What now Yabaki?

 Rev. Akuila Yabaki’s behaviour during these past 2 coups are highly questionable.

 

After the Speight coup in 2000, he together with 7 FLP Members took legal action against President Iloilo and the AG, seeking 4 Declarations before Justice M.D. Scott. (Refer [2001] FJHC 116)

 

The Declarations sought from the Court in 2001 were as follows: (a) to Declare the President’s failure to recall Parliament after its prorogation on 27/05/00 was inconsistent with the Constitution; (b) to Declare the purported dismissal of Chaudary as PM on 14/03/01 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void; (c) to Declare the purported dissolution of Parliament on 14/03/01 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void & (d) to Declare the appointment of Qarase and others on 15th, 16th & 19th March 2001 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void.

 

Yet, in less than 5 years, his stance has evolved drastically from one diabolically opposed to an illegal takeover of an elected government to that of unconditionally supporting an illegal regime.

 

His recent outbursts against Qarase and the SDL, especially about the so claimed ‘racist bills’ and labeling others who have the moral courage and fortitude to stand up to him, Bainimarama and the illegal regime as all ‘racist’ contradict everything he previously stood and fight for!

 

Father David Arms’ proposal to the NCCBF ‘..as the military regime was more or less acting outside the Constitution, the NCBBF should take the opportunity to push through the electoral reforms and amend the Constitution, by taking advantage of the military authority and giving the legal Constitutional requirements for making such changes..’ was correctly criticised by Mick Beddoes as ‘treasonous’. (Emphasis mine)

 

Since, Rev. Yabaki holds a position of responsibility within the NCBBF, why has he not condemned this ‘treasonous’ proposal?

 

Am I correct to construe by his silence that he concurs?

 

Also what momentous difference was there between the Chaudary led Multi Cabinet Government and the Qarase led Multi Cabinet Government, which influenced him to favour the former and condemn the latter?

 

Furthermore, why is he so out of touch with the majority of Fijians including his own Provincial Council, whom have all rejected the People’s Charter?

 

Can he also substantiate, how the Qoliqoli & Land Claims Tribunal Bills were going to ‘place greater restrictions on non-indigenous people over the ownership and use of land and sea in Fiji’ and its ‘devastating effect’ when passed into law?

 

Finally, I wish to remind Rev. Yabaki of Justice Scott’s final comments in his case, after refusing Declarations B, C & D, as I believe it is very relevant to Fiji’s political situation today and to the NCBBF’s role as well.

 

‘I do not question the motives of the Applicants which I am sure are sincere but courts must remember that they are part of society and not above it. Their Judgements must be sensible and practical and should avoid excess legalism. They would do well to remember the words of William Blake who wrote: ‘the errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.’

 

 

Tui Savu.

Lawyer.

Townsville. QLD.

91 Responses to “What now Yabaki?”

  1. Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    TS: “Can he also substantiate, how the Qoliqoli & Land Claims Tribunal Bills were going to ‘place greater restrictions on non-indigenous people over the ownership and use of land and sea in Fiji’ and its ‘devastating effect’ when passed into law?”

    That’s a very STUPID qiestion, TS. You should know better.

    Ratu Mara *NEVER* touched it, and neither should Qarase or any future leader. And there was a very good reason WHY Ratu Mara NEVER touched it.

    Look deep inside yourself and you”ll find the answer.

  2. kudrunavanua Says:

    Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    You look deep inside yourself ,and count your blessing that you are not in India ,the land and the sea belongs to the Fijians and you have to pay the licenses to the turaga ni yavusa not the ILLEAGLE GOVERNMENT of Bainisona and Chorodary

    I am Satish the grandson of Prasad

  3. Tuks Says:

    Ratu Mara never touched the qoliqoli because of the many other key considerations that he has to deal with in bringing the colony through Independence and establishing our modern Fiji. As we moved on ppl must realise that the onus was on the indigenous ppl of Fiji and its leadership down the line to secure their God given heritage. The responsibilty fel on Qarase’s shoulders which he took up quite honorably. People who opposed that initiative never want to recognise the indigenous Rights to their resources and have continued to kep a blind eye to the indigenes plight. In pre Independent India their Nationalists threw out the English in 24hrs in recognition of the Indian people’s rights to their own Resources. Why cant the same apply to the Fijian people in their own land?. People have to look deep inside ourselves to see this sad reality. It il be a burning issue after Voreqe and these current IG has passed on. They have just reignited the fire that will keep the Taukei Nationalists a reason to fight on for their RIGHTS in the future..

  4. Stop the Curse Says:

    S…… la di da – could be a curse – sounds like names of pagan gods – in the name of the one and only true God for us Christians – we rebuke you – return to you your dark holes through Jesus name we pray

  5. Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    kudrunavanua, Tuks, et al, you’re all taking from your behinds – and what you say truly stinks.

    Ratu Mara NEVER touched the qoliqoli, not because he had other issues to deal with, you morons, but because *THE QOLIQOLI WAS HARMFUL TO THE NATION AND TO THE PEOPLE*** Get it through your thick skulls.

  6. Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Stop the Curse — hmmm, another idiot has arrived. Welcome, Cursey.

    I suppose you’d also call the 99 names of Allah 99 different ‘gods’ as well.

    The fact is, one GOD can have many names. They are his attributes.

    And there can be MANY demigods but only ONE God, that is, one person –

    And what does the heretical Catholic Church believe –

    GOD IS THREE PERSONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hmmmmmmmmm…..it cannot get any more evil than this.

    They’ve twisted the Word of God to such an extent that it is beyond repair.

  7. Stop the Curse Says:

    S… – one day you will find the truth and it wil set you free. God Bless.

  8. Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    kudrunavanua, we’re not paying anyone anything.

    ***The SEA belongs to the NATION, to the PEOPLE***

    Ratu Mara NEVER touched it, and RACIST Qarase should NOT have either – he did, and the nation is now paying a very heavy price. Clumsy fool! Incompetent bum.

    He should have kept his personal views aside and worked with Bainimarama and Chaudhry for the SAKE OF THE NATION. Moreover, it was Bainimarama who gave him the break to lead Fiji!

    The Expected One.

  9. Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Stop the Curse, (falsely) believing in THREE GODS, that is, God is ‘three persons’, will most certainly NOT set YOU free, darling boy.

    And (falsely) believing that Qarase is the Messiah will not either.

    The Expected One.

  10. Stop the Curse Says:

    S .. la di da. But it has – I am free – free conscience and heart. Why are you so defensive and bitter? Look for the truth and it will set you free.

  11. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Oh Expected One, can you enlighten us with what are we expected to find when we turn inward?

    Pray tell?

  12. soro Says:

    Oilei that Shit-y … Idiot is a reincarnation of the smelly one- ignore it everyone .. and lets carry on with the issue at hand

  13. Dauvavana Says:

    That Shri what ever was the false Budhau that SV threatened to block, she is also known as Destiny and we all know is Ellen Whippy. EW, how about that invitation to a drink at Traps (NOT).

    Btw, some bird from Sydney told me you raised some money for Vatukoula Miners a few months ago with Joeli something……….has that money reached its intended recipients yet???

    Come on EW, the kids at school in Vatukoula are only having one meal a day provided for by the school teachers. Please consider!

  14. IslandBoy Says:

    @Dauvavana – Nite EW na luvei Stan Ritova ko sa mai caka tiko vua na misini vou ni dra?

  15. Dauvavana Says:

    Io Naita, remember how she always want to invite me to a drink at Traps using the name Destiny qai toboki koya o Adi Kaila?

    Talk about want to Lucky o Bubu, au se primary school tu sa drau dolava wavoki tiko mai Levuka 8)

  16. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Isa, sa ci na noqu Tovata.

  17. EnufDictatorship Says:

    Ae sa ra tautauvata dina ga mai na man-of-the-cloth..or SOME should I say.

    As for that S………….. really IGNORE THE PIG SNORTER pipol…BLOG ON TO FREEDOM!!!!!

    @Dauvavana…LOL!!! waiko…kalavo tiko vei Bubu eh? hehehehe ;)….oilei da dre2..isa some oldies just still think they\’re 16…mate na kalavo ni waluvu!

  18. newsfiji Says:

    We are certainly not going to become like all the other indegenous peoples of the rest of the world – who’ve lost everything that identifies them to their land & sea!

    Shri whatever the helll your name is – if you don’t like it then fly or swim back to where your forefathers came from! You’re not welcome here!

    taukei..

  19. Always 4 Fiji Says:

    @ Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:

    You would be better informed if you stop writing here and check the Attorney General’s records at Government Buildings for proposed Bills in 1986. You will definitely find records of the Qoliqoli Bill prepared in 1986 under the Alliance Government of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. That is a piece of history that no one can ever change.

  20. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    On Cursey, Cursey, Cursey, Cursey. Look deep within YOURSELF and say this every night:

    I believe that God is ONE, without a second. He has without an equal or rival. There is NONE like unto Him.

    Amen.

  21. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    O my God! Always Not 4 Fiji, it would be better if YOU stopped writing –

    My family knows the Mara family very well – and Ratu Mara NEVER introduced this stupid and harmful bill.

    Always Not 4 Fiji, stop wasting your time.

    Ratu Mara of course knew about it and it was presented to him when he was P.M. for consideration. But that’s not the point. The most important question is:

    *DID HE TOUCH IT?*

    ANSWER: NO.

    *WAS HE HELL-BENT LIKE QARASE TO PASS IT?*

    ANSWER: NO.

  22. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Back on topic, the Wrong Irreverent Whiskey appears to have been ‘bought’ by the $100 allowance per day by the military charter.

    I am not sure what a bottle of whiskey costs in Fiji, but it could buy 3 bottles here in Australia.

  23. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    I can’t believe the level of INSANITY here….

    newsfiji: “We are certainly not going to become like all the other indegenous peoples of the rest of the world – who’ve lost everything that identifies them to their land & sea!”

    Who are you trying to fool, newsfiji?

    ***LIKE OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLE***

    Yeah right, newsfiji.

    Fijians are significantly much best off than other indigenous peoples.

    Let me make one thing clear:

    Fijians own most of the land in Fiji, unlike the Red Indians, native Hawaiians, Aborigines, and the Maoris. These land rights are PROTECTED.

    And I support them fully. However, the SEAS belong to the NATION.

    Period.

  24. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Should read:

    “Fijians are significantly much BETTER OFF than other indigenous peoples.”

  25. Tim Says:

    @ Shri – so presumably under your logic, Tuvaluans have no sovereign rights to certain parts of their land at high tide, and may eventually have no claim to the resources whatsoever?

  26. at least Says:

    Mara never touched it because he was getting money under the table from it like what Banimarama is getting now..Staying free in hotels with his family and the Maras at Turtle island.That is Why Mara dia not touch it coz he was benefitting alone from it and vnever thought of land and resource owners..That is why he was so popular to the Indians and not fijians.

  27. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    at least, you’re dumber than the dumbest.

    For your information, RATU MARA was VOTED IN AS PM, your stupid dirty moron.

    His SUPPORT BASE WAS FIJIAN, you slimy jerk.

    He NEVER took bribes, unlike your friend Qarase who went to people’s homes for dinner on the condition that he received a few thousand dollars (at least)!

    Now, how’s that for corruption, pea-brains?

  28. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    EXORCISM FOR CURSEY

    Oh Cursey, Cursey, Cursey, Cursey. You’re most certainly CURSED.

    Look deep within YOURSELF and say this every night:

    *I believe that God is ONE, without a second.

    *He is NOT three or three thousand or three million or three billion or three trillion.

    *He is without an equal or rival.

    *There is NONE like unto Him.

    Amen.

    THE EXPECTED ONE.

  29. Tuks Says:

    Sri,
    Take my word…you are the ones who will create doom for your own ppl. The Taukei will rise thanks to all your comments above. We are recording and watching you all very closely now. Watch it ,watch it!!!. The Taukeis will never take these things lying down. It will come from within the very institution you are now being protected by Voreqe/ He will be the one who will be most disappointed. Its coming Sri..Lai teve mada na boci boy..Kulu mada na moro ,kulu….boy.

  30. natewaprince Says:

    Alcohol has addled Yabaki’s brains and shrunk his balls,not that there was much of both to begin with.

  31. FijiGirl Says:

    I for one just cursor past Sri Balaklava Wh*re. She’s 100 times stupider than Budhau. I agree with EnufDictatorship – ignore them, and blog on to freedom.

    What do bloggers think is the root of the attraction between Yabaki and Chodo?

    It can’t just be money, can it?

    I can totally envisage Chodo spinning some huge bull**it story to play on Yabaki’s sympathies (post-2000 coup) and then keeping him constantly on the hook.

    But what is the source of this blind loyalty? Any ideas?

    God bless Fiji

  32. Tim Says:

    @Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva.

    You are missing the point while making your claims and confusing yourself. Your knowledge of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara does not change the official record. A senior Fiji Government official was sent to London in the 70s to research the letter by Queen Victoria to the Chiefs of Fiji in the late 1880s. The content of that letter was first conveyed by the Governor to the Chiefs in their meeting in Nailaga, Ba where the Queen was returning ownership of fishing grounds to the traditional owners. The Qoliqoli Bill prepared under Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s Alliance Government in 1986 was based on that important part of Fiji’s history. I am honoured and privileged to have known the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and the late Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi.

  33. aubatinuku-N Says:

    SAI BABA – Shut the door on your way out!!!!

  34. Mossad Says:

    @ Shri Shetload……talking about bribes, what about the $2million stolen by Shri Choddo……kinda forgetting that…..

  35. Jose Says:

    @ Shrek, have a smile to ease the heavy load you carry
    Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
    Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
    One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool. Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.
    He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
    Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
    When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
    When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news.
    The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to respond rationally to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life
    of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
    The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’

    Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?’

    Happy Mental Health day!
    You can do your bit by remembering to send an email to an unstable friend.

    I just did.

  36. Budhau Says:

    Fijigirl – that “100 times stupider remark” – figure it out honey and have a better scale – sort of like idiot, moron imbecile and and so forth – 100x times stupider – don’t sound good.

    So some of you idiots think Mara was on the take, other blame Qarase.
    I told you this is a Fijian vs Fijian conflict. They were all on the take.

    Mara had his day, now the Cakobau folks want to get on the gravy train.
    This ain’t about Fijian rights and all that crap – it is about whose turn it is.

    …I like the discussion in this thread… they was some idiot yelling that he is free.

    The last paragraph of Tui Savu piece – Hey I think that supports the other side – that the courts better not interfere with the what is happening in Fiji now. Savu, it is not what the Yabaki dude did back then in the coup-coup days – what is more important is what you (as a people) did back then.

  37. tosotiko Says:

    Thank you Tui Savu for a superb take on ‘Aqwila’. Enough to bring some venomous creatures hissing out of their dark, dark holes.
    LOL! Some people are highly irrational.

    Fijians started off better than other indigenous people but if we do not wake up now, we will slip back at a much faster rate than the way these other groups are steadily and most assuredly moving forward. Thank God for articulate Fijians like Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Tui Savu and Ro Filipe Tuisawau. We must keep fighting by using knowledge and don’t let the extremists rearing their ugly heads in our beloved blogsite deter us.

    Ratu Mara was always elected by the Fijian majority. None of the ones now constantly mentioning his name stood by him like the Fijian voters of those years who were our parents, grandparents etc. To them the most precious thing was our Fijian inheritance, the land especially. For most of them (my folks included), Ratu Mara was not their direct chief, but for the sake of our unity they and their chiefs sacrificed everything for Fijian unity.

    If indeed one of these creatures is Ellen Whippy….the vote of your General Voters alone would not have given Ratu Mara the right to lead the government but when he appointed a disproportionate number of Generals in his cabinet, the Fijian majority did not dispute this as they have given their trust to him to lead their country wisely and fairly.

    So stop spewing forth your rubbish because the Fijians now know how to debate what they want and there are more and more who will not simply bow down to what they are told.

  38. Striker Says:

    Akuila Yabaki – this old fart should have been retired a long time ago. He’s hopelessly out of touch and now, he joins the treasonous gang now stealing from the people and govt. coffers. Like those others, he should be made to fully account for his actions.

  39. Ispy Says:

    Shri…$%&^@#%@’s comments are noticably shallow.

    Reading through the whole discussion thread for the first time this morning, its not difficult to see that Shri…#$%#^$&%’s intention is to either:-

    (i) draw bloggers away from making useful contribution on this particular post; or

    (ii) draw bloggers into a heated exchange and hope that mistakes are made that may reveal a little bit more about the identities of the people who blog here.

    My advice, don’t engage him/her/it in any kind of discussion and if you absolutely must, then take care how much reveal…

    … as they say “loose lips sink ships”!

  40. IslandBoy Says:

    @Dauvavana – o ira qima qo ra vibataka tiko na kisi ni Yabaki kei Na Turaga Tui Nayau sa bale, o au via qaqa tiko ga vi kemuni e dua na ka.

    O ni kanaka, na gauna ya ni se Primary School kina. Au kanaka gauna qo ke qai tovolea tale sa mama na yamena o Tai Eleni. (Kaila mada)

  41. Tim Says:

    Please don’t allow yourselves to be manipulated and sidetracked by some of the posting going on here. Some of you may have already picked up by writing style and language that comments are not necessarily those of who we understand to be normally associated with a nickname. Case in point Tim at 0745.

  42. o au ga Says:

    ….na lasu ga kena vere ubiubi ga sa caka tu qo….

  43. Tui Says:

    Let’s give credit where it’s due. Ratu Mara was an exceptional leader, but like any other calculating and ambitious politician had his dark side. He was the mastermind of the 1987 coup. In fact the first coup he pulled out was in 77′ when the NFP won. Back then he advised the then GG Ratu George Cakobau that “Fijian taukei” led by Veitata, were ready to burn Suva if the NFP was going to be in government. While he said all those nice things in public about Indians, he sang a different tune when mixing it with his people. He was in a sense a true follower of Machiavellian politics!
    All these coups have been masterminded by power-hungry Fijians. The latest by selfish Indians and Fijians.
    I still maintain that we can work together as a nation if we only look at issues on a national level. We must accept that both SDL and FLP have have commited racist sins. Thing is can we find and alternative? One thing is sure though, SDL still has the numbers, and they will win if there is going to be an election.
    My hope is that we start to change our mindset and think of the big picture for once!
    Come on Fiji, we can do it!
    Bless.

  44. Wailei! Says:

    Regarding Mara (someone here thinks he is an Angel), I heard from a reliable source that after getting the loan from FDB on that Seaqaqa sugar plantation he tried to purchase/loan another farm in Seaqaqa from FDB. Unfortunately it was unfair to other people and was refused. So, He made a big stink to the MD in Suva, so the MD called the FDB guy in Seaqaqa. But was told that No with reasons of his own. (Around the late 70’s to early 80’s) I think. Apparently, rumor has it that he told the MD (i think Mr.Pickering at that time) that he was the Prime Minister of Fiji and that if he wanted another farm FDB should give it or some thing like that. Well, he was refused..sa qai pote!

    Now, We all know that some of Fiji’s public service is corrupt, Well the chain usually starts from the TOP and it works its way down. So, If Mara was doing it after independence, everyone else followed through. (Chain of corruption) So, it (Corruption) has been breeding and evolving from the Time of Mara. LQ was just an excuse. Bainiceke I heard bribed the last Commander (EPELI G) for him to take his place. Even my X Indo Fijian Boss was bribing the Tax (Inland Revenue) and customs people to adjust the books.

  45. Dauvavana Says:

    Naita IB, na yamatavuni jiko vei kemuni 8) 8) 8)

    O koya e vinaka cake na kana qereqere…………..me cava me da kana bulago kina ni ra bini na kawago sere ra qai coko vaka malua tu e na nodatou ba (Traps) e na noda Suva…………….ia tulou saka vei kemudou nai taukei ni qele ni ketou sa mai vakasavu ba tu e namudou delani soso sei qoliqoli………..:-)

    Dua tale mada vei kemuni na Bounty on coconut milk 8)

  46. Tuks Says:

    Sri,
    Who the bloody hell is your father to touch our Qoliqoli?. Its the Indian ppl like you and your father who are now clearly demonstrating and justifying the Taukei fears of Indian domination are real and we have genuine reason why we should be very protective over our God given Resources. Back off mate, back off.. may be back off to where you and your father originally come from…

  47. Wailei! Says:

    lol@Dauvana.. @ Shri.. So, big deal… you sound like a 6 year old…

    (Please use a 6year old tone)
    “my father knows Mara…My father is a kulina…my father is a ghandu…”
    WEWEWEWEWEWEE all the way home…

    Who cares! He aint feeding me nor is he clothing me.. (Dont want to speak ill of the dead…. pardon me)In case you’ve forgotten his already a skeleton in his grave! May he rest in Peace.

    Nobody cares what your father did.. You sound like those wannabe people who ride on famous peoples back to get your glorification. Plus your father sounds like an arse kisser to me. Ni ci o Rt.M e boi vinaka vei nomu fadre!

    Plus whats the Qoliqoli Bill to you anyway, this concerns my land and my sea and my people. Who the fuck are you? Let the Indigenous Fijians decide for themselves if they want it or not.

  48. Groggymaster Says:

    The court declarations in 2001 with respect to the purported dismissal of the labour govt, and the illegality of the IG after the 2000 coup applies to the 2006 situation. Accordingly the present IG is illegal, and will be found to be illegal in the cases before the courts – unless of course the courts decide to swallow their own vomit and contort themselves to find otherwise.

    Whats good for the gander is good for the goose…

  49. Wailei! Says:

    @ Shri… you’re an imbecile and a retard. Go join Bainiceke in St.Giles. Sounds like you guys from the same family tree!

  50. Dauvavana Says:

    Ellen you getting agro, did you wear you G String up too tight today 8)

  51. Vore Says:

    Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Because of you we going to lobby our chiefs to increase the fishing license fee

  52. Ispy Says:

    Boy Shri…, I shudder to think what will happen to your Indian relatives here in Fiji when the shit hits the fan.

    You already forgotten what happened in 1987?

    Well, I guess you just a kid then when your father was running around the market looking for Police officers to shield him from the angry Fijian mob.

    You keep talking mate!

  53. Tim Says:

    Shri @ 11.28: I never claimed to know Mara – you and your ilk did in your attempt to manipulate comment.
    It merely shows your arguments are crap and that you cannot bear genuine comment. Your attempts are really quite pathetic and juvenile.
    It’s that same flip flop wabbly logic that occupies the mind of your idol Frank

  54. IslandBoy Says:

    @Dauvavana, Tuks & Wailei.

    One need only read the relevant chapters of the United Nations Law of the Sea convention to realise the recgnition accorded to sovereign nations regarding the adjudication of their national territorial waters.

    Most PICs just completed a UN sponsored regional workshop in Suva to submit increases to their boundaries to the Law of the Sea at its invitation.

    This is in recognition of the potential for vast deposits of resources under our seabeds.

    Since time immemorial Fijians have recognised the ownership rights of a clan over traditional waters.

    In Fiji’s most rural areas where our people live peacebly side by side, our Indian brothers and sisters and indeed indigenous Fijians living as vulagi wil go to the liuliu ni yavusa/mataqali with a sevusevu to ask to fish in traditional fishing grounds.

    Most turaga/marama bale have entire clans known as their fishermen, “gonedau” who control such resources for the province and its immdiate fishing grounds.

    Only those grossly ignorant of our social structures don’t know this.

    I am not a supporter of Qarase or the SDL but I believe he was only trying to codify in western law, this time honoured tradition. Perhaps he went about it the wrong way and did not do his homework in terms of community education and awareness.

    Dauvavana – In the above post we were just joking but you made reference to trawling for fish in the traditional waters of my province.

    To me the fact that you mentioned this means that you have been taught about this tradition from birth and are aware that we share and respect the same values.

    On that note nomuni taucoko na loma ni toba me yaco sara ki na yanuyanu o Beqa. Bisa tiko na lagi, kua ni guilecava nodaru kote naita.

  55. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth One:

    Can you enlighten us with the following answers?

    Did the Fijian Chiefs cede ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji to Queen Victoria in 1884?

    Did Queen Victoria accept the ceding of ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji from the Fijian Chiefs in 1884?

  56. Tim Says:

    @IB 1.01 Well said! And just because someone/somemany come along after well-established traditions and practices are in place and do not understand them, does not mean they are extinguished. Especially when they come along and purpoet to respect them, then try and change the rules down the track without negotiation.
    In most cases, all that is being asked is recognition and respect.

  57. LUVfiji Says:

    Sorry dear bloggers.. just found this on fijilive.com

    Does this look like a sideways transfer or a demotion? It sure does not look like a promotion to me. Vinaka na vosota, Eliki.
    _____

    Bomani transferred to PM’s Office
    11 JUN 2008
    ——————————————————————————–

    Former Deputy Secretary for Information Eliki Bomani has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office.

    He has been given the post of deputy secretary for the Development Unit in the PM’s Office.

    Public Service Commission chairman Rishi Ram said Bomani started at his new job this week.

    “He was on leave and he started in PMs Office after that,” said Ram.

    Bomani was replaced by Major Neumi Leweni who was transferred from a diplomatic posting in China to the Ministry of Information last week.

  58. Tim Says:

    I’m not sure what credentials Shri has to discuss Maori and Aboriginees.
    For a start it took 70 plus years for people to recognise the differences in meaning between English and Maori versions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and it is unclear to this day whether Aboriginal sovereignty was ever extinguished.
    Just because British law (in all its glory) failed to adequately define (something it is forever striving to do) does not heighten its status. That law however is something that for pragmatic or other reasons seems to be what we all aspire to abide by – unless of course you are a coup supporter. Probably the reason we do is because it attempts to be representative (at least these days) even though it fails us often. Its a better option than a coup however because it allows challenge – something those that indulge in coups just can’t seem to handle

  59. Striker Says:

    @Luvfiji; Compared to that utter fool who has replaced him, the blinking non-performing wanker from the green goons’ camp, this is a demotion for a professional like Eliki.

  60. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Here comes Islanbaby with yet another idiotic comment:

    “Dauvavana, Tuks & Wailei. One need only read the relevant chapters of the United Nations Law of the Sea convention to realise the recgnition accorded to sovereign nations regarding the adjudication of their national territorial waters.”

    We knew this already, kid.

    It’s called ********LAW OF THE SEA********

    And Ratu Mara was partly responsible for introducing it.

    “NATIONAL TERRITORIAL WATERS” – you spelled it correctly, islandboy.

    NATIONAL, NOT INDIGENOUS.

    In other words, the >>>>>>WATERS REMAIN NATIONAL<<<<<<<<<<.

  61. LUVfiji Says:

    Vinaka Shri etc etc.. what are you, btw? an organisation or a group of you blogging together? why so many names? do you represent the Law of the Blogsphere? strange!

    what the heck.. whats in a name??

    blog on, yaarr!

  62. LUVfiji Says:

    @Striker. Ka dina. Eliki’s perseverance will carry him through.

  63. IslandBoy Says:

    E dua na turaga vuku, yalomatua kanaka va qo ne, ” Na lecaika e kauta mai na veilecayaki.” Sa vicalati nai sau ni vosa caka tiko mai vei ira na lewelevu.

    The Law of the Sea Convention was largely drafted by one of Fiji’s more brilliant sons, an international civil servant of quiet dignity and humility by the name of Mr. Satya Nandan.

    This can easily be ascertained by referencing UN General Assembly dcouments from 1972/73/74 and tracing the creation of this international body.

    I stand to be corected but think Mr. Nandan was working for the Singapore Government (they tend to cherry pick the best) but still consulted on a regular basis by the Secretariat of the Law of the Sea.

    When a subject matter is beyond one’s comprehension, its much better to be humble and concede rather than bluster on foolishly.

    Ena laurai votu kina na veilecayaki.

  64. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    IslandBoy: “When a subject matter is beyond one’s comprehension, its much better to be humble and concede rather than bluster on foolishly.”

    You get that right too, islandkid. Do your research next time and get some help before posting stupid comments which you then like a true kid have to “stand to be corrected”. Haha

    GIVE CREDIT WHERE & WHEN IT IS DUE

    RATU MARA WAS PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR INTRODUCING THE LAW OF THE SEA – AND HE NEVER TOUCHED THE QOLIQOLI.

    THE LAW OF THE SEA STATES THAT NATIONS HAVE RIGHTS, NOT ANY PARTICULAR GROUP:- REGARDLESS, INDIGENOUS OR NON-INDIGENOUS.

    The Expected One.

  65. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    The Legacy of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

    http://www.flp.org.fj/s030827.htm

    (posted 27 August 2003, 1600)
    Address by
    Mahendra P. Chaudhry,
    Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Memorial Lectures,
    Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka
    27 August 2003

    Good evening,
    Distinguished guests,
    Ladies and gentlemen.

    I consider it a great honour to be invited to speak on the life and achievements of a man whom I hold in great esteem, and who has featured so large in my own career in the past 30-odd years. As I turned the different milestones of my working life, he was always there – sometimes as a distant somewhat enigmatic leader, other times in closer proximity as an adversary, a political protagonist, and in the past few years as I faced the most challenging role of my public career, he was there as a mentor – a person I could turn to for advice and guidance in the days of my prime ministership.

    It is my regret that the greater part of our dramatic interaction, often of great national importance, saw us facing each other across the table, often as adversaries rather than in tandem because I have since realised that we share a common vision for the well-being of our people and nation.

    Tonight as I explore the life-canvas of this remarkable man, I intend to confine myself to that which I am most familiar with – his public life and career. I will not go into, nor am I qualified to speak on, his ancestry, his upbringing, or, of Ratu Mara in his chiefly role. That I shall leave for others but I believe Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi covered these aspects fairly adequately when he spoke at the first of the Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara memorial lecturers at USP in Suva, some months ago.

    Let me begin then with some general observations on the achievements of a man appropriately dubbed as the father of the nation. In a public career spanning some four decades he has left a formidable legacy of nation-building difficult for any successor to emulate.

    He has shaped and moulded the socio-economic fabric of our nation. Indeed, it can be easily conceded that the most significant economic and infrastructural developments took place under the prime ministership of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

    It is tragic that in the past 15 years, Fiji has stagnated as a nation. Battered by three military coups instigated by racist and reactionary forces, we are today a nation fragmented by racial bigotry and misguided nationalism.

    I believe as we struggle to regain our equilibrium as a nation, we need to look back into our past because there are important lessons to be gleaned from the stewardship of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

    The years of stability, nationhood and growth achieved under Ratu Mara were neither accidental nor just an evolutionary phase in the growth of our nation.

    I believe they were the direct result of the political ethos of the man: his belief in the principle of multiracialism, his respect for the rule of law and for the norms of good governance. Above all, the underlying strength of his successful tenure in power was, undoubtedly, his political creed based on the now famous concept of the three-legged stool.

    The partnership analogy in this concept is fitting. For the stool to be stable, all three legs have to be equal and strong. A weakening of any one would cause imbalance and the stool would totter.

    Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi had referred to the delicate balance Ratu Mara had managed to maintain between the understandable aspirations of his own indigenous people and the legitimate expectations of Fiji’s other communities. I have no doubt that his success in doing so stemmed from his sincere commitment to the concept of multiracialism as a strong feature in forging national growth.

    There could be no greater manifestation of this concept of the 3-legged stool than the 1970 Constitution which gave equal political status to the two major ethnic groups while acknowledging the importance of the minority communities.

    The paramountcy of indigenous interest was ensured through veto powers vested in the Council of Chiefs nominees in the Senate on all matters relating to the entrenched interests of the Fijian and Rotuman people.

    Under this national charter, Ratu Mara was able to achieve substantial national growth. His policies of racial integration, understanding and tolerance earned him the respect and confidence of all communities.

    Important steps were taken towards nation building with the adoption of policies which encouraged racially integrated schools, a programme of localisation based on the 50/50 formula, the acknowledgement of Fiji’s multi-religious society through the declaration of public holidays for the observance of a special day for all major faiths.

    Legislative measures such as the Public Order Act, enacted to safeguard the interests of all ethnic communities, served to reinforce belief in his government’s commitment to multiracialism.

    Unfortunately, Ratu Mara’s policies did not go unchallenged … as witnessed by the rise at times of Sakeasi Butadroka and his ultra nationalist party with their slogan of repatriation of the Indians. But while Butadroka was tolerated under the norms of democracy, Ratu Mara ensured he did not seriously impair racial harmony or exceed the bounds of racial animosity. He showed no hesitation in invoking the Public Order Act to charge Butadroka and throw him in jail to stop his abusive racial utterances.

    It is against this backdrop of national unity and stability, that Fiji made great strides in social and economic development in the first two decades following independence.

    Fiji was registering average growth rates of 6% in the 70s while the investment level peaked at 30% in 1981 compared to the current 10% of which the public sector accounts for almost 7%.

    The Mara era saw major development in infrastructure: the cutting and sealing of the Suva-Nadi highway, the construction of the Lautoka Hospital with state of the art facilities to cater for the people of the West, the construction of the Monasavu hydro electricity dam to stabilise the cost of electricity, the Vaturu Dam to provide adequate supplies of clean water to the residents of Nadi and Lautoka, the national stadium in Suva. Numerous other projects took shape which paved the way for greater agricultural and industrial growth.

    The most phenomenal of this was the expansion of tourism in the Nadi Bay area and along the Coral Coast following the sealing of the Suva-Nadi Highway.

    The Hyatt Regency (now the Warwick), the Fijian Resort, the Hideaway, the Paradise Point, the Naviti Resort, the much-expanded Mocambo, the Tanoa Hotel and the Sheraton-all these big, four-five star resorts took shape in the late 70s and early 80s.

    It is no co-incidence that hardly any major resorts have been constructed following 1987 with the exception of the Outrigger Reef Resort and some development in the Denarau in the past few years. Fiji has not been able to provide the same degree of political stability, law and order and investor confidence that prevailed in the Mara era.

    Similar growth took place in the development of resources. Sugar, an important commodity even in the Colonial era, took on a new dimension under the Mara government – the credit for much of which must go to him as Prime Minister.

    The way for stability and expansion of the sugar industry had been paved by the Denning Award which for the first time in decades met growers’ demands for an equitable share of sugar proceeds and the removal of other iniquities in the system.

    To Ratu Mara goes the credit for bringing price stability to the industry under the Sugar Protocol agreement of the Lome Convention with the entry of Britain into the European Market. Not only did the agreement give Fiji a guaranteed price, this price was at least two and a half to three times higher than the world market price for sugar.

    It boosted the price of cane from around $7 a tonne to $23 a tonne at the time. The resultant boom in the sugar industry led to notable expansion in cane cultivation and sugar production.

    Sugar production doubled under his stewardship, from around 250,000 tonnes at the time of independence to more than 502,000 in 1986. The Mara Government’s development plan was to achieve a target of 725,000 tonnes in sugar production.

    Ratu Mara takes more direct credit for the stability in the industry brought about by the provision of greater security of tenure with the provision of 30 year agricultural leases under ALTA in 1976. He saw the birth of its predecessor the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Ordinance in 1966 as the Minister for Natural Resources. He was the only Fijian member of the Legislative Council who argued in favour of ALTO at the time when all others denounced it as taking away the rights of the Native Land Trust Board and native landowners.

    To Ratu Mara also goes the credit of successfully negotiating the nationalisation of the sugar industry from the South Pacific Sugar Mills Ltd and the restructure of the industry that followed in 1985.

    At the same time, he took steps to ensure greater participation of Fijian landowners in both agricultural and national development. The Seaqaqa scheme set up in Vanua Levu to encourage Fijians to take up cane farming was his baby. The fact that the scheme failed to realise its noble aspirations can hardly be attributed to Ratu Mara.

    Much more successful was his dream to create green gold for native owners through the Pine scheme. Extensive pine plantations were developed under the Mara government which is today not only reaping rich dividends for native owners but also makes a healthy contribution to employment and to the nation’s foreign earnings through sales of logs, veneer and pine chips.

    Also successful was his government’s move to set up a fish cannery in Levuka which apart from national significance, provided much needed employment to people in Levuka, the old capital.

    Developments in agriculture, were perhaps among the most notable achievements of his government. Self sufficiency in food was a key feature of his development plans To this end, the Mara era saw the Sigatoka Valley project get underway, a major expansion in poultry production and the setting up of the rice irrigation schemes in Lakena, Dreketi and Navua. By mid-80s Fiji was 70% self-sufficient in rice.

    The establishment of the Boystown to deal with the problem of youths and juvenile delinquency has to be one of his more important achievements on the domestic front.

    Before I move on, I would like to mention Ratu Mara’s contribution in the maintenance of an exemplary, ethnically balanced civil service. Fiji was proud of the civil service in his days … it carried a degree of professionalism and high standards which is deplorably lacking today.

    He drove his permanent secretaries hard, and likewise his cabinet. He was uncompromising when it came to standards and commitment to duty. Promotions, particularly to senior positions, were based on merit. He was all-inspiring in the manner in which he conducted himself, in his personal demeanour and in his dealings with others.

    One must not forget that he was hand-picked and groomed by the colonial administrators to lead. He was recalled from medical studies in Otago, New Zealand and sent to Oxford for studies in economics and public administration.

    Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara was a towering personality who cut an impressive figure both on the international arena as well as in the Pacific region. He had a successful foreign policy which saw him play a significant role in the formulation of the Lome Convention and in particular, the various benefits that accrued to the ACP nations under its Stabex scheme and the Sugar Protocol.

    Under Ratu Mara’s leadership Fiji also made a name for itself in the Law of the Sea conference and he had the good fortune to see one of his leading diplomats, Satya Nandan, appointed to head the United Nations Law of the Sea division.

    But perhaps his most enduring contribution is the recognition Fiji achieved by joining the United Nations peace keeping duties in the Middle East. To send Fiji soldiers to UNIFIL was a Mara initiative in order to expose our young people to disciplined services and to boost employment opportunities for the young.

    His greatest contribution is, of course, in regional politics where he was a giant among leaders. Regional co-operation was at its height under Mara and he is known to have said that he found regional politics the most rewarding.

    He played a key role in the development of regional institutions such as the South Pacific Forum, now the Pacific Islands Forum, and the Pacific Islands Development Programme based in Hawaii. His insistence on trade rather than aid to struggling economies, led to the formation of the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA) under which Pacific Island nations were able to develop and expand their trading benefits with Australia and New Zealand under preferential tariff arrangements.

    My own first contact with Ratu Sir Kamisese was through the civil service. As Prime Minister he was in charge of the civil service while I had just been elected general secretary of the Fiji Public Service Association – a post I held for 29 years, 22 of which were under his administration as the elected PM and later as head of the post coup interim administration from 1988 to 1992.

    Our clashes, nationally important ones, have become somewhat legendary as is wont to happen when two strong personalities differ. I led the first civil service strike in Fiji’s history in 1973 as the newly elected general secretary of the FPSA.

    The second major strike was in 1984 when FPSA members of CAAF, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, walked off their jobs over the controversial dismissal of a fire officer. This eventuated in a week-long strike which shut down the airport, crippling Fiji’s tourist trade.

    The strike in both these instances arose as a result of government’s refusal to submit to arbitration. In the end, both were resolved, in the Union’s favour, through arbitration.

    Prime Minister Mara’s interaction with trade unionists in the early post independence period was very cordial. He was receptive to ideas that would promote equity and social justice and regarded the Fiji Trades Union Congress as a social partner in development.

    Such cordial relations naturally led to Mara embracing tripartism in 1976, largely through the persuasion of the FTUC.

    Co-operation under the Tripartite Forum ushered in a period of industrial peace and economic progress which lasted until 1984 when relations soured with the unilateral imposition of a wage freeze.

    Before I touch on that, it would be remiss of me not to mention some of the gains made during this period of tripartite co-operation. Ratu Mara takes credit for agreeing, again at the behest of the FTUC, to set up the EDB (Economic Development Board forerunner to the present Fiji Trades and Investment Bureau). This was an idea the unions had borrowed from Singapore.

    The unions also promoted the incorporation of ATS as an extension of the concept of tripartism and its successful application in the commercial world.

    I remember at the time Berenado Vunibobo who was Permanent Secretary for Civil Aviation strongly opposed the scheme. Ratu Mara, however, overruled his objections and went ahead with the project. This was the mettle of the man -if he was convinced an idea was good he would go ahead with it despite the views of his civil servants.

    As chair of the Tripartite Forum, Ratu Mara was respected by the unions for his leanings towards fairness and social equity.

    Unfortunately, the era of cooperation was short lived. The 1982 general elections marked a watershed as the cordiality between Mara’s government and the Union’s began to wane. Ratu Mara, increasingly under the influence of newly elected Alliance MPs such as Peter Stinson, Ahmed Ali, Mosese Qionibaravi began to distance himself from the unions and embraced a capitalist path.

    It saw the introduction of hostile, anti worker policies culminating in the Wage Freeze of 1984, the birth of the Fiji Labour Party the following year in response to the freeze and the demise of the Alliance Party following the 1987 general elections.

    Later in life, of course, Ratu Mara revised his thinking and returned to his earlier benevolent attitude towards policies which ensured social and economic justice. I found this a strong conviction in him as he guided me in the 12 months of my prime ministership. We used to have weekly one-hour meetings every Wednesday and I kept him fully informed on the State of the Nation – he in turn would render me valuable advice.

    It is a great tragedy that this strong advocate of multiracialism should have his very commitment to multiracialism questioned towards the end of his political career. Ratu Mara was accused of having complicity in the coup of 14 May 1987.

    Apart from claims by coup strongman Sitiveni Rabuka, no hard evidence has so far surfaced to indict him. Maybe one day the truth will surface and we will be able to put this sordid matter to rest once and for all.

    In his book The Pacific Way Ratu Mara justifies his participation in Sitiveni Rabuka’s post-coup regime by saying that “at that stage my heart ruled my head”. This was despite what he described as “sound advice” at the time from Brian Tallboys of New Zealand, that he should have nothing to do with the instigators of the 1987 coup.

    To the Media at the time, Ratu Mara explained his involvement in the now famous quote: “How could I stand by and watch my house on fire?” With the passage of time, one may consider his reasons, although not acceptable by me, understandable.

    The unceremonious manner in which he was ousted as President following the May 2000 terrorist takeover of Parliament, is also tragic. He was removed because he stuck by his presidential oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. He told me afterwards, that he was pressured by the security forces at the height of the May 2000 terrorist takeover of Parliament to abrogate the 1997 Constitution.

    Ratu Mara refused to do so saying he had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution.

    “If the Constitution goes, I go,” he told those who were pressuring him in that now infamous, orchestrated incident on the naval patrol ship on the night of 29 May 2000. Sadly, his refusal to comply sealed his fate.

    He was removed from the presidency and army commander Frank Bainimarama assumed executive control of the country, abrogating the 1997 Constitution.

    The tragedy is that this man who did so much for his country, is today largely forgotten by the ruling elite because they do not like his philosophy of multiracialism.

    They have chosen instead the path of extremism as a result of which Fiji is today sinking under the weight of misguided nationalism which has fanned the fires of racial prejudice and religious bigotry.

    Three years after the conflagration of May 2000 we are still seeking a way to take our nation forward, to lift it out of the quagmire of racial prejudice into which it has sunk.

    Once again, I venture to suggest that our redemption lies in seeking answers from the life (philosophy) of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. Let’s take a leaf out of his book.

    In 1982, just prior to the national elections, Ratu Mara had reached the conviction that a better way forward for Fiji was through a government of national unity. He believed that Fiji had reached a stage in its development where it needed a national flavour in the government of the day.

    In his memoirs, he said he had first mooted this idea at the preparatory talks on the 1970 Constitution. He now felt that the time was ripe to propose it again. Fiji was heading for another general elections which could prove to be acrimonious to race relations in the country.

    Furthermore, he believed that while there was equal ethnic representation in Parliament, this was not reflected at Cabinet level. Representation at cabinet level, he said “was pivotal for both policy making and public presentation”. The reality in Fiji, however, was that the Alliance had small Indian representation and the NFP little Fijian representation.

    Says Mara in his memoirs: “Fiji was too small to squander its limited pool of talent. Worse still, this division created an atmosphere of frustration that could fester and poison relations”.

    He was of the view that a government of national unity “would commit members to support and promote cabinet policy, which then hopefully, would be seen in national rather than racial terms”.

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is exactly the reason I myself proposed a government of national unity to Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

    We have a situation today where the two majority parties are racially polarised as far as parliamentary representation is concerned. A government of national unity would ensure adequate representation of all ethnic communities in national decision making in exactly the kind of scenario visualised by Ratu Mara in 1982.

    I am now venturing into the realm of hypothesy, but I would be bold enough to state that had the then Leader of Opposition, Jai Ram Reddy, heeded Mara’s call for a government of national unity, 1987 would not have taken place.

    Prime Minister Qarase has a splendid opportunity today to respect the intent and spirit of the 1997 Constitution, and to take Fiji forward in the only way possible. I invite him to bite the bullet, to walk in the path of this great statesman from Lau, his own high chief, and to accept the challenge presented by a government of national unity.

    If he does that he would go down in history as a man who put national interests above personal considerations.

    Fiji today needs visionary leadership. As leaders we have a duty to explore the best possible way of taking our nation forward through policies that are just and equitable to all ethnic communities and that take advantage of the diversity of talents available to us.

    We must move away from politics of race. This was the vision that had prompted Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara in 1982 to propose the formation of a government of national unity.

    It is this vision which is reflected in Section 99 of the Constitution based on the realisation that the communal nature of our electoral system precluded the fair representation of all ethnic communities in Cabinet.

    In 1999, I as Prime Minister had ensured that out of 18 members of my Cabinet, 12 were indigenous Fijians – much to the chagrin of some of my Indian colleagues. I felt the gesture was necessary to win the confidence of the entire nation in my government and to show that we were not guided by communal considerations.

    Unfortunately, the Qarase government shows no such considerations. They have, in fact, embraced the opposite end of the political spectrum based on policies of exclusivism. The years between 1987 and 1999 showed that racially exclusive policies were a major deterrent to national growth and nation building.

    Prime Minister Qarase is wrong in his thinking that through minimum compliance with the law, and token representation of the FLP in his Cabinet, he can achieve national reconciliation and national growth. To do that he needs to genuinely recognise the intent and spirit of Section 99 of the Constitution in its provision for power sharing.

    Unless, he does that I do not see him building the trust and confidence of all ethnic communities that is necessary to take this nation forward.

    I re-iterate, a Government of National Unity is the only way forward for Fiji at this critical juncture of its history.

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

  66. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth & Expected One:

    Can you enlighten us with the following answers?

    Did the Fijian Chiefs cede ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji to Queen Victoria in 1874?

    Did Queen Victoria accept the ceding of ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji from the Fijian Chiefs in 1874?

  67. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Here you go kids: “Yet another significant Mara achievement was his contribution to the negotiations that led to the signing of a new United Nations International Law of the Sea Convention in 1982.”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamisese_Mara

    International achievements and honours

    In the 1960s, Mara led a revolt by Pacific Islands delegates that brought about a restructuring of the South Pacific Commission. He also helped to launch the Pacific Islands Producers’ Association. This evolved into the South Pacific Bureau for Economic Cooperation, which grew into the South Pacific Forum, an association of Pacific nations, of which Mara was a founder member.

    Yet another significant Mara achievement was his contribution to the negotiations that led to the signing of a new United Nations International Law of the Sea Convention in 1982.

  68. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth Side Step & Expected One:

    Can you enlighten us with the following answers?

    Did the Fijian Chiefs cede ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji to Queen Victoria in 1874?

    Did Queen Victoria accept the ceding of ‘all lands and all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji from the Fijian Chiefs in 1874?

  69. Tim Says:

    @JW: It’s pointless pissing in the wind – Shri has idols and is incapable of responding to specifics. He might reread some of his own posts and see how they fit with the actions of those he worships today.
    It’s all intended to be diversionary anyway.

  70. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    jese wanker and tim tam, it would be much better if you two just kept silent. Your pea-sized brains obviously cannot comprehend the issues discussed here and now you’re letting your fingers do the talking and that is simply not on.

    As to your STUPID question regarding Fijian cession, I want to ask you one:

    ***WHY didn’t Ratu Sukuna introduce the qoliqoli then***** — (when he founded the Native Land Trust Board)

    WHY NOT?

    (and WHY didn’t Ratu Mara touch it?)

  71. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth Side Step The Issue & Expected One:

    If I have a pea sized brain and cannot comprehend the issue being discussed as you so boldly claim, then first answer my questions, before you can properly determine whether I am able to comprehend the issue being discussed or not?.

    So, without side tracking the issue and give me a straight answer, which any reasonable person with a normal size brain can do with ease, can you enlighten me with the following answers?

    Did the Fijian Chiefs cede ‘all lands, all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji to Queen Victoria in 1874?

    Did Queen Victoria accept the ceding of ‘all lands, all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji from the Fijian Chiefs in 1874?

  72. at least Says:

    MAra and Lala were both gaining from all these resource usage without informing the actual owners they are benefitting from.I remember when the Nakalevu knew that Mara and Lala were blocking the benefits of Yadua Island at Fijian Hotel, the Nakalevu then told them not to set foot at Cuvu again which did happen. You see, they were enjoying this money without telling Nakalevu coz Lala is vasu i Cuvu and was claiming to be the beneficiary of that island..I must tell you again why Mara was not touching the land was because he was benefitting secretly from them without the knowledge of its rightful owners. No wonder God did spill the beans after they left us what a great relief to us Fijians and the nation as a whole.All that said Mara was famous were none other than just Indians I hardly heard any Fijian saying the same..We were dumped at those stages but we are back more wiser this time..

  73. Soul of Fiji Says:

    Shri…..sounds and writes like one previous blogger who used blog name like Taukei, that come into this blog pretending to be Fijian, pretending to know the Bible, yet all that comes out of his mouth…..as you can see from his ramblings above is EVIL and full of SHIT.

    His postings comes from search engine cut and paste and tries to patronise and bully everyone on this blog into believing what he says.

    Doesn’t he sound familiar, he thinks he knows everything….and everybody else is stupid.

    SOUNDS LIKE THE ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT (IG), BIG SUPPORTER OF THE COUP.

  74. Adi Kaila Says:

    Fiji police reopen Naitasiri chief’s case
    11 JUN 2008
    ——————————————————————————–

    Fiji police have reopened the case against Naitaisiri chief and former Senator Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, his lawyer Akuila Naco confirmed to Fijilive.

    Despite this being the second time the Qaranivalu, the chiefly title in Naitaisiri, is being questioned by police over an advertisement published in a local daily last year, Naco said the investigation officers raised no new allegations.

    Ratu Inoke is being investigated by police for a paid advertisement that was published in the Sunday Times on August 26 last year inviting interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for a one-to-one meeting to iron out matters of national interest.

    Bainimarama rejected this invitation.

    However, police mounted an investigation to determine his intention behind the meeting.

    Naco confirmed Ratu Inoke was forwarded a list of interview questions from police, which he responded to with his (Naco) assistance.

    He said there was no issue in the allegations the last time the case was brought up.

    “I can confirm that police have reopened the case. We have forwarded them the (written) response yesterday after they sent us a list of interview questions and there was nothing new there,” Naco told Fijilive.

    “Now, it is up to them whether they want to proceed with the case and charge him,” he said.

    No official comments could be obtained from police.

    Police spokesman (Operations) Atunaisa Sokomuri referred all questions to Ema Mua, the force’s police public relations officer (Policy) who could not be reached for a comment.
    ————————————————————————————-

    Once again – No official comments could be obtained from police.

    What’s wrong with dialogue voreqe – can’t face the Big Boys so you make up an ‘incident’ that Na Qaranivalu and his friends wanted to assassinate you – they couldn’t be bothered killing you – you’re not worth the effort. Ho Hum!

  75. Dauvavana Says:

    Me vaka la du kanaka na TUraga Naita “sa na dua dina na siga ni kilu vinaka e dai” sa dri yani

  76. Shri Aditya Baladeva Balarama Vasudeva Subhadra Nanda Baba Surya Shankar Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kalki Deva Says:

    Soul of Fiji, YQU’re an absolut – I know more about scriptures than you’ll ever in a billion years, dude.

  77. FijiGirl Says:

    SV – Please can you block this bitch? She’s even worse than Prue.
    God bless Fiji

  78. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth Side Step The Issue Sona Levu & Expected One:

    If you will not engage with a pea brain Fijian with 2 simple questions and try to defray discussions with irrelevant issues, then, maybe it is fair the moderator should ban you.

    How can you claim to know so much about scripture and can not even answer my 2 simple questions?

    BTW. with my small pea brain, I do have qualifications in Scripture apart from others and I will like to engage you. but first answer ,my simple 2 questions. You get the drift…..

    Remember, we are professional Fijians who have a voice which we didn’t have before. The illegal coup has indeed opened up a cans of worms.

    BTAIM, I again ask you the following:

    Did the Fijian Chiefs cede ‘all lands, all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji to Queen Victoria in 1874?

    Did Queen Victoria accept the ceding of ‘all lands, all reefs and foreshore’ of Fiji from the Fijian Chiefs in 1874?

  79. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    BTW Oh Light-Headed Big Mouth Side Step The Issue Sona Levu & Expected One,

    if you will not answer my questions, then I think it is fair to summarise that you cannot ‘walk the walk after the talk the talk’, so the moderator should ban you?

  80. Dauvavana Says:

    Shri Ellen Whippy M.Q. Baladeva Balarama whatever

    I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce

    Peace 8)

  81. Jose Says:

    THE SHREK SAYS:

    “Soul of Fiji, YQU’re an absolut – I know more about scriptures than you’ll ever in a billion years, dude”.

    Soul of Fiji, you are absolutely right. It is Taukei calling himself the Shrek now.I knew that from another post where we were discussing the Commandments. Even if there was a little doubt, the statement above confirms it.
    Because he had used it once before when he was calling himself TAUKEI trying to advocate his “Declaration of War”. He had responded to someone with that same statement and I had thought “That is soooo….. arrogant”

    @ Hey Bhudau, my man. Where are you, and you too FijiGirl? You both read Taukei’s “Declaration of War”. (I didn’t read it and not in the mood too now.
    He quoted a lot of texts from the Bible. You both stated that he was also quoting rexts from various other sources including the names he is now calling himself. The “SHREK” for short.
    You read Tau

  82. Jose Says:

    Correction
    @ Hey Bhudau, my man. Where are you, and you too FijiGirl? You both read Taukei’s “Declaration of War”. (I didn’t read it and not in the mood too now).
    He quoted a lot of texts from the Bible. You both stated that he was also quoting texts from various other sources including the names he is now calling himself. The “SHREK” for short.

  83. FijiGirl Says:

    @ Dauvavana – and I’ll bet there’s an ointment she can buy for it, probably only on prescription, though.

    @ Jose – Sorry, the diseased cow has nothing to do with me. I just scroll past her rantings.
    Don’t get drawn into engaging with her – like our buddy Budhau she’s just trying to distract us from the task at hand, which is to discuss Fiji’s political situation with a view to making the world a better place, venting our frustrations with the illegal regime, passing on gossip, and finding ways to bring the b*stards down.
    I don’t need to see the Word of God being twisted into a device for a spewing, mewling SHREiKing banshee tevoro.

    God bless Fiji

  84. anon Says:

    Sri, mai kubu mada me rawa ni o galu tu kina.

  85. aubatinuku-N Says:

    O la qo e yaca vaka tevoro tiko, e na sigai ni ka ni kurabui ke sova yaqona tale tiko ga!

    @ Sai Baba – REMEMBER THIS : All we Fijians know is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, Whatever it takes we will serve no other!!

    Your DARK SIDE PERSPECTIVES and your PAGAN IDOLS belong in the pits of hell and darkness flees where the SPIRIT of the Lord is.

    Crawl back to the gutter you crawled from you worm!!

  86. Tebara Says:

    @aubatinuku – Qori nodratou monk o Vore .. ratou sa lai cuva jiko vana muni elevadi !!

  87. george of sydney Says:

    Tui, just a correction so that people are not mis informed, the Vunivalu sa bale, Ratu Sir George Cakobau re-appointed Ratu Mara as PM and asked him to form the government for the NFP was not able to form the government within the timeframe specified in the Constitution. nothing to do with Veitata’s threat. Sega ni mai gone lamulamu na makubuqu mai mataiwelagi.

  88. Puf-Military Says:

    To Shri Blah blah blockhead cut and paste moron: Please come up with some relevant issues of note. Besides u haven’t answered Jese’s questions, dimwit Expecting One.

    Ur foolish comments only arouse the anger of people to hit the nearest mandir/mosque full of u ritually unclean carpet baggers.

    Bye bye loser.

  89. tosotiko Says:

    Back to the hole after exposing himself as a Chodoman. Trying to capitalise on Ratu Mara’s and Ratu Sukuna’s standing with Fjians to discredit the Qoliqoli Bill. When Ratu Mara was PM Chaudhary never considered the good of the country in his union dealings. These people now call upon the memory of Fiji’s first PM and Fijian Chief to try and invoke the reverence of the Fijian people and consequently their support and hoping that we will link Ratu Mara’s cause to their cause. Sorry, Fulori. It is simple Ratu Sukuna worked on the Land for the Fijians, Ratu Mara for a stable independent Fiji and Laisenia Qarase the Qoliqoli to return to their rightful owners. Majority Rule Now!

  90. Fijianpatriot Says:

    What’s with the name? Shri….something……blah.blah.blah.blah……Must be a demanted individual…….All that he must be told is that he actually is telling us the……….blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah.blah……..all the way to kingdom come. Blerry piece of shit. Should call himself “Shri Wiri Wiri Put Put Stinky Stinky Moro Moro Blah Blah”

    Must be one of those from the motherland brought here to either be an automatic registered voter for the coming election or just one of those pains that was brought into the country eons ago.

    I always thought that the Indians are industrious people who just want a piece of land that call their own. Well, while reading through “SUKUNA, MAN OF THE PEOPLE” it dawned on me that this people are just not after a piece of land, they want the whole land and they even go as far as to refuse to fight for king and country in the 2nd World War because as every Fijian man and his dog was going away to fight in the war, they were desperately hoping that the Japs will kill, if not all of them, at least a significant number.

    In the meantime, they were humping each other like gorillas multiplying like flies to increase their number. They succeeded one time but thanks to Rabuka, they got the shock of their lives and retreated overseas in great numbers but continue to be a pain in the rear end. They only appear when the cost is clear and create havoc. Not the least suprising because our view of them has always been justified, A bunch of SONALEVUS!!!!!!!

  91. Seini Says:

    @Shri Aditya Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra-Nanda Baba
    Surya Savtri Agni Vayu Pusan Indra Varuna Prajapati Aryaman Bhaga Tvashta Vivasvana Visvadeva Aswin Prithvi Soma Marut Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Buddha Kali Kaiki Deva

    Thank you for the cut and paste job on the speech by Mahendra Chaudhry praising all the virtues of Ratu Mara. Clearly you didn’t read all of it before you cut or after you’d pasted. The note on which he ended was the need for a genuine government of national unity based on Section 99 of the constitution. With the benefit of recent events we can see that MCP is condemned by principles he himself proclaimed.

    When he delivered this speech in 2003 he probably didn’t imagine that just three years later he would be offered the opportunity to participate in a government that was just what Ratu Mara had in mind. Chaudhry’s refusal to join the multi-party government in 2006 allowed us all to see that his 2003 speech was nothing more than a convenient tool to attack Qarase.

    We should have known this from his earlier actions. In 1992 he had the opportunity to support Jo Kamikamica ahead of Sitiveni Rabuka to be PM. He chose Rabuka because Chaudhry thrives on conflict and opposition. And now he says he stands for harmony and peace enforced by the gun.

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