Gross Legal Incompetence



The Constitutional Commission’s decision to revoke Dr. Coughlan’s appointment as Supervisor of Elections highlights the absolute incompetence of the IG and its appointees.


Chairman Rishi Ram’s excuse that Dr. Coughlan never disclosed the fact of his disbarment during his interview, seriously questions his competency for the job.


What is more alarming is the fact Chairman Ram sent Dr. Coughlan’s name over to the Minister for Elections, whose office vetted his name and gave the green light before Dr. Coughlan’s contract was dully executed.


COC’s lawyer, Gavin O’Driscoll speaking on behalf of the Commission tells the media, they will not commit the same mistake again, which is simply not good enough and too little too late.


How can these so-called legal professionals Gavin O’Driscoll, Minister Khaiyum and Christopher Pryde allow such a glaring omission by-pass scrutiny at the preliminary stages of the Selection Process?


It seems very strange to me, that Christopher Pryde wasn’t aware of Dr. Coughlan’s disbarment, as they both practiced in New Zealand?


O’Driscoll, Khaiyum and Pryde should disclose to the people of Fiji, what steps (if any) did they actually take to pass Dr. Coughlan’s application?


For instance, did they inquire with the New Zealand Law Society or New Zealand Bar Society?


Did they insist on seeing his Certificate of Good Standing before advising the Commission? If not, why not?


A quick look at the New Zealand Bar Association website reveals Dr. Coughlan is not a Member of that Association, although he maybe a Member of the New Zealand Law Society.


However, if he was a Member of the NZLS, then a Certificate of Good Standing if requested, would have disclosed his disbarment.


How can these incompetent so-called professionals continue to practice in Fiji with immunity?


Expatriate lawyers working in Fiji; know full well, gross incompetence of this magnitude back in their home jurisdictions would have cost them their job; reputation and even possible disciplinary action for bringing the Law Society into disrepute.


Expatriate Lawyers, Judges, Consultants, etc working in Fiji should maintain at all times the same professional and ethical standards expected of them in their home jurisdictions when working in Fiji because much more is expected of them, hence the higher salary and benefits they receive over their local counter-part.


If they can’t, then they should resign because they’ve now become a financial burden on the taxpayers of Fiji.


Tui Savu.


Townsville QLD.



And then we have this letter on the Fiji Times from retired politician Militoni Leweniqila!


Supervisior of Elections

THERE has been a lot of discussion on the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections, leading up to the appointment of a highly qualified New Zealand lawyer which is presently being queried.

I have had some experience on general elections.

I am questioning the necessity to look overseas when we have hundreds of locals who qualify and can easily carry out the functions of the Supervisor of Elections. While the Constitution requires a legal qualification, the functioning of this office is more logistical than legal.

A suitable candidate would be a person with local administrative experience, has a fair knowledge of the geography, communication and transport system.

The cost of an election is dependent very much on how the Supervisor of Election handles his logistics. Experienced Returning Officers in the planning (budget) stages are essential.

They should have a fair idea of the transport and communications system to each and every polling station. A local appointment on the above basis can cut costs drastically.

Militoni Leweniqila

48 Responses to “Gross Legal Incompetence”

  1. Syler Says:

    First Karavaki wants to come back and now we have Lewiniqila hopping mad on the Viagra. Just goes to show that these old farts have nothing else to live for and are in desparate need for a job so they can make a political comeback and carry off where they left during their dirty reign of power.

    Lewiniqila should stay drunk and die happily in the club he spends his nocturnal days in. Karavaki needs to realize that his law practice is failing and as a lawyer, he’s useless. It’s time for a change and certainly these two have-beens can never expect to be given a position where they abuse power for their benefit ever again!

  2. Tim Says:

    @ Tui: How on the mark you are in so many ways. Once again, we’ve been having a discussion “offline” so to speak re this whole fiasco.
    Here’s a sample:

    The Junta would quite obviously like someone “compliant”. Coughlan obviously shouldn’t be persecuted for alcoholism or the like especially if he is successfully “in recovery” if that’s the term.
    BUT his failure to disclose his past (disbarment et al) is quite unprofessional.
    >>The COC’s failure to check either shows incompetence, or if one goes for the conspiracy theory option, a willingness to accept someone they have a hold over (assuming they did know of his past). It might even be a safe bet that members of the judiciary and the likes of Pryde knew of it at least.<<

    Hopefully this little exercise might actually show the junta that any appointment will be scrutinised, and that another such blunder will show them to be purposely buying time and signing up to any delaying tactic they can grasp hold of.

    It isn’t peculiar to Fiji but it isn’t hard to see why the junta readily court other nations’ dross. They’re DISHONOURABLE people – it comes naturally. There are still quite a few dishonourable people lingering around Aus, NZ and elsewhere anxious to sign up to a “sweet little number”.
    We should all be vigilant.

    I can’t believe that there aren’t qualified people that can be relied on to be impartial either in Fiji, or Fijians abroad prepared to return. It’s just that they don’t want to take the risk of threats from the hoons.
    I wonder whether or not they’ve actually even asked for assistance from say the UN. Easier not to I guess. It might mean they’d actually have to get off their chuffs and do something – it might even mean they could keep to the timeline.

    And these guys are “leading the country forward”? I think NOT!

  3. Delilah Says:

    To Styler: On a lighter note……… I think just because Coughlan is also a “reformed” alcoholic, Leweniqila thought that it was the minumum Qualification required for the job and that he had a shot…

  4. fo'ilole Says:

    As the Sun points out, this is yet another example of gross legal incompetence to be laid at iarse khaiarse’s door. (un)luckily, he is off being a queen of the desert in doobhai.

    What is it with the yarse? his subconcious which is SOOOO anti-elections, that there is one stuff up after another, including the illfated appointment of Koila (decay herself!) as Chairman of the Boundaries Commission, and the appointment of ‘lets all hold hands coz love-manna will fall from the sky’ sahu khan, his uncle.

    As Tui says, how come the pride didn’t remember the disbarment? could it be that pride has only practiced 4 years in NZ?

    But really, can’t expect much from pride or aiarse – both together only have about 7 years experience! then again, even a first year law student woulda done a background check.

    The other question is whether the law society would have supported the admission of coughleghm to the Fiji Bar (they WOULD HAVE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK if not for FIJI TV!!!) as the Elections Supervisor must be qualified to be a High Court judge! Theres about 400 lawyers in Fiji – surely one of them could be the LOCAL supervisor!

    Why don’t you thank Fiji TV for their super sleuthing rishi!

  5. misschaudry Says:

    If these illegal govt farts reckon they gota look overseas for people to fill these positions, then maybe they should think that they themselves are not qualified enuf to fill their own positions!! Huh!

    How about that. Why dont they look for overseas fallas to fill their own positions. Huh!

    Blerry fools all of them.

    What are qraduates for, why do they hold massive graduation ceremonies for? For fun? Huh!

    Qualified people are here in Fiji you stupid fools?

    Arse thinks he is the ONLY BRAINIEST man left in FIJI, so we have to look overseas, then he chooses a dud one. Tamata sonavuce Aiyarse!

    But u know y not one applied (its not that there are no qualified ones in Fiji), no one wants to apply and work with the illegal rats.
    That is y they look overseas.
    I wonder if , Iarse (myarse) can swim?

  6. draunimole Says:

    Eda sega ni vinakata me na muri zimbabwe ko Viti lomani.

    Letter from Harare
    11:00:35 pm, by Frontline Blogger

    There has been a huge amount of interest by the international community, diplomatic and media, and by the general public, in the Zimbabwe crisis in the past three weeks. Much of the reporting has been very good. Some has been extremely poor. All of us, pretty much without exception, were caught up in the euphoria in early April when it became clear that the MDC had swept the board, and Mugabe was “finished”.

    Well, that was a mistake, wasn’t it?

    It might be a good idea to start with the reasons why Mugabe is so unlikely to step down quietly.

    There are around 500 people for whose benefit Zimbabwe is currently run. Perhaps it’s a thousand. Certainly it is less than a tenth of a percent of the population. They are senior members of the ruling party, of the armed forces and security establishment, and a select few around those key members. Imagine, if you like, that Zimbabwe is a village, with a chief; a Dare, or council of elders; and a few hundred villagers. There are then several thousand goats, and chickens, and head of cattle, and guinea fowl. And there are a few million stalks of maize, and soya, and Marula trees. The livestock and the crops are more or less disposable. The village can’t survive if there are none at all, but no individual goat or stalk of maize isnecessary to the well-being of the village. On the other hand, all the five hundred inhabitants know each other, are connected to each other, and although sometimes there are falling outs, they all look after one another when necessary.

    This is not just an Orwellian metaphor. It is quite clear that the elite, the five hundred, or a thousand, have no more sense of responsibility to the people than a farmer does to his chicken, or his corn. Of course, he’ll look after it up to a point; but he’ll have no compunction about cutting its throat or taking a scythe tothe field if that’s what’s needed.

    These five hundred, or a thousand, surround Mugabe. They are his entire constiuency. They ensure that he hears only two messages from his people: “The country will be colonised again if you don’t keep fighting” and “Everything is fine and everybody loves you.” It’s a Potemkin State.

    There’s a lot of talk about the economy bringing Mugabe down. This pre-supposes that those in charge need to preside over what we would consider to be a functional economy. I don’t think this matters to them. They are quite happy to run an economy that is primarily based on subsistence agriculture. Hungry peasants have always been Zanu PF’s primary constituency. Aspirational middle class urbanites are always going to want freedom and a functioning economy.

    So these are the choices facing those who are not connected to the system; They can retreat to the villages, and pray there is enough rain and cow shit to grow a crop to feed their family. Or they can leave their families behind, and sell newspapers at the traffic lights in Jo’burg. Or work as a gardener in Botswana, or a taxi driver in Luton. Any way to earn real money, which they can then send backto keep their families alive.

    There are two ways to do this. You can either send money through the banking system, pay a thousand Rand or Pula or Pounds into a bank account in Zim, and have your relatives withdraw it in Zim dollars (it is virtually illegal to draw – or own, or spend – foreign currency within Zimbabwe). If you use the bank, you will be reimbursed at a rate of 60,000 Zimbabwe Dollars (ZWD) to the Pound.

    The alternative is to use the black market, where the rate is better. A lot better. Two thousand times better, to be precise, this week. On the black market a pound fetches 120 million ZWD.

    Unfortunately, the elite controls at least 75% of the black market in cash. So as long as they can take a hundred Rand, or a thousand Pounds, and exchange it for bundles of worthless paper that could easily be printed on a photocopier, they will get richer. The only way they can lose is if people refuse to accept Zim dollars, and insist on what we call “real money”.

    The elite can stop this happening (they do stop this happening) by making it a criminal offence to own foreign currency.

    So if you want to buy a loaf of bread – currently 30 million ZWD you can either change at the official rate of ZWD 60,000 to the Pound, which means it costs £500, or you can change your money on the black market rate of ZWD120 million to the Pound and pay 25p for it – thereby keeping the elite in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

    This works well for them, obviously. It works even better when they can go to the Reserve Bank and buy their US dollars for the official rate – in other words, pay one fifth of a cent for each dollar they buy.

    There’s not quite enough money in the Reserve Bank to go round, as the economy falters. But there’s certainly enough to pay off a loyal lackey with fifty thousand pounds to buy a new Mercedes every now and again – for which he pays £25.

    Yes, that is TWENTY FIVE POUNDS, for a new Merc. Tax free, of course.

    Just the promise of this possibility is enough to keep most of them quiet.

    Sorry. To keep ALL of them quiet.

    The big multinational mining companies that run the Platinum mines and the Gold mines pay a royalty to the government – rumoured to be a million Poiunds a day, directly to the President’s office, for the Impala ZimPlats Platinum mine at Ingeze. That pays for Isreali communication intercept equipment and water canon, and Chinese AK 47 bullets and spare parts for the APC’s, and South African fuel for the President’s motorcade.

    A tiny bit of this also goes to schools and hospitals and fixing the roads and keeping Air Zim in the air and sewerage and electricity and everything else that a functioning state is supposed to provide forits people. But it is a vanishingly small amount. Most gets poured into the trough.

    Even the hundred and fifty thousand percent inflation doesn’t interrupt this vicious circle. Prices increase at the rate the Zim dollar collapses. So though a loaf of bread was two hundred dollars fifteen months ago, and is now thirty million, it is still 25p in “real money”. So long as the economy is kept alive by Zimbabweans in the diaspora earning “real money” and using the black market to get that money home to their dependents, the purchasing power of that diaspora income doesn’t really change.

    The relatives back home still get to buy the loaf of bread. The elite still get to keep the “Real Money”.

    The elite have had their snouts in the trough for so long that they have failed to notice the way the masses have turned against them. So they have been as astonished this past three weeks by the surge of political dissent as those village farmers I referred to earlier would be if the field of corn rose up against them. It is inconceivable to them.

    For ten years ZANU PF loyalists have convinced themselves that the MDC and the democratic opposition was a creation of the British, the Americans, and the white farmers. Any black member of the MDC is a sell-out and an Uncle Tom. Zanu have rigged the elections over the past few years, but they’ve never had to rig extensively, and they were pretty sure that this time they’d fixed the problem for good.

    Therefore they were absolutely flabbergasted when, three weeks ago today, the people of Zimbabwe rose up and threw them out.

    For three or four days they reeled. Emissaries were sent to Tsvangarai’s people, sounding out options for a government of national unity. Bob’s wife and kids left the country – probably accompanied by the families of most of the top leadership. There were suddenly fewer new luxury 4×4’s on the road. Building worked stopped on the huge palaces going up around Borrowdale and Hogerty Hill.

    But then they rallied. It started, it seems, with a group of senior generals – what is known as the JOC – the Joint Operations Command, amusingly the same name given to the military/civilian crisis committee that ran Rhodesia during the Bush War. Although Mugabe is probably immune from international prosecution, and therefore from domestic legal process, many of his senior military people are not.

    Mugabe can’t be sent to The Hague tribunals, because they are only for Sierra Leone and Yugoslavia. The International Criminal Court only has jurisdiction on crimes committed after the Court’s inception in 2002. So unless you count Murambatsvina, which was a disgrace but arguably not a Crime against Humanity, Bob is in the clear. It is his legacy that he worries about, not his freedom.

    Since then, they have adopted a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand they are frantically stuffing ballot boxes in a secret location – probably within the military headquarters (which is still called “KG6″ – though I suspect no one in the security establishment knows that this stands for King George VI, and was so named back in the fifties) in the hope that they can get enough false ballot papers in the boxes to avoid a re-run.

    And on the other hand, they have turned on their people. They are aware that widespread killing is not going to be defensible, even among their allies in the Africa Union and beyond – China, North Korea, Iran, and Cuba, (though two MDC activists have been killed in the past week). China in particular has enough problems with human rights activists at the moment.

    But they are beating and brutalising and burning huts across the country to try to “encourage” people not to vote for the opposition should there be a run-off.

    The MDC is utterly hamstrung. Never particularly good at showing courageous leadership when it is most needed, they have cowered and squabbled and acted like rabbits caught in the headlights of a juggernaut. We think Morgan is in exile, though he hasn’t admitted it yet. The MDC has argued that any sign of public dissent will be used by the regime as an excuse to declare a state of emergency, and smash them down. But this is what is happening anyway.

    Had the MDC brought a hundred thousand people out onto the streets at the beginning of April, we would probably have a handful of martyrs, and a new government.

    But they had neither the courage, the wit, or the organisational skill to move when there was a chance. Now they cannot get more than three people together without the police and army descending on them.

    I fear that the moment has passed.

    My fear at the moment is that Mugabe and his cohorts are looking at the examples of Burma, China, and North Korea, where over the past fifty years there has been a brutal suppression of democratic popular dissent, coupled with Maoist “back to the land” socio-political policies, and the hegemony of the one-party state.

    And despite all these states being roundly condemned for these policies by their neighbouring states and by the international community, they have all survived. It is forty years since Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” led to the deaths of millions through starvation, imprisonment and the criminalisation of free thought.

    Yet thirty years after Mao died, the Communist party he founded is still in unchallenged power, opposition activists are routinely jailed and beaten, and Mao’s picture hangs in every government office and school.

    But it is Burma that is probably the best parallel. In 1988 the military dictatorship which had been in power since 1962 was confronted by a popular uprising against economic collapse and political repression.

    The military dictator Nhe Win crushed the rebellion with great brutality, and in 1992 felt sufficiently confident to hold an election, which was won by the democrats under Aung San Suu Kyi.

    This was not the Generals’ preferred outcome. So instead of respecting the result they threw all the opposition leaders in jail – where they mostly remain today – retroactively rigged the result, declared a state of emergency, and have ruled brutally and largely unchallenged ever since. The outburst of protest in September last year was crushed, several hundred were killed, and despite a little ritual hand-wringing the world turned it’s back.

    That, I believe, is the calculation that Mugabe and his senior ministers and generals are making today. They reckon that if they can get over this current “inconvenience” they will be able to re-engineer the country to make it a Zanu state for ever – at least in political terms, where “forever” is the next five decades.

    What I find most frightening is that already the opposition and elements of the international community are subsiding back into apathy. Already I am hearing people saying, “Well, you know, he’ll get away with it this time, but he won’t last forever, and there’ll be another chance in five years.”

    There won’t be. If he doesn’t go, there will not be another chance. There will not be another election in five years time unless Z-PF is the only party contesting. There will be no MDC – everyone who opposes Zanu-PF will be in jail or in exile.

    This is not a game of football. I think we should all remind ourselves this, everyday. There is a rapidly narrowing window of opportunity. This month. Perhaps next.

    After that, the country will be stolen from us for good.

  7. Tim Says:

    @ fo’ilole: Did I read you correctly? The supervisor of Elections must have the qualifications of a High Court Judge?
    That doesn’t surprise me if true but all that is really required is a competent project manager that is impartial and with enough ethics not to be open to temptation.
    Were that the case, they’re a dime a dozen – I’d even qualify myself with a C.V. that isn’t too shabby – at least not as shabby as any in the iIG.
    It even comes with acknowledgment from the judiciary that those seeking to discredit it f*cked up big time including those currently driving government departments (or rather government departments are being driven in spite of them rather than as a result of their effort). It ain’t unique to Fiji.
    There are any number of “consultants” and project managers available. Even given that, it does not excuse the junta’s inability to look for suitable candidates from within, OR from those displaced because of the instability the likes of Frank has created.

    I note Bernnie mouthing off once again about Fiji’s potential. And in a way she’s correct. She’s blathering on about tourism being the key and Fiji’s potential as a Pacific HUB. She’s correct!. It used to be!.
    Trouble is why would anyone in their right mind contemplate investing, when say Apia could equally operate as such a hub AND without the instability that Frank and his dischordant, dysfunctional minstrels (conducted by a “guest appearance” from Uncle Teleni), and without the hassle of its instability?
    Well one reason might be they will, but at a price!. That price includes a nice little retirement plan for all the hangers-on, open slather to Fiji’s resources, both indigenous and the Indo’s efforts (both will struggle).

    Geez! and there’s that bloody silly Shaista blathering on about post-colonialism and any other concept she can use to justify her prejudice. Even she hasn’t stopped to question who da f*ck has left the building in greater ethnic quantity – as if she really gives a stuff – life’s relatively not too bad.

  8. Tim Says:

    Well there ya have it – draunimole has pretty well summarised Frank’s solution, whether its intended or merely comes as a consequence of his strutting his ugly stuff.

  9. senidilo Says:

    According to the constitution the Supervisor doesnt have to be a HC judge, just admitted to practice as a lawyer in Fiji. Likely this is a continuation of the requirement from the 1970 constitution, but correct me if I’m wrong.

    Likely since colonial times the supervisor was one of the senior crown law officers and that practice is evidenced in recent times with Apted’s being supervisor from 92, Rigamoto from 98 and Karavaki from 2003 – all transferred across to the elections office from state law office.

    whats needed as Militoni says, is someone familiar with govt administration, the divisions and how the general elections are setup with divisional commissioners, the DOs, the business of enumerating and registering voters and working with the boundaries commission on the constituencies and putting voters in the correct constituencies.

    Through the years there have been various deputy supervisors (not lawyers but good administrators) whove assisted the supervisor – including from the last elections. So they are around. Either way, locals won’t have that steep learning curve that a returning/non-local will have – and this with the pressure of elections in a years time!

  10. benhur Says:

    Hey the a-r-s-s-e plan for his real appointment has already been spelled out! Its obvious, don’t be surprised if its an indo name? It could be khan,mahen,risi,ballu etc,.

  11. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    Tui Savu is correct in questioning the competence of the interim AG. The bungled appointment of a supervisor of elections is par for the course. It proves once again that Kid Cowboy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is an immature idiot pretending he’s someone important. His only discernable “skill” is an ability to demonstrate, again and again, that he’s totally incompetent.

    This would be funny if it was not so serious. Indeed, it’s deadly serious. What we’re talking about is putting in place the fundamental logistics to enable Fiji to return to democracy, and the due date for the promised general election is only 11 months away!

    Instead of pursuing it’s own already discredited and unworkable agenda (eg: the NCBFF, the unproven charges of corruption, etc.), Fiji’s military-backed regime should instead spare a thought for the people it purports to govern.

    Its main focus now should be on honouring its promise to hold elections in
    March 2009. Only then can Fiji begin to recover from the social and economic disaster that has been wrought by the 2006 coup.

    And rather than creating further delays by searching overseas for a new
    candidate, the quickest, most obvious and most pragmatic way to get the
    election ball rolling again would be to reinstate the best qualified Fiji citizen, Semesa Karavaki.

    But there again, as we have come to learn, there seems little point in relying on the spectacularly inept interim regime to ever do something sensible, something that, for a change, would actually be in the interests of the wider community of Fiji.

  12. Tim Says:

    RNZI: Fiji regime admonished by Forum group over election timetable issues.

    The Pacific Islands Forum Working Group aiming to assist Fiji towards holding elections by March has admonished the interim government for the lack of a detailed timetable on the progress towards that goal.

    After the New Zealand lawyer, Dr Maurice Coughlan, resigned only days after being made the Supervisor of Elections, the Working Group is urging the Constitutional Offices Commission to make a new appointment as soon as possible.

    It says the Elections Office needs this official in place quickly so its preparations for elections can proceed.

    And the Working Group says while the Electoral Commission has recommended the electoral system be changed before the next election, the interim Prime Minister has committed to holding the election under the current constitution and laws of Fiji.

    ……so Frank: lets just get on with it. Most seem to forget that the March undertaking was actually the latest. That is “BY March 2009”.

  13. IslandBoy Says:

    John Apted did a great job before Karavaki. If he was offered the same package as the expats he might even do it for less. He is just the kind of person who could work under tight time deadlines and still deliver.



    Where’s our utopia as promised by these morons with IQs less than Beavis & Butthead?

    This ILLEGAL & ILLEGITIMATE regime’s “dream” of a NON-RACIAL FIJI has not succeeded –

    IN FACT, the races are more divided than ever and there is more inter-racial hatred since the 2006 illegal takeover.


  15. LUVfiji Says:

    They already have in place a Deputy Supervisor of Elections in Soro Toutou. I am certain Toutou is just as competent to get things moving in the Elections Office before a Supervisor is appointed. He has served well in the Public Service and has good credentials.

    As Milton indicated in his letter the Elections Supervisor need not necessarily be a lawyer.

  16. Keep The Faith Says:

    Isn’t this a classic symptom of “birds of a feather”….Pryde et al (with of course the advice of The Shyster and her bhaini mark my words) knew this all along!

    They just hoped people wouldn’t find out! Keep blogging y’all!!!

    And if you can work up your networks to keep Pryde the fcuk away from Niue…he’s already made moves to offer free legal services there…tragic really.

  17. Budhau Says:

    Hey Panties-in-a-knot – that racial thingie that they were talking about – that was to get rid of institutionalized racism. You can hate them other guys all you want.

    Actually racial polarization will work really good for Qarase and the SDL in the next election – so watch out for it. Just tell them Fijians that the Indians are after their land, their heritage and culture – it works every time.

  18. kiste Says:



    Nailatikau says Fiji is on track and that cabinet will meet in mid-april (but its NOW the last wk of april) and still they haven’t got their detailed roadmap yet.

    Remember: they held the NCBBF one day after the Forum mtg and said elections laws to be overhauled.

    Then suddenly franks off to dubai. probably he went to avoid the promise nailatikau made in auckland – for a detailed elections roadmap to be devised and submitted to the Forum community.


    Fiji on track for 2009 polls: Ratu Epeli
    24 APR 2008

    Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has promised the international community that Fiji is committed to elections in March next year.

    Speaking to Fijilive this morning, Ratu Epeli downgraded any skepticism of Fiji not holding elections next year.

    “We remain positive that we are on tract for elections next year and nothing is going to stop us.”

    “The interim Government has said it over and over that we are committed to taking the country back to democracy but not with Australia and New Zealand on our backs.”

    “We have no intention of delaying the elections as perceived by the international community and we promise them that we will have elections in March 2009,” Ratu Epeli said.

    He was reacting to an undertaking the Fiji delegation gave at the Pacific Forum Ministers meeting in Auckland last month.

    The delegation had assured the forum that the interim Government will give a detailed timetable for its poll preparation WHEN THE CABINET MEETS IN MID-APRIL.

    According to Ratu Epeli, that promise has been honoured with the National Council for Building a Better Fiji think-tank currently carrying out consultations with various bodies including NGO’s, UN, diplomats and people at the grassroots level.

    “The communiqué that was put into place by the NCBBF team is what we are expecting in our elections next year. Whatever was put into place by the team is what we are working towards.”

    He also reiterated that the interim Government will not be rushed towards a speedy election but will ensure a smooth journey for all towards democracy.


    Pacific Islands Forum-Fiji Joint Working Group on the Situation in Fiji
    24 April 2008, Forum Secretariat, Suva

    The Working Group held its twenty-seventh meeting at the Forum Secretariat Headquarters in Suva on 24 April 2008, attended by senior officials from Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Tuvalu.

    The Working Group noted that the appointee for the Supervisor of Elections position had withdrawn and urged the Constitutional Offices Commission to make a new appointment as soon as possible to assist the Elections Office to proceed with its preparations for elections by March 2009.


    The Working Group noted the recommendation by the Electoral Commission to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji that the current electoral system needed to be changed before the March 2009 Election. The Working Group recalled the commitment made to Leaders by the interim Prime Minister that the 2009 election would be conducted in accordance with the Constitution and laws of Fiji.

    The Working Group received a briefing on the 10 April meeting of the Elections Donor Coordination Committee and welcomed agreement to move forward on the recommendations of the gap analysis mission. The Working Group acknowledged the readiness of the EDCC membership to provide assistance for example, in Information Technology and training for the staff at the Elections Office, for the electoral process in Fiji as requested.

    The Working Group discussed the standing issues (the restoration of civilian rule, upholding the 1997 Constitution, the cessation of human rights abuses and addressing allegations of abuse, and support for a credible and independent anti-corruption commission).

    The Working Group will hold its next meeting on 8 May 2008.

    Forum Secretariat, Suva
    24 April 2008

  19. dazza Says:

    dredre mada. This ad is so funny

    a special one for the pubic enterprises minister!

  20. dazza Says:

    hic 😉

    I mean PUBLIC enterprises & incompetent attorney general – the arse kaiyum


  21. FijiGirl Says:

    Vinaka Tui & ML!

    Jon Apted and others are well placed to take the job, but me thinks the Junta doesn’t want him because they know they can’t corrupt him.

    Could members of the media please ask the Commissioner, repeatedly and on record, why he continues to overlook Jon Apted and other locally qualified persons as candidates when they have proven their abilities in the job?

    Bring on the elections!

    God bless Fiji

  22. Adi Kaila Says:

    Jon Apted & the other more than qualified LOCAL people are honest & diligent.

  23. LUVfiji Says:


    Would Jon Apted be interested to work for the iIG ?? I think not. Its their mess; they fix it ! Karavaki is just about screaming in their ears that he is available and willing to do it for them. Simply recall him.

  24. FijiGirl Says:


    I can’t speak for Jon, but I hope that any right thinking person who is anti-ig would look at this position as our best chance to get rid of the illegal Junta, once and for all time.

    Furthermore, the Supervisor of Elections has the final power to stop the ig in their attempts to rig the elections (stuffing electoral rolls with names of dead voters, multiple enrollments for people with common names, non-citizens enrolling, harrassing people voting against the ig ala Mugabe, etc etc).

    Face it, Chodo will try every trick he can.

    If I were Jon I’d jump at the chance and look at the job as my opportunity to cut the Pig/Snake/A**e empire off at the knees – but again, I cannot speak for Jon.

    How reliable is Karavaki?

    God bless Fiji

  25. Budhau Says:

    FijiGirl – If an anti IG person applied for the job – you think they will appoint him/her. Those IG folks – they may be stupid but they ain’t dumb.

    As for rigging elections – how did you find out what Qarase had been upto – I thought that was all hush hush.

    You see FijiGirl – Jon is a hired gun – he would the best job he can for whoever hires him.

    …and that Tui Savu guy – the wannabe lawyer:
    Hey guy take you pick – either these guys were incompetent (which I think they were) or there was some conspiracy to hide the fact the dude was disbarred. Or are you sort of pleading in the alternative – one or the other.

    BTW – your line that Pryde “knew or should have known” that this guy was disbarred just because Pryde is a NZ lawyer – is that the type of reasoning they taught you in law school.

    As for being a member of the NZ Bar – whats you point – that all good lawyers should be members of that voluntary association.

  26. FijiGirl Says:

    @Budhau / BeachHouse / Rajendra Prasad

    My, my, my … you ARE stupid!

    Flame on!

  27. natewaprince Says:

    Stupid and ignorant too.

  28. Jose Says:

    Indeginous Fijians need to rise up and take control of our country. We need a clean up campaign of our own government and our own land to rid this government of every alien so that we control what is our God given right looking to God alone as our guide living by God’s Law and throw out human rights which was made to make null and void the law of God. All you preachers, men and women of God rise up and do what you are annointed and called to do in your own land for God and His people. The aliens can go back to where they come from if they don’t like it here. We don’t need to be like the rest of the world we just need to be what God wants us to be and how he wants us to live. Rise up people, rise up. All you preachers rise up and gather up all your flocks. rally together in masses and pray. The Victory is ours the battle is the Lord’s” 11 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. This is His promise. I’s Aye and Amen. This is a war between good and evil, the abominations are rampant in our country. We need God to intervene.

  29. Adi Kaila Says:

    budhau the pollution in California has irritated that tumor between your ears that suffers from selective hearing – stick to golf, those irons are the hardest things you can hold.

    Jon Apted and Tui Savu are very intelligent men, highly qualified in their profession, independently wealthy & can swing it on their own. They don’t need a golf course to enlighten their minds or fulfill their dreams – unlike you they have achieved what they want. They have no need to pander to anyone or to scheme a scam nor can they be bribed like you which is inherent in your psyche – SHOW ME THE MONEY re.

    They are both true sons of this beautiful Nation Fiji and know what is good for Fiji as their respective lineage can support.

    Like the those of us who are anti coup and this illegal regime we are fighting to expose those who have usurped a LEGALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT on the pretext of Clearing up Corruption and Good

    What we have here is a group of people who would never be considered on their own merit by the Nation to govern and have blatantly shown their true colours with the FULL SCALE CORRUPTION and LACK OF GOVERNANCE WHATSOEVER with the assistance of the army and guns.

    You may criticise the anti coup/ig people with your pathetic attempts at intelligence satish karan all you want, it does not alter the fact that this Nation would not be reaching the poverty line if the SDL had been allowed to finish what they were elected to do.

    Your comments about Jon Apted and Tui Savu are full of hate – it seems to me you’re very intimidated by their intelligence and clearly indicates your lack of it.

    Oops – your nani told us otherwise, you can’t hold a golf iron either, too much sarkha.

  30. Budhau Says:

    Hey Adi Kaila – I know Jon Apted is a bright, well qualified lawyer – that is why I said what I said – that the man is a hired gun – you hire him and he will do the best job for you.

    As for that Tui Savu guy – he seems to be more of a wannabe lawyer – even trying to put that “solicitor” after his name in here – thinking that it might give some weight to his arguments. His arguments – as I mentioned above – don’t look like no lawyer to me.

    Here Adi Kaila – belowe is what I said about Tui Savu reasoning – you want to point out where you see hatred:

    “Hey guy take you pick – either these guys were incompetent (which I think they were) or there was some conspiracy to hide the fact the dude was disbarred. Or are you sort of pleading in the alternative – one or the other.

    BTW – your line that Pryde “knew or should have known” that this guy was disbarred just because Pryde is a NZ lawyer – is that the type of reasoning they taught you in law school.

    As for being a member of the NZ Bar – whats you point – that all good lawyers should be members of that voluntary association.”

    Your reasoning about why I can’t hold the golf iron – shouldn’t it be the opposite – that I can hold the iron real good – with all that practice.
    Adi Kaila — why do you want to take the discussion into the gutter every time.

    So go ahead – try and take apart any of the points I made about Tui savus reasoning – go ahead, make my day.

    Listen, honey – talking about Sarkha and all that – this is your blog – why do you want to go down to that level – didn’t your mama tell you that you should not take a crap in your own kitchen?

  31. freefijian Says:

  32. Adi Kaila Says:

    Who gives a flying *$%! what an irrational piece of shit like you thinks budhau satish karan arjun whatever. You obviously care about what my fellow bloggers and I have to contribute on this forum that’s why you keep trying to convince us about your immature views and think that you can insult us and the people who are trying to make a difference here to cease the coups and the coup menatality forever.

    Your utter stupidity and irrelevance is that you cannot accept defeat, you cannot accept a rational reply to your incoherent ravings here so you take it to the level where we will bombard you back – don’t like it? go back to shoving baiganis down the inside leg of your trousers to bulge you like the REAL MEN – pathetic lil man with the toys r us mentality.

  33. Jose Says:

    Adi Kaila, don’t waste your time on Bhudau. Ignore his posts. She is after all insignificant to Fiji being a rootless itinerant overseas. So her views don’t matter. Don’t worry about it.

  34. FijiGirl Says:

    @ Adi Kaila

    Moron x Idiot = Budhau

    Quod erat demonstrandum

  35. Budhau Says:

    Hey Kaila – all that ranting and raving in that last piece – you still did not address that your “solicitor” buddy don’t think like no lawyer.

    ..and that baigan in my trousers – see what I mean, you put in this kinda crap in your own website, among your own people – If I was doing something like that, once could understand 9maybe not agree with it), however, someone like you – insulting your own folks – with baingan in the trousers, dick on the forehead and the suggestion of sarka etc – It would be interesting to see what kind of upbringing did you have.

  36. timat Says:

    cut the crap pple..lets stick 2 issues pls!!!

  37. Ima Says:

    @ Budhau, just to help you about who Tui Savu is, try googling his name you will get your answer… you seem to think that he is not a solicitor as he professes to be. Once you’re done (googling) try and stand as tall as he…BTW it would be better if you’re able to reveal your identity just as Tui has done!!

  38. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Solicitor or not, Tui Savu does write some pretty good stuff!!
    Me Thinks!!

  39. Adi Kaila Says:

    Vinaka Vakalevu Jose, FijiGirl, aubatinuku & IMA – o ka na tamata ululala qoka au vaqitori koya tiko baleta ni sarui levu nona mai vosacataki keda tiko. Au nakita noqu vola cala so nai vosa va valagi me bou vakila mai qai warai ni kila. Okoya e sivia nona viavia tamata vuku ni volavola tiko mai merika e sega sara ni kila vaka lailai na veika e veiyacori tiko i Viti. Google tu la okoya.

    budhau satish karan arjun whatever – you are not one of us ok – UNLIKE YOU – MY FOLKS & I have history, we know where we come from, who we are & WE are the LAND OWNERS – ACHAR! the message was for you and only you insignificant lil man with the baigani in his trouserS.

    You don’t see me insulting my people here – I reveal the wrongs & inconsistencies of the ig coupsters & their treasonsous acts whether they are from haryana or Mavana. ‘MY Folk’ whether they are ig coupsters or not do not need baigainis bulging from their trousers to make them look well endowed lil man budhau satish karan arjun whatever, they are all well endowed & don’t need your squashyaccessory of choice to make them feel like a REAL MAN.


    I can see noone will ever eat baigani again – oi lei maria.

  40. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Hahaha!! Gee thanks Adi K.
    Now everytime I want to use baigani in any dish I will always remember your story and squish goes that aubergine!! 😉

    Rabacaka vinaka Adi K.
    Au wilika taucoko sara tiko na nomuni vaka misimoci! 🙂

    Hear that whip crack Budhau!!

  41. Adi Kaila Says:

    Aubergine a la coup anyone? or Aubergine ala Adi Kaila – gunuva qai macala!

    Could make a good drink. Much like Tarakinikini Touch My Bikini.

    Take one baigani – do not peel but chop & blend thoroughly until liquidised.
    Fill tall chilled glass midway with blended aubergine
    Add Two Shots of Fiji Rum to tall chilled glass
    Top with dollop of fresh cream & a frangipani

    Keep it coming Aubatinuku-N

  42. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Adi K & IB, drau sa na ba meti vinaka sala vi kedatou, vakavuna tale na kusima. 🙂

  43. bewa Says:


    sa mani levu tale na baigani

    oqori la o CHIPOLATA, na mini-sausage!



  44. Adi Kaila Says:

    Bewa – the new drink Baigaini ala Adi Kaila can be accompanied by those chipolatas or the really small weiners (weenies) Served with a big Fiji smile.

    Hey Aubatinuku-N, the liquidised baigani on its own might be a good drink for those who want to lose weight. I better brew some up for full chow teleni it might make him remember how to speak the Fijian language fluently and lose some of the rolls at the same time. Not such a bad idea for the whole ig ministry as it could cure them of the verbal diarrhoea they suffer from.

    Qai Macala.

  45. bewa Says:

    hee hee AdiK!

    yaga saraga valevu vei ira na yavu viavialevu qo, ra ia tiko na kodrokodro sega ni macala, sa veve mai na gusudratou, na yamedratou. Raici voceke ga, sa te na tebe ni gusuna! tautauvata kei iarse, kei teleni, sa ra duivosavosa me vaka na tower of babel, ni charter boidada era saga tiko!


    qoi macala dina!

  46. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Adi K. Not a bad idea at all.

    In fact I’ve been thinking, selected bartenders all over Fiji at fave nitespots could contribute to the cause by creating cocktails celebrating freedom. Wouldn’t hurt to mix positive would it? 😉

  47. Tui Says:

    Dua ga na baigani levu vaka rokete vei Buddha!

  48. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Budhau, may I assist with your enquires?

    Before I begin, can I ask Budhau, whether you have any experience in legal drafting? Have you asked any competent lawyer the questions you have posted on this blog? I suppose not and I don’t blame you for that, because if you did, then you may have understood why Tui Savu wrote the way he did.

    I have been following this blog site for quite sometime and decided to involve myself to clarify some misunderstandings with the help of a lawyer friend, which may assist in the facilitation of proper and accurate blogging.

    You see Budhau, when you allege something against another, you would write ‘knew or should have known’ as a catch all phrase or as you said in your own words ‘pleading in the alternative.’

    The words are meant as a catch all, that Christoper Pryde ‘either knew’ Dr. Coughlan had been disbarred because of the fact he had practised in NZ or if he was not personally aware, then he ‘should have known’ because as Solicitor General of Fiji, he is expected to have conducted thorough checks on Dr. Coughlan through all legal agencies in NZ and have confirmation in writing of his suitability, before giving him the all clear.

    In other words Budhau, I am reliably told by my lawyer friend that it is correct legal reasoning and pleading.

    As for your point that the NZ Law Society is a voluntary Society and it is not mandatory for Lawyers to be Members maybe true (which I am unable to confirm), but to say that all good lawyers should be members, generally speaking tends to be the truth.

    Take a look at any professional association in Fiji for example, whether it be for Accountants, Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Nurses, Architects, Builders, IT, etc, you will find, the best in all these professions are indeed members of their respective professional associations.

    Those that aren’t members usually are not either by choice (if it is voluntary, which is very rare) or through disqualification or disbarment.

    As a professional myself, not being a Member of my respective Association would certainly raise questions about my suitability especially when applying for jobs, so it follows if Dr. Coughlan was not a Member of the NZLS, irrespective if Membership is voluntary, it should have raised questions for Christopher Pryde to further enquire into why he did not take up membership?

    As I mentioned in the beginning, I have a lawyer friend whom I meet regularly and he explained to me what I have clarified above. Now if I can take the time and trouble to seek explanation before making this clarification Budhau, then I recommend you do the same.

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