We can see through Frank’s lack of transparency

Who’s kept count of the number of times Bainimarama has publicly and
emphatically stated his desire for “greater transparency” and “better
governance” or his commitment to “cleaning up corruption”?

We tried, but lost count. Strangely, however, we have yet to hear the
ictator publicly affirm his commitment to “rule of law”. But that’s
another story.

Let’s concentrate instead on Bainimarama’s widely (and loudly) professed
love – indeed obsession, it would seem-with “good” or “better” governance.

For example, when launching the National Council for Building a Better Fiji
(NCBBF), on 16 January he used these glowing terms to describe his plan as
“….a process that seeks to transform Fiji, towards better governance,
sustainable parliamentary democracy, equity, stability, peace, and progress.”
Now that sounds magnificent (thanks Parmesh Chand!), just like JFK! But what
is governance? Apparently it means different things to different people.

To countries such as Denmark, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia,
good governance means a process of administration that optimises the extent
to which it is lawful, fair, efficient, transparent and, above all, fully
accountable to the people being administered, the media and the outside

So what on earth could it mean to Frank Bainimarama? Because he certainly
doesn’t follow (or optimise) the principles listed above. Perhaps Frank
has not been as, well, frank as he could have been (you know, “frank” as
in honest or on the level).

If Frank was on the level, he would have shown up at the proposed meeting
with Sir Paul Reeves. If Frank was on the level he wouldn’t have hidden
behind a hideously expensive Queens Counsel when he was the defendant in
the High Court case brought by the prime minister he ousted.

That’s right, if Frank was on the level about governance you would have
thought that he would have seized the opportunity and bounded into both
events and given them a blast about what he’s doing to give Fiji “better
governance” and why his actions before, during and after the coup were right.

Instead, Frank’s gone totally limp. In fact, he’s gone into hiding and his
public implementation program of “better governance” has suddenly gone
negative: NO public defence of his mission, NO dialogue with Sir Paul
Reeves (and all the other main political players in Fiji) and NO
appearance in the High Court to state his case for ousting Qarase.

What a transformation! From conquering hero to wimp and looser!

Where is the Frank who stuck out his chest at his media conference on 5
December 2006 to announce to the Fijian and international media that he had
taken over and he was going to “clean up” Fiji?

That was a question that must have been on the lips of the villagers of
Qauia in Lami, who were severely affected by cyclone Gene. As the Fiji
Times reported last Tuesday, 18 March 2008, they had still not received
any food rations from that great provider, the Bainimarama interim

And when the Fiji Times called the great dictator to comment on their
plight, this was all they could report: “Interim Prime Minister Commodore
Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday said he did not have any comments to make on
the distribution of rations.”

Of course he could not comment! He knows the illegal interim government is
fast running out of money. Rations for cyclone victims are the last thing
on its mind. After all, despite stuffing the economy it still has
expensive legal counsel to pay!

More importantly, he knows that Mahendra Pal Chaudhry (CHODOPU$$) is the
guy who is really in charge, and he knows that neither of them either
knows, or cares, about better governance.

They only thing they care about is their respective personal agendas that
bind them together in a desperate attempt to sustain their illegal regime
for as long as is humanly possible.

So, was the call from the Fiji Times the straw that broke the camels back?
Coincidence or not (we don’t think so)/ shortly after Bainimarama spoke to
the Fiji times, the following appeared on the official Fiji government

” Note to members of the media Mar 18, 2008, 18:58 Editors and members of
the media, please note that as from today (Tuesday 18/03/08), all media
queries to the Prime Minister should be directed to the Department of
Information. Please do not make calls directly to the PM on his cell phone.
Contact: Deputy Secretary Information 3301806 ext 101 or 104. Please also
note that all matters and queries relating to the Commander RFMF be directed
to the RFMF Media Cell. Contact: 3385222 ext 1414 fax: 3370033″

So Frank has officially fallen silent (that HAS to be a mixed blessing!).

But in the meantime, those three well known proponents of governance,
CHODOPU$$, his eager hireling, Kid Cowboy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the
unprincipled and wanton Shyster, are free to spew their drivel as they like.

Is that not the strongest signal yet that, instead of riding the donkey
and telling it where to go, the donkey is now riding Frank and telling HIM
where to go?

Secretly, we hope not. You know, Frank can bekinda,funny when he gets
wound up in a prepared speech (thanks again Parmesh!). For example, just
listen to this mouth-frothing blast from his press conference on 24 Feb

“Why is the media rolling out the usual suspects, .the opportunists such
as Ratu Osea Gavidi, Ratu Ovini Bokini and Ro Temumu (sic), Taniela Tabu,
Pramod Rae and a number of disgruntled chiefs and pseudo chiefs to incite
people on so-called indigenous issues and rights?

“Even Mick Beddoes who should know better than to be hood-winked by
simple journalists and sophisticated lying politicians has also joined the

“These people are attempting to cause disquiet. These people are spreading
misinformation and attempting to incite people by falsely appealing to their
emotions, culture and traditions.

“They are not telling the truth….they are liars.”

Wow! Well, actually, Mr Dictator, that’s not exactly right. Most people in
Fiji think YOU are the cause of Fiji’s “disquiet” and that YOU are the

And the ease with which they can see this, despite your constant espousal of
“transparency” and “better governance” – is rock-solid proof that they are
on the right track.

And we at FDN believe it IS the right track because, despite your guns, your
lies, your deceit, not to mention your total lack of transparency, the
people of Fiji have their own powers of transparency.

It’s their ability to see right through you, which will lead us back to a
Fiji with a free and fair parliamentary democracy, and levels of
transparency” and “governance” than you couldn’t even begin to comprehend.

Fiji Democracy Now


57 Responses to “We can see through Frank’s lack of transparency”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    Words are cheap as they say !
    Frank has no reason to return top a Democratically Elected Government , in fact , he has many reasons to not return to Democracy .
    Chaudhry , just seems delusional , full stop !

  2. copykat Says:

    Charter similar to 1987 military list: Savua
    31 MAR 2008

    A former military chief-of-staff says the People’s Charter is a military prescription for future governments, similar to a list of demands the military presented after the 1987 coup.

    Colonel Isikia Savua, who was appointed Police Commissioner by 1987 coup leader Brigadier General Sitiveni Rabuka, said the list was given to the late Fiji statesman Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

    “In 1987 we had a list of those things which we gave to Ratu Mara and asked him to follow,” Savua told Fijilive.

    “Ratu Mara refused to adhere. He said: ‘You either accept me or I don’t come in. I will not be shackled by this list’.

    “That was our list.

    “The charter (being developed by the current military-led regime) is similar to our list,” he said.

    While, the interim Government has tried to involve all sectors of the community in compiling the charter, Savua said he believes that ultimately “it will contain the prescription that the military wants subsequent governments to follow”.

    “Because the military doesn’t come down here without an aim,” he explains.

    “And that aim is manifested in the list or as of now, the charter.

    “It is there -the list. Call it the list of demands or manifesto or the list of those things which they truly believe should be followed to keep us on even keel for a long time.”

    Fiji’s army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has often emphasized that the charter will be the “exit strategy” for the military who overthrew the Laisenia Qarase Government in 2006.

  3. benhur Says:

    All we need to say to Voreqe is shove your middle finger where the sun don’t shine! Take your Charter and shove it up chodos backside!

  4. Mark Manning Says:

    As I stated before , is Rabuka implicated in this coup also ?
    If what your saying Copykat , is correct , then it would seem to be so !
    There are possibly 2 things that need to happen in that case : –
    1/ Have the United Nations send the peace keeping forces , Police and Military , home . This would take away the financing for this coup .
    2 / Abolish Fiji’s Military !

  5. anon Says:

    Normal people should not believe anything this iIG and its iIPM says. Nothing good will come of these evil people & Chaudhary’s military. NOTHING. Promises of good governance, transparency, clean up are just that…promises. All those things that they are saying now are exactly what they have trampled and trashed when they overthrew the last elected government ..how can we believe satan and his satanic forces to do the cleaning up for us???

  6. copykat Says:

    Who is Voceqe’s hero? Mao, Mugabe or Than Shwe of Burma. Will he like the Burmese Junta Leader stick by his promise for elections in 2009 or will he wait another 40 years as the Burmese army have already?

    There are some disturbing parallels between Mugabe & Voceqe!

    Mugabe: From secret Jesuit to grieving father to embittered tyrant

    Bereft by a son’s death, harshly handled by white supremacists, Mugabe proved a crueller leader still

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    Change font size: A | A | ABy David Owen
    Sunday, 30 March 2008

    Whatever Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader, may claim in the coming days, there is no way that the country can have anything like fair and free elections. His ruthlessness became clear to me when, as Foreign Secretary, I was negotiating with him over Rhodesian independence between 1977 and 1979. But in none of my dealings with him did he tell obvious lies, nor did I see any sign of mental instability. He was, however, an ideological zealot of Jesuit upbringing, implacable and obdurate. I judged in 1978 that Joshua Nkomo, rather than Mugabe, would make a better first – interim – leader of Zimbabwe as it prepared for truly free elections.

    For a while I helped to pursue secret negotiations with Nkomo to bring this about, eventually concluding in a meeting between Nkomo and the then prime minister, Ian Smith, held in total secrecy in Lusaka. The meeting should have ended with Nkomo flying straight back to Rhodesia to be saluted as prime minister and bringing illegal independence to an end. It was not to be: another Lusaka meeting was planned, but before then the initiative became public and the meeting never reconvened. Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Mugabe were totally against the whole concept.

    I was somewhat embarrassed in the early 1980s that I had done this secret diplomacy, because against my predictions, Mugabe as the new prime minister appeared to preside over a remarkable period of reconciliation. Given what he and other black leaders had had to endure after Smith’s illegal declaration of independence, Mugabe’s reconciliation with the white rebels inside Zimbabwe appeared both generous and enlightened. But, sadly, Mugabe’s conciliatory phase was fleeting, and in October 1980, only six months after independence, Mugabe secretly signed an agreement with North Korea to train a new 5 Brigade, composed almost entirely of Shona-speaking former guerrillas, to deal with internal dissidents. Compared with the Zimbabwean army, 5 Brigade had different uniforms, better equipment and weaponry and a different chain of command. Mugabe authorised 5 Brigade to use indiscriminate force, with beatings, arson and mass murder in January 1983 against the Matabele people. Mugabe slowly started to become ever more personally corrupt and progressively destroyed parliamentary democracy.

    By the start of the 21st century, Zimbabwe was in the grip of an ageing fanatic. Mugabe had managed to decimate the country’s once-flourishing agricultural production, gravely damage its economic stability and undermine the democratic basis of the 1980 constitution. The world faced the moral dilemma that aid workers have wrestled with elsewhere: by helping to provide food one boosts the survival in office of those who have brought about the very humanitarian disaster one is trying to alleviate.

    Mugabe for some years had been labelled “mad” by the British and US press, an all too glib diagnosis to pin on him. Over 30 years I had resisted calling him that, believing that what Mugabe was doing was mirroring the brutality and destructive nature of Mao’s form of communism, which he so admired.

    Then, in 2006, I saw a remarkable play by Fraser Grace called Breakfast with Mugabe, which featured just four characters: Mugabe, his second wife Grace, a white psychiatrist called in by Grace and a bodyguard, also a secret policeman. It gave a special African insight into what may be the root of Mugabe’s troubles, in some way analogous to the role of superstition in Pol Pot’s character. Historically accurate, the play is in part an exploration of W H Auden’s famous observation “those to whom evil is done do evil in return”. It emphasised the implacable hatred Mugabe felt for Ian Smith for being refused compassionate release from prison to see his three-year-old son before he died of malarial encephalitis in Accra in 1966.

    However, the play then goes on to depict the bitter departed spirit, a ngozi, having died violently, coming back in the shape of Comrade Josiah Tongogara to haunt and bring terror to Mugabe, according to Shona tradition. Tongogara was a charismatic guerrilla leader and colleague of Mugabe who died in a motor accident shortly before independence. Mugabe tells the white psychiatrist, “We should have done more to avenge Tongogara’s death.” The play leaves one wondering about the deeper traditional forces that may be driving Mugabe.

    That the new post-apartheid South Africa did not combine with the UN Security Council to ensure Mugabe’s removal from power in Zimbabwe from the early 1990s may leave a lasting scar on both countries and the region as a whole. It was understandable that Mandela and Mbeki believed they could influence Mugabe, but when they failed they should have allowed the UN to apply pressure for proper reform. How ironic that in 1965 a Labour government with a small majority, and with a Conservative opposition against the use of force, had felt unable to take military action to restore legality in Rhodesia – because a racist minority white South African government was supporting Smith and was refusing to help to topple him through military intervention. Yet from 1997 a Labour government, with a large parliamentary majority and a Conservative opposition that wanted tougher action on Mugabe, still felt unable to intervene militarily, because this time a democratic South African government was refusing to help to topple Mugabe.

    One last attempt at mediation by the African Union is worth a try if, as expected, Mugabe claims victory. Kofi Annan’s hopefully successful mission to Kenya might be a model, but we need to be frank: behind the Annan mission, President Kibaki knew, lay the certainty of US and EU sanctions that would have been vigorously applied to Kenya. The army and police leaders in Zimbabwe, who announced before the election that they would not accept a democratic result, need to be singled out for mandatory UN sanctions now, before and during mediation.

    This article is based on an extract from Lord Owen’s book, ‘In Sickness and In Power: Illness in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years’, to be published on 10 April by Methuen, price £25 http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/mugabe-from-secret-jesuit-to-grieving-father-to-embittered-tyrant-802523.html

  7. copykat Says:

    Yet another dictator to compare Voceqe to!

    Did the IG copy the charter and referendum idea from Burma?

    Burma leader attends army parade
    By Jonathan Head
    BBC News, Bangkok

    Burmese leader Than Shwe appears in public only rarely
    Thousands of soldiers have paraded in Burma’s new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

    The event is one of the few occasions on which reclusive leader Than Shwe makes a public appearance.

    In his speech, he said the military would hand over to a civilian government after polls set for 2010.

    But he also urged all Burmese to crush “destructive elements” – opposition groups which plan to campaign against the new military-drafted constitution.

    Rare appearance
    At the age of 75, General Than Shwe is still the most powerful figure in Burma’s ruling military council, and believed to be the most intractable obstacle to political reform.

    So his performance on Armed Forces Day, one of his rare public appearances, is closely watched, both for what he says, and for any signs that his health, which is frail, may be failing.

    This morning’s appearance put paid to any health rumours – he showed no signs of fatigue while inspecting the troops for around an hour under a blazing sun.

    His 15-minute speech adopted a hard-line tone indistinguishable from previous years, making no reference to the mass anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks last September.

    Instead, as he always does, Than Shwe called on the soldiers to join hands with the people and crush what he called “internal and external destructive elements trying to sabotage the stability of the state”.

    He did, however, promise a return to civilian rule after elections in two years’ time.

    The recently finished constitution, drafted by a military-appointed committee would, he said, be put to a referendum for approval this May.

    But the charter has yet to be seen by the general public, and criticising it is still punishable by law.

  8. Mark Manning Says:

    I’m sorry but i don’t see the parallel , Frank was about to be questioned over the murders of 5 CRW soldiers in 2000 . He either knew of the murders and did nothing as Commander , personally ordered the murders or knew nothing of them !
    I don’t believe that Frank is mentally unstable . He is very decisive in every action he takes . Uneducated perhaps , maybe , mentally deranged , I don’t think so !

  9. Adi Kaila Says:

    Yeah – voreqes arse is on fire now – red fire, kutusebe fire, kajia!

    MM voreqe is an imbecile – imbecile n. A stupid or silly person; a dolt. A person whose mental acumen is well below par. A person of moderate to severe mental retardation.

    There you go – we know him here, he can’t string a coherent sentence together without the ‘f’ word etc.

  10. Tim Says:

    Sorry Mark, I think you might be splitting hairs. The guy is a flake aside from being uneducated. It’s a bit like saying he has “anger management issues, bipolar disorder, psychotic tendancies, is vindictive, attention and revenge seeking, but basically we can’t say he’s deranged. He can be deranged in the sense he demonstrates all the things mentioned above AND also be decisive. Depends by whom, and at what times his strings are being pulled. Even Helen Clarke put her finger on it immediately after the meet in Wellington – no doubt she’d already been briefed by some of the NZ, Australian and other military personnel who’ve crossed paths with Frank.

  11. Tim Says:

    Did I mention he’s also a coward? He won’t front up unless he THINKS he can pull off the bluff convincingly.

  12. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Interesting comments.

    Talking about bananasinpyjamas, remember that he [or is it chaudhry the cheat] wants total control over the media; just like in Zimbabwe.

    At the moment, as mugabe’s goons try to turn a monumental election loss into a stunning victory, all govt controlled newspapers are offline. Normally they are on the net with hundreds of stories telling everyone how great magabe is and what a wonderful job he is doing in managing the economy.

    Unless something happens soon in Fiji, this is what you’ll be facing if the media is taken over by the green goons; you can kiss a fair election goodbye.

  13. Peace Pipe Says:

    Like the dictaker that he is, it is a one way command. Do as I say, not as I do. He preaches all these virtues but does not practice them. All are just propaganda to divert our attention from his lies. But his lies cannot bury the crime he had committed. We know what he is trying to do in covering up his crime, thats why we are not moved by any of his lies and remain steadfast that he is wrong and should be duly punished with all his cohorts such as the snake. All those good things he promised to deliver were already in existence or getting implemented by the last govt. If fact they are the very things missing or failing in the ig right now.

  14. Adi Kaila Says:

    voreqe & his co conspirators try to emulate other despots like they think it’s something to be proud of.

    Well the rest of the world know that despots are evil & oppresive. Self centred irresponsible egotists who have no sense of feeling for anything except themselves & what they can get for themselves at no cost but at the cost of human beings being deprived of their rights, dignity, hopes & completely repress their nations. They run countrys right down until there’s nothing left.

    MM go & pull voreqes finger.

  15. bewa Says:

    MM, which decisiveness are you thinking of? It took 2 years for Mahen, the shamimis, chenbunny and the deranged maras to get voreqe to man up and oust qarase. There is a long silence before each of his initiatives – once they convince him, he learns the script and dances the tune well.

    The similarity to mugabe is the destruction of parliamentary democracy (via the importuning and inteference in the institutions of govt – judiciary, constitutional offices like Police, Prisons, Auditor General, FHRC, Ombudsman, DPP, parliament – all the supposedly independent bodies that make up our democracy, that provide the check and balance on all institutions of govt and on each other).

    Mugabe and voreqe are united as well in the lunacy that grips them, borne out of one or a series of personal anguish or trauma – Mugabe’s hatred for Ian Smith and holding him responsible for his 3 year old son’s encephalitic malaria 41 years ago; voreqe’s hatred of Qarase and holding him responsible for the 2000 mutiny and assassination attempt – when in fact voreqe should lay blame where it rightly belongs – RABUKA and those who rigged the mutiny.

    Instead, unable to control himself, he actively participated in the murder of the 5 CRW, executed the coup to save his skin from prison, and helped the old wily coupster escape jail for the mutiny. What an unhealthy relationship between rabuka and he!

    All these unresolved issues mean that voreqe is a festering keg requiring careful handling by his puppeteers – thats why he only comes out at carefully staged functions like the ncbbf, with a pre-written script/speech and the media are forbidden from calling him directly, nor are they present when he’s speechifying.

    But back to the point – voreqe is becoming like joe mirror, let out only at carefully scripted events. Now joe mirror’s job description is only to sign the decrees (does he even personally sign those anymore?) and give speeches about once a quarter. See the speech he gave at unifiji – nothing at all about the IG which we are told is carrying out his mandate, just empty platitudes, no reassurance for the nation that you would expect the president to do.

    So while mccou said the president has all these superpowers to legalise the coup and rfmf murders, in fact, he is not visible to the people, when he does come out, nothing to address the various interferences inflicted on the people and democratic institutions, nothing to address the downward-spiralling economy. Of course HE doesnt have to worry where his next meal is coming from! who is paying for the next loaf of bread, who is paying the fuel increase for the 4 pajeros that transport him for his daily afternoon ‘rides’ around Suva and to Vuda.

    So theres this disconnect between the proclaimed role of the President and the actual reality of his duties. Why bother getting a VP? To keep up the pretence and put in place the prop at center stage of course!

    Like Mugabe, voreqe seems like a saviour, rational and peaceloving to his supporters early in the piece. But Mugabe became corrupt, just as Frank and his fellow rfmf officers skimming the fat now with their increased salaries (so much for voreqe’s promise not to get a wage increase, until joe signed a decree giving joe sole discretion for a new salary to reward voreqe for his various hats) – Teleni, Naivalurua, Tikoduadua, Vaniqi, Timoci Lesi etc. When threats to their new level of comfort will come, they will turn further feral.

    Already the IG feels the strain. If elections don’t happen, sanctions are sure to come – forget about the 2008 adelaide 7s for one and then these can include economic sanctions. But as in Iraq and Zimbabwe, sanctions take AWHILE to take effect. In the meantime, these pariah regimes will strangle their own people to feed their armies and shore up their ill-gotten riches. THAT is the similarity to Mugabe and Saddam!

  16. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    The corrupt junta in zimbabwe has gone into panic mode.

    They are desperately trying to rig the results.

    They are desperately hiding what the people have chosen.

    They are cooking the figures as we speak..

    They have closed down all of the govt newspapers online sites so that the world can’t know that they have been defeated.

    Try opening the usually mugabe praising paper the herald. This is what happens.

    ‘can’t open the page “http://www.herald.co.zw/” because it could not connect to the server “www.herald.co.zw”.”

    Fijians, this is your future unless you do something soon.

  17. Mark Manning Says:

    tim adi and bewa
    good to hear your views and i agree .
    but i believe he is sane but foolish . I don’t agree with anything he , Chaudhry or anyone in the IG has done .

  18. oso Says:

    Na kena vakalekaleka ni laurai ga na lamulamu vei voreqe. Nona rere na boci qo e kauti koya rawa sara me laki pm kina. Nona rerevaka na valeniveivesu e cakava kina qo na charter, me vakaberaberataka na veidigidigi. Nona rere e vakarerei ira kina na dau vola itukutuku. Nona rere e via biuti Qarase kina i valeniveivesu. Qo sa vakani ira nona ilawalawa o teleni, langman, naivalurua. Ira kece na lala qo era sa rerevaka tu na valeniveivesu, era na vukei voreqe kina ma qumia tiko na itutu era sa butakoca tu oqo.

    Qo era sa kana na sotia, na ovisa, kei ira na ovisa ni valeniveivesu era sa tekivu peacekeeping talega. Era sa vesuki kece tu qo na noda ‘security se disciplined services’. Ira kece qo era na via maroroya na ka era sa kania tu qo. Era na lialia kece mai vakataki voreqe.

  19. Sea Horse Says:

    Looks like you are in the same boat as FB. From a mad person’s view, only a mad person is sane…as in the line from a japanese director Akira Kurosawa “In a mad world only the mad are sane”.

  20. Puli Says:

    Fiji will go where Zimbabwe is. Wait another year and the economy will show hyperinflation and depression. China is about to buy Zimbabwe at a bargain price and will do the same in Fiji. And both Zimbabwe and Fiji will only get rid of their dictators and their thugs if people start to fight and take risks. Its sad, but thats what history teaches us. So, for how long do you want to wait in Fiji?

  21. Siga Says:

    In my often desperate moments I only wish we have somebody with a fanatical muslim sucide bomber inclination who can sneek up to Frank when he is surrounded by his military Council members then blast away at the pig…he will be a hero

  22. natewaprince Says:

    In todays letters to the editor (Times), mimi qase Talei Burness commented that FNPF had hired the services of an advisor to help with its investments.

    A small article in the inner pages of one of the dailies a couple of weeks ago announced this appointment.If I remember correctly,the name mentioned was Francis Narayan.Can anyone confirm if this is the same one that co-authored the charter with that dog John Sami.

    If it is ,well,sa qai magaitinana ga va levu na matanitu qo.

  23. Budhau Says:

    You got it right NatewaPrince – He is also the boss man at FTIB.

  24. Always 4 Fiji Says:

    Natewaprince – Bula Tau!

    That is the same Francis Narayan who co-authored the charter with John Sami. That is the same Francis Narayan who is a permanent resident of NZ like John Sami. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the FTIB to succeed Jim Ah Koy. That is the same Francis Narayan who before joining the Asian Development Bank like John Sami was Finance Manager of the Fiji Electricity Authority. The same Francis Narayan who through professional negligence resulted in FEA paying millions of dollars because of foreign exchange rates of offshore loans for the Monasavu project was not managed properly during his term as Finance Manager. Qarauni koya!

  25. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Whoa @ Siga.
    You are suggesting the invevitable 😉

  26. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Ooops! Typo error.


  27. ninaica Says:

    the same francis bipin who is board member firca. conflict of interest??

    check tass too – must be he is doing something for the charter too given he is the other half of john samy. So how much all up:

    FTIB chairman: $20,000 pa
    FNPF Financial Advisor: $150,000
    FIRCA Board member: $12,000
    Charter coordinator: $250,000

    mai rawa nona kana, na cavitamana!

  28. kaiwai Says:

    Power to the people! ! !: Muhasaraf has lost and Mugabe also is on his way out too. Next …….

  29. kaiwai Says:

    sorry error, Musharaf

  30. ipso facto Says:

    FIJI: Needs Funds, Backing China’s Tibet Policy
    By Shailendra Singh

    China’s ambassador Cai Jinbiao briefs Fijian press on Lhasa events

    Credit:PRC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    SUVA, Mar 31 (IPS) – Fiji’s interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has been forced to defend his regime’s support for China’s mid-March crackdown on Tibetan protesters, following withering criticism from civil society organisations, politicians and the public.

    And in the face of growing local condemnation, China’s ambassador to Fiji, Cai Jinbiao, called a press conference on Mar. 25, urging the local media not to rely on overseas reports of the crisis, which he said were misleading.

    Bainimarama, who took power following a military coup in December 2006, wrote to China’s government, expressing support for the manner in which the country handled the recent riots in Lhasa and other towns in Tibet, which is supposed to be an autonomous region.

    The letter stated that it was necessary for China to take proper measures to safeguard national peace and security, and added that the Tibet issue was a domestic affair to be tackled by China.

    That stand drew a sharp rebuke from Fiji’s deposed opposition leader Mick Beddoes. He said the interim government by its statements was in effect condoning the use of ‘excessive force’ to resolve issues, as opposed to dialogue, and that this was akin to an endorsement of the abuse of human rights.

    The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre’s coordinator, Shamima Ali, said the regime’s stand was to be expected given that it had failed to respect or adhere to human rights principles. The repression of those who are mobilising and the dramatic increase of militarisation in Tibet were not far from the situation in Fiji, she added.

    “It is obvious that this interim government is protecting its own interests by placing its support behind the Chinese government as they are now dependent on aid from China,” said Ali.

    Unlike Fiji’s close neighbours Australia and New Zealand, and major powers such as the United States and Britain, which condemned the Fiji coup and imposed sanctions against the regime, China remained silent and maintained its ties with the country.

    Fiji is negotiating loans worth more than 228 million US dollars from China and already 113 million dollars has been approved to upgrade rural roads in this country.

    Seremaia Tuiteci, development director in the office of the prime minister of Fiji, said the loans had their origin in a 2006 agreement between the former government of Laisenia Qarase and the Chinese governmen and that there was a ceiling of 600 million dollars set on potential loans.

    The loans were conditional on the developments being carried out as joint ventures between Fiji and Chinese companies. Tuiteci said Fiji was following the example of Vanuatu and Tonga, which had accessed large concessional loans from China.

    Responding to the criticism, Bainimarama said there was nothing sinister or inappropriate about the message, which Fiji has sent to Beijing. “The interim government’s stand on the Tibet issue is very clear and consistent,” he said. “Our stand is a principled one within the parameters of law and with the need to maintain peace and harmony. We have supported the People’s Republic of China’s stand on resolving the issue peacefully within the law. People’s Republic of China has been a long standing friend of Fiji and we value China’s contribution in Fiji’s economy,’’ Bainimarama said in a statement.

    “Fiji has always maintained the stand that Tibet is an internal matter for the People’s Republic of China to deal with. This is similar to China’s stand on the Fiji situation,’’ the statement emphasised. Bainimarama added that the fact that the protestors were trying to associate their grievances with the Beijing Olympics warranted appropriate action being taken by the Chinese government.

    The importance Fiji places on its bilateral ties with a major power such as China at a time when the Pacific Island country is being shunned by its historical and traditional allies was underlined by the permanent secretary in the prime minister’s office, Pramesh Chand, in November last year.

    At a reception hosted by the Chinese embassy in Suva, Chand said Fiji’s relationship with Cina remained strong. He pointed to how Fiji-China links were evolving from trade and investment to education and training, with a significant number of Fiji locals having had the opportunity to study in China over the years.

    “As our bilateral relationship strengthens, Fiji is able to gain from the wide ranging programmes offered at various tertiary institutions in different parts of China,” he said.

    An example of the growing ties and exchanges was the high-powered visit to Fiji in February by the deputy mayor of Yangzhou City, Zuo Kleimin, who held talks with Fiji’s minister of primary industries, Joketani Cokanasiga, to explore opportunities for business cooperation in the agricultural sector.

    However, public opinion, as expressed in the open columns of the local dailies, has roundly criticised the stand taken by the government.

    A reader in Nadi, Rick Turner, said that the interim government’s support for China was not surprising for two reasons, ‘more loans and the common factor of dictatorship’, while Jese Sikivou of Suva said that it was ‘heartbreaking that we have fallen so far from the way the world should be to the sale of our national conscience for a pocketful of Yuan’.

    But Fiji’s interim government, badly in need of friends and funds, is unlikely to be swayed by any public anger against China or sympathy for Tibet.


    ECONOMY-FIJI: ‘Sanctions Could Hurt the Wrong People’
    By Shailendra Singh

    SUVA, Dec 30 (IPS) – With the international community clamping a range of sanctions on Fiji’s military regime, there have been warnings that such action could harm the civilian population, or lead to further tension in the South Pacific island nation that saw its fourth coup in less than 20 years on Dec. 5.

    Prof. Biman Prasad who teaches economics at the University of the South Pacific said the international community should be mindful that sanctions could be counterproductive at the time when a constitutional solution to the crisis was being sought.

    He was reacting to the New Zealand government’s announcement that it would exclude Fiji from a recently established guest worker scheme for short-term seasonal workers from the Pacific, and stop issuing scholarships to Fiji students.

    Prasad said New Zealand’s decision to suspend Fiji from the guest worker scheme was unfortunate as it comes at a time when the country is in great need of such employment creating initiatives. He said the move would have no effect on the military which toppled Fiji’s elected government but punish the poor and the unemployed.

    “It’s a bad decision that should be quickly reversed,” Prasad told IPS in an interview. “In the next couple of months, Fiji’s economy will likely suffer a steep decline. A lot of people, both skilled and unskilled, will be thrown out of employment.”

    Earlier, the Coalition for Democracy and Peace, consisting of citizens’ groups and non-government organisations, said the poor would be most affected by sanctions imposed by New Zealand. ‘’Removing scholarships and access to guest work scheme will affect poor people and not the military,” the group said in a statement. ‘’This shifts the negative impact of the military takeover on to ordinary citizens.”

    Australia suspended support for Fiji’s public sector reform, the electoral office and assistance to some agencies in the law and justice sector such as the police and prisons, while the United States suspended 2.5 million dollars in military-related assistance to Fiji.

    A statement from the Australian foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer’s office said that as far as possible, Australia would not take any actions that would hurt the people of Fiji, and that it would only suspend assistance where the “actions of the military rendered their programmes ineffective or compromised their integrity.”

    The statement said that Canberra would maintain aid in other important areas such as health, education and community development. Britain, meanwhile, has stopped recruiting Fijians into its army, while the French government also suspended military assistance and slapped a travel ban on officials with ties to the military.

    There are also question marks hanging over a 350 million dollar European Union sugar industry rehabilitation aid package following the union’s resolution to suspend non-humanitarian aid to Fiji.

    Prasad said the industry had already been hit by an expected decline in world sugar prices from next year and that the suspension of the EU assistance scheme would choke it to death with severe economic, social and political implications, particularly in the rural areas where an estimated 200,000 people relied directly and indirectly on the industry for their livelihood.

    “If the sugar reforms do not take place, thousands of people will lose their jobs. Returns from the land leased by native landowners will decline and this will lead to further political and social strife,” Prasad warned.

    New Zealand’s Green Party member of parliament Keith Locke has also voiced his concerns about the effectiveness of sanctions. In an interview with New Zealand’s Niu FM radio, he said his country’s government needs to address the underlying causes of the crisis and help facilitate dialogue. “Sanctions alone are not good enough. Sanctions have to be combined with promoting dialogue between the political forces in Fiji, including the military, to return to democracy as quickly as possible.”

    Meanwhile, a group of Indian academics, religious leaders, political and cultural representatives have called for the formation of a multi-racial organisation to look into the crisis and have suggested ways of resolving the impasse. The group, which met in Suva recently, said the failure of existing institutions and political parties to resolve the crisis caused them to make the call.

    Prasad, who chaired the meeting, said participants recommended the enactment of laws to curb corruption and establish a code of conduct for public office holders.

    The army had alleged that the government of Laisenia Qarase was corrupt and that the coup was a ‘clean-up campaign’. The resolution said “in order to create a genuinely inclusive and cohesive society, it was important for every individual, every organisation and all the stakeholders to work together.”

    Summit participants “called for a speedy return to democracy and parliamentary rule” and those involved in the crisis asked to respect the Constitution and to find solutions to the crisis within the constitutional framework.

    IPS New Service International

  31. Peace Pipe Says:

    Just cant wait for 2009 elections to boot these ig bastards out of our hair and in to the clink. The wind of change is in the air as demonstrated in Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Thats what they are afraid of right now. Thats why they want more time to try and rig up something to work in their favour. It is an almost daily demand of the snake lately that there is no need to rush into elections and the charter must precede the elections. If they try something stupid they will have the wrath of the international community except for China and India of course who have vested interest. The pressure will bear down on these ig assholes from the outside as well as from within from the suffering citizens of Fiji. They have never feel more cornered, pressured and isolated like they are now which is showing in their behaviour and reactions. They are buying support from all those who have joined their bullshit hoodwinking charter. The Fijians on the charter committee are there for the money whilst the others are there to support the ig criminals. When the money runs out as it eventually will then these broke charter riders will start to abandon this illegal entity.

  32. mick Says:

    While prices increase, the snake tells the people to bite the bullet and bear it as he sits comfortably thinking of his $3m in australia continuing to earn him interest. The snake, the pig and the fat cats they loll about with will continue to limp in comfort while inflation rampages up. As long as the army and disciplined services are well fed, to hell with the rest of us, because the hold on power is secure. Sanctions can come, the regime can limp and crawl on as long as possible because they are high on power, they cannot let go of it and volunteer themselves for the clinker. That is the problem – they can LIMP on for the next 20 years, never mind the suffering people of Fiji.

  33. FijiGirl Says:

    I believe the phrase is ‘going to hell in a hand basket’

    Roll on March 09!

    God bless Fiji

  34. Mark Manning Says:

    thanks seahorse
    i needed that !

  35. Corruption Fighter Says:

    Butako!!! Somebody stole my pay. my job and my economy.

    The thefts of the Illegal Government continue to mount. If you add the five percent civil service pay cut to the snatching of the promised 10 percent COLA you have a total cut of 15 percent. But add to this the inflation that has taken place since the IG hijacked the nation and you have a grand larceny of over 20 percent. The Bureau of Statistics estimate that inflation over the twelve months to February was 5.5 percent but most of us doubt that this is the true story. We all know it feels like a lot more.

    But the suffering of civil servants isn’t the end of the story. What Chodopu$$ doesn’t understand is the effects that his grasping eight tentacles snatching money from the pockets of public servants have on the rest of the economy If public servants have less money, they spend less money and businesses, shops, restaurants, taxis etc suffer a cut in their revenue. Add to this the damage to the tourism sector, where workers hours and pay have been cut, and you have the economy going down hill fast.

    The let’s not mention the worst year for sugar since 1970 or the continued closure of Vatukoula.

    Does anybody think that the illegal regime can afford to face the voters next year? But if they do not hold the election as promised you can be sure that there will be even more economic damage as investors who are already wary of an illegal government realise that the IG has no regard for the rule of law. The bad news is that it can only get worse.

  36. Mark Manning Says:

  37. Peace Pipe Says:

    FT 1/4/08: “INTERIM Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has been forced to defend his regime’s support for Chinas mid-March crackdown on Tibetan protesters.”

    Our embarrasing prostitute of an illegal wannabe PM is having to speak up in defence of an oppressor of human rights China so that he can receive his payment for sleeping with them. How can anyone condone the killing of civilians. Even if it were an internal matter it would be prudent to withold any comment of support for the killing of civilians as being justified. It is just a reflection of his own regime which is oppressing its own people in Fiji ending in death and suffering in many cases.

  38. crosby Says:

    riiiiiiiight, its only the poor in Fiji that Frank cares about.

    Boo hoo did ecrea think their bed partner (ends justify the means Father Barr who is dividing up the electoral constituencies now, for REAL democracy) cared about the poor in Tibet? shut up now chantel and cai(ti) jeenbayo.

    The $170m gift from china needs to be paid to the pied piper

    Khan questions regime’s sincerity
    Tuesday, April 01, 2008
    Update: 4:24PM The interim regime’s support of China’s presence in Tibet reinforces misgivings about the sincerity and integrity of this administration, says Chantelle Khan.
    Ms Khan, the director of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy, was reacting to the interim regime’s letter to China expressing support for the manner in which the country handled the recent riots in Lhasa and others towns in Tibet.
    The interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reiterated the regime’s position, saying China allows for this under its law of national security.
    Ms Khan said the situation in Tibet is serious and needs to be viewed with concern and compassion.
    “In Tibet right now people fear for their lives, they are being brutalised for speaking out against the illegal regime that has invaded their country imposing foreign beliefs and values on a people who continue to struggle for autonomy,” she said.
    Ms Khan said ECREA understands the money promised by China is attractive particularly at this time when Fiji’s normal sources of aid are severely limited.
    However, she said it does not make the interim Government’s support acceptable.
    “We call on the interim Government to re-think its position,” Ms Khan said.
    “This support raises serious doubts and conflict in values to those of us working with the marginalised in our country.
    “To know that funds that will assist our poor and marginalised gain a better quality of life at the expense of the justice for others is unsettling.
    “We cherish our own freedom and we stand in solidarity with those in Tibet struggling for theirs.”
    Ms Khan said ECREA calls on the interim administration to show not only compassion but courage in standing up against China and its abuse of a people’s human dignity.

  39. Joeli Says:

    After the Hong Kong loss there are calls for the sacking of the coach. He has had his chance and failed. How about we sack the political coach. The IG team have had nearly 1^ months and achieved loss after loss. Tourism down, sugar down, unemployment up, prices of
    everything up, roads, hospitals and water supply worse than ever. Sack the coach, sack the manager, sack the team, sack the water boy. No-one else can be blamed for the mess because they have had total control.

  40. jandal Says:

    Which would you choose: India’s Democracy or China’s Harmony?
    China and India: Oh to be different
    By Pallavi Aiyar

    China had it all planned out. Or so it seemed. With the Beijing Summer Olympic Games only a few months away, the flashy sports stadiums, the world’s biggest airport and kilometers of extended subway lines combined to serve as gleaming testaments to the country’s dramatic material progress. Efforts had even been made to transform Beijingers themselves for their Olympic debut, from surly communists suspicious of foreign barbarians into smiling, service-oriented folk welcoming “foreign friends” to their city in English.

    But as the events of the past few days have shown with protests against Chinese rule of Tibet spreading from Lhasa to parts of Gansu and Sichuan provinces, Beijing has been caught unprepared in its ability to deal with dissent. It is this inability, moreover, that will prove to be the country’s greatest vulnerability

    going forward; its Achilles’ heel as it strives for great power status.
    As Beijing desires the Olympics to demonstrate, much in China has changed in recent years, often at a dizzying pace. The successes in poverty reduction are an awesome achievement. Beijing in 2008, with its slew of vertiginous skyscrapers, flood of fancy cars and array of malls boasting the most luxurious of luxury brands, is a far cry from the capital city of Mao Zedong suits and bicycles in the not so distant past.

    However, while much has changed, China’s response to the events in Tibet is also indicative of how much remains unchanged. The official response to the protests in Lhasa and elsewhere, the most serious in two decades, do not indicate the discovery by Beijing of “Olympic-new” savvy ways of crisis control. Instead, the Chinese people and the world have only been subjected to the same old tired responses officialdom resorts to given any sign of discontentment among the Tibetan population.

    This is a response that essentially amounts to a denial of any fundamental problem. The elements are familiar: a scapegoating and vilification of the Dalai Lama, a refusal to grant any legitimacy to Tibetan disaffection and an insistence on the myth of elemental “harmony” among all “Chinese” people, including Tibetans.

    This denial of legitimate differences is ultimately the greatest difference between China and Asia’s other major rising power, India.

    Indians who visit Chinese cities are invariably awestruck by the infrastructure. They look at the silken-smooth multi-lane highways with barely concealed envy, no doubt comparing them to the pot-holed clumps of tar more familiar as roads back home. They marvel at the relatively orderly flow of traffic on the broad avenues, unobstructed by stray cows. They remark on the absence of slums and beggars on the streets.

    China has not only built cities that are almost impossibly modern from an Indian point of view, it has also provided jobs and opportunities for upward mobility for millions of migrant workers from the countryside.

    China’s economic achievement over the past 30-odd years has in fact been unparalleled historically. However, a point usually unrecognized by Indians impressed by China’s glitter is the fact that so is India’s political feat.

    China’s southern neighbor’s democracy is almost unique among post-colonial states not simply for its existence but its existence against all odds in a country held together not by geography, language or ethnicity but by an idea. This is an idea that asserts, even celebrates, the possibility of multiple identities. In India, you can and are expected to be both many things and one thing simultaneously.

    Your correspondent is thus a Delhite, an English speaker, half a Brahmin, half a Tamilian, a Hindu culturally, an atheist by choice, a Muslim by heritage. But the identity that threads these multiplicities together is at once the most powerful and most amorphous: she is an Indian.

    India’s great political achievement is thus in its having developed mechanisms for negotiating large-scale diversity along with the inescapable corollary of frequent and aggressive disagreement. The guiding and perhaps lone consensus that forms the bedrock of that mechanism is that in a democracy you don’t really need to agree – except on the ground rules of how you will disagree.

    In direct contradistinction to China, India’s polity has flourished precisely because of its ability to acknowledge difference. The very survival of India as a country, given the scope of its bewildering diversity, has been dependent on the possibility of dissent.

    India is a country of 22 official languages and over 200 recorded mother tongues. In this “Hindu” country, there are more Muslims than in all of Pakistan. The country’s cultural inheritance includes fire-worshiping Zorastrians and Tohra-reciting Jews. With no single language, ethnicity, religion or food, India is quite simply, implausible; yet marvelously, it isn’t. It is a country without a language, without a center, lacking singularity except in being singularly diverse.

    In China, regular lip service is also paid to the country’s own, considerable diversity. During the National People’s Congress’ annual session, for example, delegates representing China’s multiplicity of minorities swish around the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in their “ethnic” dresses. Beijing regularly talks of the religious freedoms enjoyed by the country’s Buddhists, Christians and Muslims.

    But in fact, the fundamental tenet of China’s political philosophy is not diversity but uniformity. This homogeneity does not only extend itself to the tangible, such as architecture or the system of writing alone, but also to thought.

    Even in the modern China of the 21st century where there are more Internet users than even in the United States, those who disagree with mainstream, officially sanctioned views outside of the parameters set by mainstream officially sanctioned debate, more often than not find themselves branded as dissidents – suspect, hunted, under threat.

    The insistence on “harmony” as the only reality and inability to admit genuine differences in interest and opinions between the peoples of a country of the size and complexity of China is ultimately the country’s greatest weakness.

    Talk of political reform in China continues to be bound by the “harmonious” parameters set by Hu Jintao, the president. The idea is that everyone’s interests and opinions are to be balanced and resolved without conflict.

    Oppositional politics with the clash of argument remain anathema. Consensus for the good of the whole nation is the way forward, we are told.

    To imagine that these pious prescriptions will be adequate to address growing tensions within Chinese society as it evolves and changes is foolhardy. The interests of the laid-off worker and multinational executive are divergent, as are those of the real estate developer and the city-dweller about to have her home destroyed to make way for a mall.

    These are conflicts that need to be acknowledged so that effective mechanisms for their resolution can then be identified.

    As the recent protests have demonstrated, despite over 50 years of suppression and “patriotic education”, a strong strain of resentment against Beijing’s rule continues to simmer in Tibet. During this time period the region’s economy has benefited from Chinese-developed infrastructure, literacy rates are also on the up and health care has improved. Nonetheless, large swathes of dissatisfaction with Beijing’s policies persist.

    For China’s authorities to simply deny the reality of the problem, blame all tension on an exiled leader and insist that the majority of Tibetans couldn’t be happier with the Communist Party’s harmonious policies, is self-defeating.

    Given this stance whether or not the Chinese authorities react with “leniency” towards the protesters, the damage to their reputation internationally is assured.

    Looking ahead to the Olympics and beyond, China would in fact do well to look to India, the neighbor it usually scorns as poor and chaotic, to understand the strength that acknowledging differences can provide.

    Harmony is a laudable goal, but sometimes a little dissent is the mark of a truly healthy society.

    Pallavi Aiyar is the author of the forthcoming book, Smoke and Mirrors: China Through Indian Eyes, (Harper Collins, April 2008.)

    (Copyright 2008 Pallavi Aiyar.)

  41. Tuks Says:

    Toso ga na veilecayaki ni Matanitu tu wawa mai noda!!!.. Ratou sega beka ni kila ni dodonu mada ga me ratou veilewai ena vuku ni cala levu ratou kitaka ena Tiseba, 2006…

    Qori era, na i takitaki mai na ABC….. Ni yadra ka bula vinaka kece. Me da tomana tikoga noda i valu vinaka!!

    Tuesday April 1, 10:25 PM
    Fiji allege Aust breached UN Charter during coup
    By Pacific correspondent Campbell Cooney

    Fiji’s Human Rights Commission has released a report recommending Australia be investigated by the UN for its actions before and during the 2006 coup.

    The commission is claiming to have spent over 12 months looking at Australia’s attempts to interfere in Fiji’s affairs.

    The report makes a number of allegations about the illegal entry into Fiji of Australian SAS troops in late 2006, the purpose of their entry and their activities while there.

    Fiji’s Human Right’s Commission says this, combined with the Australian naval presence in the weeks before the coup, means Australia has breached the UN Charter’s provision on intervention.

    Australia has denied sending soldiers to Fiji, and has maintained the navy presence was to assist with the evacuation of Australians if the coup became violent.

    The Fiji Human Rights Commission has not said who commissioned its investigation.

  42. Corruption Fighter Says:

    People must learn to adjust to rising food prices, says interim Finance
    Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

    He said price rises for everything food included were inevitable.

    What he forgot to say is that this applies to everyone except cane

    For cane farmers, who happen to be the political base of the Chodopu$$ there are other rules They have a cooperative that buys all their essential supplies such as fertiliser and then sells it to them. This is good idea because it gives them the advantage of buying at bulk prices. But that’s not all.

    If the price of fertiliser for cane farmers goes up, they just ask the government for a couple of million dollars, that way they don’t have to
    charge the cane farmers more. If the landlords ask the cane farmers for an increase in rent, well, what do you know, the answer is to get the government to pay.

    Just compare this to what Chodopu$$ says to everybody else. “We
    just have to adjust to high prices. That is the reality,” Chodpu$$ told
    everyone complaining about high process for other products.

    Eventually everyone will wake up to this liar. Even the cane farmers
    when they see their EU funds are gone will realize that he is only
    looking after himself and has no real interest in their welfare.

  43. Budhau Says:

    Corruption Fighter – the key word in you discussion was FOOD prices.
    Buying fertilizer in bulk – that is a great idea – unrelated to food prices. . Now what would LQ have done – give free money to some folk to start local stores – they buy from Gujju wholesalers – who are also financed by LQ’s banks.
    The small time Fijian store owner, goes under in 18 months – now don’t you think they should have thought about bulk buying – rather than dealing with Gujjus.

    The EU funds are gone – the non-renewal of leases has screwed up the industry. Whatever land is there to be utilized – the rent will go down with the price of sugar going down.

    I guess we all will have to adjust. As for your “free” money – why don’t you go figure which community has been getting free money from the government – the bank collapse, the scam etc. Has that free $6 billion arrived yet for our bank – and then we could bankrupt that bank also. Maybe the money will arrive in containers at Lautoka Wharf.

  44. woilei Says:

    Funny how a certain person commenting on this blog that always tries to get the last word in sounds just like Choro-ry eh ?

    Tu na Da !

  45. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Bottom line!

    Mahendra Chaudhary
    Voreqe Bainimarama
    And all the foxes that run in their pack.



    The word for the day for you is “DISENFRANCHISED”.
    Sleep on it!


  46. Budhau Says:

    I agree – that MC, VB and the team are going down – but what has that gotta do with you. I hope that happens soon.

    What did you do to bring them down – call them names on some blog site.

  47. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Honey, it’s nice to know you have no idea!

  48. benhur Says:

    Extermination of Voreqe maybe the only answer to take back power????

  49. Lau Lass Says:

    After 20 yrs in power, Mugabe is now losing grip, LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU, PIG!!!! YOU WILL GO DOWN ONE DAY, JUST AS SADAM, MUGABE, CASTRO DID!!!!!

  50. naqila Says:

    Sa sivi qo e 9 na yabaki ni druka na SVT ena veidigidigi ni 1999 – bau dua e kila a kana tiko vacava o silver fox? valoloma na nona qai vulica tale na vodo taxi ni oti na veidigidigi oya.

    Gusu ni vosa vinaka nei voreqe o koya! Matai oiko na masivolo berenado!


    Veteran diplomat Berenado Vunibobo says Fiji needs to manage its affairs well to minimise and eliminate reliance on aid.

    Berenado, who returns to New York this month for his second stint as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, says it was inevitable that Fiji needed aid, but it is issue of policy that seriously needs to be addressed.

    “One thing that is emerging in recent years is the aid donors’ determination to control us,” he says.

    “And they believe if they can give us help, they have the right to dictate to us the terms and conditions in which we should govern our country.

    “That raises the question of how independent we are.”

    Vunibobo told Fijilive that he knew of island states that had adopted a policy of not relying on aid “because they are frightened of conditions of the aid donor”.

    “I think the more important thing is that in the long term, if we manage our affairs well, if we maintain political stability, and we really work hard on the economy, there shouldn’t be any need to rely on aid.”

  51. tuiteci Says:






    A senior civil servant faces prosecution after an accident yesterday in Suva where he allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer, police says.

    Officer in charge at Central Police Station Ponsami Chetty told fijilive the man drove his car into a taxi at the corner of Malcom Street and McGregor Road in Suva.

    He said the man fled and when police later followed him to his apartment, he refused to co-operate and punched one of the officers.

    Chetty said the man is “currently under medical attention” at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after he complained of body aches.

    “We will interview him after he is discharged and possibly charge him with drunk and driving, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.”

    Police declined to name the man.

    Fijilive has been reliably informed that he is an army officer who was seconded to the Prime Ministers Office last year.

  52. goundar Says:

    na veivakalialiai e caka qo o savua?

    ratou lewe vica na vakaitavi ena POLL oqo?


    A former military officer says the Fiji military has enough time to accomplish its so-called clean up campaign and return to the barracks before the March, 2009 elections.

    Colonel Jo Savua, a former chief-of-staff and Police Commissioner, said this would, however, need “the commitment from the senor officers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces”.

    “It can be done,” he said.

    “If it was me yes it can be done. It is nothing magical. You can have the structure and people now in the right places. Then the equipment can come later.

    “Then when we have elections in March, our friends from the international community are more than willing to help.

    “Because they now see that this is a positive way the military is now doing to enhance their relationships with people.”

    Savua’s comments come as some doubts remain about the military’s commitment to returning the country to parliamentary democracy in March.

    An online poll by Fijilive however revealed confidence in the military-led regime to deliver its promise to the people of Fiji and the international community.

    Seventy one per cent say the interim regime is on the right track to accomplishing its clean-up campaign against corruption.

    Sixty three per cent believe that elections will be held in March, 2009, while a similar percentage say the interim Government should extend its reign beyond March, 2009.

    Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama remains popular with online viewers with 76 per cent saying he is doing a good job as PM

  53. Bebe ni Bogi Says:

    Unfortunately the very ones who are suppressed don’t have a say in online polls. If the demographics (amongst other parameters) of the sample were accounted for – we know who voted! Don’t stop the cry of the silent ones (who don’t have the privledge of computers and the internet). It is greatly skewed and biased and dismissed if analysed statistically as a heap of da by anyone worth his share of daniva. You are the fortunate ones and their voice, Freedom bloggers. So Box On!!!!!!!!!!

  54. ulei Says:

    Mugabe of Zimbabwe: “We do not rig elections,” he said dismissively, dressed, as is his custom, in a finely tailored suit and well-buffed shoes. “We have that sense of honesty. I cannot sleep with my conscience if I have cheated in elections.” He added, “Why should I cheat? The people are there supporting us.”

    Voceqe’s script for 2009 is all ready.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, people are struggling to send their kids to school and put food on the table, and in their children’s lunchboxes!


    Fijians struggle with poverty
    Apr 5, 2008 7:08 PM

    Fijians are struggling to survive as food and fuel prices soar and political instability reigns.

    The troubled military-led nation has just recorded the lowest levels of growth of any country in the region.

    In the settlement of Vatukaula on the island of Viti Levu, the children at the local primary school are going without.

    “Some of them (children) are coming to school with no lunch at all,” says Vatukaula Primary School Principal Talaiyasi Yarovoli.

    And that is if they make it to school at all as many parents can not afford to pay the 30 cents bus fare.

    “Last week alone the number of children who didn’t turn up to school was more than 50, 50 plus students,” says Yarovoli.

    One of the reasons that the town is struggling is due to the Emperor Gold Mine closing two years ago. The whole town is affected with around 1700 people losing their jobs. Then add soaring prices of basic food items such as bread, rice, flour and noodles.

    “We can’t afford it – the price of the food,” says Vakakoala resident Isei Korloga.

    Many shops have shut down, barely able to keep their shelves filled. The shopkeepers cannot afford it themselves.

    Vakakoala’s situation is by no means unique. Communities around Fiji are feeling the pinch and the message is the same.

    “We are heading to the poverty level. We urge the government to do something about it,” says Jo Sadreu, spokesman for Fiji Mining Workers Union.

  55. John Veikoso Says:

    What are we talking about here people??? complaining about everything and anything!!! wonder if you were even born complaining, only God knows why you were born perherps to copmplain and make this world all more intresting and boring to live in, HAIL THE COMPLAINT PEOPLE PLANET!!!

  56. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Same planet you live on and it’s called “HUMAN NATURE” Fool!


    You ain’t seen nothin yet bro!
    Waraka namaka!
    Power of the people!
    Kudru ni vanua!
    You and 7 generations of your decendents will be cursed with the same and even worse treatment you and your kind dish out.

    God bless you for supporting our cause by adding your 2 cents worth!

    E sa kanaki qima vi iko.
    Get it and get it good!!
    Iko vaka na tamata kaisi, sigai nona koro, sigai nona kawa!
    You think in your PUNY liver of a brain that you are all mighty, powerful because you hide behind your silly hat, camies and dumb gun you tote like a purse.
    At the end of the day good always TRIUMPHS over evil!
    Du sa maleka na kana loto tiko e na gauna taucoko qo eh!
    Ia, e sa vakarau qima, da qai saka yani i nakoro i RATU JONE VEIKOSO, me lai qaravi saka na i tavi e sa lesia saka mai na Tamada Sa Tabogo “TAGANE, KANA MAI NA BUNO NI YADREMU”.
    E a sigai ni vakarota na Kalou vi keda na tagane me da tauri dakai wavoki, se kanaloto, se butakoca na wekada, se vodomotoka wavoki!

    “Rerevaka na Kalou ka doda na Tui”
    God Bless you and yours bro!

  57. freefijian Says:


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