have been in power for eight years without a mandate from the people.

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, but we believe as long as we’re doing the reforms that will bring about a better Fiji, that’s good enough for us. As long as there’s no abuse of power. If there’s any sign of corrupt dealings, we have people removed. That goes without saying. So it’s not just a matter of how many years we’re in government, it’s what we do in government. So we have to make sure that the power that we have is not abused.

McDONALD: Why do you think you’re the chosen one, Commodore Bainimarama?

BAINIMARAMA: No, no, no! Move away from me, I’m not the chosen one. It’s the military, I keep saying, it’s the military. You know when we talked about the governing of this country in 2006, I had gone out to try and look at people who we can put in the top chair, that of the prime ministership. And we all sat as senior officers. No matter who we came up with, the senior voices, the senior officers’ voice was that it should (not) be anyone outside the military, because we gave it to Qarase (Prime Minister 2000-2006) once, and guess what he did with it? It didn’t work out well. So here they told me, we don’t have much choice, you have to take it now onward.

McDONALD: They told you, that was the senior military colleagues of yours?

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, and I tend to agree with it.

McDONALD: Can I just ask, what motivated - and I think this is what we’re talking about now - what motivated you to take power in the coup of 2006?

BAINIMARAMA: Well as you know, we didn’t call it a coup, we called it a clean-up campaign. And that’s what we wanted to do. And the reason why we wanted to do that, what motivated us was the need to bring about all these reforms that we thought that’s not doing us..... any changes that need to be put in place to bring a better Fiji.

McDONALD: Did you wrestle with it at the time?

BAINIMARAMA: Excuse me.
No, but as I was saying, Philippa, that every time a name came up, we kept reminding ourselves of what happened in 2000 and 2001 when we gave the leadership to somebody else. And he didn’t complete what we wanted done. So we decided to keep it within.

McDONALD: So you waited six years after you installed Qarase and decided enough is enough?

BAINIMARAMA: It’s a long time, huh, to be wanting someone. But what are you doing? And you see the incredible thing about it is.... the irony of it all is they wanted to take me to court for what I did, for what the military did in 2000!

McDONALD: So was it in some sense a bit of a payback as well?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, not really. We just wanted to get rid of the government so we can bring about these reforms.

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McDONALD: So during that time, 2000 to 2006, were you looking at what job the Prime Minister was doing and saying, I could do a better job?

BAINIMARAMA: Well not, not really what I.... if I can do a better job. Just telling him that he’s not doing the right thing by the people of this nation.

McDONALD: Are you doing the right thing by the people of this nation?

BAINIMARAMA: I think this government is doing the right thing by the people of this nation.

McDONALD: How do you know though? Because you’ve not put it to the test, you’ve not stood for an election, there’s not been a referendum?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, well

McDONALD: Your leadership’s not really been tested.

BAINIMARAMA: Well, we’ve put it to the test. The charter was taken out to the streets, to the people of Fiji, and at that stage, as I mentioned last week not on the.... in front of the leaders, there was a 63 per cent endorsement. But then that was the early stages, nobody knew or understood the charter then, and a lot of people were still sceptical about the changes that we were going to bring about. And there was still a lot of influence by the politicians at large that didn’t want this, because they know they’re either going to lose out, or they will lose out totally. But since then, people have endorsed the changes that we’ve brought about. I can tell you that just about all the provinces have endorsed it.

McDONALD: You’ve been getting out amongst the provinces . . .

BAINIMARAMA: . . . I’ve been getting out, not only the urban areas too, in the rural sectors too, in the villages setting, the Indo-Fijian communities, and they’ve endorsed what we’re doing and they want more in fact.

McDONALD: What do you define as endorsement?

BAINIMARAMA: Well a good number has come back to say we don’t really don’t need the election in the things that you’re doing now. But we need to have an election, so we’ve.... I’ve told them that we’re going to have elections in 2014. But they’ve come up with a commendation of what we’ve done in the last four years, and that we need to carry on with the work that’s been done.

McDONALD: To what extent would you acknowledge, Commodore Bainimarama, that people are hearing it from you, there is no real debate happening in this country?

BAINIMARAMA: Sorry?

McDONALD: That those people are hearing it from you.

BAINIMARAMA: Well we have, we have our feelings. We know what’s happening on the ground. We know exactly who’s saying what, even though they’re not saying it publicly, we know what’s happening.

McDONALD: Do you bug phones?

BAINIMARAMA: Oh no! No, we’re not the Australian government, thank you.

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McDONALD: So during that time, 2000 to 2006, were you looking at what job the Prime Minister was doing and saying, I could do a better job?

BAINIMARAMA: Well not, not really what I.... if I can do a better job. Just telling him that he’s not doing the right thing by the people of this nation.

McDONALD: Are you doing the right thing by the people of this nation?

BAINIMARAMA: I think this government is doing the right thing by the people of this nation.

McDONALD: How do you know though? Because you’ve not put it to the test, you’ve not stood for an election, there’s not been a referendum?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, well

McDONALD: Your leadership’s not really been tested.

BAINIMARAMA: Well, we’ve put it to the test. The charter was taken out to the streets, to the people of Fiji, and at that stage, as I mentioned last week not on the.... in front of the leaders, there was a 63 per cent endorsement. But then that was the early stages, nobody knew or understood the charter then, and a lot of people were still sceptical about the changes that we were going to bring about. And there was still a lot of influence by the politicians at large that didn’t want this, because they know they’re either going to lose out, or they will lose out totally. But since then, people have endorsed the changes that we’ve brought about. I can tell you that just about all the provinces have endorsed it.

McDONALD: You’ve been getting out amongst the provinces . . .

BAINIMARAMA: . . . I’ve been getting out, not only the urban areas too, in the rural sectors too, in the villages setting, the Indo-Fijian communities, and they’ve endorsed what we’re doing and they want more in fact.

McDONALD: What do you define as endorsement?

BAINIMARAMA: Well a good number has come back to say we don’t really don’t need the election in the things that you’re doing now. But we need to have an election, so we’ve.... I’ve told them that we’re going to have elections in 2014. But they’ve come up with a commendation of what we’ve done in the last four years, and that we need to carry on with the work that’s been done.

McDONALD: To what extent would you acknowledge, Commodore Bainimarama, that people are hearing it from you, there is no real debate happening in this country?

BAINIMARAMA: Sorry?

McDONALD: That those people are hearing it from you.

BAINIMARAMA: Well we have, we have our feelings. We know what’s happening on the ground. We know exactly who’s saying what, even though they’re not saying it publicly, we know what’s happening.

McDONALD: Do you bug phones?

BAINIMARAMA: Oh no! No, we’re not the Australian government, thank you.

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McDONALD: Now look, yesterday you had us at church with you. How have you weighed up silencing the Methodist Church with your own face?

BAINIMARAMA: There’s a misunderstanding of what I want to do with regards to the church and the Methodist Church. I’m a member of Methodist Church. There’s nothing wrong with the Methodist Church. It’s a few leaders, a few spokespeople, including politicians who have politicised some factors of the Methodist Church that is misleading the people. There are some leaders in the chieftainship of our nation, the Great Council of Chiefs, and who have politicised the great consular chiefs, who are misleading us. So we need to change that and that has been changed.

McDONALD: You’ve effectively silenced the church and the chiefs, haven’t you?

BAINIMARAMA: Well yes, in a way, but you know Philippa, for us to bring about these reforms, as I’ve said, we need to stop all people speaking out against the government and its reform. And these two entities were most vocal because they were politicised. So I need to silence them. I need to have them silenced.

McDONALD: What will the new Fiji look like?

BAINIMARAMA: It will be a Fiji without any race policies, so it’ll be good. It’ll be one man, one vote, so everyone will have the same equal opportunity to advance.

McDONALD: It looks like the Fiji Times will close down. How do you feel about that?

BAINIMARAMA: I feel disappointed, because there’ll be a lot of job losses. But as I continuously said, Philippa, that’s not my doing. That was the doing of the management, and again a few people in Fiji Times, not all of them. You know, the people that are in the back, there’s about maybe 200.... 300 who are printing papers, they don’t know the policies, the politics that is involved in the daily papers. It’s just a few members of the management. So it’s.... as much as it’s disappointing, there’s not much I can do about it, because that’s really the management issue.

McDONALD: But there is something you can do. Through your media decree, you’ve put a ban on foreign ownership. If you lifted that, there’d be no need for this to happen.

BAINIMARAMA: Unfortunately that’s not going to happen. In fact, the management have been told about that a long way before this issue about closing down came in. They knew what was going to happen, so they had ample time to bring about the changes they need to bring about, so they can stay open. But that didn’t happen.

McDONALD: You’ve had the troops in the newsroom. News Limited says there’s been a lot of intimidation by your people of journalists inside the Fiji Times.

BAINIMARAMA: Did you, did you go into the newsroom last week when you were given opportunity?

McDONALD: No, I was not given an opportunity.

BAINIMARAMA: But didn’t something like that happen?

McDONALD: I went to the Fiji Sun.

BAINIMARAMA: But you Fiji Sun.... you didn’t go to the Fiji Times?

McDONALD: No.

BAINIMARAMA: Why didn’t you go to the Fiji Times?

McDONALD: They would not let us in.

BAINIMARAMA: The Fiji Times wouldn’t let you in? Because if they’d let you in, they would’ve .... you would’ve seen that there were no troops in the (Fiji Times)

McDONALD: Previously?

BAINIMARAMA: Previously, maybe on the first couple of days there were a couple of policemen, a member from my Ministry of Information, from my press people. But no, no troops as in gun wielding corporals climbing on top of tables. That doesn’t happen here. But the reason why they didn’t let you in is because if they’d let you in, you’d have seen that there is no troops in there.

McDONALD: I . . .

BAINIMARAMA: . . . In fact, just a member now, just one member of the Ministry of Information.

McDONALD: Censor?

BAINIMARAMA: Yeah, just to have a look at what they’re going to print. But it doesn’t bring about instability?

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McDONALD: Are you getting rid of the Fiji Times because the Fiji Times is not a friend of Fiji?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, Philippa, in the last few weeks for instance, you see the.... open the Fiji Times when they’re not on stories. They didn’t cover anything at all. In fact there may be one or two couple of lines. That’s to do with the governance of this country. They should be letting the people know what’s happening in our nation, with regards to the governance of this nation. And yet they they didn’t want to acknowledge that. They’ve never acknowledged me as Prime Minister of this nation, even though I’ve been Prime Minister for the last four years.

McDONALD: So they’ve got to go?

BAINIMARAMA: No, it’s really not that. But what I’m saying is, they’re not doing the right thing by the people of this nation. So they really can’t complain, can they?

McDONALD: They’ve been complaining loudly, haven’t they?

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, but it’s really the fault of the management, I keep saying. It’s not my fault. I feel sorry for those people that will have lost jobs, but I hope at some stage they will come back and find employment.

McDONALD: The Australian government and many other international agencies say that there is no freedom of the press or freedom of expression in Fiji anymore.

BAINIMARAMA: Well that’s what the Australian government says, but then the Australian . . .

McDONALD: Amnesty International says as well . . .

BAINIMARAMA: Australian government and then international as in the Kiwis and the Brits . . .

McDONALD: Amnesty International.

BAINIMARAMA: Amnesty, you have you read Amnesty? Amnesty people from here that have been against the 2006 (coup) in the first place. And even those, the politics of SDL (Soqosoqo Duavata ni Leweninvanua party) there were endorsing all that. So they have good reason to go against what I’m trying to put in place.

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VB does not know what he was talking about, and still he does not know what he is doing today, and he will probably realise it once he is made to sit lonely in a cell.

A confused dictator who thinks he is someone who knows, but he knows nothing !!

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McDONALD: The sanctions are biting hard, aren’t they?

BAINIMARAMA: The sanctions?

McDONALD: The EU sanctions, you know EU not handing over the money to the sugar industry.

BAINIMARAMA: Ah yes, in a way yes, yeah.

McDONALD: The economy is fragile. How concerned are you about the economy?

BAINIMARAMA: As concerned as the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Prime Minister of Australia about their economies. There’s no difference between what we’re going through here and what Greece is going through.

McDONALD: Except you have a lot of people living below the poverty line . . .

BAINIMARAMA: Yes

McDONALD: Or just above it.

BAINIMARAMA: Yes, and we’re looking at it. We’re trying to get away from all those people below the poverty line, and we have policies that target those.

McDONALD: You’ve gone cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund. What have you told them? How much do you need and what do you need the money for?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, that’s really a negotiation between us and the IMF, so I won’t go public on that. But suffice to say we we’re talking with our International Monetary Fund for some funding.

McDONALD: How close do you think you are to resolving that issue?

BAINIMARAMA: Oh, pretty close.

McDONALD: Weeks? Months?

BAINIMARAMA: Oh, months probably.

McDONALD: Fiji’s National Provident Fund, the savings of most Fijians, how concerned are you about the write-offs there?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, very concerned. But as the board management has said over the weeks following that they’ve patched things up, and all we need to do is make sure that that stays patched. That stays fixed.

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McDONALD: What’s patching it up?

BAINIMARAMA: Well they’re looking at ways to ensure that we don’t abuse funds. There’s a lot of abuse in the last few years, and we need to stop that. So and they’ve come up with those plans.

McDONALD: And stopping withdrawals for school fees and all those sorts of things?

BAINIMARAMA: Well you know we started off with three conditions for withdrawals. Over the many years, for the last ten years, because of politics involved, they need.... you see this is what I’m trying to tell you. Politicians need votes, and people will come to the politicians and say we want this. So the three conditions for withdrawals was increased from that to about 22. And that is one of the reasons that the money is going away from FNPF. We need to tighten those up.

McDONALD: And there were those investments under the previous government?

BAINIMARAMA: There was a investment, investment clause that was changed by the SDL (Soqosoqo Duavata ni Leweninvanua party) in 2005 that entitled the board to look outside what it was doing. And that was also one of the reasons the money went out.

McDONALD: High risk investments?

BAINIMARAMA: That’s right.

McDONALD: Let’s look at democracy. When you took over the government in 2006 you said elections within one year, and it was elections within two years, then it was elections in four years. Now it’s elections within eight years. Come 2014, is Fiji definitely going to have a democratic election?

BAINIMARAMA: Well I said 2014 we’ll have democratic election.

McDONALD: Mahendra Chaudhry, your former finance minister and the former prime minister, has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering. What was your reaction to the news?

BAINIMARAMA: Philippa, I think we’ll stay out of the case. That case is in court and I wouldn’t want to make any comments on those.

McDONALD: When history is written about Frank Bainimarama’s coup and leadership of Fiji for eight years, how do you think you’re going to be remembered?

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s not Frank Bainimarama, Philippa. It’s the government of the country right now, and which involves a lot of people, the military, and it should be the military that should be asked how we dealt with the problems we’ve had. I’m just the leader of the military.

McDONALD: You’re the strong man of Fiji.

BAINIMARAMA: Well yes I’m strong, because the leader.... the military is strong, and the people that have backed the military see that these are the changes that need to be brought about, and they’re very adamant and strong about it.

McDONALD: And you’ve been called the pariah of the Pacific. How do greet that kind of language?

BAINIMARAMA: Oh pariah, from who? What does pariah mean? What? What does it mean?

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McDONALD: You say that the military’s in charge, but you’re in charge, aren’t you?

BAINIMARAMA: Yeah, because I’m the military commander.

McDONALD: A military dictator?

BAINIMARAMA: Well military dictator. When you say a military dictator, it’s.... you’re talking about abuse of privileges, of rights. And that’s something that we.... we’ve talked about ,that we’re not going to entertain. So the military is very firm on that.

McDONALD: As a journalist here, I have approached many people and several of those people had been previously very high profile and they will not speak to me. People in the street are wary of speaking to the media, there does appear to be an environment of fear and intimidation in your country.

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s not so much fear and intimidation, Philippa. Ah you must think about all the things that we’ve done since 2006, so it’s not really them being intimidated. They just don’t want to talk about the reforms until the reforms are in place, I guess that they’re very uncomfortable with talking with about changes, when they they have not really come about.

McDONALD: They said that they fear being taken up to the barracks.

BAINIMARAMA: I’ve never heard of that, no.

McDONALD: Never done it?

BAINIMARAMA: Never!

McDONALD: Just to wrap up, we had a lovely time with your family yesterday. Thank you very much. Tell us about how important family is and how you relax?

BAINIMARAMA: Well I, you know, I told you this a couple of days ago, down at the netball court. But people in Fiji are very passionate about our families, not only me and my family, the whole lot of us. We’re passionate about our family, and we want to get an opportunity to get together as families and enjoy afternoon tea or some birthday parties like we had yesterday. We’re passionate about sports, so you’ll find on Saturdays there’s hardly anyone home, that’s why we’re eating in the curry place. But we enjoy that, we enjoy going out to sports, either to play sports, or for us parents to go and watch our children or grandchildren playing. So we’re very passionate about our family and passionate about our sports. And I guess passionate, and on that note, we’re passionate about what we should do to bring about a better Fiji, so we can continue with this.

McDONALD: That leads to my next question. Will you run for Prime Minister come democratic elections?

BAINIMARAMA: Well as I continuously said, Philippa, I can’t make up that decision now.

McDONALD: So you may?

BAINIMARAMA: I really don’t know. To tell you the truth people have asked me about it, but I have not even thought about making plans for that. Because if I do that, it’ll change the way I think about the reforms that we’re doing. Because I’ll think like a politician, and as a politician we’re not going to bring about the reforms that we want to put in.

McDONALD: So at the moment you’re thinking like a military man and a military leader running a country, but you won’t rule out running for prime minister come 2014?

BAINIMARAMA: Well think about it when the time comes. But right now.... not right n

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Army says....

McDONALD: Thank you very much. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

BAINIMARAMA: No , Philippa. I guess the the only thing that I wanted to say was that comment that kept coming from John Keys (New Zealand Prime Minister) about the leader of the Pacific Island....ah... leaders.

McDONALD: You said to me over the weekend that you’re pretty confident that your chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead group will go ahead.

BAINIMARAMA: Yes. I have the backing of Sir Michael (Somare, PM of PNG) the grand chief, and of course Dr. Sikua, the Prime Minister of Solomons. And I think that argument that was put across by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Natapei, has a lot of holes in it. He’s probably got his advice from some back street lawyers who came up. Because that legal opinion was really full of holes.

McDONALD: The Samoan Prime Minister has said to Radio New Zealand that they don’t support you as well. So does that matter?

BAINIMARAMA: I really don’t need the support from Samoa, seriously. This is to do with MSG (Melanesian Spearhead Group) and Samoa is not part of MSG. So I really don’t need support from Samoa in the first place.

McDONALD: Do you want to get back into the Pacific Island Forum?

BAINIMARAMA: Not in the conditions that it’s in right now.

McDONALD: What do you mean?

BAINIMARAMA: There’s a lot of in-fighting in there. There’s a lot of, the Secretary General of the Forum doesn’t even support our participation as member of the Pacific islands nation state, let alone being in the Forum. So he’s really a spokesman for Australia and New Zealand. It doesn’t help our case. But we’re comfortable, as we are. As I’ve said Philippa, we didn’t force ourselves out, also we’re not going to force ourselves in. And I don’t expect the Pacific leaders to go and jump on the table and and kick the the rubbish bins in Vanuatu next month, for us to be let back into the Forum.

McDONALD: What about putting the hand on a few shoulders, and saying how about letting Fiji in?

BAINIMARAMA: I don’t think so, because I’ve told them that we’re comfortable as we are. We really don’t need any support in that area. If they want us in, they have a consensus of opinion and they’ll take us back in. But we’re not going to force ourselves back in, nor are we going to ask the Pacific Island Nation leaders to fight our case.

McDONALD: Does it matter to Fiji not being part of Pacific Islands Forum?

BAINIMARAMA: Maybe 2014, not right now.

McDONALD: Do you see any value in the Pacific Islands Forum?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, there.... we were getting a lot of value and there was a lot of togetherness in the forum. But you, as you know, I don’t know if you know, but the Forum, the initial Forum didn’t have Australia and New Zealand.

McDONALD: Do you think they should be there at all? . . .

BAINIMARAMA: They crept in slowly like the proverbial camel, you know, with their head in, and then the front legs, and then the back legs, and all of a sudden the owners of the tent were out and they were inside the tent. I don’t think they should be in the Forum. They’re not Pacific islanders. That’s what grand chief said. You are metropolitan powers. When you vote in the UN, you vote for different issues altogether. When you take us to go and talk about climate change, you’re fighting on a different base, you’re fighting for something else, not us.

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McDONALD: You expelled the Australian acting High Commissioner a couple of weeks ago now. What’s the future of the Australian High Commission in Fiji?

BAINIMARAMA: Well Philippa, to tell you the honest truth, I don’t think the people that represent the Australian government here are diplomats. They’re not diplomats at all. Diplomats, from my little understanding of that bring about the togetherness of the Australian people and ours. They have made life miserable for the people of Fiji for the last four years.

McDONALD: How can you say that? What’s the evidence?

BAINIMARAMA: Well, guess what. Who have we sent in.... sent out in this... from this country in the last ....

McDONALD: You’ve expelled two High Commissioners in eight months.

BAINIMARAMA: Exactly. Have we expelled the Chinese? Have we expelled the French? Have we expelled the Indians? No. So why have we expelled these two?

McDONALD: Are you getting closer to the Chinese and the Russians? There’s been some high level delegations.

BAINIMARAMA: We’ve had closer ties with the Russians and the Chinese over the last four years than we’ve ever done with the Australian.

McDONALD: What kind of ties?

BAINIMARAMA: And guess what.... the Australians are just round the corner. They are our biggest trading partners, we’ve been with them over all these years... they’ve helped establish our Australia and New Zealand.... established our military forces, give us grant, and they just turn around and did their back on us, just walked out. Why? Because why? I keep trying to figure out why? Just because a military is in power? Or is it they don’t like the changes that we’re going to bring about that will have us.... have an even footing with Australia and New Zealand in this region?

McDONALD: Well Australia has expressed grave concern about the military dictatorship here, the slowness towards the path to democracy, the deterioration of the rule of law, and human rights abuses.

BAINIMARAMA: Human rights abuses? What have you done with your Aborigine sectors of the population? Have you looked at that? Look at what we’re trying to do in Fiji. We’re trying to have everyone on an even playing field. What are you doing with yours?

McDONALD: Your abrogated the constitution and you’ve sacked the judges.

BAINIMARAMA: So, I have not, Look, look, don’t. You you’ve got this all wrong. I did not sack the judges. The judges went out with the abrogation of the constitution. The post of the Commander and the Prime Minister also went out with the abrogation of the constitution.

McDONALD: And you’re the one man standing?

BAINIMARAMA: Well someone has to lead this country. It’s not going to be the judges and it’s definitely not going to be an Australian.

McDONALD: And it’s not going to be the politicians?

BAINIMARAMA: That’s for sure.

McDONALD: And no one’s going to get a chance to vote for another four years.

BAINIMARAMA: Well, as I’ve said, we need to bring about the changes, then we’ll have a better Fiji. And then we think we’re going down the right path. So it’s for the Australians to.... and the Kiwis for that matter, to see what we’re trying to do and help us. There’s so much talk about election. Why don’t you go and tell your government to help us in the election process?

Anonymous said...

Army says....


McDONALD: What about bringing back Radio Australia to Fiji?

BAINIMARAMA: What?

McDONALD: Radio Australia?

BAINIMARAMA: What? So they can continue with this harping of what we’re trying to do with regards to changes? A lot of people don’t seem to understand, you know, PINA (Pacific Islands News Association), for once PINA, they came.... they understood what we’re trying to do here. They’re saying that we’re.... and this is not an ordinary government, we’re trying to bring about reforms and changes, and for that they understood that at some stage we’ll need to shut some people up, and stop this from bringing about instability and stop that. They understand that. I don’t see why John Keys and your government can’t understand that?

McDONALD: I think people are grappling with why you have to keep shutting people up four years after the coup.

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s.... I keep harping about bringing the changes, and we can’t bring about changes if there are people that are still talking about bringing instability. Because if we do that, I can tell you, Philippa, we open this to the public, we’ll never have election in 2014. I tell you that. That I can guarantee you.

McDONALD: What’s going to happen? It sounds like you don’t trust the people.

BAINIMARAMA: I don’t. I don’t trust the people. That why I.... we’re trying to make this bring about all these changes without letting Fiji Times for instance open their mouths about something that is not happening in Fiji.

McDONALD: Will you be glad to see the Fiji Times go?

BAINIMARAMA: Well I’ll be glad that people like the Fiji Times will no longer be here. We’ll have our ownership of the papers, so we’ll have some, at least some support for what we’re trying to do.

McDONALD: Prime Minister, you will have even greater control, won’t you?

BAINIMARAMA: After what?

McDONALD: After the closure of the Fiji Times and....

BAINIMARAMA: Well, not really. I still am the Prime Minister of Fiji.

McDONALD: Thanks for your time.

BAINIMARAMA: Thank

Anonymous said...

Army says...

Now this interview between Frank and Phillipa give anyone a true indication of the military intention spilt by Frank in this interview.

He makes out that the Military Council is responsible for everything and he only being the head.....lol....block head I would say....


Now if anyone who after reading this interview thinks that Frank can enter into a debate or has the qualities of a PM....God Help Fiji....

Perhaps Im being tough on Frank..maybe he is a practical person rather than a person like Rabuka or Speight, gifted with the gab.....

Anonymous said...

LOL,, sa qai lasa sara na i tukutuku ni sega ni saumi na wai, me rawa kina na veirawai.

Vinaka vakalevu na SEREKALI. O koya ga e bula loto tu vei Bainimarama, era sa mataboko ka sega ni raica rawa na levu ni cala vakalawa e ratou sa basuraka na i lawalawa daubutako qo.

Da vakayacora ena yalo dina na i taukei na noda i tavi,laivi ira na via lomacataka tiko na noda toso mera na qai saumi ira ga na nodra i tovo.

Anonymous said...

Army says....free water...interesting. Typhoid a water borne disease had been eradicated but is back in Fiji because of the poor quality of water. With the ever persistent water cuts throughout Fiji and the prevalent water borne disease spreading throughout Fiji, water should be free.

Anonymous said...

I've met many times in public and more privately with both Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu. As anyone else can tell you, who knows both parties, there's simply no comparison between the two. Bainimarama is an uncouth thug and an ignoramus, as pretty well comes across in the interview reprinted here. He's also an inveterate liar. Ro Teimumu, on the other hand, is a polished and cultured lady who is gracious, moderate and humble. The idea she couldn't hold her own in a debate with the likes of Bainimarama is quite absurd and highly insulting.

To anyone who insists she can't, I say prove it! Let's have the debate. The only party preventing a public debate is Fiji First -- probably because they know, like the rest of us, what a dummy Bainimarama is.

Anonymous said...

E RAWA VAKACAVA VEI KEDA NA I TAUKEI MEDA NA TOKONA TIKO E DUA E KILAI TU VAKASIGA LEVU NI A OTA TAKA NA NODRA VAKAMATEI NA CRW.

E RAW3A VAKACAVA ME DA VAKABAUTA E DUA E SA NONA I VAKARAU NI BULA NA LASU.

E TOKONA NA CONSTITUTION KA TOVOLEA ME TAROVA NA LOTU VAKARISITO ME VAKA NA KISI MAI GRAMMAR IA E QAI LASU TAKI TALE MAI ENA GAUNA E SA KABURAKA KINA O RO TEIMUMU NA LASU NEI KAHAIHUM.

O KEMUNI KECE NA TOKONI BAINIMARAMA TIKO QO ONI VAKALUVENI ....A CAVA O NI NA TUKAUNA VEI IRA LUVEMUNI ME BALETA NA DINA, DODONU KEI NA SAVASAVA KA VUNAUTAKA TIKO O BAINIMARAMA.

GUYS I CAN'T BLAME YOU FOR THIS BECAUSE BHAI AND HIS COMPANY ARE REALLY FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIFE BECAUSE IF THEY LOOSE THIS ELECTION THEY ALL KNOW WHERE THEY WILL ALL END UP TO......NABORO.

SA VEISAU DINA NA GAUNA NI SANA VAKALEVUTAKI NA I VALAVALACA KA DUA SARAGA NA KENA I VAKATAKILAKILA O KEMUNI NA TOKONA TIKO NA LASU, VEIVAKAMATEI, VEIVAKAMAVOATAKI KEI NA LASU NEI BAINIMARAMA.


Prove the lady isn't stupid because she is said...

What the hell is all this BS. If Ro Teimumu is so learned, why is she refusing to do talkback radio on FBC? She has been asked repeatedly and refuses to do it. You can't put lipstick on a pig or pretend that someone is learned when she's as thick between the ears as the SODELPA leader. Prove me wrong and put her on. Otherwise shut up.

Anonymous said...

Army says to Anon 5:15pm...you can put lipstick on a pig...don't you recall...pigs can fly

Anonymous said...

@ 5.15pm

Sorry. But VB is just not polished enough...and if he is...he's being polished by ASK if you catch my drift.

Debates involve pointed criticisms posing as questions. Debates the world over all involve such questions.

Now look at VB, when he is confronted by the media all he says is that the opposition are spreading lies.

Then there was a 2010 SkyNews interview in which he was posed a question and he threw the journalist out. The journalist had the gall to ask VB if he had waved a gun around at the Ministry of Defence in Suva in the lead-up to the 2006 coup.

That kind of attitude does not give me confidence that VB will stand up to criticism from other politicians in a political debate, especially a debate that is shown on live TV.

Anonymous said...

Army identifies interesting statements by VB;

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s.... I keep harping about bringing the changes, and we can’t bring about changes if there are people that are still talking about bringing instability. Because if we do that, I can tell you, Philippa, we open this to the public, we’ll never have election in 2014. I tell you that. That I can guarantee you.

I don’t. I don’t trust the people. That why I.... we’re trying to make this bring about all these changes without letting Fiji Times for instance open their mouths about something that is not happening in Fiji.

BAINIMARAMA: Well it’s not Frank Bainimarama, Philippa. It’s the government of the country right now, and which involves a lot of people, the military, and it should be the military that should be asked how we dealt with the problems we’ve had. I’m just the leader of the military.

BAINIMARAMA: No, no, no! Move away from me, I’m not the chosen one. It’s the military, I keep saying, it’s the military. You know when we talked about the governing of this country in 2006, I had gone out to try and look at people who we can put in the top chair, that of the prime ministership. And we all sat as senior officers. No matter who we came up with, the senior voices, the senior officers’ voice was that it should (not) be anyone outside the military, because we gave it to Qarase (Prime Minister 2000-2006) once, and guess what he did with it? It didn’t work out well. So here they told me, we don’t have much choice, you have to take it now onward.

Anonymous said...

Army Says....The statement made by Frank clearly shows the Military Council is afraid of Democracy or Frank losing the 2014 election hence the statement by Tikoitoga that the Military will not allow any changes to the Constitution.

Why bother having the election than.

Anonymous said...

@ Army says, the problem with the 2006 coup was that it was overkill.

It's either that or Bainimarama was trying to evade arrest for sedition and murder and conspiracy for treason.

Anonymous said...

i taukei must unite otherwise this government will rule for many many years under the guidance of ASK.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama will provide free water to all of Fiji. That will surely put all other parties under water. Let's go Fiji First. The other parties are drowning. You can only do that when the economy is vibrant so where are all the dooms day prediction of Fijian economy collapsing? Het where's Mick Beddoes? Feeling rejected are you? Now he is teaming up with Pita Waqavonovono, maybe they're gay partners now!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama can promise anything, and deliver, too, for a short time.

Anonymous said...

Mr. PM, remember me? May I have my gumboots before the election, please?

Anonymous said...

The election is unfair and designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to legitimise Frank's treason.

Anonymous said...

The water will be free for one year. After that people will be asked to pay!

Anonymous said...

he Great Council of Chiefs is not coming back because it was not looking after the interests of all the people of the country.

Those are the words of Fiji First Leader, Voreqe Bainimarama after questions were raised by Rewa chief, Ro Filipe Tuisawau in Nakorovou on why the GCC has been dis-established.

Bainimarama stressed that the GCC was one of the most undemocratic institutions Fiji ever had and only looked after the itaukei.

The Fiji First Leader said the GCC backed the 1987 and 2000 coups and it was also heavily politicised.

He also stressed that the role of the chiefs remain and people should not be misled by anyone that the chiefly structure has been taken away.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party, the Fiji Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party have already confirmed that they will reinstate the Great Council of Chiefs if they form the next government.

Story by Vijay Narayan and Akuila Cama

Anonymous said...

E-coli is present in that water anyway. No need to pay for that shit water.

Our infrastructures are worse then ever after 8 years of unopposed illegal rule.

Only thing that improved is Bainikaiyums wealth.

Ganesh said...

I appeal to the Editor to delete the obscene comment at 12:38 AM.

It's disappointing to see pointless and vulgar comments posted on this site by regime sapotas. It's doubly annoying that other regime sapotas then come on this site to criticise it either for publishing such comments or for deleting them, as though their contents had any redeeming value.

In the interest of fairness, the comments of regime opponents should receive the same critical scrutiny.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Ganesh u can go kubu the fulla @12.38am

Vinaka

Anonymous said...

The vulgar languages are elements of Bainimaramas character. That is why those supporting him will do the same. Try and see his action and body language after every official engagement. He will show funny action using his fingers and eyes to make fun and draw laughter from his supporters. Please observe this after every formal gathering when Bainimarama goes and sit around for a bowl of Kava with TFs and Reserve soldiers. What a character? Do we need him to lead us? I doubt... We should say NO and NO and NO.

Anonymous said...

I like to receive a good kubu as much as the next falla. Do I need to join the army for that, or are they still into poking each other's bums instead?

Anonymous said...

@Ganesh 7:17 AM

The obscene comments and filth that some use here I would agree wholeheartedly should not be allowed.

But why on earth do you assume that because someone has written a degrading comment about someone else they are a regime supporter.

Your comment is as ridiculous as that at 7:45 AM

Ganesh said...

Anonymous @ 8:50, you ask why I would assume that because someone has written a degrading comment about someone else they are a regime supporter. The answer is quite simple, really. It's because that "someone else" about whom the degrading statement was made is the chief political opponent of the regime in the elections being held here a couple of months from now. Or hadn't you heard?

Also, I find nothing ridiculous in the statement at 7:45 AM. Indeed, I think only a regime supporter would.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama and Khaiyum who had been lying from the beginning are lying again during this campaign to defend the lies they had resorted to before just to make the people think that their genuine reasons for illegally taking over the legal government was not a coup but a "clean-up campaign". The "cleaning up" they have been purportedly doing is more of throwing dirt on the whole nation and covering up their dirt by not coming up cleanly and transparently on all that they have done.

There are so many questions that they have chosen not to answer which leaves us begging. We know all these questions and we will ask them when they come to our areas on their campaigns tours.

But I think that they have gone past lying to us by dodging the issues like they did when they came to Rewa just recently. We, the genuine voters, are still not satisfied.

Anonymous said...

FF is a Muslim party like the Dove of Sadiq Koya so Indians wake up to the reality.
All South Indians voting for NFP.
Hindus will vote for NFP and Labour.
i taukei will vote in numbers for Sodelpa.
FF can only win by rigging the election.

High Tea said...

I was interested to read Bainimarama's views about the GCC. I think he might be on to something. We should try the same approach with the RFMF -- just disband it completely. Let the Military Council go drink homebrew under a mango tree. We should then be careful to stress that the role of the army remains and people should not be misled by anyone that its structure has been taken away. Treat the RFMF as Bainimarama treats the chiefs -- as a failed parasitic and anachronist institution that deserves to be swept into the dustbin of history . . . until election time, that is, when we simply dust it off again.

Anonymous said...

come and get it,we've been waiting for you for about 4 months now.What's holding you?Maybe,you are afraid coz we might ask you why were you cursing us. You better come quick before that gumboot turns into "SA LAKO" flip flop!!..

Anonymous said...

Bainiamrma is being used by Khayium for his political aspiration. Khayium is the culprit.
Say no to Muslim rule.

Anonymous said...

To SODELPA, if SODELPA wins the election what are you going to do after you have abolished all of Bainimarama's laws? For all your criticisms against Bainimarama and promises of what you will do in your first year, I have yet to see or hear about what you will do in the second, third, and fourth year of government.

Anonymous said...

How can Bainimarma contest the election when he has committed treason?

Anonymous said...

Bainimarma and Khayium are going around using government resources and asking i taukei to vote for FF when he and Khayium have done the following to i taukei:
-abolished GCC
- denied Methodist their fundamental right to meet for 7 years when Muslims were meeting in the mosque and doing their network.

Anonymous said...

yep you should try disband the RFMF,maybe then you will know the difference of which is more important--GCC or RFMF...If you haven't experienced blistered bum bum, i say you give it a try!!

Anonymous said...

Instead of the military saying the church shouldn't be involved in politics, how about the idea that the MILITARY shouldn't involve itself in politics?

Anonymous said...

"There is an exercise going now with officials of Water Authority of Fiji to calculate how much water we need daily for ladies to wash, cook and any other water required daily at home and they will come to me with this figure and that water will be given free," Mr Bainimarama said.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=274106

ha...ha... a man of his generation.... and old politician!!!

Anonymous said...

That's it, more handouts to encourage those that contribute so little to live off of others.

What with assisted education and a liveable amount of free water no doubt some will see it as an aid to produce more brats they can not feed or look after.

Tui Viti said...

I tottaly concur with PM, provide free water to the Nation.If Fiji First does this then its another History in the making for FFirst.After all water is sprouting out from earth all over the country,theres water even between the rocks.FIJI WATER gives us the opportunity to taste the type of water the Israelites were drinking from the split rock 3000yrs ago.If PM provides free water then he is the mordern day MOSES for Fijianites.TAKING THE NATION OUT OF THE DESERT INTO THE PROMISED LAND.FAIAKSIA PM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

o jale baba ena prime minister, o teimumu em kau ga mai me mai humanshield taki, baleta ga na title ni roko tui dreketi.. politiki kece tiko ya, sega ni rau tautau vata na vanua kei na politiki tamani duidui rau... dua na ka vakaloloma dina.........

Anonymous said...

Bainimarma and Khayium will do everything to remain in power.

Anonymous said...

Bai went on the record in 2006 and said NO ONE INVOLVED IN THE COUP would benefit financially. $280,000 IS A HUGE BENEFIT

2- Who authorized Bainimarama’s massive pay increase?
3- When did he get his 400% pay Rise?
3- Why is he paid by Aliz Pacific and not by the Ministry of Finance?
4- Where are the declarations about his children?
5- Are there any Trust accounts of which he or any member of his family is a beneficiary, a contributor or a Trustee?

Anonymous said...

Ashad Ali Buksh said there was huge misinformation being spread in communities by several political parties.
To have heard from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum directly cleared many misconceptions.
Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

This was in The Fiji Sun today. See how Muslims are united.
i taukei should unite like the Muslims.

Anonymous said...

My gumboots were also to be free, but where are they?

Anonymous said...

So, the regime has claimed for years that it wants more voter education, and yet it has banned citizen groups from hosting debates and panel discussions on elections?

Anonymous said...

See Commander Tikoitoga and Ro Teimumu Kepa pictured together at the funeral of Archbishop Mataca? They asking each other "ivei daru lai veidulu kina oti qo", so don't think he is openly supporting SODELPA like some supporters are claiming.

Anonymous said...

Fiji deserves Bainimarama & Khaiyum as people have no guts over the last 8 years to protest the illegal coup.

No use protesting now as they have put all mechanisms in place to win the elections.

Fiji is F.......with a capital F.

Anonymous said...

Remember 1977 when Koya should have been the PM. The indegenous Fijian Military and people danced and sang in the streets when this injustice was done nearly 40 years ago.

Guess what Fiji Military and Indegenous Fijians - You will have a Muslim (Khaiyum) commanding you for the next 50 years.

VB is happy as long as he gets some of the spoils.

Anonymous said...

Vote against Fiji First if you want a government that's lawful.

Vote for Fiji First if you want a government that's awful.

Anonymous said...

oh wow, anon8.21am can actually rhyme. Can you also sing, dance and fart at the same time?

LASER DESIGNATOR said...

This Fiji First will, at best only secure enough votes to beg for a coalition to be in government or they will try to find an anomaly to discredit the elections process ,asking for new elections once the goal posts are re-aligned. My premonitions suggests that the arse sphincter of this evil government is quivering hard and fast and Like NZ First, they will have only one or two MP's in Parliament come September ,so Winston Bainimarama Peters, you can keep screaming and dreaming for years to come. It will get very interesting post elections when you are no longer entitled to armed bodyguards...

Maka said...

SWEET SUPPORT IN SUGAR CITY: Sodelpa's supporters in western Fiji defy dictatorship and pour onto the streets of Lautoka to cheer party!
12/07/2014


SODELPA supporter’s today stirred up the capital city of the West, Lautoka with a march through the city lead by the Party Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

To the sounds of the St Thomas High Band, SODELPA officials, Nominees, members and supporters came out in numbers to signal the ‘awaking’ of the SODELPA push to regain Democracy for Fiji.

Despite the restrictions on placard and other material and being closely watched by Police, supporters were unmoved, and joined the march.

Read more:
http://www.fijileaks.com/index.html

Anonymous said...

To all Indigenous Fijians SODELPA is aiming 90 per cent plus our our itakei support Fiji-wide.....lets unit and target 95 per cent!

If Bu Kini is one of the "Blues Army" so can YOU!....

Look up:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203370040563136&set=a.4135746403376.155708.1575083686&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203370094684489&set=a.4135746403376.155708.1575083686&type=1&theater

Anonymous said...

PLEASE, do not get this fucked up wanna be and no school PM, Bainimarama on a public debate!

I don't want to continuously listen to all the aahs and uumm for the entire programme.

His master on the other hand will be full of nothing but lies, lies and lies!

Let's just concentrate on voting these two arses out!

SODELPA started yesterday in a popular march through the sugar city!

Did you see the big big number of people of all races shaking the hand of former PM, Laisenia Qarase right through the march?? This man is still very very popular!

Come on, PDP, FLP and NFP and the others. LET US ALL RID OUR BELOVED NATION OF BAD GOVERNANCE! ENOUGH OF THIEVES FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS!

Sayed-Khaiyum reveals crooked land deals by SVT/SDL said...

The alienation of iTaukei land started under the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) government when native land was converted to crown land and then to freehold land for development of residential plots on Denarau Island.
When Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama came to know of this loophole in the Constitution, he saw to it that no iTaukei land shall be permanently alienated.
The Sitiveni Rabuka-led Government sanctioned the change of native lease to crown lease and then to freehold land which was permitted under the 1990 Constitution. This was done to convert land to freehold for residential blocks on Denarau Island.
Having residential blocks on freehold land was a more lucrative deal for developers and while other resorts were built on native land, a conversion and ultimate alienation of land was done for residential blocks.
After this, the Laisenia Qarase-led government had done a similar deal in Momi, which was sanctioned under the 1997 Constitution.
Under the 2013 Constitution, no iTaukei land which has been converted to crown land can be converted to freehold land.
This also means that the 91 per cent of iTaukei land ownership will remain and never decrease.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told party supporters that for the first time in the country’s history, a Constitution gave unprecedented security to iTaukei landowners.
He said that if any iTaukei or freehold land has to be taken by Government for public use now, then landowners need to be paid fair market rate for the land.
Also, when the land acquired was no longer needed for the reason it was acquired in the first place, it has to be given back to the landowners.
Giving the example of a reservoir, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that if land is acquired to build a reservoir and years later it was no longer needed for a reservoir, Government could not use it for any other purpose and was required by law to give it back to the landowners.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute! Isn't the West supposed to be Fiji First's stronghold -- where they registered so many for their party? Why is SODELPA so popular, if FF is also supposed to be popular?

Anonymous said...

Khayium owns several properties hidden under the company name Latif Investment.
Why this has not been disclosed?
Can Saneem SOE investigate?

Anonymous said...

Under the new "constitution", Bainimarama's regime doesn't need to take away iTaukei lands for conversion. The BKC already purports to give the PM the prerogative to decide the ultimate use of the land, even though he has no ownership claim, and his decision cannot be challenged in court. He won't own the land, but he will control it, so the result is still much the same. The iTaukei will be alienated from the land and will not even have a say in the matter. The Land Bank and FIJI Water grabs only whetted the regime's appetite. These crooks will steal everything that isn't nailed down. Why should we trust them on the land issue when they've lied about everything else?

Just Situational Lgic said...

Is the charmed life of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's soon coming to an end? What happens to the most despised man in Fiji once Bainimarama no longers needs him?

After he's stolen the election, Bainimarama will be deemed "legitimate". This means he will have attained the ends he's sought, enhancing his prestige and helping him stay a length ahead of the hangman. In fact, Bainimarama's election "win", by giving him what would appear to be a mandate, will make it quite difficult for subsequent governments to impose the death penalty as punishment for his treason, even if a death penalty is reinstituted. Probably the only real risk is that ASK stumbles and so mismanages the election that its fraud appears too obvious for anyone to endorse it, which is highly unlikely.

Does a grateful Banimarama then reward ASK with an ambassadorship or appoint him to a high office like that of Chief Justice? Or does he decide ASK's usefulness is over, he's now become a greater liability than asset, or he's the last remaining threat to Bainimarama's absolute power?

Having helped Henry VIII attain his divorce from Queen Katherine, Cardinal Thomas Woolsey suddenly found himself in Henry's crosshairs. Even the gift by Woolsey of his sumptuous estate at Hampton Court couldn't deter Henry from having him arrested for treason. Bainimarama wouldn't even need to give ASK the Woolsey treatment. He needn't arrest ASK. All he need do is to withdraw his favour from him. Without Bainimarama as his protector and benefactor, ASK would soon be torn limb from limb.

Bainimarama is a petty and mercurial tyrant. He's a small-minded, thin-skinned vindictive thug with a bad temper and given to psychptic episodes. The "revolution" he's led has tended to swallow its young. Most of its earliest contributors are now overseas, under arrest, or they've joined the opposition. I know that I would hate to leave MY fate to his tender mercies.

ASK is clearly the second most powerful man in the country, but he is like the moon reflecting the sun, which is Bainimarama. Many say that Bainimarama is a puppet and ASK the puppetmaster. But one word from Bainimarama, and ASK will be descended upon by wolves.

Just Situational Logic said...

Is the charmed life of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's soon coming to an end? What happens to the most despised man in Fiji once Bainimarama no longers needs him?

After he's stolen the election, Bainimarama will be deemed "legitimate". This means he will have attained the ends he's sought, enhancing his prestige and helping him stay a length ahead of the hangman. In fact, Bainimarama's election "win", by giving him what would appear to be a mandate, will make it quite difficult for subsequent governments to impose the death penalty as punishment for his treason, even if a death penalty is reinstituted. Probably the only real risk is that ASK stumbles and so mismanages the election that its fraud appears too obvious for anyone to endorse it, which is highly unlikely.

Does a grateful Banimarama then reward ASK with an ambassadorship or appoint him to a high office like that of Chief Justice? Or does he decide ASK's usefulness is over, he's now become a greater liability than asset, or he's the last remaining threat to Bainimarama's absolute power?

Having helped Henry VIII attain his divorce from Queen Katherine, Cardinal Thomas Woolsey suddenly found himself in Henry's crosshairs. Even the gift by Woolsey of his sumptuous estate at Hampton Court couldn't deter Henry from having him arrested for treason. Bainimarama wouldn't even need to give ASK the Woolsey treatment. He needn't arrest ASK. All he need do is to withdraw his favour from him. Without Bainimarama as his protector and benefactor, ASK would soon be torn limb from limb.

Bainimarama is a petty and mercurial tyrant. He's a small-minded, thin-skinned vindictive thug with a bad temper and given to psychptic episodes. The "revolution" he's led has tended to swallow its young. Most of its earliest contributors are now overseas, under arrest, or they've joined the opposition. I know that I would hate to leave MY fate to his tender mercies.

ASK is clearly the second most powerful man in the country, but he is like the moon reflecting the sun, which is Bainimarama. Many say that Bainimarama is a puppet and ASK the puppetmaster. But one word from Bainimarama, and ASK will be descended upon by wolves.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with the Honourable Khaiyum? He is the first who has got the balls to kick the lazy, indolent and rent seeking Fijians in the butt. He will make efficient use of the land, he will end the nonsense that goes on with the Methodists and he will implement his plan of eradicating all the backwards cultural and traditional stuff that holds our country back. Give your land to Khaiyum and he will give you a few pennies from the deal he makes with the Chinese.

Anonymous said...

Take my word for it that Fiji First will take all the 50 seats come September 17th election.

They are on the right track into creating a modern Fiji where everyone will have opportunities to shine.

Remember all the first time voters that you want fairer Fiji for all so don't miss this oppotunity!!!Vote FijiFirst in and move forward.

Anonymous said...

The removal of GCC and that too with great insult cannot go unchallenged.

Anonymous said...

There's no use of bringing back the GCC. We now have the ministry of the i-Taukei Affairs that looks after the indigenous Fijians bits and butts.

Mary Bainimagana said...

Never

Anonymous said...

Well, now that the march has started in Lautoka, I feel that it is just the beginning of many more larger and more marches to come. With Ro Teimumu Kepa and SODELPA leading, we find that she and the Party officials have so much courage that many have followed suit.

I see that there are going to be more marches to come with more and more democracy and freedom loving people joining in to show support.

This just might be what Dakuwaqa meant and might jut be unstoppable.

Anonymous said...

Khayium is the one who was instrumental in removing the GCC. What he knows about the respect, value and importance of GCC.PDP, NFP, FLP & Sodelpa will bring back the GCC.
i taukei must understand that Khayium does not speak on behalf of the Indians perhaps he may be speaking and insulting the GCC on behalf of the Muslim or FF.
FF is Kahyium. A vote to FF is a vote to Kahyium.

Samu said...

PM Qarase puts Illegal AG, Khaiyum, in his rightful place, on the position of the Great Council of Chiefs in Fijian society! How an infantile non indigenous person can even squirt his unwelcome thoughts, on something he has no right or mandate to make, is mindbogglingly dumb and stupid.
Tis a simple matter of having the mana or legal and moral authority to be making pronouncements on matters of huge cultural significance to indigenous Fijians. And Khaiyum; you have absolutely nothing, zilch!!!

Qarase Replies to Khaiyum - GCC
Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase responds to Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's comments about the Great Council of Chiefs in Saturdays Fiji Sun (12th July 2014)

Listen to Qarase:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imrjus8Vcs4&feature=youtu.be

Anonymous said...

"" TWENTY-three boarders of a high school in Bua on Vanua Levu reportedly ran away from school over an alleged incident of glue sniffing.

The boarders, all girls, are believed to have run away from the school compound after the principal told them off the previous day.

The situation has prompted calls from the chiefs of Bua for parents to play an active role in teaching their children respect and discipline.""

So there is a need for the chiefs in Fiji. Perhaps they can take on the roll of teaching people how to cross roads instead of the LTA having to waste money doing it.

They could also teach the people to take their rubbish home rather than throw it on the ground, that would save the government millions in paying road sweepers and some of that money could go towards free water.

Anonymous said...

In one of the FF party's campaign meetings someone asked about the scholarship issue why only a handful of iTaukei were selected out of the 600 on offer. iarse's answer was the iTaukei's were not making use of it and had too many failures so a new system of merit only based on marks achieved was implemented. This system really puts the iTaukeis further into more disadvantage. If anything the regime's response should have been to fix the problem instead of leaving the plight of the iTaukeis to the elements to which they would badly fail. They need help so help must be offered if not solutions found to fix the problem not what iarse did in removing the scholarship that was preserved for the struggling itaukeis. If there is a problem fix it not trash it.

Tui Viti said...

Majority of those marchers are from Namoli Village,they are squatting on Namoli land,so if they dont march,their houses will be removed.So they will march as a show of support,but the TICK will go to Fiji First.

Anonymous said...

Haha, Tui Viti. SODELPA's marchers are all squatters, and they're only marching because SODELPA will bulldoze their houses otherwise?

And you found this out how -- because your friends are all squatters, or because they're all bulldozers?

You're so stupid, it's funny.

I'm not insulting you; I'm describing you.

Anonymous said...

PM Bainimarama postpone the General Elections or you will spend the rest of your life in Naboro. SODELPA is quickly gaining momentum and support and i suggest that you do it now. Safeguard our country from Elitism before it is too late. Kick these idiots back to the hole they came from. Fiji First forever!

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Anonymous said...

Squatters and wealthy people alike have the same voting power in the elections. FFP has now insulted us, the squatters, who form a sizable number of voters in the urban areas such as Lautoka and Suva.
The condescending attitude of FFP has driven our votes away from the party.

Anonymous said...

Too late to postpone the elections now. Bai and Khai can only rig the results to their favour. And if they do, they will only intensify the wrath of the voters who will continually attempt to bring them to a fair court of justice.
That's when they will live miserably in their consciences for the rest their lives to their old age, in continual insomnia.
Drat that kind of life, I'd rather be dead.

Anonymous said...

lol...dafuq we care about them rigging the votes...they will win either way...btw i actually lmao to these people not supporting Mr. Bainimarama...this is the man who provided young people with employment with the retired age now 55....and brought the free bus fare scheme...free school fees for students...things that the other parties a.k.a losers would only dream about, why, coz they were busy pleasing the elite and filling their own fcking pockets...your surely a retard if you cant see that picture...who gives a fck if Bai and Khai are making money...believe me you would do the same fcking thing if you were in that position of power....the difference is they are serving all of the people of Fiji.

Youmad Coz Youbad said...

lolz....some people taking things too personally....its ok if you went to the SODELPA rally in the West just because free loafs of bread and free lunch was provided, you dont need to get upset.......
Lmao those thinking it was for Fiji Rugby League...since Lote was there. Dont forget many magicians are in SODELPA...tricking people into marching for them in the rally....hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Arre behan ke choot ... We Indians can go to anywhere in the world and turn dust into gold - we commonly refer this as Hard work , education , dreams something that has eluded you kaivitis . Let me say this to you - you think you own fiji - sorry to be the bearer of bad news - no one has a mortgage over land that god gave !!!! If laws are made - laws are changed !!!! Land ownership is merely a transcript driven by the covenant of law at any given time - this can be changed !!! We have respected your land and have coexisted peacefully - don't forget you have not done us a favour by telling us that we are guests in your land . The land belongs to god !!!!!
No indian can ever be trampled upon . History my friend history ... Read and see : India has never lost a war - fought a few never lost one !!!!'

Anonymous said...

ASK has confided to his very very very close associates that he will need urgent medical treatment in early September, his family, his parents and brother's family will need to join him in case he needs an organ transplant. He has FB's assurance of protecting the family assets in Fiji through the armed forces. Incidentally his loving Aunty Noor and her estranged husband Zareena will be joining them with their sweet cute daughter (or son...whatever he/it is). They will have a grand farewell party at Noor's house during Eid and then they start the customary farewells visiting all that are left to be looted.

They intend to return if ASK's treatment is successful in late September or they may ask for asylum!!!

Anonymous said...

well, to my idian friend who has talked so lowly of the Fijians. yes you may be right,but Fijians have an identity and something to belong to, that is land, fellow countryman and Christian belief . you cannot deny indigenous right, weather you are an Indian, and regime cork sucker like you. my brother mark my word, when the civil war will start, I will be the first to put a bullet through your head.

Anonymous said...

Tui Viti, shhhhhhhhhh not to loud, it seems that you been treated well by the regime. Because Fiji first leader VUDI in your mouth and the minister for election's BAKU in your ASShole.

Anonymous said...

Mr tui - fees I agree with your analysis . Indians especially those from India have a permanent fixation with skin color . Status and wealth . Whilst fiji Indians are more subdued , they have learnt a little about life from the Fijian brothers . Point being , we can all learn from each other , take the good from the bad , and unite . In this day and age if we are not united then the very purpose of ensuring a Fiji full of life and growth will evade us and there will always be wariness between cultures and communities . If we want long lasting democracy , then we have to UNITE .

Ramesh

Suomynona said...

If Frankie had balls, he would allow for an open debate for any of the leaders of "The Big 3" parties that wish to challenge him in order to see where he really stands.

I consider him a coward if he was to avoid a debate like as if he's hiding more stuff behind his so-called good deeds that nobody should know about like that incident involving his son.

Anonymous said...

Mr. PM, where are my gumboots?

Anonymous said...

It's official - Ro will be told tomorrow by Qarase and his power brokers to step down .

drau

Anonymous said...

United we stand . Divided we fall . That's my slogan . I'm Aunty alumiita .

We the itaukei must unite .
Unite and accept na Indians
Unite and accept the vulagi .
United and accept the Kailoma .
Unite and accept the rotuman .
Unite and accept the Chinese .
Unite and accept all .
United and accept Frank and Fiji first . Give them a chance , if not vote them out in next elections . This elections we vote for them
You all welcome to my place and restaurant in watuwaqa industrial division .

Aunty alumita