GCC fate in Bainimarama’s court – bokala says SV!!!!

Bloggers, top of the morning. I choose this bit of news from yesterday for easy chewing over the weekend. This bastard Jo has sold his soul completely to the devil, that he does not care how stupid he sounds, but will keep attacking on behalf of his master Vore. Same goes for Finau ‘Tauranakau-coro’. $2 Jo was the bastard who took over from Cokanauto after his demise when he spoke out against the IG when Vore was made Chairman of the GCC. He also started claiming back then that the majority of the Provinces had backed the concept of the newly comprised GCC and they would meet in June. As June approached, he then nominated July and as July approached, a statement from Vore’s Office said only Vore would decide when the GCC was going to sit. Also at that time, when $2 Jo was feeling depressed, he stated that there was no ‘Option B’, but some 3 months down the road, we now find Vore taking over the FAB and eventually will choose ‘his own chiefs’ to vote him to the office of President. SV urges the bastard Vore to try because the chiefs will take him to court, knowing full well, he will not give a shit about the ruling, but it will continue to expose his determination to ruin Fiji. Many ask why is this madman allowed to continue this far, when the writing on the wall is so clear that he is going to destroy Fiji? The simple answer is when ‘good men and women remain silent, evil prospers.’ It is good Qarase and Beddoes have become proactive and so has the Methodist Church, but we at SV want to ask you bloggers, how can we become proactive as well and push Fiji towards democracy??? Remember JFK’s famous words ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?’ What do you suggest we do???
12/09/2008


The future of Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs is now in the hands of interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama after a team tasked to look into changes to the institution has been disbanded. GCC taskforce chairman Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo said it was Bainimarama’s discretion to choose whoever wanted to join the new council.
 
However, it appears Bainimarama sees no need to convene the council soon. And given the wide opposition to the proposed changes to the composition of the GCC by many of Fiji’s high ranking chiefs, it is clear that a GCC established under the current regime will not get the full backing of Fiji’s 14 provinces.

Nawalowalo confirms that his team’s biggest obstacle during consultations around the country was to influence certain “conservative” provinces to agree to the new changes. ”I can say for a fact that a few provinces we visited were very hard on us and we expected this,” he said.

”It was evident that the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (party) still has roots in these provinces because their chiefs were once part of the party.” He said the chiefs should now realise the importance of moving the country forward and stop being stubborn for the good of the people. ”People should get over the fact that the coup has happened and its time to move forward,” Ratu Josateki said.

”If we continue to resist the interim Government we will never get anywhere.” Ratu Josateki said the only solution was to appoint chiefs to the GCC so that national reconciliation could be carried out. ”This can only be done if the council is appointed.”

Fijilive

22 Responses to “GCC fate in Bainimarama’s court – bokala says SV!!!!”

  1. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    I fully concur SV and interesting to see that even $2 Jo admits Vore’s removing Qarase multi-led Cabinet was a ‘coup.’ SO maybe he’s not that ‘stupid’ after all, but still ‘stupid’ nevertheless.

    I suggest that as a sign of defiance, we have T-shirts and other items like coffee cups, etc with ‘Solivakasama’ printed on it, so those who know the website can identify with our cause. I think the T-shirt idea was mooted some time ago?

    Also we can sign a Petition, but that will have to be thought through carefully because people’s name will be on it. Can someone with the know-how suggest how we can do up a Petition, which can be sent to International Bodies and other Regional Bodies as well?

    SV, do you have a way we do this privately and away from the ‘eyes’ of the traitors?

  2. Tim Says:

    Well Josateki is wrong for a start by asserting that if we resist the interim government we will never get anywhere. Resisting their hegemony in all its forms will get Fiji a long way further than will any illegal junta whose record to date speaks for itself. What he proposes is simply to give up, to forfeit principle, to send the message that lawlessness, murder, bashings, incompetence, lies, and decit are all OK and that Fijians are quite happy about it all. Josateki: time to grow up.

  3. Frida Says:

    Conducting a petition is really good and I am sure can be done but we need to be careful. If the Methodist church is distributing a form petitioning those who diagree with the charter to sign – that is one way. The idea of the t-shirt is good and we need to agree on a day to wear it to work or towns to remind people that not all are supportive of what is happening. If it is difficult to wear it in the country, can we ask those outside of Fiji to wear it to a rugby game even when Fiji is not playing but we know that the game will be shown in Fiji like the NPC, Tri Nations remaining games. Just some thoughts.

  4. Tim Says:

    I’d be interested in devising some sort of poll that could be run offshore either through a txt msg, email or postal address – or a combination of all three.
    I’m thinking about protection from means of circumventing it though. There needs to both anonymity as well as an assurance against duplication.

  5. Billy Says:

    Both the SDL and Methodist church are getting members to sign their separate petitions against the charter.I have been informed by some women relatives that they are also doing one. Interesting if we target all the SDL/Methodist/women and youth combo that’s more than half of Fiji. Sorry mates, if we are none of the above, we can plan as JW says above.

  6. Ablaze Says:

    We could have a church service in the Centenary Church in Suva sometimes March, 2009. This was when we were suppose to have Elections. We could fill the church and outside. Please organise it with the Methodist Church, Qarase Mick Beddoes etc.

    Surely the Regime cannot begrudge us a peaceful church service. Organise bus loads of people from different villages and people can come from overseas.

    It will be a peaceful church service and not a demostration. We shall all wear black – a sign to represent the demise of a democratic society.

    We have time to start preparing. The sermon could be on moral grounds.

  7. Billy Says:

    @Ablaze, good idea abt church service, if Cent church is too small, how the National stadium? But we need not wait till March 09, how abt Dec 5, believe its a Friday, to mark 2 yrs without our demo? The chiefs, the churches, the political parties, all who love this country and believe that only the rule of LAW will get it back on track can attend. And definitely, wear black… Dunno abt organising committee, maybe check with Methodist church or Mick or SDL office first? But wearing SV t shirts would be too much of a give away for the goons to target, so maybe “”Rule of Law NOT rule of the Gun” or “Give back my beloved FIJI ” or something similar. I’m sure there are greater ideas to come.

  8. Billy Says:

    Having it in a neutral ground would also rope in non Methodists.

  9. Ablaze Says:

    The “T shirts” can be worn later just wear black. All females should wear a sulu e ra and males sulu vakataga to the Church Service.

    On the T shirts; “We Give Ourselves To The Lord
    He Shall Show Us The Way”

    Nothing too controversial on the “T shirts”

    Billy the Methodist Church Suva will have to organise it so if we have it at the National stadium they will have to get permission.

    SV Please contact the Methodist Church

  10. EnufDictatorship Says:

    Vinaka SV for this forum and all the blessed ideas mooted so far.

    Wonder what the approach can be for a mass gathering like that at the Stadium. Do they have to get permission frm Teletubby to congregate at the stadium or who gives that permit? Wonder if Teletubby will pull out another “causing instability” crap and deny them the permit to hold such a gathering, if it’s his turf.

    In addition to the slogans suggested by Billy, slogans like “Our God blesses the timid and weak”..can also be part of it for those who hold strong religous beliefs…and God can mean any Higher Authority to anyone…this to suggest to Vore that Our God (don’t know which one he keeps harping about) looks down on the humble souls NOT self-righteousness.

    DOn’t wear BLACK..we’re not in mourning!!!

    Wear white, blue, red, ORANGE or be colourful!!! Let our bright spirits shine, although our hearts may be burdened we should show the world and Vore that he will not dampen our spirits and hold us captives forever.

    GOd bless my beloved Fiji!

  11. EnufDictatorship Says:

    If stadium cannot be available, what about a village green..maybe via Rt. Apenisa or Ro Temumu?..Teletubby and Vore obviously can’t force their illegal jurisdiction on that..huh?

  12. Ablaze Says:

    Please guys don’t get carried away. Make it simple.

    Church service it is and let the Methodist Church organise it.

    Sulu e ra for the women and sulu vakataga for the men – respect for Fiji.

    Let us not argue about this – let the church decide on the coulour – probably be white and leave it at that.

    We are not trying to proof anything or fight for anything – just a simple and uncontroversial way of getting together and allow the Lord Almighty to decide what is right or wrong.

    By all means send an invite to the Regime.

  13. Billy Says:

    Keep it coming folks, doing good.. Furnival park wont need a permit from the pretender comical comish, definitely not orange, alliance colour. White looks more like it, but we definitely want to make a statement- a peaceful one.

  14. mediawatcher Says:

    It’s time to be fire-fighters and not arsonists in Fiji

    9/13/2008, FIJI SUN

    By VICTOR LAL

    In the last quarter of a century I have had the rare and, at times, the unsavoury privilege of hearing and meeting military dictators from Chile to Nigeria, and their sickening sidekicks and shameless sycophants from various corners of the globe.
    The most recent dictator that I had come across was the Pakistani military strongman and president General Pervez Musarraf, who was ousted from office last month.

    The fate of the dictators has a familiar tragic and humiliating ending.

    Most perish in the great firestorm and flames that are lit up by “peoples power”, and the current leadership in post coup Fiji will be no exception.

    Yes, those self-styled saviours of Fiji may not want to bend to international pressure but they will finally buckle to it.

    Moreover, moral squalor has its limits in a society, especially that currently exhibited by a band of Indo-Fijians who had been victims of the 1987 and 2000 coups.

    The pro-coup Indo-Fijian apologists should recall the ringing words of the retired Justice Kishore Govind, who had bluntly told Ratu Mara that if the Fijian chief was so concerned about his “Burning Fiji” following the 1987 Rabuka coups, he should have turned into a fire fighter and not into an arsonist.

    Govind had refused to buckle despite being thrown into a prison cell by the coup makers.

    A coup is a coup, and it is absolutely unacceptable to argue, as Satendra Nandan did on national television, that the 2006 coup was a necessary evil and one which was lesser of the two evils.

    He went on to describe Commodore Frank Bainimarama as a modern leader.

    This coup, he reckoned, was the one coup which would wipe off all coups to come.

    I am not sure what he meant by that, but one phrase which stuck out was his description of the Laisenia Qarase government as “racial terrorism”.

    And yet he has been silent on his former FLP leader Chaudhry’s “economic terrorism” – the secret $2million that was for the Indo-Fijian victims of the 2000 coup but which Chaudhry hid in his Sydney bank account, even gifting $50,000 to his daughter, not to mention the lavish shopping sprees undertaken in Australia, even when he was physically in Fiji.

    Where are the Movement for Democracy in Fiji groups around the world, mostly Indo-Fijians, who were so vocal in championing for the restoration of the Chaudhry government after the 2000 coup?

    Most have gone silent because, maybe, they feel that the taukei Fijians deserve to have lost the SDL government that they (the Fijians) had voted into power, and this time around it is Fijian rights and institutions that are being ruthlessly trampled upon by the predominantly Fijian military, supported by a handful of Indo-Fijians.

    Why was the 2006 coup executed? It was, according to Bainimarama’s takeover speech, executed to weed out alleged corruption (based on the Australian conman Peter Foster’s evidence), and to prevent the passing of certain bills, which were detrimental to Fiji’s national interest.

    It was not executed, to be sure, to change the electoral system or to draft a Peoples Charter, which reduces the taukei Fijians to second class citizens in their own land.

    It was not executed so that those riding the “donkey” suddenly began to ride the “horses” – i.e. to rapidly move up the ladder by merely becoming coup apologists.

    Or the likes of Father David Arms to re-dust his pet electoral project and call upon the nation to accept it because it will eliminate racism in Fiji.

    Those of us who have interacted with certain Indo-Fijian leaders could tell him that these leaders hold the most derogatory views of the taukei Fijians and other minority groups.

    Non-racialism is a mere slogan in which they wrap themselves to advance their political grip on power, and to fatten their overseas bank accounts.

    There are others, and rightly so, who are arguing whether this coup was executed so that Bainimarama and his 45 military officers could rake in thousands of dollars in leave pay, which they claim had been owed to them for the last 30 years.

    Did Bainimarama and his officers ever ask previous governments if they could be paid these huge sums of money, and if so, they should produce evidence that they had been asking for leave pay without any success.

    And if they cant produce any evidence, then they should donate their back dated leave pays to the victims of that bus fire tragedy near Sigatoka.

    Moreover, many of the readers will recall that I have consistently and persistently asked Bainimarama to explain the contents of his sworn affidavit to the High Court on 27 April 2001, in which he had justified the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution and his support of the indigenous Fijian cause after the 2000 coup? It was also under the

    watchful eye and the guns of the military, that the Blueprint for affirmative action for Fijians and Rotumans was launched after the 2000 coup.

    Qarase was even sent to the United Nations General Assembly to tell the world that one had to understand indigenous feelings and the reasons for the 2000 coup.

    Bainimarama had signed the Muanikau Accord which had seen George Speight go free.

    In the affidavit, Bainimarama, as a witness in support of the Interim Qarase government that he had installed after refusing to re-instate Chaudhry as Prime Minister following the 2000 coup, had claimed that he had abrogated the 1997 Constitution because he was satisfied that people engaged in the events of May 19 were of the perception that the Constitution had watered down the interests of taukei Fijians.

    Whether or not those perceptions accorded with reality was not his principal consideration.

    He said the Constitution had rendered ineffective, previous provisions requiring positive discrimination in favour of native Fijians.

    Above all, the Constitution, according to him, had also introduced an electoral system, based on the Australian preferential voting system, “which seemed incomprehensible to the bulk of the indigenous Fijians (and in my (that is Banimarama’s) understanding of the matter, to the majority of citizens) and which procured for the previous administration an artificial and unnatural majority enabling that administration freely to take steps affecting Fijian land, rights and customs”.

    Why is he singing a different tune now, accusing Qarase and the SDL of having a racist policy?

    And, if one examines his demands to the Qarase led SDL-Fiji Labour Party government, most were met, so why did he and his supporters go on to execute the 2006 coup?

    In fact, so far the Commodore has escaped any scrutiny for his own actions since the 2000 coups.

    Another Bainimarama, Ratu Meli, in his sworn affidavit of 5 May 2001, had deposed that during the consideration of the Reeves’s Constitutional Review Commissions Report, 8 of the 14 Provincial Councils had rejected the report outright and five had supported only parts of the Report.

    Only one Provincial Council, he claimed, was prepared to accept the decision of the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee (JPSC). Similarly, he claimed, the Great Council of Chiefs had expressed its concerns if the JPSC Report were to be adopted in the whole.

    Ratu Meli Bainimarama deposed at paragraph nine that “Since the enactment of the new Constitution in 1998 (sic), political unrest among indigenous Fijians throughout Fiji has grown and worsened and has surfaced in many forms, the most significant of which has been the public protests and marches held following the general elections of 1999 culminating in the coup of 19th May 2000 and followed by general unrest and violence during the last 12 months or so.”

    He argued that it was this threat of “Public agitation and unrest resulting in possible outbreak of disorder, civil unrest and even violence” that justified the decision of President Ratu Josefa Iloilo not to recall Parliament after the High court ruling that the Chaudhry government was still the legal government of Fiji.

    Replying to Commodore Bainimarama’s affidavit, the CCF’s lawyer, the late Sir Vijay Singh (who had regularly exchanged his legal and personal notes with me throughout the court case) argued that there was nothing in the Commodore’s affidavit to the effect that the support for the President would have been any different had he decided to recall Parliament after the Court of Appeal decision in the Chandrika Prasad ruling.

    Sir Vijay made another forceful argument, pointing out that a functioning democracy requires that public grievances be discussed and determined in Parliament – not by mobs in streets – and the system caters for such to be the case.

    He could have added that the military and its supporters, including those in the Fiji Labour Party, have no right to execute or support a coup to achieve their objectives.

    As I have argued previously, the Peoples Charter is not only illegal but there are serious fundamental flaws, and some of the recommendations like altering the electoral system are based on arguments which do not mirror with past and present reality.

    If we are to accept the two Bainimaramas’ affidavits, than the taukei have every right, including the Methodist Church, to disrupt the charter choir, which is “unmusical” to their liking and taste.

    What is extremely disconcerting is that the media is being once again blamed for the troubles of the interim regime, and the public’s response to the Charter.

    It is not the media’s job to go along with the policies of the government of the day.

    In 1852, the Times newspaper of London explained that the journalist’s job, like the historian’s, was “to seek out the truth, above all things, and to present to his readers not such things as statecraft would wish them to know, but the truth as near as he can attain it”.

    A piece of journalistic advice to Commodore Bainimarama.

    If he wants his message to get through, he must stop intimidating the media.

    He can not deport two newspaper publishers out of Fiji, and expect the local and international media to “play Jesus” to him and his coup apologists.

    According to Napoleon Bonaparte, “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets”.

    As for Bainimarama attacking the media, it is not the media but his $185,000 (some say $300,000) windfall that has made the struggling public to rebel against the Peoples Charter.

    It was his inclusion of the three FLP ministers (including Chaudhry) into Cabinet that inflamed many people.

    He lost goodwill from those Indo-Fijians who believe the $2million was for them. Instead of sacking Chaudhry, he shielded him by deporting the Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter to Australia, and remains silent on the Fiji Human Rights Commission’s “fatwa” that I, of all people, who exposed Chaudhry’s $2million, be arrested on my arrival into the country. Above all, Bainimarama deposed a SDL government which commanded a vast majority of taukei Fijian support.

    The list is endless.

    Like Bainimarama, John Samy should also stop bashing the newspapers, especially the Fiji Sun.

    After all, it was he who told us that he and

    Francis Narayan (who has completely escaped any scrutiny) have come down to Fiji to help the country move forward.

    He should consider himself privileged that so far a “Pinochet-style” charge for his arrest has not been filed against him in a New Zealand court to test whether he has committed treason by taking a lead role in the overseeing of the draft Peoples Charter.

    He had admitted that the coup is illegal but claims that the country was “going down the tube” and the “house was burning” etc. Well, if the house was burning, he should have come down with his fire extinguisher free of charge, and not charging the taxpayers $12,000 a month to put out the flames.

    As for the Indo-Fijian coup apologists, they must stop manipulating and influencing the military, for a coup is a coup. Its time they donned the fire fighters uniform and stopped being treasonous arsonists.

    And they should stop repeating with Chaudhry that “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.

    He was laughing off, according to media reports, the SDL’s complaint of treason against him and other participants of the 2006 coup.

    l The views expressed are those of Victor Lal and not that of the Fiji Sun. Mr Lal is the author of Fiji: Coups in Paradise – Race, Politics and Military Intervention. E-mail: vloxford@gmail.com

  15. Mark Manning Says:

    I once was told at work , you should use your colleagues as a barometer .
    It was in reference to my behaviour . Basically , Frank should use the rejection of his coup , as a barometer of what Fijians want !

  16. Mark Manning Says:

    By the way , Francis and his cronies , only have the power , you give them !
    So , don’t giver them any !
    Don’t turn up for work , don’t talk to the idiots in the military , be they family or friends .

  17. qitawa Says:

    Lets just wear the t’shirt with “out with the IG and bring back democracy” printed on it. Why should we hide behind the methodists? Lets be man enough and all come out in numbers. Why not we organise it SV? If Thailand can do it, why cant we? We cant just continue blogging? Why hide behind Mick Beddoes, this guy is the same as Chodo, changed his wife and took off with a married women. Is he the kind of leader we want to lead us. Lets apply for a permit for a pro-democracy rally and get speakers like Sir Bishop Paul Reeves and not Ro Taimumu or SDL ousted ministers involved. We get credible people from outside like Bishop Desmond Tutu. We start an account where we can contribute money to for the airfares etc. Get SV registered so no legality issues are brought up to stop us from meeting. If Peter Waqavonovono can speak out then why cant real man like us speak out.

  18. Ablaze Says:

    qitawa with what you are saying is the right thing to do why wasn’t it done ages ago.

    I said it before and saying it again lets all just make it a church service. If we turn up in numbers, that is making a peaceful statement.

    No anger, no controversy just lets all go to church. Its that simple.

    Everything that needs to be said has been said, this church service is a simple uncomplicated way of doing things.

    How could the Regime stop us? By closing down the Methodist Church in Suva. Imagine the big write up? It will be World News!

  19. Barafen Says:

    Why not make it simple for all those opposed to the current IG by having church services on March 9 in all churchs in all villages and towns throughout Fiji. This would give the opportunity to guage the level of protest against Frank and Co without risking life and limb of innocents. At least one denomination in each village and suburb should be able to hold a service. As this would be a specific service to morn the loss of democrocy then all peoples present could be counted. As this would be a nondemoninatioal service all religions could be included and show that Fiji can come together as a multiracial country if the need is there.
    All peoples should wear a specific color at all times practical and this color should be the symbol of the resistance.

  20. Tim Says:

    Victor Lal is absolutely on the mark. Even those that disagree with him cannot fault him on balance and taking a principled stance.
    He’s been critical of “the neighbours” in the past as well. I said elsewhere that this junta keeps moaning about the “smart sanctions” but they should realise that the sanctions so far are actually very very mild. Personally I’m opposed to sanctions on Fijians working in the seasonal work schemes (they’re probably imposed because of the difficulty in deermining whether there is any connection between potential workers and the junta).
    BUT… the sanctions are very mild.
    Lal notes the economic terrorism of Chaudrey and the possibility of terrorism charges against Narayan on the basis of assisting in treason. Well that is a valid point for neighbourig governments to consider if they wish to appear balanced and impartial.
    If Australia can charge and intimidate a doctor on the basis of incompetent intelligence gathering, and New Zealand do likewise to someone they know has a preoccupation with theatre as a form of protest (Tame Iti), both might consider the wider effect of Codo, Samy, Narayan, Shameen and Bainimarama’s actions. The fact that these people have managed to established roots in Auz and NZ to varying degrees makes that even more of a possibility. They should be at pains to make sure that at some time in the future their actions do not jump up and bite them in the bum with charges of being complicit or allowing coupsters or their apologists within their jursdiction to aid and abet. No doubt if even Tame Iti had been aware of Frank’s true agenda and what a cowardly liar the man is, he might have had second thoughts about entertaining his programme – it is very anti-indigenous and only serves to undermine Iti’s protest credibility.

    In NZ, due to the election process
    (Frank – take note – we still have them despite sizeable opposition to government and opposition policies because most accept that it is the best way of resolving matters and at least offers some representation for all – far more than if one or two eliites seized power at the point of a gun – especially when some of those elites are of questionable mental stability)
    will/has already seen Fiji “drop off the radar” yet again.
    That doesn’t preclude their being any action taken as an when required. Oz and NZ, and indeed most other P.I. nations are in sync with each other.
    Maybe OZ and NZ might send some additional messages. If they’re in any doubt they could remind themselves of the consequences when they drop the ball
    Frank, Shyster, Samy and others can bleat all they like about ‘big brothers’ acting like neo-colonialsts and trying to interfere in Fiji’s sovereignty.
    They’d have a point if they applied the neo-colonial label to their own actions, and if they weren’t so willing to sign up to Chinese and other imperialism.
    They’d also have a point about interference in others’ sovereignty BUT for the fact that those they claim are interfering have an equal right to protect their own, AND have a duty to ensure that people they host (either physically or by other means) also do not interfere.
    OR (Frank, et al), is it OK for some to interfere in Fiji’s sovereignty when it suits your agenda, but not OK when its invited.

  21. Mark Manning Says:

    Bula Fiji
    A time for prayer this Sunday .

  22. Neutral Says:

    To look up support for 300,00 people to support our cause the Methodists would be the best to organise a special day of service on a Sunday March 2009. They have I think more than 20 huge circuits throught Fiji including our Indo , Vasu and English communities and easy for them to organise huge gatherings like this. 20 circuits mean 20 gathering spots over the land (cities, towns, the interiors including the islands. Its is a worship service and no ticket or permit is required.
    SV should start planning now for this very important occassion.

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