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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Has Bainimarama lost control to Khaiyum? Who is in charge?

Two events on Thursday and Friday strongly point towards the fact that coup leader and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is more than likely to have become a stooge of his Attorney General, Minister for Economy, multiple important portfolios holder and control freak Aiyaz Sayed Khiayum.

In other words, the master has likely become the puppet because of his inability to do anything and be totally dependent on who he has many times called his right hand man in Khaiyum.

Bainimarama, who has more than often portrayed himself as a strongman, has become a poodle or a lapdog who only barks when Khaiyum wants him to do so.

Sources within Fiji First Cabinet have been telling us this. They say the real PM is Khaiyum because Bainimarama doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds him.

Late Friday afternoon, Bainimarama announced a Cabinet reshuffle. And Khaiyum had his way because in came his buddy Faiyaz Koya, the near bankrupt man who desperately needs money to save his properties from being seized by the HFC bank that loaned him a couple of million dollars when he was in Cabinet before the 2018 elections.

He took over tourism, trade and commerce that were part of Premila Kumar's portfolios. She has been left with local government, housing and community development, which most likely means development of squatters.

So Queen Premila, who portrayed herself as one of the most prominent and visible ministers has been dethroned and left with minion portfolios while Faiyaz Koya, a man close to Khaiyum and who replaced Ashneel Sudhakar as a MP, is elevated to a ministerial position over many who received a whole lot more votes than him, but are either assistants ministers or backbenchers.

This is the Open Merit Recruiting System touted by Khaiyum as rewarding the most meritorious of any post. For Bainimarama, announcing the appointment of Faiyaz Koya as a Minister is no big deal because Khaiyum wanted it - and Fiji First cabinet sources tell us Bainimiarama will always agree what Khaiyum does or tells him because all the PM cares about is bundles of notes for him and his family.

Still on reshuffle, Dr Mahendra Reddy's wings have been clipped with rural and maritime development being taken away from him, leaving him with agriculture, waterways and environment.

This, according to Fiji First insiders, means Reddy has lost control of advisory councillors and has his travel to outer islands for picture opportunities slashed, he is now confined to distributing seeds and making sure the drains are clean.

We suppose that is what happens to a person who licks his or her own spit. In Reddy's case he was charged by FICAC that is controlled by Khaiyum, had to spend many thousands of dollars in legal fees, got acquitted but damage was done, yet he decided to trust Bainimarama who is not in control of what's happening around him.

Fiji First Cabinet insiders say Reddy and Premila Kumar will now be even more alienated by Bainimarama.

An example of why Frank is beholden to Khaiyum


Fiji First Cabinet sources tell us that another classic example of Frank being beholden to Khaiyum is how the AG used the acting Chief Justice to basically quash a Nadi magistrate's decision to acquit those who were arrested and charged but the charges were defective.

They were acquitted because the PM's order was mentioned as being issued under the Public Health Act when clearly the PM doesn't have any powers to do so. His announcement during a press conference cannot be taken as an order as an order has to be legal and gazetted.

The Public Health Act has not been changed to give powers to the PM to make any orders.

But around midday Thursday, Khaiyum called a press conference to criticise the magistrate and the acquittal and said the police commissioner was talking to the DPP to appeal the decision within the required 28 days.

But a few hours later, he re-appeared and said the acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar had also opposed the acquittal and ordered that the case be recalled. Kamal Kumar's statement spoke the same language that Khaiyum did in his midday press conference.

Both said the magistrate should have asked the police precaution to correct the charge but the prosecution never at any time sought permission of the court to make such amendments.

Fiji First Cabinet insiders tell us that Bainimarama was impressed by Khaiyum's show of decisive authority in getting the acting CJ to interfere on his behalf and correct his (PM's and police error). Even if it meant that government was interfering and influencing the judiciary that is supposed to be totally independent.

They say the bond between the two strengthened overnight and Bainimarama said YES to the reshuffle including appointing Faiyaz Koya as a Minister.

And we have established that while Khaiyum was talking to Bainimarama over the phone on Thursday night to confirm the plan, Faiyaz Koya was seated next to Khaiyum at the posh flats on Princess road that are owned by the top Fiji First fundraiser Sanjay Kaba. The flats are near Home of Compassion.

But certainly there is no compassion for those who fall prey to this government. It is because, as the Fiji First cabinet insiders say, Banimarama has been told in no uncertain terms by Khaiyum that his security and safety at the hands of voters is in his (Khaiyum's) hands.

They tell us that Bainimarama realises that Khaiyum controls all independent institutions such as the Elections Office, Judiciary and Human Rights Commission. So there is nothing to worry about because Khaiyum reminds him that if he goes down, Bainimarama will go down with him as well.

Bainimarama’s controls the Army and Police through Nautpoto and Qiliho.

So it is a case of both catching each other's backs.

But while Khaiyum and acting CJ Kamal Kumar attacked the magistrate and his ruling for picking out the mistake in the defective charge, they did not pay attention to what the police were doing under Bainimarama's man Qiliho who has been busy recording statements of those arrested.

We have a copy of a statement that looks more like a template out of North Korea, thanks to Qiliho, than a statement recorded by a well-trained police force in a democratic country.

Watch this space as we will reveal the template from North Korea and why Acting CJ Kamal Kumar will do everything that Khaiyum wants.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Khaiyum is calling the shots in Fiji. That is an open secret. Bainimarama is happy with his status as PM and with all the goodies that come his way curtesy of Khaiyum's agenda to keep the military top dogs politically onside by keeping Bainimarama happy being the Emperor with no clothes. That is the political reality in post coup Fiji. All clear thinking Fijians know that to be the case.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

Editor,
TRUMP DECLARES HIMSELF A DICTATOR.
Trump : " When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way its gotta be. It's total ".
His open embrace of authoritarianism- the idea that his power is absolute by decree - is deeply terrifying ( see details in Daily Kos article 15/4/20 ).
It is indeed terrifying. Is America heading towards a dictatorship? Remember Trump has always been behaving like one from the very beginning of his rise to power. Calling the media public enemy number one and denigrating the judiciary ...
I think we now beginning to see Trump openly show his true dictatorial colours.
The worst is still to come.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Trump is a dictator there. Khaiyum is a dictator here. Trump is a qio size dictator there. Khai yum is a qitawa variety dictator here. Both are megalomaniacs who hold press conferences to tell everybody how great they are. Only the simple minded and those who profit from their dictatorial rule believe these dictators' bullshit.

Anonymous said...


People of Fiji when this convid- 19 is over and it seems that the opposition and the public are too frightened to stand up, just leave peacefully.

The World will change after this pandemic crisis, many will loose their homes and their jobs so do what you think is right for yourself, that does not mean you take the laws in your hands it means that if you feel living in Fiji is not doing any good migrate to other countries but remember also that not everyone that migrated overseas made it to good life, the struggle continues now in every country no matter how small or big.
Governments with rich countries throwing money like water cannot but covid-19, that is an act from God and a curse to this world for the sins committed.

Pray to God and be saved he is the only one who can save us all from health and financial ruin.

Raja Saheb
Zetland NSW, Australia

Anonymous said...

Editor,
HAVING IT BOTH WAYS
In his letter ' Qarase tributes ' in The Fiji Times 29 April Simon Hazelman talks about how many of us disregarded Qarase . He says Qarase was a gentleman, a statesman, humble and respectful and an accomplished civil servant.
But this same Simon Hazelman has been a staunch supporter and defender of the usurpers - the people who unceremoniously removed Qarase from power in the 2006 military coup and hounded him.
In some letters of mine I have even described him as an unofficial spokesman of the usurpers.
Now that Qarase has died Simon is trying to have it both ways.
It's hypocritical of him .
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Free Speech in Australian Democracy.
In his letter ' Cause for concern' in the Canberra Times 29/4 Charles Pratt writes :
" We have a government that has a history of lying about sports rorts and dodgy water dealings. Authorities have used legislation meant to curb terrorism to raid journalists who embarrass the government [ by exposing the dubious dealings etc ].
One of these journalists had uncovered a plot to spy on Australians... " Pratt concludes by saying the people want to trust the government but that can only happen " if authorities had been more honest, transparent and accountable ".
I would bet my bottom dollar such a letter would never get published in the post coup Fiji democracy.
This is the beauty of Australian democracy despite its many flaws. The people feel free to criticise the government without fear.
Rajend naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REAL REASON FOR THE 2006 MILITARY COUP?
In his letter to The Fiji Times 29 April Mohammed Imraz Jannif wants to know - in light of the high praise for former PM Laisenia Qarase following his sudden death - " if there are any available updates or progress reports on the reason(s) for the 2006 events ".
The euphemistically referred " events of 2006 " is the Bainimarama military coup of 2006.
I take it from his letter that Mohammed seeks to be an informed citizen of Fiji. I take it he wants to know the real reason for the coup rather than the purported ones.
For his information such " updates " are available on Fiji blog sites. The latest one I have come across is in Truth for Fiji.
Interested people should check it out and make their own minds on what to believe to be the real reason for the unceremonious removal of Fiji's 6 th democratically elected PM Laisenia Qarase.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Suomynona said...

Of course Khaiyum has been calling the shots because Bainimagana is a high school dumbass...uhm dropout (sorry but the "French" words are bound to come out).

Doesn't take a genius to figure out who is technically running the show. It's always been the failed lawyer who likes to be a dictator wannabe so caught up in his own ego because he can't take constructive criticism like Frankie who recently attacked a parliament member just because he can't handle the truth.

Even the supporters are hopeless and too stupid to realize these under-the-table dealings. Ayarse can forget about his Singaporean wet dream because he just put Fiji on the same level as Venezuela and Cuba.

And this is why having two complete idiots ruling the country with Bainimagalevu being an ass kisser to AK-47 will continue having various repercussions.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Bainimarama Lwading the country back towards democracy.
I came across this piece on Fiji by Jonathan Pealman in The Saturday Paper 2 May. Thought I would share it here since not too many of our mob read that paper.
" FIJI : Since seizing power in Fiji in a military coup in 2006, Frank Bainimarama, a former military chief, has gradually been leading the country back towards democracy. But the imposition of a strict lockdown due to the CoVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns the country is regressing and that the pandemic is providing an excuse to violate human rights.
Jone Kalouniwai, a Fijian brigadier-general, came under criticism this week after arguing that health emergency justified a crackdown on free speech. " In times of such national emergency such as the global pandemic or war against COVID-19, our leaders have good reasons to stifle criticism of their policies by curtailing freedom of speech and freedom of the press" he wrote in the Fiji Sun.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF ) issued a statement condemning the comments, saying free speech was vital to combating the spread of the virus. " These comments recall the worst time of the FIndian military dictatorship from 2006 to 2014" said Daniel Bastard from RSF.
Be interesting to hear what people in post coup Fiji have to say about Bainimarama ( and Khaiyum ) leading the country back towards democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama and Khaiyum leading the country back towards democracy one step forward and two steps back style !
- Chiku.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Trump the Banana Republic Kind of Leader
Trump blamed his predecessor Obama for leaving his administration with faulty tests for coronavirus. But CNN's Jim Acosta pointed out to him that Obama had left office in 2017 and COVID-19 didn't exist until late last year.
But Trump was unfazed by the timeline.
That's not surprising for people familiar with David Robert Grimes book The Irrational Ape.
Trump is like your typical banana republic leader who blames all the ails of the country on past political leaders, " old politicians " etc to deflect attention from his own incompetence.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Being Remembered As A Nasty Bloke
Radio journalist or shock jock Alan Jones as decided to retire after 35 years and the way he is being remembered by many is more akin to a despised dictator. In The Age letters ( 14/5 ) column titled ' Alan Jones : A man who believed he was untouchable ' we get a sample of how he is remembered.
Jaroslaw Kotiw write " ... Jones got carried away by his own importance. He gloried in the perception of being an untouchable political heavyweight that could abuse whoever, whatever,at will... It must have come as a shock [ for him] to see that he was not indispensable "
Margot Pogos describes him as " a bully and a bigot who derives pleasure from his own self-appointed sense of power".
Belinda Burke notes his " vicious abuse directed towards women in general and to Julia Gillard, Sarah Hanson-Young and Jacinda Ardern in particular ".
There are many more descriptions of the man in the same vein.
Many have said his going from his job as a radio journalist is " good riddance ".
I wonder if what folks say about Jones bring to mind other people in positions of power and influence with the same inflated sense of self-importance and the belief that they are untouchable?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
A Crooked Attorney General Not Serving the Public Interest.
We read in the Huff Post article ' 2,000 Former Justice Officials Demand William Barr Resign Over Michael Flynn Case ' ( 12/05/20 ) that these former Department of Justice officials also call on Congress in a letter to formally censure Attorney General Barr for manipulating the law to the president's " personal bidding rather than acting in the public interest ".
It's hard to believe a leading First World democracy like America has such a bent Attorney General . It's the kind of Attorney General one associates with a Third World banana republic. The kind who is more interested in feathering his own nest rather serving the public interest.
What a shame!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

When 2000 former justice officials see it fit to call for the Attorney General to resign because he is more about pandering to the president's personal agenda rather than serving the public interest, it tells you the Attorney General is a misfit for that high office.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Coronavirus Pandemic and Religious Idiots.
We read in the Southeast Asian Times 18 May that a Baptist pastor and a preacher have been charged by Myanmar State authorities for holding sermons in banned townships ( to curb the spread of coronavirus) and telling worshippers that those who are devoted Christians would be protected from the virus by Jesus.
These Christian religious nuts are not alone. There are similar religious nuts in other religions.
They act the ostrich and ignore the science and sound expert medical advice.
They put lives in grave danger. They are a very real threat to community well-being.
I am not one for rounding up and locking up people with radical unorthodox views but these religious nuts need to be locked up for the public good.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The Rounding Up of Tikoduadua had all the hallmarks of the Police State.
Let me put it bluntly.
Police turning up just after midnight at NFP leader Pio Tikiduadua's home to take him in for interrogation and 36 hour detainment had nothing to do with maintaining public order in the country. This is borne out by the DPP decision not to lay any charges against him. Anyone who thinks it was is an intellectual imbecile.
This was a clear-cut case of police harassment and political persecution of an opposition political figure reminiscent of the police state. Who gave the order to round up Pio Tikoduadua?
The police need reminding that Fiji has now returned to democracy since the 2006 military coup and military dictatorship. Tikoduadua's court action against the police ( ' Tikoduadua to take action against police ' The Fiji Times 18/5 ) could help the police acquire a better understanding of its proper role in a democracy .
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
An All-Around Arsehole Leader
We read in the Daily Kos article ' Obama is Baiting Trump ( Dan K, 19/5/20 ) the following :
" ... Trump also wants desperately,pathologically to win re-election. This is only partly because there will be warrants waiting for him the day he finally leaves the Oval Office. Most of it is the fear his father drilled into him as a young boy: Never be a loser. loser is the worst thing you can be. A third factor may be that, as soon as he is out of power and people no longer fear him, they will all start laughing at him and telling the truth about just what an incompetent,bungling, moronic, all-around arsehole he really is..."
Never thought I'd live to see the day when a US president, the leader of the democratic world, is described thus.
But Trump has clearly earned the dubious distinction as an all-around arsehole.
And mind you he is not alone in that regard!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Yeah the Brazilian president Bolasonara is another all-around arsehole. A lot of Brazilian people have died and are dying because this arsehole leader gave no serious heed to expert advice on the threat the coronavirus posed. Like Trump he too dismissed it as just another flu!
- chiku

Anonymous said...

the entire system is corrupted and will remain in that way since two men control everything in that country,.
Justice Temo is a honest and sincere judge yet the CJ over ruled his decision because Khaiyum asked him to do so.

This is not the first time CJ has overuled the decision of the high court judge. Where is the bill of rights to freedom there is none since the current government is using COVID 19 to bully its citizens and intimidate them.

Yet the expect to win the election again in 2022, which idiot would vote for them to keep them in power no one.. they rig they way to win and stay in power to bully everyone..bunch of bullies and evil empire.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Trump called ' Sick ' Man
MSNBC TV host Mika Brezezinki calls Donald Trump ' sick ' ( Yahoo News Australia 22/5 ) after he advanced the false conspiracy theory that her husband a co tv host Joe Scarborough got away with murder.
I wonder how many others and how many other times Trump has been called a ' sick ' man?
But it's hardly surprising that he is called sick. I take it no further elaboration is necessary.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Elias Mangi said...

I disagree Chiku. I believe God the Almighty has given Fiji another selfless PM and I pray his bold and stringent decisions keep coming into the elections. He will have my vote. The Almighty has blessed our Island Home

Anonymous said...

Editor,
POWER CORRUPTS.
Whenever I hear a political leader accused of or charged for corruption I am reminded of Lord Acton's dictum : Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Today we learn that former PNG PM Peter O'Neil has been arrested for corruption and abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.
( Southeast Asian Times 25/5 ).
At any given time when you see the number of political leaders facing corruption charges you get a sense of the weight of the Acton dictum.
At this time apart from the former PNG PM, the former PM of Malaysia Najib Razak, the former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma and the current PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu are facing court cases for corruption.
This must alert us to the critical importance of institutions of state and society, including an independent media, in ensuring democratic accountability. To hold power to account.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney