Alas poor Chodo we’ll miss him (NOT)

As we prepare to sing Isa Lei and wave Chodopu$$ good bye, let’s reflect on a few highlights of his term as Illegal Minister for Finance and speculate on life in the Illegal Regime without him.

The highlight for economy watchers was his breaking of Rabuka’s record for steepest economic nose dive. Latest RBF figures confirm that he managed to shrink the economy by a massive 6.6 per cent. The best that Rambo could manage was 6.4 per cent in 1988, after not one, but two coups.

In 1989 Rambo (or more accurately his Finance Minister, Jo Kamikamica) managed a 2.2 per cent turn around. At the same time he was radically restructuring the economy and introducing new investment in new industries such as clothing.

In 2008 independent experts have doubted that one per cent will be achieved this year while the RBF revised its hoped for rate down to 1.7 per cent in April.

Qarase’s record can’t compare with this. The coup which he didn’t start knocked only 1.7 per cent of GDP. The following years Qarase achieved growth of 2 per cent and 3.2 per cent.

So what will the future hold for Chodopu$$ after leaves. Can his former colleagues count on him to continue to stand  behind their efforts? Of course, that’s not a serious question. Even while inside the camp, he and Sayed-Khaiyum were working against one another.

Sugar will be Chaudhry’s first target. he will naturally want to put as much distance as he can between himself and the unfolding disaster in the sugar industry. He has already called for elections to be confirmed for next year so that he doesn’t have cane farmers blaming him for the loss of EU aid.

Mahendra Chaudhry is still a cunning and ruthless politician who will not hesitate to tell lies with passion and conviction, but he has his work cut out for him now.

In 1999, his hold on the Indo-Fijian community gave him just over thirty percent of the vote, which with his clever politicking he turned into a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. But there is no chance of this now. Many of his former supporters will desert him but, more importantly, everybody will be united against him. No clever or cynical preference deals will be possible now.

Finally, an Illegal Government without Chaudhry is one step closer to being able to compromise and find a way out of the mess, particularly if (I mean when) Chodo turns on the Illegal regime and attacks it ruthlessly.



19 Responses to “Alas poor Chodo we’ll miss him (NOT)”

  1. Striker Says:

    It’s good that this choro Chodo is out of the way. Let’s hope that Frank will see sense and negotiate in good faith. The way forward is through elections; while we must not condone the actions of those who have broken the law, there is a reservoir of goodwill in Fijian tradition for those who humble themselves and seek forgiveness. If Frank and the military council are smart, this is their opportunity – to return power to the legally elected govt, get the nation back on track and get amnesty for themselves.

  2. Talei Says:

    Sorry SV a little off topic distraction here – boy this Aziz thinks he’s something eh?

    Hey Aziz, you have absolutely NO RIGHT to determine what is good for Fiji, you are not Fijian so it’s NOT your place! Go to your motherland and yap away there. Anyways, you guys are all going to be locked up very soon for destroying our beloved country.

    FB, next attempt will be SHOT!

    14-16 attempts to remove Army boss
    There were 14-16 attempts to remove Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama as Army Commander in the two years prior to the Dec 2006 military takeover.

    And RFMF acting Commander and chief of staff Colonel Aziz Mohammed says they were all instigated by the SDL Government “because he (Bainimarama) did not agree to support the SDL’s agenda”.

    In an interview with FijiLive, Colonel Aziz said the SDL saw him as an obstacle.

    He said the relations between the SDL Government and the Military broke down in 2005 after several attempts were made to remove Bainimarama.

    “This was the thing we were saying to stop” he said. “In all, there were about 14-16 attempts to remove the commander.”

    Asked what gave the SDL government the confidence to do that, Colonel Aziz said it was not confidence, but a “misguided” understanding that the military was “fragmented”.

    This was may be because “at that time there were some renegade officers who actually stood against the commander and actually rebelled. There were officers who tried to remove the Commander and take up appointment as Commander when the Commander was away”.

    “It was a rude awakening when they suddenly realised that the army stood by the commander and was united.

    “We are confident in saying that the military is 100 per cent behind the Commander. The Commander has the full support of all the officers and soldiers in the camp. We are all together and in support of the vision of what military represents. We all support what the President has mandated.”

    Colonel Aziz said in 2000 when the military handed over power, it had voiced caution that the country’s well-being was paramount and good governance should be protected and that nobody should derail it for their personal agenda.

    “But there were elements within our society and within the government circle at that time, who had other intentions.

    “In 2000 we were quite vocal in terms of prosecuting individuals who tried to destabilise the society.

    “We started telling political parties not to bring in an agenda which basically undermined the society.

    “But the introduction of the Qoliqoli and many other bills were not in the best interest of the country.

    Colonel Aziz said the military has always been at the forefront of nation building.

    “We had the incident of 2000. The whole social fabric of the society was basically destroyed. The military stepped in, and although we came in with good intentions, we were criticised although we showed that the military had no intention of keeping power. At the first opportunity we handed back power.”

    Full Interview


  3. Cama Says:

    The Military are bunch of liars, which is the work of the devil. theyprofesses that they will not benefit from the 2006 coup, but we can see the opposite now; militarisation of the Public service, leave pay out. Appointment to various boards

    Bribing the Officers for their support. they cannot hood wink the public anymore bacause they are not keeping to their words.

    How can we trust them Oppresors & Deppressors gagging any citizen who tends to speak out and tell the truth and mudering and torturing innocent citizen similar to Zimbabwe.

    Please everybody wake up, as the current regime are walking blind.

  4. Cama Says:

    the longer we keep Chodo, the worst our economy will slide as he is trying to make Fiji bankrupt so that he can cede Fiji to India

  5. Wailei Says:

    I will have a few cartons when the day comes for chodo to kick the bucket!!

  6. mediawatcher Says:

    I dont think you need to bring rice into the issue – he is speaking as a military officer of 24 years standing – he went through with the Fijians in the 1987, 2000 and now 2006 coups – and he as every right to speak his mind – for the umpteenth time, its ridiculous to talk about going back to India – here are Indo-Fijians who have equally contributed to where Fiji is and have fought against successive dictators to give to Fiji back their democracy – lets keep to the issues

  7. Peace Pipe Says:

    Its too early to celebrate. Lets wait till he is really and truely out the door. This viper must not be trusted or sypathised. He has to be exterminated then we will be safe from the deadly venom he inflicts on people. He is wily and vindictive and who knows what he could do to take revenge. But I think he now realises that the ultimate power rests the army and can’t do much for now. he will move out and regroup and try to come back into govt somehow.

    In some ways his exit seems anti climax. He should have been booted out without any courtesy and should be embarassed properly.

  8. Mark Manning Says:

    I wait with bated breath to see if the old adage is true !
    No honour amongst thieves !
    Can’t wait to see what shit Chaudhry throws at the Regime and it’s pathetic leaders ( wankers ) .

  9. Dauvavana Says:

    It’s not surprising that my old sparing partner Gandoodhau has ran off with his tail between his legs the moment his father choro chodo is also being booted out.

    Hahahahaha am I the last laugh???

  10. Dauvavana Says:

    I mean, am I the last to laugh????

  11. Tim Says:

    @MM: Chodo will be blaming all and sundry. I’m sort of hoping the neighbours havn’t guaranteed him haven – if they have he’d better hope they’ve also accorded him diplomatic status

  12. Tim Says:

    I’ll be the first to piss on his grave

  13. Tim Says:

    Apparently I won’t be so a flatmate tells me – I’ll be jostling for a position in amongst some Patels, Naidus and Singhs. Never mind – we’ll make it a joint effort! “Every little bit helps” (said the old woman as she spat into the ocean)

  14. Abeche Says:

    I agree with Peacepipe – let us wait till this is joke of a minister is out before the nation celebrates. This man is cunning, devious, manipulative and lies whilst looking at you you in the eye. The sad part about what is happening in the country is that the Mil Co don’t have the guts to chuck this fool out, and this very hesitation on their part will result in this monkey being around for a lot longer then we all want. I hope that I am wrong.

  15. George of Sydney Says:

    Let me remind Col Aziz that the main role of the army is to protect the nation from physical external threats and attacks. The Police role is defined as the custodian of the law. If any institute that has to ensure that the supremecy of the constitution as our law is fully mantained at all times and that has to be the army. The army is always part of the Civil Cervice structure and are also governed by the Public Service Acts. The Commander’s immidiate boss is the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs. His link with the President is the President’s other title as the Commander in Chief of the army. Remember this role is only ceremonial and is not administrative. He thinks that his job is to periodically brief the President on national security matters.
    Now that in fact is the job of the Minister of Home Affairs who briefs Cabinet and the President when required.
    You know, I dont want to waste my time but this army guys needs to be farmiliar with their role and their line of authority in tthe Public Service. Kua na vakararavisa wavoki tiko ni lala tiko na qavokavoka.

  16. Tim Says:

    @ George. Unfortunately just because Frank has become a little confused of his role, an entire country has to suffer. Actually its more than Frank – it is a Commander in Chief that just happens to be busy pissing himself and dribbling. No doubt he and his family still expect some sort of respect.
    Shame on his family, and shame on Franks family too

  17. Mark Manning Says:

    it’s called the separation of powers under the Westminster System of Government .

  18. FijiGirl Says:

    @ PeacePipe – Agreed it’s too early to celebrate and if there’s one thing we know about Chodo its that his talent for survival is not to be underestimated.

    The second best way to defeat him is to give him enough rope so he can hang himself.

    The best way to defeat him is via the ballot box.

    Who is tipped to take over as MinFin when Chodo’s gone? If it’s Jimbo Ah’m Coy, we could be in for an interesting ride.

    God bless Fiji

  19. painter Says:

    Oilei, how about prima donna Princess Fiona with the pinky-poofy lips that r forever licking like a lizard on TV? Neu! Well, the poofie has been awfully quiet lately as observed by someone else. Hmmmm…when will he be kicked out I wonder… now that sugar daddy in charge of the money bags is gone? Let’s put our weight behind the judiciary to do the right thing!

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