Bainimarama’s Blame Game

Bainimarama’s blame game is always a smokescreen for his failure as a soldier.

In listening to the rantings of Bainimarama, it is evident that he both a failure as a military commander and a deviously corrupt individual with a lust for power. His current tactic of throwing the blame of his misguided actions on everyone since 1987 will never fool anyone except his deluded die hard supporters who have a demonic yearning for his coup to succeed.

Sensible citizens though, see past his folly and arrive at a rational conclusion that Bainimarama should take personal liability for his wave of crimes against the country. We are all responsible for the decisions we make and it is high time that Bainimarama is exposed fully for his incompetence and evil. He should also be reminded that we have good evidence to conclude that he is a failed commander and the current coup objectives and strategies of the equally disloyal military council up at Berkley crescent are wrong.

The role of every military person including Bainimarama is defined by their oaths of allegiance to the people when they take up arms. The role of the commander then is crucial in issuing the proper guidance under law to carry out those duties because command is total. These are clearly outlined in the Fiji Military Act cap81 and the Constitution. The good evidence I am alluding to comes from the concern in the US about the increase in the involvement of current and past senior military officers in the political arena. In relation to the difficult political environment of the contentious US presidential elections, the highest US ranking military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reminds his troops by saying,” As the nation prepares to elect a new president, we would all do well to remember the promises we made: to obey civilian authority, to support and defend the Constitution and to do our duty at all times.” He goes further, “Keeping our politics private is a good first step and the only things we should be wearing on our sleeves are our military insignia.” It is plain to see that Bainimarama is a failed commander by allowing himself and that of his subordinates to be politically corrupted.

Mullen reserved a special attack in particular about the influence of some senior retired officers, such as Ratu Epeli Ganilau, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Cl Paul Manueli, who have been involved in political campaigns in Fiji since 2005 and the current junta.Their irresponsible actions have gone to the extent of polarising the military from the public by influencing Bainimarama to publicly call for a change in policy,resignations of public officials and parliamentary representatives. The underlying concern that the US Command had was the negative influence these retired officers would have on current serving military personnel. It is no secret that they have exploited the weakness in Bainimarama and in reality they have conducted a coup within the military itself by overthrowing its democratic statutes and spirit de corp. The FMF then is but an evil tool being exploited in the evil regime in its current campaign of trying to usurp political power and sovereignty from the people it swore to protect. The concerns of Mullen for his subordinates and the citizens of the US are the hallmark of a great military commander but unfortunately in Bainimarama and for Fiji, it is a living nightmare.

Whilst it is a right of every military officer as a citizen to have political views, Mullen clarifies this issue by saying, “I am not suggesting that military professionals abandon all personal opinions about modern social or political issues.” “What I am suggesting – indeed, what the nation expects – is that military personnel will, in the execution of the mission assigned to them, put aside their partisan leanings. Political opinions have no place in cockpit or camp or conference room.” He added that “part of the deal we made when we joined up was to willingly subordinate our individual interests to the greater good of protecting vital national interests.”

Furthermore, Bainimarama should take note of Mullen’s solution to those officers who have difficulty with the limitations of their duties in terms of being apolitical, “If my orders are followed, great,” Mullen said. “If it’s not, we only have two choices: obey the orders we have been given, carrying them out with the professionalism and loyalty they deserve, or vote with our feet.”

The time has come for the FMF to take stock and the onus is on every officer with a conscience to honestly endeavor on a path of self appraisal. It is now day 546 days since Bainimarama ceased to be a commander. It has been 544 days since the military ceased to be a representation of all of the people of Fiji. It has been 544 days by which the evil junta has attempted to rule over the lives of innocent citizens. If officers are still wondering how and why everything has gone horribly wrong then Mike Mullen has answered the question. The problem lies with Bainimarama and the small corrupt and elite group of officers within the FMF command structure. In order for the country to move forward it is an imperative that these vices that hold our armed forces hostage be broken. This can only be achieved by the collective effort of responsible leaders and citizens working in tandem with responsible officers still within the force. Those corrupt elements responsible for this misguided coup must be systematically ejected from within the military and from the political arena. They should then be held accountable in a court of law to serve as a lesson for those who might contemplate the same evil path in the future.

S Tolotu

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22 Responses to “Bainimarama’s Blame Game”

  1. merovingian Says:

    Very well said So Tolotu.

    The middle tier military officers need to take stock of the actions of senior comrades and decide…

    …if they want the FMF to continue being Bainimarama’s private army or to return to being the professional outfit which made the most respected peacekeeping force on the planet!

  2. Linus Says:

    Any thoughts on this lot from the PIG??????

    From F/Times
    Charter, the way out for Fiji

    AMELIA VUNILEBA
    Monday, June 02, 2008

    ON the last day of the 17th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit, interim PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama agreed to an interview.

    He spoke to reporter AMELIA VUNILEBA at Port Vila. Also present at the interview was Radio Australia journalist Samisoni Pareti.

    Times: Could you expand a bit on your statement to the MSG leaders yesterday (Thursday, May 29)?

    BAINIMARAMA: We want people not to interfere in our business. We’ve never interfered in their business because we think it’s their own business. The first subject up on the meeting yesterday was Fiji. I made a statement. They understood where we were coming from. But what we were trying to tell them was to ask for their support in getting us to move forward. They found out that our Supervisor of Elections had been appointed and they were very happy. What I was trying to say was that we want to go to elections but we have to go to elections on my terms of the military.

    Qarase and SDL have to come on my terms. Qarase is the guy whose ideas have to be changed because they’re influencing the chiefs, the church leaders. That’s what I told Qarase and Ratabacaca last week when we met. What I said was this, look, the military did this on the 5th of December in order to bring about changes, changes in the way we do things, changes in the way civil servants perform their jobs because they were not doing anything. Corrupt practise is so ingrained in our society and nobody was doing anything. One of my standard jokes is that if you look at this pot plant, if you tell a military corporal to get rid of this pot plant, he’ll find you 100 ways to get rid of it but if you tell a civil servant to get rid of this pot plant, he’ll find 100 ways not to get rid of this pot plant. That’s the civil servants mentality, the people we pay to do work for us. It’s like a big deal if they have to do things for us, even though they’re supposed to do it for you. We want him to come on board, for him to bring his supporters, for them to endorse the charter because the charter is the only way forward for us. We don’t want any negative thing in the charter. We want elections but we’re also at some stage, they’re worried about these corrupt cases that we’re unearthing. I think they’re trying to use the charter as an excuse not to have elections on our terms.

    Times: If they don’t come on board then what’s the point of carrying out December 5th?

    Bainimarama: Exactly, that’s what we’re trying to tell them. December 5th will be useless. We have elections, get rid of SDL because SDL doesn’t want to have elections on our terms. But this guy is pushing.

    Times: Are the MSG more understanding than the Forum?

    Bainimarama: Well not only that, we’ve something in common, the Melanesian blood in all of us that has brought us together. In the Forum, we understand the influence of the New Zealand and Australia in the forum countries but when we sit in the meetings, we know where Australia is coming from and where NZ is coming from. And you two know that you people know the spokesman in the forum.

    Times: But he’s gone now. Greg Urwin.

    Bainimarama: Who nominated him?

    Times: Samoa

    Bainimarama: Yeah. Samoa was the one that complained about the MSG in Tonga, they don’t want a collective voice.

    Times: Is Fiji putting in place a nomination for Greg Urwin’s post (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat secretary general)?

    Bainimarama: What we’re going to do is that in the next couple of months before the Forum, we’ll put some names and then we’ll consult each other for Greg Urwin’s replacement the MSG countries. Greg Urwin was from Samoa, we think the Polynesians have already had their turn, it’s the Melanesians turn.

    Times: What was it that you were discussing with the Vanuatu PM during the kava ceremony at the Chiefs’ Nakamal?

    Bainimarama: Nothing serious. We were discussing the effect of kava. You know this is my first time in Vila. I’ve come twice, transitting through Vila to Solomons to visit RAMSI then I went to Bouganville to visit our troops. But I’ve never come to Vila. This is my first time and it’s the first time for the Vanuatu grog. Man, that thing, I had two bowls, I wanted to go in one direction, my body was taking me in another direction.

    Times: Many of the ni-Vanuatu see you as a hero because you stand up to Australia.

    Bainimarama: They see me as a hero? But this people don’t see me as a hero. These people attack me. See but it’s not only that. I’ve been standing up to everyone, the Australians, the Kiwis, the Americans, the British, the European Union. We have set a vision for Fiji, if you look at that vision, it is not made to only benefit the military. That vision is made to benefit the whole of Fiji from what we have seen. The people who are attacking us, they’re attacking us because of talks with the ousted people.

    See, the most unfortunate thing is that the events of December 5 were carried out by the military. If it was carried out by the church, GCC, it would have been ok. They would endorse it, America would endorse it. Because usually when the military does this, they’re seen as power grabbers. That we’re doing it for power and we’re not doing it for anything else.

    But we can’t let the chiefs dictate how we do things because they’ve been very corrupt. That’s why we’re changing the GCC, the structure of the GCC. We want people who are not corrupt to come on board with this. We can’t let the church decide for us because the church has been politicised. They were politicised in 1987, they were politicised in 2000, everyone in Fiji knows that. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves because we think, we’re the only entity that can do this and that’s most unfortunate.

    Because we’re the military and the military all over the world, as soon as you overturn the elected government, you’re seen as being out to grab power.

    That’s why people are saying we are militarising the public service. We are not. We’re putting people into the public service who can perform, who can change things around, who can find 50 ways to get rid of this pot plant. We want to bring in some sense of urgency and at any rate, there’s this travel bans, there’s a reluctance of people to come and join because of the ban.

    So I bring in people from the military to take over some posts so they can get work on the way. We are trained officers. We are trained all over the world and we know that the military is not supposed to be running the government. That we understand.

    That’s why we gave back the power in 2000. We had the power in 2000 but we gave it back to the politicians, to this guy Qarase.

    We gave it back to Qarase on the understanding that the politicians would do the right thing but they didn’t do the right thing.

    Times: About the charter, you said you do not want to run the Government, you want to return power. But people can understand and appreciate that in Fiji, what about when you retire or when you are no longer in the military, will you still have the same view of the next commander?

    Bainimarama: No, I really can’t look down that path. We’re not God. But we hope that will be the same view. You see the military has changed since 1987 from being ethno-nationalists to being very fair. Ratu Epeli (Ganilau) changed that. A lot of people don’t understand that Ratu Epeli changed the way we look, to be very apolitical when in fact 1987 was very political.

    And when we did what we did, people said we were very political. We were not but what I wanted to say, if you really look into the military role in Turkey that’s along the line of what we did because someone has to make sure nobody overturns the charter.

    The charter we think is the way forward for us. We looked at some people in the military in Fiji here to make sure we don’t go down this path.

    Times: You mentioned in a radio interview that you will not allow Mr Qarase and SDL to contest the elections because they do not recognise the charter.

    Bainimarama: As I’ve said we did the events of the 5th of December because of the vision we put in place. We have now put a vision, we have an agenda. The agenda is for the good of everyone. We’ve been attacked by the NGOs, the legal fraternity, but if you look at these people, there’s one thing in common. These are the same people who attacked George Speight when he did what he did in 2000. Now they’ve turned around and we did exactly the opposite of what he did. George Speight did the coup in 2000 for his own good, his own benefit.

    And the people who helped him, then and after that including the SDL Government did it for themselves, they didn’t do it for Fiji. What the military is doing, we’re doing it for Fiji.

    Leaders of the military have done that over the years and we hope that we won’t continue down that path. Now we want to have elections but we have to have elections on my terms so that we can cut out this coup mentality.

    Because if Qarase comes back on his terms and not my terms, then we continue to have a coup mentality. Because if I leave and Qarase comes back, you see he’s thinking of bringing back the Reconciliation Bill. He’s thinking of getting rid of the charter, of FICAC.

    These are exactly why we did what we did on the 5th of December to have this in place. So if we want to have elections, the way forward for us is to have elections without the SDL. The military can find 50 ways to get rid of them.

    Times: In response to your comments on prohibiting the SDL from contesting the elections they’re asking if one option is to abrogate the Constitution?

    Bainimarama: Yes, that’s one way. To abrogate the Constitution is no big deal if we have to find a way forward for Fiji.

    Times: Looks like from your first meeting that Qarase has not accepted a

    Bainimarama: No, you see him and the president of the Methodist Church who came in telling everyone that him and the Archbishop were the architects of that meeting. No, in fact, he and Qarase were in the same place.

    You see that’s what’s going to happen, you see these corrupt chiefs they say the provincial councils are not supporting us because the chiefs who have one time been political are pulling them away from coming on board. But people would be very surprised at the number of people who have said they want to be part of the charter.

    We want to give our views on the charter and I told them that you have to bring your supporters in because once your supporters come in, everyone will have the same views about how we can move forward. But this talk of the legality of the Government or otherwise is not going to help us no matter what. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that.

    The only reason they come up with that is because they’ve run out of excuses, they’ve run out of reasons to attack the Government and that would be one reason.

    Times: You also mentioned that if the GCC does not sit, then there are other ways to nominate the President and VP. Elaborate please.

    Bainimarama: We can find ways and means to nominate the President. If the chiefs don’t want to come in, if the people don’t want to come on board with the charter, there’ll be no elections. If we have to have elections we have to do it on my terms so they have to back the charter.

    If two years down the line, SDL says ‘Ok, I’m going to get rid of FICAC, bring back Reconciliation Bill’, and I say no.

    We’ve decided on the charter. We’ve decided that this is not going to happen, if you do it, I’ll remove you. But the whole reason is for them to come on board the charter so there’ll be no coup that is the reason.

    The charter is going to be put in place by the people who have given their views.

    But the people who have not given their views, if they don’t say, ok I agree with the charter, at some stage then there’ll be no elections. Because what’s the use of elections if SDL wins and two months down the line, they change everything else. What’s the use of having elections?

    What I’m trying to find out is why don’t you people understand.

    That’s why I asked The Fiji Times editor when they came in, why they hate us so much, that they print things against the military and against the Government. Why is the media so much against the interim Government when we’ve done nothing but plan good for this country. But they have an agenda, The Fiji Times has an agenda.

    Times: And this statement you made yesterday, the Melanesian leaders seem to understand?

    Bainimarama: Yeah, they understand. If you don’t want to understand it, you’ll never understand it. You see Australia and NZ all these people don’t want to understand the situation in Fiji. They want their way. But what I was asking is why the press hates us so much? We have to find a way to regulating the press instead of them regulating themselves. We don’t want to gag the media, we don’t want to stop media freedom. We want that to continue but we want someone from outside to have a look at it instead of them the publishers and the editors.

    Times: Will you have further meetings with the media or you see no point?

    Bainimarama: No, we will have further meetings.

    Times: Will you continue to have talks with Qarase?

    Bainimarama: Yes, we need to tell Qarase that there’s no way out for Fiji but one through the charter process. We will continue talks with the media council because we need the media to be pro-Fiji not pro-government. We don’t want to shut the media down. I’ve told them that.

    The last thing I want to do is what Rabuka did in 1987 and shut them down. But we have to continue dialogue with Qarase and the church. The chiefs are being bankrolled by the church and politics the SDL. The statement by Qarase that a lot of people don’t support the charter is rubbish.

    Times: How do you want the media to be pro-Fiji?

    Bainimarama: We want you to report without any bias. Right now, I know that you do it intentionally to undermine the government everyone in Fiji plus our dogs and cats know that except may be for you people and those people from Vanua Balavu.

    Times: There’s a perception that Mr Chaudhry and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum are dominating your government?

    Bainimarama: So if there are land policies, who do you people attack? Is it that person from Ono (Lands Minister Netani Sukanaivalu is from Ono)? Then why are people are attacking these two?

    Because people still want race issue to be brought in so we can continue to hate each other so that we continue down that line which is exactly what we don’t want.

    I understand there were $18m outstanding from land leases. Has anyone asked why that was not collected?

    There’s a lot of greasing of palms nobody has the political will to collect this money. That’s what we don’t want, we want the Government to do what’s required of it.

    Last February was the highest FIRCA collected in taxes. Why wasn’t it collected in the last five years?

    It’s very simple, this guy Chaudhry that everyone’s attacking has discovered a lot of loopholes in the collection of taxes.

    The A-G they probably hate him because he’s a good looking man. I can’t figure out a reason of why we have to go down that path.

    Why are these two being attacked? Why not the rest of the Cabinet ministers?

    Discussions on Kadavu House, all of a sudden they’re attacking Chaudhry when I was the one who directed Chaudhry and Khaiyum to go and have a look at the Kadavu House issue.

    But the reason we did that was for good management and nothing else. The Fijians are saying that they’re doing it because they don’t want the indigenous people to succeed no. We’ve given everybody a level playing field.

    If we go down that path, we’ll never get anywhere. We need money to fix roads, repair schools and airports.

    Times: Your comments in Rewa that if there was no charter there would be no elections and there was a perception that your talks with Qarase a few days before was not done in good faith. What do you have to say?

    Bainimarama: Why I made those comments in Rewa because Qarase insisted on going down that path that he took and for the reasons we removed him in 2006. He still wants to continue down that path, the path he took in 2000. He still insists on doing that. That’s why I was talking like that.

    And I want to tell him that there’s no future for people like him in the governance of our country if they think that way especially if the military’s around. That’s basically what I was trying to tell the people of Rewa.
    End of story

  3. aubatinuku-N Says:

    The people of Nadoi, Rewa, not all the people of Rewa! Sa bu qai mada ga lai vosa yani i Kiuva!

  4. LUVfiji Says:

    @a-N. Marama nite, era teri taleitaki koya mai Kiuva. Tekivu sarala mai vei koya mai cake yaco vei ira na ka lada.

  5. Jose Says:

    Tamata qo me tatavucaki gusuna nai vacu keina i caqe ya rauti koya vinaka.

  6. natewaprince Says:

    What a bunch of baloney.Sa vosavosa dina va tamata lialia o rasona.If his goons are reading this,take this message to your boss from me.

    Do whatever you want to do while in power,but we will not compromise our principles and beliefs.Screw the elections.If it’s not going to be free and fair,then you know where to shove it.

    While you’re at it,screw the charter.You and your illegal regime have no right to shove it down the throats of the Fijian people when 12 provinces have already rejected it.Qori na charter ni kai Idia,a cava me keimami va muria kina ni kauta mai na leqa vei kemami na kai Viti.

    If you think you want to hold on to power instead of having free elections,then by all means do so.All you are doing is lining up the soldiers against the Fijian people.Me na yaco ivei na yalo ca ,yalo kocokoco o kauta tiko mai qori?

    Do you think you are going to live forever pig?? What do you think will happen if you keel over and die tomorrow??? All you’ll be is a footnote in Fiji’s history.And that footnote will say,”…on this day in 2006,an uneducated rabid pig thought he could make a difference in Fiji.Sadly he was dillusioned and very very wrong.Good riddance to bad rubbish…”

    Amen.

  7. Koya na Man Says:

    Bhai is a man full of arogance who simply does not know how to control it.

    He is a straight up stupid and a liar(big time) whose mind is forever playing up with him.Every time he opens his big mouth we smell shit.

    He is only worth to advise and control the green goons whose got brains the size of pea, hehehe…

  8. Glawyer Says:

    Baini should take his charter and stick it!! Now he’s not even trying to pretend he’s not a dictakor, basically he is saying screw the people, chiefs etc and we should all follow him. Bai, we’re not idiots like your foolish soldiers who don’t seem to have a brain to allow them to see you for the despot that you are!!!

  9. Tracker Says:

    l wouldn’t be surprised if Frank meets with Mugabe at the Rome Conference — we need to keep our ears on the ground!

    Mugabe food talks trip ‘obscene’

    Robert Mugabe is allowed into the EU for UN business

    The presence of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe at a United Nations food summit in Rome is “obscene”, Australia’s foreign minister has said.

    “This is the person who has presided over the starvation of his people,” said Stephen Smith.

    State television said Mr Mugabe was accompanied by his wife and senior government officials on the trip.

    Mr Mugabe and his ministers are usually subject to a European Union travel ban – but he is able to attend UN forums.

    It is Mr Mugabe’s first visit to Europe since the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won a majority in parliamentary elections in March.

    He faces a presidential run-off on 27 June against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

    Mr Mugabe’s supporters have been accused of attacking MDC activists, leaving at least 50 dead.

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) summit starts on Tuesday and reports say Mr Mugabe is expected to stay in Italy until Friday.

    Food aid

    The EU, US and UK are all strongly critical of Mr Mugabe’s human rights record, as well as his management of the economy.

    “This is the person who has used food aid in a politically motivated way,” said Mr Smith, who is due to attend the summit.

    MDC supporters say there has been an orchestrated campaign of violence

    “So Robert Mugabe turning up to a conference dealing with food security or food issues is, in my view, frankly obscene.”

    A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Mr Mugabe’s presence was “unfortunate… given what he has done in relation to contributing to difficulties on food supply in Zimbabwe”.

    Zimbabwe used to be a net food exporter but now suffers from chronic food shortages.

    Inflation is running at an annual rate of 165,000% and just one in five adults has a regular job.

    Last year Mr Brown boycotted an EU-Africa summit because Mr Mugabe had been invited to attend.

    Mr Mugabe routinely dismisses criticism of him as evidence of Western racism.

    He will be given the opportunity to address the summit.

    He caused a stir at a similar summit in Rome in 2005 when he denounced the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush.

    He described them as “unholy men” at the meeting in Rome – to the applause of some delegates.

    He also said the West was “foisting food” on the Zimbabwean people.

    In Zimbabwe, at least 70 people have been arrested following attacks on ruling party supporters, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper.

    The MDC blames the ruling Zanu-PF for the violence but this is denied by allies of Mr Mugabe.

    A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician, Arthur Mutambara, was arrested on Saturday over a written attack on Mr Mugabe.

    Mr Mutambara recently pledged to work with Mr Tsvangirai to defeat President Mugabe in the run-off elections.

  10. Tracker Says:

    post above is from the BBC website!!

  11. FijiGirl Says:

    OMG – this guy REALLY believes his own bullsh**.

    It is now completely beyond doubt that you cannot reason with Vore – he is “utterably” incapable of recognising reason (and grammar).

    “I want to tell (Qarase) that there’s no future for people like him in the governance of our country if they think that way especially if the military’s around.” Well, there IS something that can be done about that, Vore boy. (Vinaka EnufDictatorship.)

    “if you tell a military corporal to get rid of this pot plant, he’ll find you 100 ways to get rid of it but if you tell a civil servant to get rid of this pot plant, he’ll find 100 ways not to get rid of this pot plant. That’s the civil servants mentality, the people we pay to do work for us.” And guess WHY they have this mentality? Because YOUR master, Chodo, has been telling them for donkey’s years that it’s okay as long as you belong to his Trade Union! The civil servant mentality is 100% Chodo-manufactured, the same way the escalation of racial tensions is 100% Made By Chodo.

    “The statement by Qarase that a lot of people don’t support the charter is rubbish.” Vore, if you believe that, you are in DENIAL, and surrounded by too many ‘Yes’-men. Wake up and smell the coffee…

    “We’ve decided on the charter. We’ve decided that this is not going to happen, if you do it, I’ll remove you. But the whole reason is for them to come on board the charter so there’ll be no coup that is the reason. The charter is going to be put in place by the people who have given their views. But the people who have not given their views, if they don’t say, ok I agree with the charter, at some stage then there’ll be no elections. Because what’s the use of elections if SDL wins and two months down the line, they change everything else. What’s the use of having elections? What I’m trying to find out is why don’t you people understand.”
    Let me explain in quotes :
    Thomas Jefferson – “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    V for Vendetta (film) – “People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people.”

    Your voice does not determine the future of Fiji, Vore / Chodo / Evili / Ai-eee.

    Our voice does.

    God bless Fiji

  12. aubatinuku-N Says:

    LUVfiji Says:

    June 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm
    @a-N. Marama nite, era teri taleitaki koya mai Kiuva. Tekivu sarala mai vei koya mai cake yaco vei ira na ka lada.

    @ LUVfiji – Isa marama nite, ke sa kadinataki qori au sa qai loloma sara vakalevu, e na tini dai vaka cava na ka sa caka tiko qo? E da sa sinai mai, cava beka sa nomuni lewa tiko na nitou naita dredre me baleti naita Voreqe vata i ratou na nona matavuvale.

    No such thing as vanua disciplinary measures in place I guess, no such thing as exile from the village nowadays eh!
    The sad thing is he and his whole family is so convinced that they are owed the full respect and OBEDIENCE and tolerance of the people of Fiji.

    By the way, his little Bernie aka Bitches Bainimarama (the bebo name she gave herself) accompanied daddy dearest to the Globe Fiji Pro-World Surfing Championship held on Tavarua, was the trip another taxpayer funded deal?

  13. jaguar Says:

    SV – not sure whether you or Adi Kaila had already done a piece on the following letter that was sent by the PIG to the US Congress Rep for American Samoa in Feb 2007.

    I know its quite lengthy but it’s worth another read & reminder of the incredible allegations/false promises/misrepresentations and malicious LIES that the self-styled dictator made on our behalf, and which was submitted before the sub-committee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, on March 15, 2007.

    Read on F O L K S … !!

    ***************************************************
    “…

    19th February, 2007

    Mr. Eni Faleomavaega
    US Congress Representative for American Samoa
    American Samoa

    Dear Sir,

    Re: Your Visit

    It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to our shores. My Government has agreed to engage fully with bilateral, regional and multilateral partners in our efforts to return Fiji to a truly democratic rule.

    I am pleased to have had the opportunity this morning to have exchanged views with you on the underlying causes of December 5th takeover, and the steps we are taking to take Fiji forward.

    Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Meanwhile please find attached some background information on the issues we covered during our discussions this morning.

    Yours sincerely,

    J. V. Bainimarama
    PRIME MINISTER

    BRIEF FOR US CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA

    A) UNDERLYING CAUSES AND NATURE OF OVERTHROW OF THE GOVERNMENT

    In his statement on 5th December, Commander, Republic of Fiji Military Forces (CRFMF) Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said that the actions of the RFMF were precipitated by the impasse between the SDL Government and the RFMF. Some of the key reasons and issues that created and led to the impasse:

    1. The persistent and deliberate involvement of persons supporting the unlawful takeover of Government in 2000 in the Qarase led SDL Government.This includes the Government after the 2001 and 2006 Elections;

    2. The double standards of the SDL Government. On the one hand saying that they supported the law but on the other freeing or facilitating the freeing of coup convicts on extra-mural and/or compulsory supervision orders with unsubstantial reasons. These actions made a mockery of the justice system and fundamentally undermined the integrity of the judiciary and the rule of law;

    3. The continued appointment of those tainted by the events of 2000 to diplomatic and senior government positions;

    4. The failure of the Police Force to investigate all the ‘shadowy figures’ behind the 2000 coup including Qarase who had requested me to remove the President. Despite this request the Police Force were determined to instead investigate me, my officers and the RFMF as a whole;

    5. The politicization of the Prison services;

    6. The regular visits by Government officials to Korovou Prison to meet prisoners who supported the illegal take over in 2000 and the mutiny. Some of these prisoners are accorded special treatment in prison and referred to as ‘cultural advisors’ to the prisoners;

    7. The racist and inciteful speeches made by SDL parliamentarians which were never checked by Qarase. These speeches caused fear and tension in minority community and our society as a whole. We also noted with concern the increased incidents of sacrilege aimed at minorities;

    8. The repeated acts and incidents of Government and civil service corruption including SDL politicians. Those involved continued to be members of the Cabinet, those holding senior Government positions and civil servants;

    9. The growing cycle of corruption, clientalism and cronyism also involved the extremely unhealthy influence of certain businessmen and women in the ggovernmental decision making process;

    10. The failure of the Qarase Government to pass any anti-corruption legislation in the past 5 years despite the growing and repeated acts of corruption which has undermined the very foundations of our civil service and institutions and the economy.

    11. The determination by the Qarase led Government to pass acts of Parliament which would have inevitably increased indigenous Fijian nationalism, led to dispute between provinces— indigenous Fijians themselves, created ethnic tension, undermined the rule of law and the
    independence of constitutional offices including the Judiciary and compromised the right to fair hearing and representation. This refers in particular to the Reconciliation, Qoliqoli and Land Claims Tribunal Bills;

    12. The exclusion of the RFMF from the National Security Council but repeated inclusion of the Police Force which indicated a refusal to hear the Military point of view on security and governance issues;

    13. The manipulation of the criminal justice system for political reasons. The investigations against the CRFMF arose from a National Security Council decision and not from the independent decision of the Commissioner of Police himself.

    14. The threat of and references to the use of regional forces and intervention by the Qarase Government to try and influence the resolution of our own internal problems;

    15. The threat of an Australian invasion as shown by the inciteful and hostile remarks made by Alexander Downer, the unexplained presence of an Australian Defense Helicopter within Fiji’s EEZ and the frequent references to the Biketawa Declaration made this threat a real one. Subsequent revelations confirmed this position.

    16. The consideration of foreign intervention was viewed to be a serious threat to Fiji’s sovereignty and independence. It will always be resisted. Under section 104 of the Constitution, the Prime Minister is to keep the President informed generally about issues relating to the governance of Fiji. He was never informed of this foreign presence.

    17. On the Biketawa Declaration itself, the declaration states that the Government:

    — Needs to be committed to good governance exercising authority in a manner that is open, transparent, accountable, participatory, consultative and decisive but fair and equitable;
    — Ensure equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender, race, colour, creed or political
    belief; and
    — Must uphold the democratic processes and institutions which reflect national and local circumstances, including the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, just and honest government.

    The Qarase Government had failed to adhere to many of these agreed principles of governance.

    18. The repeated and persistent attempts to change the command structure at the RFMF since 2000 and the rewarding of those who have made those attempts.

    19. Most seriously, the large Government deficit, the failure of the SDL Government to cut spending, the failure to revive the sugar industry, the failure to solve the land problem, the racist and selective education policies, the rapidly deteriorating public health services, the escalating poverty, the hike in interest rates, the lack of employment opportunities given the growing number of school leavers, the almost inevitable devaluation of the Fiji dollar, the neglect to increase our exports vis a vis our growing reliance on imports creating a critical balance of payments situation and the overall serious economic situation created by bad governance, mismanagement, corruption, disrespect for the rule of law and the undermining of democratic values since 2000.

    20. The manner in which the 2006 Elections were conducted was characterized with discrepancies. The fact that no census was conducted before the Elections meant that serious breaches of the Constitution occurred, the fact that there were so many additional ballot papers printed for no good reason and the fact that unexplained procedures were adopted.

    21. The fleeing from Suva of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet and although it was only for a couple of days instilled a lack of confidence in the Government and negated claims that the Government was in fact in charge;

    22. The untimely absence on leave of the Commissioner of Police at a crucial juncture in our country and his seemingly political bias was of grave concern.

    23. Qarase and certain members of his Cabinet sought to incite certain members of our community to rebel against the RFMF and thereby did not have regard for the welfare and security of all our citizens and compromised national security.

    24. On the morning of 5th December the President asked Qarase to come and see him and he refused to do so simply because he was fearful that the President would have asked him to resign or dismissed him. Clearly Qarase as Prime Minister abdicated his responsibilities by refusing to listen to the President who is the Head of the State.

    25. The President was prevented by some including the Vice President from exercising his constitutional powers. We were as a nation in a state of limbo. The CRFMF accordingly stepped in and took over Executive Authority from the President under Doctrine of Necessity on 5th of December, to manage the affairs of the nation. He immediately issued an Emergency Decree and set up a Military Council to oversee the day-to-day governance of the nation. In this process of transition, there was no one hurt nor a single shot fired by the Military. It was a smooth transition and business continued as usual in the period which followed.

    B) PROSPECTS FOR APPROPRIATE RESOLUTION

    Following return of Executive Authority to the President on Thursday 4th January, the President appointed an Interim Civilian Government and gave it the following mandate to fulfill;

    The mandate of the Interim Government is as follows:

    — To continue to uphold the Constitution;
    — Where necessary facilitate all legal protection and immunity, both criminal and civil, to the Commander, Officers and all members of the RFMF;
    — Give effect to the actions of the RFMF including the respective suspension, dismissals and temporary removal from office of civil servants, Chief Executive Officer’s, those appointed by the Judicial Services and Constitutional Services Commissions, the Judiciary and Government appointed Board members;
    — Steady our economy through sustained economic growth and correct the economic mismanagement of the past six years;
    — Lift up the living standards of the growing poor and underprivileged of our country;
    — Restructure the Native Land Trust Board to ensure more benefits flow to the ordinary indigenous Fijians;
    — Eradicate systemic corruption by including the setting up of an Anti-Corruption Unit through the Attorney General’s Office and set new standards of Governmental and institutional transparency;
    — Improve our relations with our neighbours and the international community;
    — Take our country to democratic elections after an advanced electoral office and systems are in place and the political and economic conditions are conducive to the holding of such elections;
    — Immediately as practicable introduce a Code of Conduct and Freedom of Information provisions; and
    — Give paramountcy to national security and territorial integrity of Fiji.
    The prospects for appropriate resolution lies within the context of President’s mandate and the effective fulfillment thereof.

    C) STEPS TO BE TAKEN

    Restoration of parliamentary Democracy in Fiji will require the holding of a general election. For Fiji’s next general election to be free and fair, there are several important requirements that must be fulfilled. These include the following:

    i) The holding of a National Census for Fiji. This census was postponed to 2007 by the previous government when it called for an early general election in 2006. Without the holding of the census, a general election was held instead and this caused many to question the validity of the rolls of voters that were prepared for the election that was held.

    ii) The Census outcome will provide the precise population count and the demographic spread around country. This will in turn assist the Constituencies and Boundaries Commission to be able to determine the new boundaries for each constituency.

    iii) With the new constituencies determined, voter registration will have to be undertaken nationwide. This will be a major exercise. Based on the experience in the lead up to the 2006 general election, this is one area that was highlighted by the Commonwealth Election Observer Group that needed improvement in any future election. Associated with this adequate resourcing to carry our voter registration properly and fairly.

    iv) Voter education is vital to ensuring that voters are not disenfranchised because of their inability to understand the electoral system we operated in Fiji.

    v) Election Office capacity building another major requirement. There is need for improving the holding of polling by reducing the number of days for actual polling. The other major is issue relates to the postal ballot arrangements.

    vi) The issue of incumbency and how to protect against it to ensure a fair election must be addressed. This may call for a Code of Conduct for candidates in a general election to be promulgated.

    D) ROLE OF US CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA

    The US Congress Representative for American Samoa could play the following role in assisting Fiji in restoration of democracy:

    — Persuade US Government to re-engage with Fiji to better understand our situation,
    — USA, Australia and New Zealand to remove all sanctions gradually, starting immediately with travel ban imposed on military personnel, Interim Ministers, Civil Servants and civilians,
    — USA, Australia and New Zealand to resume developmental assistance,
    — US Government to continue to support Fiji in UN; and,
    — USA, Australia and New Zealand to consider a package of assistance to facilitate accomplishments of the milestones specified in the roadmap for restoration of democracy”.

    ******************************************************

  14. EnufDictatorship Says:

    Vinaka jaguar.

    Man! this explanation of the chain of events leading to and on Dec 5, really infuriates me!!!!

    Blaming the Rt. Joni for being part of the group who tried to prevent the President from executing his constitutional powers, is just the lowest blow. If the PRESIDENT was really exercising his constitutional powers and had the GREY MATTER to fully comprehend what he was doing, HE WOULD HAVE REBUKED VOREQE AND SEND HIM BACK TO DELAINABUA INSTEAD OF BOWING DOWN TO HIS DEMANDS! That would be the WISEST execution of constitutional power a WELL-OILED-TOGETHER-UPSTARIS President would have done. Then Voreqe would really have been put into his place AND then we will be real SURE of the following……

    \”In this process of transition, there was no one hurt nor a single shot fired by the Military. It was a smooth transition and business continued as usual in the period which followed.\”

    OK!!! nO single shot fired because we were soooo damn shock by your disrespectful, bullying, viavialevu attitude leading up to Dec 5.

    NOW, IF WE WALK PEACEFULLY FROM NAUSORI TO SUVA, BLOCK THE MAIN ROAD, RIGHT UP TO VERESITEDI, WOULD THERE STILL BE A \”NO SINGLE SHOT FIRED\”….HMMMMMMMM WACAVA?????

    They have boasted the NO SINGLE SHOT FIRED bcos of smooth transition.

    What if we are over the smoothness now and now am willing to do something about it huh? Will they now going to fire a shot, even at peaceful protesters!!??

  15. Budhau Says:

    Enuf – the old fool wand the GREY MATTER comment – so who appointed him the president.
    As for putting Vore in place – lets assume that the President did that – refused to give into the demands of Banimarama – you think Bainimarama would have just gone back to Delainabua – I reaaly don’t think that is what Bainimarama would have done.

    As for not shots fired – Enuf is back to his threat – no shots fire then what if we are willing to do something about it now – yeah go ahead tell them to “Fire Karo, Fire Karo” – because both you and I know that they will – and they will give us reason to get this regime down violently – or may like South Africa – we can get the street violence going on softer targets.

  16. EnufDictatorship Says:

    The difference between, Mike Mullen and Vore, is plain simple,

    Mike Mullen has the brains and the REAL combat experience to back-up his brains

    BUT Vore….well, what can I say…not much going on upstairs really…the LIghts are on, but no one is home!!..and for any combat experience to really show his muscles and prowess..e WARAI!!!…laurai ga na muscles ni masi deck!

  17. FijiGirl Says:

    Vinaka Jaguar. More evidence, though none is needed, that the ‘green commander’ was a REAL greenie – so green that he has been easily and thoroughly manipulated by Chodothru$h to spout such ‘utterable’ rubbish.

    Anyone can pick gigantic holes in Vore’s document. I will restrict myself to only two points.

    7. ‘Racist and inciteful speeches’ etc etc. Non-specific, generic accusation made with no evidence. The same accusations could be and were made against Chodo. Chodo’s only answer was “How did they know? I was speaking in Hindi” Chodo was careful not to deny his racist speeches, so he could avoid being caught in an outright lie. He was also careful to cover his tracks by speaking in a foreign language so Fijians could not easily see the true extent of his treachery. Even if Vore is correct about point 7, Chodo is 100 times MORE guilty of the same.

    13. I’ve said this in other postings. The idea of debating proposals in a parliamentary democracy is that the checks-and-balances of the process will prevent poorly formed ideas from being passed into law. Qarase’s SDL and coalition partners had formulated the said proposals, Qoliqoli, Reconcilliation, Land Claims. It was for Parliament to decide whether they were worthy of progressing to the next phase, to then pass into law. SDL could not, and would never have, circumvented the proper legal process. This illegal regime, however, has circumvented proper legal process, and worse, and continues to do so with their attempts to introduce PR for former citizens, bringing in illegal workers from overseas, and trying to force their ridiculous Charter down the throats of our People.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Mahendra Voreqe Pal Bainimarama Chaudhry Syed Ganilau Kaiyum Mara Shameem.

    Your do not decide our future. We do.

    God bless Fiji

  18. Budhau Says:

    FijiGirl – your remark that “checks-and-balances of the process will prevent poorly formed ideas from being passed into law.”

    Do you think anything would have stopped Qarase from bulldozing through with the reconciliation and the Qoliqoli bill – what kinda checks and balances.

    As for your Chaudary the manipulating everone – it is not only the greenie but seasoned chiefs like Ganilau and Nailatikau (just read in todays paper that the Epeli boy is seriously in the running for the Vunivalu title – and if FLC will will be ruling on this, it is very likely that he will get it) – so chaudary is manipulating all these folks – the current head of the military and two former heads, and several high ranking chiefs.

    Don’t you think you are giving Chaudary too much credit – and if he can get all these folks to do what he wants – I think we should make Chaudary both the President and PM for life.

    You see, Chaudary is a opportunists like many others who joined this IG – is an’t that master manipulater. You guys, including Qarase have such intense hatred for Chaudary – that he has become the center of the discussion in here – and probably the ceter of the universe for you folks.

    Chaudary and the Indians are just the scapegoat – the real issue is the power struggle within the Fijian chiefs.

    The charter is about securing power for one group of chiefs, of course they can only win in any election by forming a coalition with the Indians. These chiefs think that chaudary will deliver the Indian votes. Qarase probably hopes that the NFP can split the Indians enough to secure him and the chiefs that he is aligned with.

    Why can’t you idiots see that – even if there wasn’t a single Indian left in Fiji – you guys will still be fighting about power – just like it was before the Indians arrived.

  19. Budhau Says:

    Enuf said”….any combat experience to really show his muscles and prowess..e WARAI!!!…laurai ga na muscles ni masi deck!”

    That Macho mentality – I told you, you hear it all the time – how some kicked someones ass in some street fight, or Rugby or war – its all the same.

    That is exactly the mentality when the mutiny guys went to kick FB’s ass because FB did not get behind the Speight coup.

    The same thing will happen soon when some of these macho type idiots will start something in Fiji.

    You see a lot that kinda talk in here also.

  20. natewaprince Says:

    HHhhmmmmmmmm,boi mai na boci kulina tagavesu.Baci sega ni vuluvulu o rasona mataka lailai qo.

  21. Augustus Says:

    Bainimarama’s hero and model ready for the exit……Plane kept ready for Musharraf’s exit: Report
    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is on the verge of quitting with a special aircraft being positioned to fly him out and Senate chair Muhammadmian Soomro being asked to cut short his foreign tour and return home, a newspaper report said Friday. Read it here
    http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14684392

  22. Jose Says:

    And then you idot bhudau we’ll kick your kind’s arses right out of here to haryana you flutes

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