Watchdog snoozes, awaits State funds – Vakaloloma says SV

Morning bloggers. There is so much news that we could have selected for discussion, but choose this one. We chose it because it goes to the substance of this illegal junta. Here you have the Commerce Commission being intimidated by the illegal junta by withholding its quarterly operational grants. Remember bloggers, the Chairman Charles Sweeney no doubt would have been appointed by the illegal junta and now they are at odds. It was also reported today that the Nausori Town Clerk has been suspended for fraudulently using a Council mobile phone to win a car and rake up a Council bill of $3,200! It is highly conceivable that the Town Clerk is a member of the FLP, but our question is has there been any drastic change in the people’s culture to eradicate corruption, as claimed by Vore when he took over? Remember Vore’s naive claim to totally eradicate corruption before elections? The Town Clerk was only texting last month! We believe the state of affairs in Fiji has become worse. The main lesson to draw from this post is that when Watchdogs such as the Commerce Commission are withheld funds for its operational budget, it could either mean some political infighting going on, which unscrupulous investors will take advantage of or the illegal junta is facing a serious financial meltdown. We at SV say, the sooner this illegal junta is brought down the better. Any ideas on how to bring it down?

27/09/2008

Fiji’s competition watchdog the Commerce Commission has closed for business because of no funding from Government, its executives have revealed.

The commission chairman Charles Sweeney had written letters to the Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Communication on September 19 and again on the 24th to the Attorney General to remind them of the commission’s precarious finance situation, but to no avail. By yesterday the commission still had not received its quarterly application of funds from Government which was due on July 1 this year, so it had to close because of its inability to pay its bills, including staff wages.

Commission chief executive officer Miliana Racule was given assurance via phone yesterday morning that the funds would be made available next Monday, but Racule replied that it would be “too late” because unless funds were received yesterday, the commission can not afford to trade next week.

In his letter to the PS a week ago, Sweeney indicated that with its balance of funds, the commission will not be able to pay staff salaries due on September 29. “After payment on wages on Monday, the commission will have $72 in its account. It therefore cannot continue to trade,” he said.

“This is the second successive quarter in which the commission has been subjected to this kind if financial strangulation.” For its part, the Ministry of Trade and Communication Industry had indicated yesterday that it wants to do an audit on the commission’s accounts.

Sweeney however told the AG that the commission’s accounts had already been scrutinized by the Audit Office. “Using “audit” process as a means of intimidation of an independent statutory body is unacceptable,” he said. Meanwhile, as the department delays releasing funds, a number of the commission’s projects are on hold.

Fijilive

85 Responses to “Watchdog snoozes, awaits State funds – Vakaloloma says SV”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    Sell Frank’s daughter’s house and use the money for the Commission .

  2. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Another great editorial from ‘The Sun’.

    There’s still time to stop now

    It becomes increasingly clear now that the interim regime is determined to impose its will on the people whether they like it or not. As expected, this would be a major thrust of Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s address to the United Nation’s General Assembly today, though disguised in the normal diplomatic rhetoric.

    He says the interim regime is determined to put in place all the reforms and changes it thinks is good for the people before holding any election. But he won’t tell the world and the people of this country who gave him the mandate to do that.

    As witnessed so far, the draft People’s Charter is not receiving the support the interim regime expects to give its initiatives some justification. But by its words, it indicates there will be no election unless the people support the charter. It’s not yet ready to admit that it underestimated the overwhelming objection to the charter by the people and is trying out every plan it can think up to garner support.

    The intention of the interim government from the outset is to circulate and consult as extensively as possible the charter and reach some form of stage where it can prove that the majority of the people have accepted it. It is an opportunity to allow the regime to gauge the mood of the people – even if it does not positively react to it.

    But if the charter is imposed rather than accepted, there are more legal quagmires ahead to face. Legal experts have warned all along that imposed laws are fraught with danger. They cannot in any legal sense override the constitution – the same constitution under which the interim government is pledged to hold a general election next March.

    The best way forward is still to let the people decide. And if they discover they have made a mistake they have the ability and the constitutional authority to correct it. That for the law-abiding citizens of this country and the international community is the best way to move forward. For going against the will of the people and imposing rules on them which they know are illegal anyway will only lead us to chaos and difficulties.

    Going to the United Nations to paint a rosy picture of how to move Fiji will not work. The international community is very well aware that the future of Fiji is far too important to be left to unelected opportunists and paid consultants. The rest of the world is aware of the people’s collective view.

    How Cmdre Bainimarama’s meetings and speech might alter that is unclear. The reality back home is that the people are unhappy, frustrated, suffering and seeing no light to guide them forward. It is best that the regime and its military backers realise that they have neither public support nor confidence to carry one dragging the nation down the path to destruction.

    They still have a chance to stop now.

  3. isa o au Says:

    In todays FT A SENIOR protocol officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been transferred to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

    And this move is something being done to all civil servants, says Public Service Commission permanent secretary Taina Tagicakibau.

    She said Fine Ditoka’s transfer was no demotion but that senior civil servants were wanted at the NCBBF.

    “It has nothing to do with politics and all civil servants are not expected to question transfers, they simply obey instructions,” said Mrs Tagicakibau.

    She said the move was temporary.

    Mrs Ditoka declined to comment on the issue and referred all questions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

    Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Ross Ligairi said he had nothing to do with the transfer as it was a directive from PSC.

    He said PSC handled all transfers and denied that Ms Ditoka was undergoing training to be first secretary in Canberra before the sudden transfer.

    Mr Ligairi also denied any knowledge of a letter stating Mrs Ditoka was acting in insubordination when she failed to report to work last week.

    In fact, he said, she was on bereavement leave following the death of her late father, Reverend Epeli Tagi, at the time.

    Mr Ligairi said there were no plans to send someone to Canberra until next year.

    He echoed similar comments as Mrs Tagicakibau that the transfer was not permanent.

    Mr Ligairi could not determine whether Mrs Ditoka would return to Foreign Affairs after her services at the NCBBF was no longer required.

    “That is a move PSC will determine as the powers for that has been given solely to them,” he said.

    What the hell is going on IG maybe thick cock sucking lips aiyassie could answer as he tends to have all the answers.

  4. LUVfiji Says:

    LOL !! Dont be mean Manning !!

  5. Peace Pipe Says:

    It would seem that the best weapon to fight this illegal regime is the economic weapon as it seems like the regime’s coffers are emptying faster than it is filling up from all these extravagances in the ncbbf and globe trotting excursions. We could turn off the tap by not spending our money tentatively for a month or two which in turn will dry up the tax pipe which leads to the govt treasury. There will be outcry from business sector who will demand drastic action which means elections and the removal of the feral pig.

    As the govt money dries up they start to cut down on providing funds to workers as they did with the commerce commission which will slowly creep to other organisations and bodies funded by govt. Workers frustrations and anger will increase and pressure on govt will also increase. How much more of this can these idiots take before they capitulate or get thrown out.

  6. LUVfiji Says:

    isa o au – Id be keen to know if Ms Ditoka is qualified to even hold the post of Protocol Officer in the MFA. I dare say getting anywhere through the backdoor could be seen as an unprofessional way of gaining employment. I hear from the grapevine she got into MFA through her sister-in-law, herself an officer in the MFA. It just doesnt pay, does it? And it sure has caught up with her!

    We need to rid of such appointments from our Government offices. Thats one move by PSC I will applaude. I hope she’s on her way right out.

    E sa mai cava..! De ministry ni famili.

  7. Tim Says:

    @ Mark: Exactly! When this is all over, members of the junta can hardly moan about ill-gotten gains being investigated, and where appropriate reimbursements made. After all, is that not the sort of thing Frank harped on about flinging accusations everywhere against others? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. I see no reason why a bunch of turkeys should be any different.

  8. Billy Says:

    Fully agree @Peacepipe, the economic weapon is the one to use against the regime. We the consumers are the one with the buying power, pays taxes, etc we can make or break this IG. It’s survived this long only cause we allow it to do so! Would the real people’s leaders please stand up. Mandela did not become a symbol of hope for SAfricans without walking the talk against an unjust and immoral regime..Calling all the Mandelas, Bikos, Joan of Arcs, hands up pls. We just need leaders to mobilise the people.The rest will fall into place. We can not achieve without some sacrifice which is why i would rather maintain the high moral ground than succumb to the current tainted crew to take us out. Cause there will be no stop to all the running around in circles, can’t trust anyone, and ppl will keep looking over their shoulders to check out potential enemy.

  9. lele Says:

    The best way to go about this is to pretend to support the charter, get an elected government in and change everything that this IG has brought in including the charter. It is the fastest way to get democracy back. We are well known for our liumuri and cunning ways so lets put it to practise. This however requires us to be patient and smarter by going with the flow only to bite back later. An elected parliament will change what has to be changed. This will involve keeping our revengeful spite under control until after we vote in our government.

    Crippling the economy will only make the ordinary citizen suffer more, as they are already crying out loud enough with the global cost of fuel and the economic plunge.

    Once an elected government comes in we send the soldiers on various peace keeping missions overseas to keep them occupied and deal with their bosses who ordered the coup. An idle army is always dangerous so send them overseas and get their skills to good use by earning that foreign dollar for the economy. That was the reason Ratu Mara got the military involved in the UN and it is one of the biggest income earners for Bangladesh and Parkistan who are the biggest contributors of personnel to UN missions.

    It is the cost of getting democracy back. Taking this goons head on will only delay the elections we so much desire.

  10. Ablaze Says:

    Peace Pipe slow down all very well with your suggestion but it doesn’t solve the problem.

    This time we have to get it right and because we have no choice will have to wait and see where all this is going to take us. For the time being keep blogging because personally I have learnt a lot from reading the blogs.

    What gives me comfort is that I liken the Regime as the beast and guess what’s the nature of the beast: “the revolution of
    devouring its own children”

    Everyday we have to put up with their arrogance of power that we do not have the freedom to obstruct. Please be patient because one day the tide will turn to our favour – the law abiding citizen of this beautiful nation.

    Today there is still no compromise from the Regime – it is this is what we want and this is the way it is going to be eg “no charter no election”

    We as caring, law abiding and intelligent people with common sense know that what is required is an immediate need for dialogue between the Regime, Qarase’s SDL party and other parties for a caretaker government to be put in place. The most important thing on the agenda would be any viable roadmap for elections which has to be agreed by all major actors.

    The actors must address mistrust amongst them as well as their acrimonious relations.

    To quote a Crisis Group; “Ideally, a new consensus would not only cover how to hold elections but also develop commitments on post-election behaviour and democratic functioning such as addressing human rights abuses committed after the coup and what should happen to the Regime and the Military.”

    With a caretaker govt in place it will assure the people that what needs to be addressed and carried out before elections will now be done legally. Most importantly to continue the good faith efforts and adhere to the roadmap to parliamentary election.

    The military must do what they do best and protect their people from any kind of violence that may occur once the Regime steps down for a caretaker govt.

    We do not need a rocket scientist its plain Common Sense, Dialogue, Trust, Commitment, Honesty, Integrity, love and passionate for one’s country to ensure a smooth transition to democracy and a credible parliamentary election by a certain date. These are also good qualities for a good strong leader – we have one and blessed with the fact he has the intelligence because he is a high profile lawyer and the experience for he was once the Vice President of Fiji.

    Win! Win! relationship – the courage to lead change!

  11. Billy Says:

    @Ablaze, thank you for always bringing back the focus.
    @lele, I am not too comfortable with the sly intention of compromising for the sake of political expediency, things may not always go as we expect or plan, cause someone else is the judge of our motives. Also sending the soldiers on peacekeeping as the late Turaga Tu Nayau did? This has been the root cause of our misery.. the acquired skills and copy cat strategies are what our peacekeepers have inflicted on our nation. Sad too that Fiji is in a similar plight as Pakistan and Bangladesh, a smaller nation with much lesser ppl, yet the economic benefits reaped from these overseas or military missions, count for nothing compared to the great social, economic, personal and political ills that are now the curse of our nation.
    Like Ablaze says above, I can wait out the huff and puff of this illegal regime, as I do believe, that good always triumphs over evil in the end. However if there is a more sensible, non-violent, peaceful short cut to that freedom, I am also willing to contribute in any way I can.

  12. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Hi SV emailed you minutes ago FT editorial today is how we can bring the regime down fast. It happened here not too long ago with the call to immigration amnesty. Ordinary Americans on opposing sides of the political spectrum came together as one – It was spectacular witnessing these courageous people stood united and flooded the White House and Congress when the Bill made its way through those halls and onto the floor and I mean on all fronts – telephone, emails, fax, letters via postal service, so much so They could not do business. Life was at a standstill until Congress gave the people their wish – reject a free pass for all.

    If we organize, we can achieve the same.
    Letters by mail from across the globe.
    Create bogus addresses; drive around within a 500 to 1,000 mile radius tossing letters into mail boxes. Just a matter of buying stamps which isn’t a big deal. Create bogus email addresses which many of us can do from overseas ; forward to you who in turn pass along to those who want to use them. Yahoo, gmail, hotmail — all untraceable.

    Target one camp at a time beginning with the White House in Nasese.

  13. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    @PP that is a Wonderful idea for those of you on the ground. Have done my part from this end. Simply told them it is time to sacrifice and pull the plug.

  14. LUVfiji Says:

    Oooh.. wow ; I love the feel of the SPIRIT flowing on this thread! Vinaka vakalevu to you all. Looks like we have taken our fight to another level.

    I particularly like the idea Katalina B has in her post above! It is peaceful, positive and passive resistance!! The time is now, dear folks.

    It is time for A C T I O N !!

  15. Ablaze Says:

    Katalina B I like your idea but a lot of people do not have the technology, time or simply cannot be bothered because at the moment they say nothing much has changed and they are living a normal life and putting up with the Regime. In other words no use complaining all they need to do is try to live day by day! Vakaloloma na vakasama!

    I thought to myself yea wait and see what happens especially the pensioners when the money runs out and they cannot collect the pension.

    I think that is the main reason I have changed my way of thinking – will ride it out and let them take us to desperation and devastion – perhaps that is when the tide will turn.

  16. Ablaze Says:

    What has happened to the Church Service? I thought that was the best way of showing that we don’t agree with the IG.

    We would not have done anything wrong so what can the IG do to stop us and if they did imagine the support we will get! “To be turned away from the house of the Lord” In Fiji it is a bad bad thing!

  17. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Thank you LUVfiji for ringing in.

    Ablaze, maybe they need some prodding and helping hand along the way from people like us. Thousands of Fiji people surf the web every day from across the globe so I believe they have time to try and save their country. And as to the numbers l propose that each poster on this site alone know at least a hundred die hard readers who don’t post comments at all but will join in the fight if given half the chance — 500 letters to post in a week with bogus addresses. Sounds like great fun already don’t we all agree.

    Thanks again LUVfiji. That’s the spirit.

  18. Ablaze Says:

    Thanks KB just talking and exchanging ideas helps a great deal and definiately keeps our spirits up.

    Oh yes we must keep prodding and helping hand along the way from all of us.

    I think it maybe just me because lately when I talk to people they give me the impression that it is out of their control but I’ll be patient because the tide will turn.

    For the time being I’ll I will be there for anything that will do the job for us.

  19. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Segai. Gauna ni just talking sa oji. Qo me sa gauna ni buno. Tou cakacaka taka in ways like these Americans made their leaders bend to the will of the people and not too long ago either. Surely we too can do it. We just need these screens, pen, papers and stamps. Nothing to it.

  20. Ablaze Says:

    Good Luck Katalina!

  21. Peace Pipe Says:

    This is a good session of throwing in ideas and brain storming for our ultimate goal of deposing this evil monster from our lives. Its wonderful to have intelligent feedbacks on the pros and cons of suggestions forwarded for consideration. It really open our eyes to things we did not perceive initially. At this rate we will come up with one or more brilliant ideas that will be the ideal solution to our problems.

    Another suggestion is we get in touch with our closest and most vocal and critical friends in the PIF, seeing that they seem to the only ones fighting the hardest for our cause. Has anyone got any email address which we could communicate to them by. Either we individually write to them expressing our profound gratitude for their consistent stand and call for getting Fiji back to democracy and our unchanging position against this dictator and our wish to have this tyrant to return the country to it people. Or we could have a spokesman or rep to do this on our behalf. I am sure many silent readers on this site would add their votes to this. Mind you with nearly 800,000 hits on this site there is bound to be a large number of like minded people visiting and supporting.

  22. Barafen Says:

    Flooding goverment departments with emails showing our disgust with the IG will help slow down the works as all emails, if there is something in the title line that is relevent, will require opening and reading.This takes money and time. Someone should generate an email list for us all to hit. If they are forced to change emails this will cause all sorts of strife and delays’
    All these delays can clog up the goverment processes. Use safe email addresses

  23. Mark Manning Says:

    Luv fiji and Tim
    proceeds of crime they’re called in Australia and once a criminal is arrested , all his / her assets are frozen . If found guilty , all are confiscated and sold and the money generated goes back into fighting crime and reimbursing victims of crime . This also includes property shared with family and friends such as houses , cars , jewellery , shares etc.

  24. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    @PP excellent.

    @Ablaze something tells me I should explain more given the way that last post did not do THE CAUSE justice.

    After what seemed like 3 years of postings @fiji live & times followed by SV’s I threw in the towel. Just when I resolved there was no hope for Fiji lo and behold Netani Rika’s editorial crossed my screen that triggered events of the US Immigration saga. For months this country was fed the same daily diet so I can only attribute non deliverance to SV’s calls on suggestions to bring down the regime to my preoccupation with anger, frustration and fear. Afraid for the Fijian people their institutions and the uncertainty at what is in store for them but above all angry at those instigating the wrongs. Forgiving the latter because they too were wrong occasionally becomes a part of the landscape although fleeting.

    In this journey, my discovery has been amazing. Most prominent of which is how close and dear to heart Fiji really is even after 26 years of making the US home.

    I have to admit that I am jittery from a realization that there is truly a way to bring down the regime …. amazing how each time I cross this notion I shake my head in disbelief that it was sitting right under my nose all this time … But key is willingness of the big Kahunas to take it on board and by that I mean SV Team joining forces with the remainder of all freedom bloggers on the right of front page. Then there is our own big Kahunas : Yourself, AK, IB, JW, MM, ETF, OM, NFJ, DAUVAVANA, TRACKER, NA DINA, NP, JOSE, PP/LVFJ are on board. You people, among others I failed to mention are a force to reckon with.

  25. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    … they too were wronged

  26. anon Says:

    Lina, I’d like to meet you someday.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  27. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Isa, am humbled. Vinaka anon.

  28. Ablaze Says:

    @Katalina when I said “talk” I meant just what we are doing now discussing stuff and coming to some understanding, exchanging ideas, admitting you are wrong, thanking others like yourself for the good ideas and knowledge posted etc. I didn’t mean talk about your plan to rid the Regime. It is a good one and it should be done but like everything else we have suggested so far nothing has been done thus the “Good Luck”

    If the Regime could behave like we do we wouldn’t be in this mess.

    I to have been frustrated, angry and at times felt useless especially when friends and relatives won’t even discuss the situation with me because they feel it is out of their control and no use talking. That is very seldom though so no worries. I’m more of the “Tabu Soro” type.

    For the time being as I blog to rid my frustrations, anger and talk, talk, talk I will take comfort in the fact that the Beast in his own making will eventually devour its kind and enjoy them making complete fools of themselves. eg UN saga.

    OK alls well now and as they say; U rite gud Man!

  29. Jone Says:

    Agree and thank you. Establishing email addresses from various internet cafes is not a problem. Those who have worked tirelessly in the background that PP alluded to can be our fund keepers on the ground to make sure the steady supply of stamps, envelopes, paper etc. are met. Just tell us where to send and it shall be done. This is one that can be achieved given its relatively safe premise. Count me in. Good job.

  30. Mark Manning Says:

    Not sure just exactly what your referring to , but I think a good and most effective way to stuff these people up in and around the regime , is to freeze all their funds .

  31. Jone Says:

    There you are Barafen. SV you are always asking us ideas to bring down the regime. Now there are suggestions that does not involve adorning clothing or hitting the streets making citizens ready target. Like LUVFiji says it is positive, passive and peaceful. @MM I am referring to the underground team working tirelessly brought up by Peace Pipe are the same people who can receive funds from abroad through SV for an abundant, safe supply of stamps, envelopes, papers. For those who do not have computers but can swamp the postal services with letters and keep the various government departments tied up sorting mails. Freeze all funds will work too but even you will agree it is something that is not within our immediate control. What will effectively bring the regime down involves our own actions and tools – computers, stamps and envelopes. All very safe, positive and passive.

  32. Billy Says:

    There comes a time when the world needs to see visible signs of resistance from the ppl. The Burmese monks led the ppl into march after long suffering the military dictatorship of those who have kept Suu Kyi under house arrest. We can clog govt machinery with letters, faxes, emails but if we do not show some passive resistance (e.g. hunger strike, sit downs, wearing black or white, stay home, etc not many are likely to believe that we in Fiji disagree with what’s happening.

  33. Ablaze Says:

    Please don’t get me wrong I think it is a brillant idea but Kila ga our kind if we don’t succeed even those that don’t agree with the Regime will say; “Qori vela those people should just lie eve it” (leave it alone) This is Fiji we are talking about and that lunatic could easily sack civil servants for just openning up the letters, faxes emails etc. Look I may be wrong I don’t know.

    To me the church service was good because just about everyone in Fiji goes to church. We could easily wear white or black. We all have White attires, the Sunday church dress colour and black is worn to funeral.

    Can someone give us the Methodist Church in Suva contact. phone, email, address etc.

  34. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Oh wow Billy, your post on side thread about Qarase/Beddoes etc. propped an idea to work the phone. Hopefully return with some positive results; vinaka, valevu all of you for throwing ideas. Thank you SV. And thank you to the hardworking crew supplying SV with information none of us are privy.

  35. LUVfiji Says:

    Thats great, KB! It looks like the idea you came up with is slowly gaining support. We have to rally as many as we possibly can. Lets NOT abandon that idea, please.

    @Ablaze.. One day, we can look back and say to ourselves: At least we tried!

    The Pig has now told the UN that we are definitely not having the Elections 2009 we were promised.. albeit to an EMPTY Assembly!! We can turn that one around in 6 months. Pressure is also mounting from the international community.

    Com’n FIJI.. !! Com’n SV bloggers..

  36. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    6 months is a good time frame LUVfiji. These unprincipled opportunists are only there because we, the people have yet to find our nitch to kick some serious you know what. It will take sometime to lay the foundation for this massive movement and once it takes off… we will count weeks before the regime succumbs.

    @Billy, although I whole heartedly support your recommendations; some of the things people worried about was vulnerability to ready targets.

  37. painter Says:

    Am in agreement with you all but it’s important that we all get that foundation right before we take the military junta on. GO FIJI!

  38. Jone Says:

    People’s prank calls to the Police department was the content of Rika’s editorial mentioned by KB. Well then? Ask Mick Beddoes to use his Radio Station for appeals and LQ and Parmod Rae to get their supporters making phone calls – a show of discontent. Make the call and state you want the regime out. God knows they can not hit the streets to demonstrate; so just make calls. Clog their switchboards everyday for 1 month and see how they are able to function.

  39. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Phone calls :

    * Prime Minister’s Office (679) 3211-201.

    * President’s Office (679) 331-4244.

    Write :

    * Prime Minister’s Office
    4th Floor
    P O Box 2353
    Government Buildings
    Suva
    Fiji Islands

    * President of the Republic of the Fiji Islands
    Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda
    Government House
    Berkeley Crescent
    P O Box 2513
    Government Buildings
    Suva

    Email:

    * Bainimarama is pmsoffice@connect.com.fj

    Sorry I do not have the President Office email address. Let’s get to work🙂 and good luck.

  40. Joe Lad Says:

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    18 ¶ Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these agather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
    19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
    20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too astrait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
    21 Then shalt athou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am bdesolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
    22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will alift up mine hand to the bGentiles, and set up my cstandard to the people: and they shall bring thy dsons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
    23 And kings shall be thy anursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing bmothers: they shall cbow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be dashamed that wait for me.
    24 ¶ Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
    25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will acontend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
    26 And I will feed them that aoppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall bknow that I the Lord am thy cSaviour and thy dRedeemer, the emighty One of Jacob.

  41. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Fax :

    * Ratu Josefa Iloilo (679) 330-1645

    * Bainimarama (679) 330-6034

  42. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Well Joe Lad, ke me a ratou enlightened taki na junta crew with the good words Fiji would not be in this holy mess e?

  43. Ablaze Says:

    Katalina Balawanilotu, would like to read this. Is is possible to paste it here for everyone to read.

    Jone Says:

    October 1, 2008 at 2:51 am
    People’s prank calls to the Police department was the content of Rika’s editorial mentioned by KB.

  44. solivakasama Says:

    @ Joe Lad – please be warned that you cannot duplicate comments like you’ve done above (even if they happen to be bible verses) since it appears to be bordering on being intentionally irritable to fellow bloggers. Vinaka.

  45. Billy Says:

    Joe Lad, your point is? Dont you have any ideas or words of your own? Sa ca gona na vuli vakavo!

  46. LUVfiji Says:

    KICK HIM OUT, SV!!

    It is blasphemy! Please DELETE that post, SV.

  47. solivakasama Says:

    Okay, I second LUVfiji’s call and Joe Lad’s duplicate comment is now deleted. Vinaka.

  48. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Oi, I missed all that. He must be one of the green goons judging from Billy’s summation — no words nor ideas of his own.

  49. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Ablaze I will try and find that editorial. If I fail then SV might have it since I emailed them before I began posting on this thread.

    But for now, the gist of the editorial pointed to the resources on the ground that has the potential to cripple the regime. The idea tossed around now is credited to the people of Fiji whom Netani Rika tried to take to task and not to take anything away from Fiji straight shooter in a Editor In Chief for he was, once again right on the mark; I simply took the concept which happened to have been the same applied in the US on the matter of rejecting the Immigration Bill. Although the US population did not go out with the foremost intent to debilitate the Congress for they were simply making known statements to defeat the Bill >>> the process rendered the White House’s switchboard non operational. E mails clogged. Fax machines jammed. They heard the people loud and clear.

    The same scenario in Fiji but on a scale smaller.

    Unhappiness with the Police Force for obvious reasons. If Fiji weren’t under siege people would have been able to express through marches and demonstrations. A denial of permits to freely demonstrate discontent gave rise to the prank calls. Indeed it rendered the Police handicapped and for those denied there was no other recourse making the effectiveness of the Police Force the least of their concerns.

  50. Joe Lad Says:

    Im glad it pricked all your concious to see how irritating it is to be on the recieving end, and obviously SV has just shown how one sided your Blog site is. Hahaha, so how does it feel to have a taste of your own medicine.

    Just to give a piece of how we feel. We dont care what you guys do or think, because most people like you who use this blog site do not have the guts to stand up for what you believe. You all just talk too much with no courage to put your thoughts and ideas and your money where its worth. Oviously like the rest, you think you have the luxuy to sit in the comforts of your homes and spew all the venom that is rather baseless having no truth at all. You think you are all so well educated, yet your actions are comparable to that of little children, so my advise….Grow Up and accept the facts.

    You think you can bring this government, the RFMF and Fiji Police to its knees, I ask you at whose expense….Yours or the people you claim to champion. The people who you push to the front and exploit as your tools whilst you sit in the comfort of your own homes drinking wine and drive around in your flashy cars.

    I ask you today, what have you done for this country, how much are you willing to sacrifice for the cause you claim to believe in. Iam sure most of you dont even have the slightest idea of understanding and realising the horrors of what may become as a result of your doings.

    My message to all of you…..Get your facts write before you Blog about….otherwise you only creating too much garbage.

    Au revoir

  51. john doe Says:

    @ Joe lad – u’re obviously one of them TREASONOUS CRIMINALS who is obviously VERY WORRIED about the long arm of the law catching up with you one of these days! Why are you here bloggin and hiding behind your qauri pseudonym, especially if you have the might of the Rotten fmf and fpf behind you??? Era dau kaya ga.. mai yaso! LOL!!

  52. john doe Says:

    And btw laddy boy – why don’t you start your own blog and see how many people visit you! And quit painting us all with one brush, we’re not all rich or wine drinkers but we’re definitely law-abiding citizens of Fiji, UNLIKE YOU.. So pls take your boiriri comments elsewhere, thank you!

  53. Billy Says:

    Wow, Joe Lad welcome to the world of reality!!! It’s good to show how piffed you are with all the comments on this blogsite. It shows that we are effective, othewise why would you care what we are writing. You dont even know us, yet you form a bias that we drink wine, sit in the comfort of our homes? Just shows how shallow you are. We are actually hard working law abiding ppl who only fear God and the Law, no one else, and we can take on thousands of stupid military officers or coup supporters whose only quick way to get rich is to steal, plunder, force, break the law, abuse, murder, lie, to make a living. We rely on the law to protect us, not the guns, and we have worked hard to earn degrees, to make an honest living, to form our ideas and opinions and to BLOG ON cause we have the luxury to do so. So you are most welcome to read and be educated. Otherwise what’s itching you that you had join us?

  54. Truth Says:

    -START

    SDL seeks legal action on Charter
    02/10/2008
    fijilive

    Ouster Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s party has filed another legal action against the interim regime, asking the court to declare the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and Charter illegal.

    The Soqosoqoduavata ni Lewenivanua names as defendants in the action, the State, Attorney General and the co-chair of the NCBBF Archbishop Petero Mataca.

    The SDL wants the court to declare “the intention of the regime to act on recommendations of the NCBBF and its charter, especially to introduce changes contrary to the constitution, is also beyond its powers and therefore illegal”.

    The matter will be heard in the High Court on October 9.

    -END

    The SDL is fighting in the courts. Bloggers are here as voices for the mass who have none and inspirations for us who read just to find release. If the public are pissed off enough and above and beyond sick, tired and fed up then a perceived successful implementation of the suggestions thrown around here is very realistic given their ability to participate safely.

  55. Truth Says:

    I forgot to mention the National Federation Party letter to the President widely advertised asking the President to sack the Interim Government and reconvene parliament etc. That is another form of the same resistance we await answer to. Imagine if we are bombarding their switchboards, faxes, emails at the same time? Pressure from the Pacific Region, Pressure from the EU, Pressure from the NGO’s although they have been slack as of late. But the biggest impact is what we, ordinary citizens can do from the privacy of our mobiles, landlines, computers. So to the poster Joe Lad ? the people have the power to de activate the regime.

  56. Jone Says:

    Obviously not garbage to one Joe Lad. Was there a need to try and teach your nonsensical bible study? Too bad for the whole country your iIG did not take to heart any of the bible wisdom you pretend. Me tekivu mada mai Jerusalemi bera ni qai mai vavulici keimami na sega ni dau butako, sega ni dau laba, sega ni dau basulawa sa rogoca? You are a shameful group of thieves. All of you.

  57. Joe Lad Says:

    Exactly clean your own houses first, after all with your useless rhetorics your all just contaminating each other with your verbal diaroea – cowards who just cant stand up and act for your own selves. I find this site mst interesting because SV has decided to throw out my last piece of comments, lol…must have really taken you all by surprised eh?

    The only reason LQ is taking the IG to court on the issue of the NCBBF is because they all thought like your own good selves that the IG were up to your so called intellectual standards in getting the whole charter off the ground….but alas.., to all your surprise..lo and behold…the charter materialised. hahaha.

    You talk of passive resistance and the power of the people…My dear friends, the indicators are suggesting otherwise. Thpeople are’nt interested in your so called way of bombarding the swtchboards, mails, faxes and emails…they are all just tired of all your Bull….all they see in you guys is too much think and talk with no balls to walk the talk…Maybe if we encourage you just alittle…nah…you guys dont want Vandam to get caught red handed..why becase you are all just a bunch of cowards who cant take the heat. I mean just look at how this blog site removed my comments last night in reply to Mr. John Doe and Billy.

    Must have brought you to realise the reality that we are here for the long haul and thats the outcome of the officers who you claim to be unintellectual.

    Well as a matter of fact, I really think you guys are all just a few misguided misfits who dont know crap about whats actually happening here in Fiji. It seems more apparent to me that idiocracy truly is the way you apparently think.

    With much Love…

  58. LUVfiji Says:

    .. love you back, Joe Lad! We can handle that spice!

  59. Joe Lad Says:

    Thats the spirit LUVfiji, now thats a big change of heart after you commented that SV kick me out.

    To all aspiring commenters, lets all emulate LUVfijiand be professional to bring out whats best for the country we all love. Cmon SV lets make your blog site for the professional people.

    Hugs and Kisses

  60. LUVfiji Says:

    Yep; but I didnt like that particular post. It was, in my view, blasphemous!

    Btw, thanks SV!!

  61. solivakasama Says:

    Love also means being tough on those you care about by pointing out the errors of their ways in the hope that they would see the light and deliver us from this darkness that grips the nation from growing and realising its true potential – a darkness that runs as deep as their heavy pockets and thick as their fears of the inevitable that is to come their way.. so blog on Joe lad but try to keep it realistic..

  62. Billy Says:

    I pray that Joe Lad will see the light and the errors of his way and be converted before evil fully takes control him and those he is supporting. Time is given to evildoers to repent, the door of love is open, which is why Jesus Christ, with no fault of his own, was nailed to the cross for the sins of his accusers, and the soldiers who did the damage on him at the foot of Calvary! His words, “father forgive them for they know not what they do,” meant they were too ignorant, too blinded by their own arrogance and self righteousness and pride to see through the evil of their crimes.!

  63. Truth Says:

    Interesting pronouncements on cowardice from those wielding all the firepower in the country. Something tells me the tune will shift dramatically if the guns are divided equally between the two quarters🙂

  64. Jone Says:

    There is also the matter of the Charter which hasn’t been considered along the same lines. Make one’s vote count for nay or yea. A simple phone call to both the Prime Minister or the President will do for a start. We should not sit back and fall into acceptance of permanent military rule. The characters popping out of the woodwork now taking up appointments by this regime if you look closer at all their past – not hard to deduce that each and every one of these guys have always been the ball greasers in their crowd. Very little moral fibers.

  65. Joe Lad Says:

    Hahaha, hey cmon fellas…look at the brighter side, the Constitution remains, you stll get to air your views and we still get to take this country into far more greater heights.

    And dont forget, we arent politicians…it is either yes or no. Thats why we are building all those capacity development projects for the people who the politicians took for granted. You guys can say all you want, but thats not going to stop what we believe is good for this country…that my friends is Tough Love not just a political fascade.

    Oh and by the, yes we hold the firearms for a particular reason, to safe guard us from people like LQ who would rather sacrifice the people of this country by inviting foreign intervention…and to make it worse…THREE TIMES… and all just for his political survival.

    As for those who you refer to as greasers, hahaha…nice one, unfortunately, I believe they are up their helping this country move forward whilst you are sitting down, with your faces hidden trying to break this country down. Cmon people, lets give them a chance, after all things are begining to mellow down and the developments are becoming more evident then before.

    Cmon give yourself a pat in the back and dont forget to hug yourself foe me.

    Luv Ya.

  66. Jone Says:

    A point worth pondering was raised by poster Mark Manning in a thread last week where he was pointing to the number of years it takes one to plan conspiracy before execution. I recall Rabuka’s statements soon after 5/12 that he planned his coup for 10 years before he hit and he was wondering how long Bainimarama laid his plans. Confirms the theory MM raised. For the undoing of the regime, the people’s mass participation will be engaged in the forms outlined above and we are not deluding ourselves into believing we can conjure up a fly by night fool proof execution. Too much have been said and done by the regime. This one is ours and many thanks to SV for keeping the thread alive for with it comes our hope that someday not too far into the distant future Fiji will return to parliamentary rule.

  67. Isa.. Says:

    @ Joe lad – your laugh sounds very dry to me.. and your comeback took sooooo long. E vacava? Did SV’s post reel you over? Was your conscience pricked? Keep trying to convince yourself, that much we’ll give you here.. lol..

  68. Joe Lad Says:

    Oh by the way, Billy as for the Light… I believe we are nearing the end of that dark tunnel and the light is so bright and beautiful, thats whats pushing us to move forward. Now if you want to remain in the middle, then obviously you wont see the light of christ, so hop in and let me take you together with everyone in this country. Lets do it together, so we can all move as equals and not discriminate the other races.

    Fiji we always be ours, it will always be our heritage. It is something the Lord gane for you and me to reside and share with all who are in need. But if understand that whatever is around us is the ords, then who are we to refuse to the many who are in need. If we are not too careful then surely it will be taken away from us. So lets love every body regardless of color, creed, gender and race.

    Remember, as much as the Lord loves you, so do I.

    Peace Bro.

  69. Isa.. Says:

    Dua ga noqu taro @ Joe lad – WHERE’S THE MONEY?? lol!

  70. Joe Lad Says:

    Sorry Isa, had work to do.. You see, I dont have the luxury like you guys to sit and monitor and analyse and reply to the comments. But I am back on and please feel free to throw your comments this way, so that I may have the honor to reciprocate in the same manner.

    All the best.

  71. Joe Lad Says:

    Oh, dont worry..we will get it from somewhere. China’s, willing, India’s willing, the countries from the middle East are willing. We dont really need to wait for the usual Aussies or Kiwis or the Europeans….After all we live in a globalized world.

    Peace Bro.

  72. Isa.. Says:

    @ Joe lad – I meant the $$$ in your deep pockets, not your deep throats..lol!

  73. Joe Lad Says:

    Isa….my goodnes what blasphemy…Dont get too sentimental, just control your breathing and think positively, oh and by the way my pockets are not too deep enough to take more then what I earn. Am still hoping someoe like you would have the courageous courtesy of inviting me for lunch..

    Dont worry the Lord forgives you for your blasphemous comments.

    Love Man.

  74. Isa.. Says:

    Btw, we also hve full-time jobs, absolutely demanding & exhausting but we’re the experts @ multi-tasking.. unlike YOU, a full-time goon blogger @ taxpayers expense… isa, sa vacava tiko o RFN?

  75. Joe Lad Says:

    I did not imply you were unemployed Isa, I have no qualms of your expertise @ multi-tasking…after all we are the uneducated ones here, whilst you guys can handle the situation right. Im no full time blogger, I am just a simple Infateer, a grunt they call us. But you now I always keep wondering, why is that our Officers who are very much unitellectuals like your honorable selves doing in moving this counry forward. I mean how can they put this country in the right perspective…I always thought it was to be the smarty pants like you guys…who are the so called experts in multi-tasking, but my poor brain isnt able to get that right because it seems that you guys dont know what to do to try and break this country into pieces right…

    Psst, its OK I know its hard to accept, but the Lord surely does work in Mysterious ways. I believe, because you guys are just tooooo Smart you forgot to look down, because you were always looking to high and mighty.

    Much Love.

  76. Joe Lad Says:

    Hey cmon fellas, dont give me the silent shoulder, I am getting lonely ot here, after all its still lunch break for me and I still have a couple of minutes left here so please throw me a remark dont throw in the towel yet.

    Deperately Waiting. Luv

  77. Joe Lad Says:

    Ok the I apologize, if I hurt your feelings….but dont take it too personally, lets tae like Men and lets hope we can continue to remain professionals as best we can. Give me a Hug if you see me in Suva.

    Take care and Luv you all.

  78. Truth Says:

    Try harder on the spelling will be good starting point towards the professionalism you tout.

  79. Joe Lad Says:

    As long as you understand the word. Dredre ga me voleka. Se vaka evei Mr. Professor, Doctor and Smarties.

    STill Luv u man.

  80. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Good points Jone although we don’t have a deadline per se; 6 months is a realistic time frame. Thanks.

    @MM. Watched the feeds you supplied. Very informative. Thanks. My guess is you will be keeping an eye out for the Democracy Competition organized by the US Embassy that will be aired on YouTube? There will be a winner from the Pacific.

  81. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    SV.

    My guess is you get tons of emails. Please check one from me today. Thanks.

  82. Jone Says:

    Qori. Tu qo na ka meda cakava me toso kina i liu na vanua o Viti.

    Not too long from this date Vili Nadaku took to the streets.

    I for one, do not know why we are still waiting.

    I sure hope you people are organizing in the background.

  83. Jone Says:

    We are frustrated and want to take to the streets

    I think that maybe better engaged after we try out this notions to take the regime’s communication apparatus out of commission.

    Because this is the non violent way and it is passive resistance at its best.

    No business on earth can function without communication.

    A government machinery that is non functional is useless even to itself let alone the people and not that these lunatics care one aorta about the people, Heck no. They are in this for their pocket books. They are not in the least bit interested in giving back democracy to the people whom they do not give a damn about in the first place.

  84. Cakau Says:

    Kerekere Jone read this post.

    Cakau Says:

    October 20, 2008 at 10:08 am
    I received this in the mail from overseas. It has got me thinking as it makes good sense. Someone known as Simple Solutions is privileged to all this inside information.

    We should give credit when credit is due and in this case thank those in the Police and the Military for not inflicting any bodily harm to Vilisi Nadaku, the lone protestor.

    We realized that a lot of things have been said about the people that work in these 2 institutions, some deservedly so and others not so. Unfortunately, that is the situation in our beloved country. However life goes on and we cope in many different ways, some vent their frustrations in the different blog sites that have popped up since the events of December, 2006 and others just carry on with life as if all is normal.

    Either way we must continue the good fight in what we as individuals believe in is the best for our country.

    It is nearly 2 years since the coup and by now we all should have at least learnt something. Hopefully, how important it is for the nation to protect the Constutition, which is the supreme law of the land and that we should be all afraid of what has happened to our country in the last 2 decades as result of the 4 coups. Fear sometimes is a good thing and in this case we must all learn to fear the Constitution.

    We must also realize that not all those in the Police Force or the Military think and support Bainimarama and the ones that do are just as afraid or more so than we are.

    That is the reality of their mentality, we have to persevere with those that find enjoyment and satisfaction from intimidating and putting fear into people like Vilisi Nadaku. These people are few in numbers and decreasing. We must pity them, as deep inside they are just as scared as we are. “You may think we are scared but they are more scared than we are.” We must make the most of Vilisi’s protest and get those who sympathize with our cause to come on board and suggest to SV that bloggers must always bear this in mind. We must try and encourage those who think like us in the military and police to join us. What is needed is the mass, the numbers and let us make friends instead of enemies. Let us emulate the non-violent passive approach of resistance. We shall use the greatest force we have which no army on this earth can ever counter, that is the force of love and non-violence. (This is inside information from the soilders and police.)

    Where we will come up in front is that the Military is not trained to fight an army of 10,000 unarmed peaceful protesters! They will turn away from us in awe because we have a God we believe in who is more powerful than anything that lives and breathes on this earth. All we need to do is carry on what we are doing now but keep this in mind. Don’t allow the non believers to ruin it for us, we must keep our fight to win them over.

    Our fight is with the seen and unseen forces. We must fight for the truth, justice and a free and democratic Fiji and do away with racism and bigotry. We must work towards a de-militarized Fiji and work towards the Fiji that is truly the way the world should be.

    To the Military and the Police Force and all those that are not so sure what to do this is for your benefit.

    Let us follow the footsteps of Vilisi Nadaku who fought alone but represented the silent majority in how we could go about resisting in a non-violent passive way.

    From Simple Solutions.

    You see Jone that is I’m sure is the way Vilisi wants to fight this fight.

  85. Jone Says:

    ar-huh nothing wrong with bringing this regime to its knees in 6 months without violence is all am praising. All the hours we bloggers spend in front of this computer if we spend equal time streaming emails after emails to various government departments every day they will not be able to function. Use the post office. Use the telephone. Use the fax machines. They will topple without any of us dropping an ounce of blood. Without any of us fronting court. It is peaceful, passive and effective. Non violent. Anyone who does not want this employed is lying about wanting the regime to leave us democracy. They not going to just hand it over. Since when do these kinds just hand over their lollies. We have to show resistance in another manner. not go to the streets yet. but carry this outlined above. nothing to loose. only democracy to gain and in months. not 9 years.

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