TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Dear Mr Illegal Wannabe PM,

I wanted to share with you something that most citizens of this beloved Nation of Fiji experiences daily.

As I looked out my window today and watched the children in our neighbourhood playing so happily together I mentally picked out the two that would probably study medicine and become respected doctors, the five boys who may make the First XV when they reach high school and go on to represent Fiji in rugby, the little girls who may become economists, bankers or members of parliament one day, that watchful boy who may become a journalist, that little imp who shares her mothers makeup with the others and very adept at applying it onto their beautiful, innocent little faces, she’s the fashionista.

There’s not a manufactured toy in sight.

They’re all chasing and teasing each other as they run from one yard into the next, around the back then into another neighbours yard, tumbling on the grass, little legs kicking, hair swinging, ducking and weaving and laughing that wonderful laugh that warms the heart and alerts us all that they are safe.

They don’t fight, sometimes they stop to take a breath, heads bowed together as they whisper then take off again in another direction shouting and yelling at each other then they all flop on the grass and talk quietly, a bit puffed out I suspect. All sixteen of them at last count as the fun bought the other children out to play and joke around.

Not one of these children went out onto the road, they didn’t have to as our homes are not fenced, well sort of, by gardenia, hibiscus and balabala hedges that have been planted to delineate our properties so they’re able to wander and play across almost the whole of one side of the street.

We all watch them from our homes, every now and then someone sticks their head out the window or walks out the front just to see the children are alright when a vehicle drives up or down the street, they see someone other that a neighbour walking on the street (usuallly to visit someone) or it gets a bit quiet.

It’s always been like this on our street, today the older ones in high school have gone out, this is usual when one reaches a certain age, you’re allowed to go up to the local store to buy something and sent on errands on your own. One day these teenagers will go onto to further education either locally or overseas. They will search for employment, work, date, go dancing, get married, have children, some may migrate, the odd one will divorce, some will live in the family home with their own children, exactly as the parents of those robust youngsters who have never ending energy and will front up at your kitchen door when they smell someone cooking babakau or coconut toffee, someones Bubu will make waite and call the whole lot of them in to sit out the back and chow, someone puts on a Lucky Dube cd and they all get up and musuka – oi lei, life goes on as it always has on our street, someone grazes their knee or stubs their toe and the whole lot of them converge to fix the pain – no worries.

The new school term starts soon and the street will be quiet for a few hours a day. At this stage the children in our street will still be able to go to school as all of their parents work, but there won’t be any new uniforms, shoes or school bags. News is that their Mothers, older siblings, aunties and grandmothers have been busy mending and lengthening uniforms, having shoes repaired to fit another year or fit a younger member of the family or passed on to another child in the neighbourhood. There’s a lot of exchanging and sharing of text books, school uniforms and anything that will be useful this year. Everything is being utilised, the children are boasting to each other that they will be wearing so and sos uniform or shoes this year.

I started to think about the children whose parents have lost their jobs, what’s going to happen to them. The thought is too much to bear, because even though some children may say they don’t like to go to school they actually enjoy it. For a child to miss out on an education is devastating for them as they watch their peers go off to school.

Children have a better understanding of the economic and emotional state of their households than they are given credit for and are the first to say they don’t need things and will do all in their power to keep their parents happy when they feel that something is amiss. It’s true, weren’t you a child once?

Sir is your neighbourhood like mine, where all the families know each other, the children play happily together, every Fijian, Hindu, Muslim, Rotuman, Chinese one of them, they all speak three different languages and protect each other with fierce loyalty. This is the way they have been bought up by their parents, to share and care for each other no matter what religion or race they call themselves.

I am so proud of this bunch of kids in my neighbourhood, they’re all different yet they’re all the same in their needs and hopes. I want them and their older siblings in high school to grow up like my generation to have a decent education and fulfill their dreams.

Sir the way you have usurped the democratically elected government of Fiji, undermined the welfare of the Nation and destroyed the economy and the state does not bode well for these children.

Are you Voreqe Bainimarama and your fellow illegal self appointed cronies able to explain this to these children and why you’ve all put their country in the deploring state it is in and why they will have to study extra hard to learn how to put a country back together again.

Yours faithfully

Deeply Concerned Citizen

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37 Responses to “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN”

  1. freedomfighter Says:

    Bloggers, from today’s Fiji SUN. Was there conspiracy between Aiyaz and the Hong Kong mafia friends who have been milking the State by appearing in Qarases High Court case and drafting, and now acting as FICAC prosecutors. Did the State smell the rat and rushed through the offence of Miscondut in Public Office to stifle whistleblowers. See Victor Lal’s piece:

    How Fatiaki’s tax case arose

    1/7/2009
    In December 2007, a high-level meeting took place in the conference room of the Attorney-General’s chambers in Suvavou House between the interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority’s then acting CEO, Jitoko Tikolevu, Paul Madigan and Elizabeth Yang, the two Hong Kong based Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) prosecutors and a top FIRCA tax investigator,

    At this meeting it was resolved to conduct an investigation into the suspended Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki with a view to prosecuting him for tax avoidance, even though Justice Fatiaki had paid his taxes during the amnesty period.

    On 10 December, the tax investigator who had presented FIRCA’s case to that above meeting in or about the afternoon of 7 December, wrote to Justice Fatiaki as follows: “This letter is to notify you that the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority is conducting an investigation into an allegation that you have breached the Income Tax Act by omitting income from your tax returns for the years ended 31 December 1998 to 2005.”

    He also attached for Justice Fatiaki’s information a copy of the relevant parts of section 44 and section 96 of the Income Tax Act.

    The tax investigator, who is no longer employed with FIRCA, gave Justice Fatiaki the opportunity of participating in a formal interview to answer the above allegations against the suspended CJ.

    “The interview will be conducted under criminal caution. At this interview you may choose to have your legal representative or another person present. The interview will be at a mutually convenient place and time. This may be during or outside working hours, at FIRCA premises or another place. If you wish to be interviewed could you please contact the undersigned by phone within 14 days to arrange this? As an alternative to an interview you may choose to make a written, signed statement concerning the allegation,” the investigating tax officer told Justice Fatiaki.

    Now, the former tax investigator claims that the interim government used the tax system to get people for political reasons.

    He also claims that the information he gave to Mr Madigan and Ms Yang was under perceived threat, paving the way for action to remove Justice Fatiaki under the 1997 Constitution of Fiji.

    We may recall that I had written a two-part series which claimed that a FIRCA tax consultant failed to declare $629,481 in consulting fees from the Reserve Bank of Fiji and FIRCA over the period June 2004 to October 2007.

    As a result, FIRCA was taxed for failing to deduct 15 per cent tax from his fees of $72,860.00 and the RBF $21,556.00 from these fees. The consultant’s assessment allegedly still stood, at the time of writing, with additional penalties for late payment amounted to $154,000.

    But how did the tax consultant react to the assessment? Suffice to note; according to his letter of 8 November 2007 from the FIRCA tax consultant to the assessment officer, he claimed that it was “unfair, oppressive and abusive to seek to impose double taxation”.

    According to the assessment officer, the FIRCA tax consultant had also allegedly threatened to haul the assessment officer before the Military Council if he (the assessment officer) continued to demand the $630,000.

    I can now reveal that it was the same assessment officer who was also assigned to investigate Justice Fatiaki’s tax records.

    Looking back at my notes, the former tax investigator had written to me the following when I was preparing the $630,000 tax story: “During the course of my investigation into Fatiaki I made friends with two Hong Kong based investigators who were looking into Fatiaki for the sec 138 of the Constitution hearing about him being a fit and proper person to be a judge (to be heard in Feb 08) – Paul Madigan and Elizabeth Yang. It was they who persuaded me to complain to George Langman about [the consultant’s] blackmail attempt, because FICAC owed me a favour for helping them get Fatiaki.”

    Two e-mails, one from Ms Yang dated 1 November 2007 (“This is Elizabeth from Hong Kong. We had a meeting about two months ago regarding a tax case”) and another from Mr Madigan dated 16 January 2008 (“It was go[o]d to talk to you this afterno[o]n. I have thought about your situation a lot over the last couple of months. I arrived back in Fiji yesterday to do more FICAC work and then to prosecute the Fatiaki case…I wish you loads of luck and happine[s]s and please ke[ep] in touch”) to the former tax investigator confirms his assertion that he assisted the two Hong Kong-based prosecutors.

    Commenting on Ms Yang’s e-mail, the former tax investigator said he had a meeting with Mr Madigan, Ms Yang and Mr Tikolevu in September 2007 in which he (the former tax investigator) gave the FICAC lawyers a photocopy of Justice Fatiaki’s confession.

    “They were very pleased and this was the start of our cordial relations. Providing this information was illegal but it was done out of the state of fear previously described,” said the former tax investigator. .

    He had earlier pointed out to me as follows: “You must remember that at the time FIRCA was living in fear of FICAC. The former CEO, Tevita Banuve, was sacked in July 07 because he refused FICAC access to tax documents. The FIRCA premises at Waisomo House was raided by police and military. They took DF’s file from […] (then copied it and later returned the originals, except for the 2002 tax return of DF which went missing).”

    Over September 2007 to January 2008, the former tax investigator met with FICAC several times and provided more information about the evidence against Justice Fatiaki, for example, photocopies of the original documents (the confession and tax returns etc) had to be certified by a Justice of Peace (a FIRCA lawyer). FIRCA kept the original documents for their case and FICAC kept the certified copies for their case, said the former tax investigator.

    Mr Madigan is currently the lead prosecutor for FICAC in the case against Laisenia Qarase. The deposed Prime Minister is alleged to have abused office by allowing his family company, as a director, to own shares in Fijian Holdings Ltd between 1992 and 1995.

    Meanwhile, there was turmoil within the FIRCA hierarchy, as a chain of e-mails between some of the most senior figures (including the former tax investigator) reveal on how best to handle Justice Fatiaki’s tax file.

    Some were “cc” to Mr Tikolevu. I have decided to withhold the identities of the e-mail writers. But here are a few exchanges on 20 November 2007, RE: Daniel Fatiaki: “I would have thought that the intention of the Minister’s amnesty to the taxpaying public was clear at least to you as […] I cannot answer your question for you, unfortunately.”

    Another exchange read: “There are a number of OIP cases (100% penalties eg […] where our auditors levied 100% OIP because […] was alleged to have defrauded […] – up until now that allegation has not been substantiated either by our auditors nor by the Police; another one is […] where we are offering 100% OIP to be waived if he pays the RT upfront; there are many more that I have not named, that have been waived by us in pursuant with the Minister’s express conditions for amnesty to the taxpaying public. Unless and until there is an express exception to the Minister’s amnesty (which I have never seen nor heard of during our TAU committee meetings), the amnesty has to apply equally to all members of the t[ax] p[aying] public without favour or vengeance. If we are going to apply the amnesty selectively, then we (Minister and FIRCA) are to expect to be unnecessarily sued. Can FIRCA defend itself from such a law suit given the ongoing repetition of “no fear of prosecution” in the air waves and TV?”

    In response, one of the top notch FIRCA bosses from whose custody FICAC had forcibly taken away Justice Fatiaki’s tax file replied to his colleagues at 11.20am: “I am uncertain whether the amnesty is a gateway or a getaway to crimes such as “wilful intent” to evade taxes ….”

    At the end of the same day, the former tax investigator summarised the case, which was transferred to him in August 2007.

    A month earlier, in July, another FIRCA officer had already written to Justice Fatiaki to get details of undisclosed income. The former tax investigator commenced an investigation into whether Justice Fatiaki had breached s96(2) of the Income Tax Act by non-disclosure of income.

    He told his colleagues in response to their e-mail exchanges: exhibits were assembled, witnesses identified and an investigation plan prepared.

    “Assessments were raised on the taxpayer, with tax payable of approximately $50,000. A penalty of 100% was imposed. The assessments were based on the admission. No audit has been conducted. The purpose of raising the assessments was to demonstrate that tax had been evaded”, the former tax investigator told his colleagues, noting in his e-mail of 20 November: “A letter was prepared (but not yet sent) offering the taxpayer a caution interview (attached). It was my intention to send the letter on 27 November, when the objection period has expired. No objection has yet been received. It was expected that the taxpayer would not object, which was to be used to demonstrate wilful intention.”

    He told his FIRCA colleagues that Justice Fatiaki paid the tax assessment and had the penalty waived, as part of the tax amnesty.

    The former tax investigator also reminded his colleagues of Mr Chaudhry’s press release of 9 October announcing the amnesty: “Mr Chaudhry explained that tax amnesty is generally defined as a limited – time opportunity where tax defaulters have an opportunity to absolve their interest and penalties relating to overdue tax without fear of prosecution.”

    The former tax investigator concluded his 20 November e-mail by noting: “In view of the above intention stated in the press release, I recommend closure of the investigation. Can I get your views?”

    Co-incidentally, on 20 November 2007, Mr Khaiyum had announced in a press conference the names of those who would make up the Tribunal that would look into allegations of misbehaviour of suspended CJ Fatiaki. This followed their appointment by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The three-member Tribunal were identified as follows: Chair of the Tribunal, Justice Robert James Ellicott, Justice Raymond Sears, and Tan Sri Datuk Dr Lal Chand Vohrah, a Judge of High Court of Malaysia.

    The Hong Kong based prosecutor Gerard McCoy (who later represented the State in the Qarase-Bainimarama case in the Suva High Court) was appointed the Counsel to assist the Tribunal.

    Justice Fatiaki was suspended on 18 January 2007 as provided for under the Constitution for allegations of misbehaviour. He was suspended with full pay and with the right to remain in the Chief Justice’s official residence. Justice Fatiaki had continued to receive his full pay and occupy the official residence throughout his suspension.

    Three days earlier, on 17 November 2007, Mr McCoy disclosed the allegations of misbehaviour against Justice Fatiaki, which ranged from failure to uphold the dignity and high standing of the office of a judge and allegations relating to tax matters.

    The allegations made against Justice Fatiaki were that for the years 1998 to 2005 inclusive, Justice Fatiaki dishonestly and wilfully falsified his income tax returns for each year to FIRCA by:

    (a) failing to declare dividends from share holdings;

    (b) failing to declare monthly rental receipts from a property owned by Justice Fatiaki as 27 Allarydce Road, Suva and rented to first, the Commonwealth of Australia and secondly, to the European Union;

    (c) failing to declare monthly rental receipts from a property owned by Mr Fatiaki and his brother at 82 Nailuva Rd, Suva;

    (d) failing to declare an honorarium of F$30,000 received from the Fiji Law Reform Commission;

    (e) failure to declare interest payments from Westpac Bank, Vanuatu and from Westpac Bank, Suva,

    (f) failing to declare allowance and benefits derived from sitting as an appellate Judge on circuit in Vanuatu.

    Second, having admitted in writing to FIRCA by way of a letter dated 10 August 2007 that he (Justice Fatiaki) had undisclosed assessable income for the years 1998 to 2005 inclusive namely:

    (a) dividends from share holdings;

    (b) monthly rental receipts from a property owned by Mr Fatiaki at 27 Allardyce Road, Suva;

    (c) an honorarium received from the Fiji Law Commission;

    (d) interest payments from Westpack Bank, Vanuatu and from Westpack Bank, Suva;

    (e) allowances and benefits derived from sitting as an appellate Judge on circuit in Vanuatu, Justice Fatiaki dishonestly and willflly still withheld from FIRCA details of his income for the said period, namely by omitting to declare regular rental receipts from the property owned by Justice Fatiaki and his brother at 82 Nailuva Road, Suva.

    Third, on or about the 25 June 2003, Justice Fatiaki dishonestly and wilfully misappropriated the sum of F$55,000, property of the Government of Fiji, being an erroneous overpayment of the honorarium due to him from the Fiji Law Reform Commission; and further omitted to declare the said overpayment to FIRCA in his letter dated 10 August or at all.

    Fourth, between the years 1998 and 2005, Justice Fatiaki while working as an Appellate Judge in Vanuatu, dishonestly failed to apply for and to take leave from his Fiji employer, the Government of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, as required, thereby falsely inflating his leave entitlement, further or in the alternative, defrauding the Fiji Revenue.

    According to the former tax investigator, Mr McCoy presumably got the facts from FICAC who had been supplied the information from him (the former tax investigator) about Justice Fatiaki’s tax evasion.

    “When FICAC seized Mr Fatiaki’s tax file it only had the tax returns in it. It was only later that Mr Fatiaki sent his confession letter to FIRCA. I then supplied that letter to Yang and Madigan,” said the former tax investigator.

    Meanwhile, according to well placed sources inside FIRCA, an employee had tipped off Justice Fatiaki to pay early in the amnesty, about 20-25 October. One of their officers had quietly contacted Justice Fatiaki, through a senior court official, to privately relay to the former Chief Justice and let him know that if he (Justice Fatiaki) paid during the amnesty period he wouldn’t have to pay the 100 per cent penalty and Justice Fatiaki would be immune to prosecution because of Mr Chaudhry’s press release announcing the tax amnesty.

    Justice Fatiaki did, in fact, pay during the amnesty

    It was the former tax investigator who had originally come up with the idea for an amnesty when Mr Chaudhry had demanded that $80million of the $160million tax arrears be collected by 31 December 2007.

    Although the idea was not particularly novel, and was bound to occur to others because there had been previous amnesties, the former tax investigator was the only one to suggest it at a FIRCA conference at the Warwick in July 2007 and FIRCA top brass latched onto the idea of tax amnesty.

    The former FIRCA tax investigator has come forward after Justice Fatiaki resigned as Chief Justice with a controversial golden handshake of $275,000. Mr Khaiyum revealed that Justice Fatiaki would be receiving all benefits and privileges of a retired Chief Justice. Justice Fatiaki had challenged his sacking by the interim regime following the 2006 coup. He had also taken legal action against the members of the Tribunal appointed by the President to investigate allegations against him.

    Mr Khaiyum, responding to public outcry, has pointed out that the offer of settlement with Justice Fatiaki was made by Justice Fatiaki’s lawyers, and it was not initiated by the Interim government to try to settle the matter, rather than going ahead with the tribunal process. Mr Khaiyum said there was nothing sinister about the dropping of the charges.

    Earlier, Mr Khaiyum had revealed in a press conference that initial offer of settlement originated from Fatiaki’s lawyers that eventually led to the deal being signed with the State and the Office of the President. He said the settlement included:

    (1) the allegations of misbehaviour and misconduct that have been made against the Chief Justice have now being withdrawn. The proceedings of the Tribunal will therefore be terminated;

    (2) the allegations that have been made against the Chief Justice will not be repeated in any other civil proceedings;

    (3) The resignation of the Chief Justice will therefore be immediately executed upon the Deed, which occurred this afternoon;

    (4) Justice Fatiaki will discontinue all other civil proceedings which he had instituted against the State or any other agencies of the State, nor will he in any shape or form repeat any of those civil proceedings.

    It has also been revealed that a New Zealand senior counsel Grant Illingworth initiated negotiations on behalf of Justice Fatiaki because he saw it as the best option for Mr Fatiaki, his family and Fiji.

    Mr Illingworth said Mr Fatiaki was under considerable pressure since he was suspended from office early last year. The point is he is nearing retirement age and he had little support when he was sat down from office and it caused considerable pressure for his family, said Mr Illingworth. He added that legal costs weighed heavily against Mr Fatiaki in proceedings he initiated against the state.

    He said the problem was that the tribunal was set up in a way that didn’t comply with the Constitution and he (Mr Fatiaki) had spent money on legal costs. Mr Illingworth said the state and Mr Fatiaki arrived at a mutual arrangement.

    The $275,000 payout saga raises a host of questions:

    a) why was Justice Fatiaki charged? Who authorised his prosecution?

    b) Was he guilty of tax evasion?

    c) How much has already been spent on the Tribunal?

    d) Is the $275,000 paid to Justice Fatiaki before or after tax? (A similar question could be raised for the $180,000 back pay that was paid to Commodore Frank Bainimarama).

    e) How much have the Tribunal judges been paid?

    f) How much were Mr Madigan, Ms Yang and Mr McCoy paid for their services in the investigation and preparation of the State’s case against Justice Fatiaki?

    The chain of events raise other unanswered questions: why was Justice Fatiaki sent on leave by the RFMF on 3 January 2007 when there was no evidence at that stage of his tax records?

    We may recall that Justice Fatiaki had condemned the appointment of Justice Anthony Gates as acting CJ, and had claimed that his leave of absence was forced, and not voluntary.

    In an act of defiance, on 18 January 2007, Justice Fatiaki returned to work at his office, saying in interviews: “I have never ceased to be the Chief Justice of this nation. I have decided that the time is right for me to come back and I am no longer going to wait for people to recall me. People are telling me that I’m voluntarily on leave, well let’s see…I voluntarily also return to the office. At this point in time the acting Chief Justice ceases to function because I’m back in my office. The Chief Justice is back in his office and back heading the judiciary where he belongs. I don’t have guns, all I have is my conscience and power of the rule of law. If this government is true to its word and supports the independence of the judiciary then I have nothing to fear at all.”

    His defiance against his forced leave came to an abrupt end when a team of RFMF soldiers, assisted by the police, told him to leave his office. He was later dropped at his Suva residence. Mr Khaiyum later accused Justice Fatiaki of having tried to illegally remove from his office documents that were subject to an investigation into his alleged role in the 2000 Speight coup, claims that Justice Fatiaki denied.

    He could not have removed any documents, he said, as two military officers were with him the entire time.

    He was later suspended and banned from leaving Fiji, and an inquiry was instituted into allegations that he had been involved in the 2000 coup, to the extent of drafting decrees and giving legal advice to George Speight, not to mention that he evaded paying taxes to FIRCA.

    According to the former tax investigator there could have been two separate streams of legal action – the one by Mr Khaiyum to remove Justice Fatiaki under the Constitution and the FIRCA prosecution under the Tax Act. Now, both the avenues have been effectively closed with the controversial and intriguing $275,000 golden handshake between the State and the former Chief Justice of Fiji.

    As we know now, FICAC had forcefully removed Justice Fatiaki’s files from FIRCA despite protestations from the former CEO Tevita Banuve.

    FICAC deputy chief George Langman said the directions for the investigation came from Mr Khaiyum and the information was intended for the Tribunal, which will investigate allegations against Justice Fatiaki.

    Although Justice Fatiaki’s legal counsel argued during the preliminary hearing that the Tribunal was unconstitutional, one of the members of the Tribunal, Justice Sears, said everything would be presumed legal until proven illegal and suggested the Tribunal proceed instead of awaiting the results of the civil action.

    Justice Ellicott also highlighted the allegations against Justice Fatiaki were serious, however, unlike a court of law, the burden of proof did not have to been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

    Perhaps, the Justice Ellicott Tribunal should be re-constituted to enquire what role the Attorney-General’s Office, the FICAC prosecutors, FIRCA and others played in framing the allegations against Justice Fatiaki and the payment of $275,000 of taxpayers’ money to the former Chief Justice.

    And, whether Justice Daniel Fatiaki deserves the $275,000 of taxpayers’ money?

    What is the money really for?

    Was the former Chief Justice of Fiji guilty of tax evasion?

    Why were the charges brought before the Tribunal when Justice Fatiaki had paid up during the tax amnesty?

    q The views expressed are those of Victor Lal and not that of Fiji Sun.

    E-mail: Victor_lal@yahoo.co.uk.

  2. Mark Manning Says:

    I have the answer to your problems of not being able to afford to send your children to school or buy them books and uniforms .
    don’t educate them , then they can join the I.G. and be blithering idiots .

  3. Nostradamus Says:

    Speaking of blithering idiots, read the psychoanalysis of bi-polar Voreqe on Discombobulated Bubu, parts 1-4.

    http://discombobulatedbubu.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-recognise-authoritarian-part-i.html

  4. Tim Says:

    Yea its a good one Nostradamus – so too is a previous post on the signs of facism. Together they fit like a glove the opinions of a relative who once had the misfortune to be associated with the bipolar pig.
    Someone should do an analysis of that pathetic little wannabe closeted egotist Yippe-I-Aye-Khayuum as well. So week in character and opportunist in nature that he couldn’t say no to the most corrupt used car salesman promising him fame and fortune – let alone anyone seeing an idiot in a hurry coming in a past life in Hong Kong. A C.V on that mad bitch that forgot to have children cos she was too stoned wouldn’t go amiss either. It’s why she sees a need to be acting Mother Teresa to bubba. No wonder she seeks her escape in the dak!

  5. senijiale Says:

    That was a lovely post SV, it made me laugh and then sniffle slightly. I think I was the ‘fashionista’ type, usually volunteering to make my aunt’s bed in the mornings and fold her clothes just so I could help myself to her range of nail polish and eye-shadow. Ah, those wistful days of innocence.

    Good point MM but some might find yr sarcasm offensive.

  6. SHANGRILA-FIJI Says:

    Dude you calling the funkin Bainimarama sir,you are masipolo again.fUCK HIM

  7. Budhau Says:

    That Victor boy’s Sun piece that appears in this thread…

    He concluded his piece with the question, “Why were the charges brought before the Tribunal when Justice Fatiaki had paid up during the tax amnesty?”

    Victor Bhai, since Fatiaki had paid the taxes during the amnesty period, there could have been no criminal or FIRCA based prosecution. However, just because he paid up the taxes during the amnesty, that should not prevent this issue to be raised during the tribunal hearings.

    The tribunal’s inquiry was to investigate the alleged conduct that Fatiaki engaged in and if the tribunal was convinced that Fatiaki did what was alleged, than that conduct would fall below the accepted standards of judicial conduct. The tribunal then could forward its findings to the President and it could have advised the President that he should remove Fatiaki from office.

    This is why Fatiaki’s conduct regarding his tax payments were brought before the Tribunal. This Oxford (or is it Havard) guy does not get it – or is he just trying to get some mileage out of his “investigative journalism” crap.

  8. SHANGRILA-FIJI Says:

    I am still looking forward to the day when Chaudary will share the same cell with George.

  9. Talei Says:

    Bainimarama couldn’t give a rat’s backside what these children are suffering. All he cares is for his own. What a joke!

  10. Budhau Says:

    Shangri – don’t you think that Qarase might get there faster than Chandary.

  11. SHANGRILA-FIJI Says:

    If it happens he wil be a hero but for Chodo supporting Bainisona he will pay dearly.

  12. Mark Manning Says:

    Senijiale
    I wasn’t being sarcastic !

  13. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    Future Fijian elections under bananasinpyjamas.

    “””North Korean state media has announced the communist state will hold parliamentary elections in two months time.

    Elections for the rubber-stamp parliament were due last year, but state media says they will now be held on March 8.

    The poll will be tightly controlled, with candidates picked by the Government or ruling communist party, but it is common for only one person to run in each seat.”””

    Sounds familiar to the nonsense coming out of bananas.

  14. Nostradamus Says:

    The Power of the Internet

    Charter 08 worries China
    Police have detained activists behind the democracy petition, which has drawn diverse support.
    By Jonathan Adams | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
    from the January 7, 2009 edition

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    Beijing – On Dec. 8, the police took Zhang Zuhua into a room in Beijing and sat him in a chair.

    For 12 hours, they questioned him. They brought him water, but no food. And they debated the document that had led him here: Charter 08, a call for sweeping political change in China.

    It’s gotten to be an old story here: A clutch of activists challenges the government; the government jails one or two to scare others into silence.

    But the movement around Charter 08 is different, say human rights groups and Mr. Zhang, who helped draft the document.

    A month after its release, Charter 08 is still making waves in China. A wide cross-section of citizens has expressed support online. And the government, nervous about social unrest and the approaching anniversary of Tiananmen Square, has contacted – and in some cases, interrogated and threatened – at least dozens of the manifesto’s original signers.

    “This text is having a lot of impact – people are debating and signing it online,” says Nicholas Bequelin, China researcher for Human Rights Watch. “This is a landmark in terms of its appeal, and [the] attention that it has provoked.”

    Charter 08 calls for an end to one-party authoritarian rule and lays out a vision for a rights-based society – an electoral democracy, under the rule of law, with equality for peasants and city-dwellers and protected freedoms of speech and expression.

    Similar calls have been made before; all have failed to weaken the Chinese Communist Party’s grip on power. But activists say this manifesto is significant in several respects.

    First, thousands of citizens of all backgrounds – peasants, teenage netizens, prominent lawyers, former party members – have added their names to the petition, not just the usual gadflies. They reflect a minority unwilling to accept the party’s vision for China.

    Second, the Internet has vastly expanded the charter’s reach, with no central organization. That makes it a new kind of threat to a government concerned about organized challenges to its rule.

    “It’s a testament to the power of the Internet,” says Joshua Rosenzweig, of the Dui Hua Foundation, a group that promotes human rights in China. “[It’s] allowed Charter 08 to galvanize and bring together a lot of people from different walks of life and locations.”

    Meanwhile, the government has gone after key players behind the document. Liu Xiaobo, a coauthor of Charter 08, was detained on Dec. 8, the eve of the charter’s scheduled publication online. He is being held by authorities at a Beijing hotel, according to Human Rights Watch.

    The group has called Mr. Liu’s detention “the most significant Chinese dissident case in a decade.” “He was seen as being pretty untouchable,” says Mr. Bequelin. “The fact he was taken away shatters that notion, and indicates an escalation in the repression of independent thought in China.”

    Zhang was also arrested on Dec. 8, but later released. Less then three weeks after the pair’s detention, sitting in a private back room of a Beijing coffeeshop, he explained the appeal of the document he helped craft. “I think Charter 08 articulates what many Chinese people want to say,” he says.

    The direct inspiration is Czech activists’ call for freedom in 1977, during the days of Soviet occupation. Charter 08’s critique is blunt: “The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change.”

    Zhang says more than 300,000 websites now link to the charter, and it’s being discussed on blogs, QQ (a popular Chinese instant message service and website) groups, and other chat rooms. “It’s impossible to block information in society now,” he says.

    One user posted the following on the Independent Review, an online forum: “The CCP cannot even accept such peaceful and rational suggestions? I will sign the charter!”

    Zhang says police seized from his home four computers, books, documents, DVDs, and all of his, his wife’s, and their parents’ cash and credit cards. Just hours after the Monitor interviewed him on Dec. 26, Zhang was detained again, according to the group China Human Rights Defenders.

    “His interrogators sternly warned Mr. Zhang about ‘severe consequences’ to his family and friends if he continued to give media interviews or engage in any other activities promoting Charter 08,” the group wrote in a press release.

    Zhang and other activists say the government’s reaction to the document reflects its worries ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, and as China’s economic engine begins to sputter.

    Beijing has banned state-run media interviews with charter signers, banned articles by charter signers, and ordered a crackdown on journalists who signed the charter, according to Radio Free Asia. Websites publishing Charter 08 have been blocked, though it’s easily found using a proxy server.

    Zhang says he expected this reaction to Charter 08 and is “mentally prepared” for jail. He notes police have treated him well so far – due to his party background, he guesses.

    “Sent down” to Sichuan Province during the Cultural Revolution to make missile parts in cave factories, Zhang later became a high-ranking party youth league official – only to be stripped of his post in 1989 after he spoke out in support of protesters. Now he’s vulnerable to charges of “inciting subversion” for his role in Charter 08.

    Zhang says his home is watched around the clock by at least two men, whom he brings hot water and magazines. “We get along very well. We’re all humans, they’re only doing their job,” says Zhang. “We’re not enemies.”

    “I don’t want to be jailed, but I have no choice,” he continues. “We have to stand up and fight for democracy.”

    • Zhang Yajun contributed to this story.

  15. Budhau Says:

    The last line in Nostradamus China piece above, “We have to stand up and fight for democracy.”

    Hey, but how can we do that when we in Fiji we have a ruthless dictatorship that would make us run around some sports field in our underwear.

    Could it be that in China they are really concerned about democracy whereas in Fiji this is more about getting the SDL back in power or having a Fijian dominated government regardless of what the election results are.

    Could someone please explain why the people of Fiji have refused to “stand up and fight for democracy” – unless this ain’t about democracy at all.

    I am all for democracy – as long as my guy wins – isn’t that how it is in Fiji.

  16. Linus Says:

    This from Fijilive, 7/1/09

    “How can they justify their decision to suspend Koroi, against their inaction towards Bainimarama for all his ‘political utterances’ and statements from before the December 2006 coup to date,” Beddoes said

    “What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.”

    Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stressed that Beddoes needs to be ignored.

    Sayed-Khaiyum told Fijilive that Beddoes needs to be constructive and contribute to build a better Fiji which the interim PM is doing.

    “The PM is a visionary and a patriot,” he said.

    Khaiyum says Vore is a visionary Codswallop He is nuts, blind and seriously dysfunctional!!

  17. Nostradamus Says:

    He is a visionary with his head up his arse.

  18. FijiGirl Says:

    Vinaka Nostradamus
    God bless Fiji

  19. Peace Pipe Says:

    There are some very appropriate comments in RawFijinews today. I particular endorse their suggestion that Australia and NZ stop their tourists from visiting Fiji to stifle the coupmaker financial lifeline. Coup Coup Frank is banking on the tourists to provide the money to furnish his 2009 budget which included a huge gift to the military. If the tourists stay away for say 3 months early in the year this would have a huge impact on the economy and an immediate negative effect on Frank’s ambitions and he will be at a loss as to what he will have to do next to save the country and himself. It will make him realize that he actually depend on NZ and Australia for his survival. I know there will be a little more heightened suffering for the people but its better to suffer for a little while than to endure more pain under this abominable dictatorship for an infinite period. We have to play hard ball since it’s the rule of the game Frank has set up for this match.

  20. Mark Manning Says:

    I get a little tired of people in Fiji ( some ) talking of Qarase’s Government as being DOMINATED by Fijians !
    Aren’t the Indo-Fijians , Fijians as well ?
    And if they are not , then they have no say in the running of the country !
    So clearly , some people in Fiji have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about in regards to the Government being DOMINATED by Fijians .
    It’s a bizarre concept , instigated by Frank and Co. to justify an illegal coup to avoid arrest for his alleged part in the murder of the CRW soldiers in 2000 , nothing more , nothing less .
    And the idiots who keep listening to Frank , need to wake up to themselves .

  21. Mark Manning Says:

    I have to admit though , I am heartened by the very simple concept of what we try to avoid , we inevitably create !
    And Frank and Co. are trying to avoid arrest and jail and yet are sailing directly towards it like a ship without a rudder just waiting to run aground and that’s when all the rats will abandon ship !
    Let’s wait and see who will be the 1st. to run and hide !
    The good ship lollypop , with Frank as it;’s commander , what a joke .

  22. Mark Manning Says:

    Sadly , the reality just hasn’t sunk in yet for many Fijians.
    Frank , like Hitler , isn’t interested in the welfare of anyone !
    Like Hitler , he will destroy Fiji’s economy , the hopes and dreams of all in Fiji , just to retain power .
    But the power will destroy him as God will bring him to his knees one day .
    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=110974

  23. freedomfighter Says:

    FIRCA’s case against Fatiaki

    1/8/2009
    On 17 January 2008, the former top tax investigator handed his finalisation report on Justice Fatiaki to FIRCA, to demonstrate that he had done an investigation and made recommendations to prosecute the then suspended Chief Justice.

    As I have already pointed out, in November 2007, the former tax investigator had concluded that any proposed prosecution should be abandoned because Justice Fatiaki had paid his taxes during the tax amnesty. However, the tax investigator claims that during that December (on or about the 7 December) meeting, he was instructed to prosecute Justice Fatiaki because the then Finance Minister and line manager of FIRCA, Mahendra Chaudhry’s press release was not intended to cover situations like that of Justice Fatiaki.

    As a result, according the former tax investigator, he prepared the following report: “Investigation Report – Daniel Fatiaki (TIN 06-01710-0-9). He stated that the case was passed to him by (name withheld), and the investigation was authorised by the then acting CEO Jitoko Tikolevu. From the former tax investigator’s letter (21 December 2007) to Justice Fatiaki’s lawyers, Howards in Suva, he took over the case on 13 August 2007. The Investigation Report noted that the investigation concerned alleged breach of paragraph 96(2) of the Income Tax Act by Justice Fatiaki, who is referred to as Mr Fatiaki in the Report.

    The Report recommended charges as follows: “It is recommended that Mr Fatiaki be charged with 26 counts of breaching paragraph 96(2)(a) by wilfully, with intent to evade tax imposed by the Act, omitting from a return made by him under the Act income which should be included. Particulars of each charge are at Appendix A.”

    Elements of the offence. Element 1: “Wilfully with intent to evade”. The Report argues: “The offence was wilful as Mr Fatiaki prepared his own tax returns and was not misled into the omission by a tax agent or other person. Mr Fatiaki signed the tax returns personally including the declaration that the returns were “true and complete”. The returns will be entered into evidence.”

    The return has a section for dividend income, which was not completed by Mr Fatiaki, and the instructions state that persons in receipt of rental or business income should complete Form B instead of Form S. According to the Report: “It is reasonable to conclude that a person of Mr Fatiaki’s education and background as Fiji’s Chief Justice would be aware that the omitted income was required to be disclosed and taxed.”

    The omission was therefore both wilful and done so that a lesser amount of tax would be payable by Mr Fatiaki, concluded the former tax investigator.

    Element 2: “To evade any tax imposed by this Act”. The Report notes: “On 10 August 2007 Mr Fatiaki sent a letter to FIRCA admitting to the omission of income from his 1998 to 2005 returns. Amended assessments were raised on Mr Fatiaki for the 1998 to 2005 years, based on the amounts to be the same as on the tax returns. Amended assessments were raised on Mr Fatiaki for the 1998 to 2005 years, based on the amounts disclosed in his confession. The total additional tax was $48,901.77 plus penal tax of $45,459.91. This demonstrates that tax of $48,901.77 was evaded due to the omission of income. The amended assessments were made on 27 September 2007. After the 60-day period, which expired on 27 November, Mr Fatiaki did not object to the assessments or make any other communication, which implied his agreement with the assessments. Mr Fatiaki paid the tax during the amnesty period, also implying agreement with the assessment.”

    Element 3: “Omits from a return made by him any income which should be included”.

    The Report states as follows: “For the years 1998 to 2005, Mr Fatiaki was posted a labelled personalised Form S return and instructions. These returns have a space to disclose dividend income, and one titled “other income” where Mr Fatiaki could have disclosed the rent, consulting income and sitting fees in the “other income” space. However, the rent and business income should not be included in the Form S return, because there is no label for them, but rather a Form B should be lodged instead. In that sense “omits from a return” means that the omission arose from the non-lodgment of a Form B.

    The instructions to Form S clearly state this. These instructions are mailed to every taxpayer who receives a Form S. These types of income should have been included in the Form B because they were taxable under section 11 of the Act.”

    Possible defences. (1) Tax amnesty. The Report stated: “In a letter dated 20 December 2007 from Howards Lawyers on behalf of Mr Fatiaki, the writer Graeme Leung asks: whether, in light of the amnesty, there is any proper legal basis for the [investigation]…” The amnesty, which ran from 1 November to 31 December, was an exercise of the Commissioner’s discretion to waive penalties, but there was no such waiver power in relation to criminal prosecutions.”

    2. Wrong timing. According to the Report: “In the letter dated 20 December 2007 from Howards Lawyers, it also states that the timing of the caution interview offer should be changed. The offer was made in a letter dated 10 December 2007, giving a 2 week period of reply. This may be rebutted by reference to a Fiji Times article on 25 December titled “Justice Shameem wrong, Fatiaki says”. The article is based on an interview with the paper given by Mr Fatiaki presumably before Christmas Day and refers to an affidavit he made on December 13. This shows that he was not away on holidays during the period 10-24 December when the caution interview offer applied.”

    3. Political Motive. The Report stated: “In the letter dated 20 December 2007 from Howards Lawyers it also hints that Mr Fatiaki’s investigation may have political overtones. The document Prosecution Policy of Fiji, published by the DPP’s office provides the following public interest factors in favour of prosecution: “A prosecution is likely to be needed if: (a) the accused was in a position of authority or trust.” In the Australian case Smiles v FCT (92ATC4475) the court supported the Commissioner’s decision to prosecute a politician because of the publicity to be gained from such a high-profile case.

    4. Voluntary Disclosure. According to the Report: “The taxpayer may try to claim that he should not be prosecuted because he made a voluntary disclosure of omitted income. This was not acceptable as the disclosure was made after enquiry by FIRCA, acting on information received from FICAC that Mr Fatiaki had other income sources.”

    5. Absence of 2002 tax return. The Report stated: “The original 2002 return is missing from the file and cannot be located. A non-certified photocopy was supplied by FICAC. A photocopy may not be considered sufficient evidence to prove the omission and consideration should be given to removing the 2002 charges (unless the taxpayer pleads guilty).

    Witnesses. Again, the Report notes: “Due to the taxpayer’s signed admission of income being omitted, the case had been built on just two witnesses (names withheld) and 26 exhibits documenting the omission of income. Another possible witnesses is (name withheld), whose name appears as being copied the confession. However, it is proposed to use just internal FIRCA witnesses as being sufficient to provide the offence.”

    Recommended charges. The Report states: “It is recommended that Mr Fatiaki be charged with 26 counts of breaching paragraph 96(2) of the Income Tax Act 1974 (Cap.201) by wilfully with intent to evade tax imposed by the Act omitting from a return made by him under the Act…” The Report cited the 26 counts and particulars of the offences, which included that he failed to declare rents, dividends, interest, consulting fees from the Legal Reform Commission and sitting fees from the Vanuatu judiciary.

    We may want to recall that on February 11, 2008, I had written in my column whether it was time to include the then Finance Minister Mr Chaudhry’s own tax records in the “Fatiaki Tribunal”, based on some extracts from the above “Investigation Report”. The same day, the Solicitor General, Christopher Pryde, sent to the since deported Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter, a reply from Mr Khaiyum to my article asking that it be given the same prominence as my article and in the Fiji Sun the next day, with which Mr Hunter complied.

    Mr Khaiyum’s article was titled “What follows is a response by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Electoral Reform, Public Enterprises and Anti-Corruption on the Article by Victor Lal in the Sun dated 11.2.08 entitled “Where is the Justice?” “where is the Justice?” Or rather “where are the facts? “

    The article stated: “Your article of 11 February 2008 by Victor Lal is meaningless, being based on a complete misapprehension of the role of the Tribunal appointed by the President to investigate the affairs of Chief Justice Fatiaki. The Tribunal has not been appointed to “prosecute” the Judge for tax evasion; it has been appointed to investigate alleged wrongdoings on his part (including tax irregularities) with an end to determine whether such wrongdoings might warrant his removal from office. Taxation malfeasance is but one part of the allegations and the issue to be resolved is whether such conduct is befitting of a person of the Chief Justice’s position in society. Mr Lal’s constant references to “the Report”, which he links to the Fatiaki investigation is both misleading and dishonest journalism. He claims his authorities to be (mysterious) “sources” and bases his “facts” on premises such as “it was hinted that..” Mr Khaiyum went on to argue: “Mr Justice Fatiaki is not being “charged with willfully with intent to evade tax”(sic) (whatever Mr Lal means by that) and his position is therefore patently different to that of “an interim Cabinet Minister”. To suggest otherwise and to use the Chief Justice as an example to push for proceedings against “the Minister” not only confuses the issues involved but lends credence to Mr Lal’s own (perhaps unwise) claim that he is “politically motivated”. The timing of Mr Lal’s article also raises a rather worrying issue. The Chief Justice’s affairs are about to be aired before the Tribunal this coming Wednesday and to write in detail giving opinions on the issues borders on contempt of Court.”

    I had replied to the above article, rebutting most of the claims, and told Mr Khaiyum to get his facts right, and pointed out that it was the FIRCA report which had recommended that Justice Fatiaki be charged with 26 counts of “wilfully with intent to evade tax imposed by the Income Tax Act”.

    Now, the former top tax investigator, who was assigned to investigate Justice Fatiaki, and who had concluded in November 2007 that there was no need to prosecute one of Fiji’s most senior judge at the time, claims that he and FIRCA were told at the 7 December 2007 meeting to press on with the case against the former Chief Justice.

    q The views expressed are those of Victor Lal and not those of the Fiji Sun.

    E-mail: Victor_lal@yahoo.co.uk.

  24. Mark Manning Says:

    Absolutely incredible . If only the murders of the CRW Soldiers in 2000 was given as much attention by the authorities as this alleged tax evasion by the Judge was given !

  25. Mark Manning Says:

    I’m just trying to understand the Fijian concept of what is right and what is wrong and how they prioritise things !
    Apparently , it seems , money is more important than life >
    This is a concept I would expect from a country like India , China or some of the Islamist countries !

  26. Peace Pipe Says:

    @MM yes I saw that article on coocoonut Frank about his apathy for losing millions more from EU in sugar assistance. All he is concerned with is what he thinks is his “vision.. mapped out for building a peaceful, better and progressive Fiji” Another fancy seemingly-but-not-noble worded distraction. He is once again trying to mire the December 2009 polls comment. He has had 2 years to come up with an election timeline but this has faded into obscurity. So what else needs to be done almighty fool. The charter is done and endorsed by the diaper pressie. Electoral reforms although illegal could be just forced down and be done with. There is no one who could stop him so what the heck is he pussyfooting around for. One can only think that he wants more time to fill his and his collaborators pockets to their hearts content before giving up power.

  27. freedomfighter Says:

    Leaders Forum Maintains Stance On Fiji
    Publish date/time: 08/01/2009 [08:09]

    Pacific Island Leaders Forum Chairman and Premier of Niue who met with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the forum must be careful when accepting Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister’s promises to hold elections.

    Toke Talagi told Radio Australia that the forum maintains its stance that Fiji should fulfill the promises by Commodore Bainimarama to hold elections in March this year.

    Talagi also said they have to be careful when interim prime minister promises to do things in future adding that broken promises will be part of discussions to determine whether Fiji will be suspended from the forum.

    However he adds that suspension is one of the options which will be discussed at the forum.

    He said while the issue of sanctions against Fiji will be discussed at the Forum, it will not be top on the agenda.

  28. Mark Manning Says:

    Peace pipe
    Frank won’t give up power , Hitler was happy to stand by , actually he hid in the bunker , like Sadam Hussein hid in a hole in the ground , and waited there while his country was destroyed and thousands of his loyal idiots died all around him .
    Frank is simply avoiding the inevitable and taking Fiji down the sewer with him .
    I wonder , how long before the Fijians wake up and do something about it !
    Hitler was a coward , unwilling to face trial for his crimes , his 2nd. in command Heinrich Himler was a chicken farmer and compared humans with chickens , trying to breed the superior chicken I suppose !
    But most importantly , they tricked sane ordinary good people into doing their dirty work for them and i fail to understand why Fijians can’t see the comparisons !
    It’s incredibly frustrating to watch !

  29. Mark Manning Says:

    By the way , Himler also suicided in the cells at the Nuremberg trials :-
    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10007396

  30. Mark Manning Says:

    Despite the Forum leaders desires for elections in march 2009 , we all know Frank and Co. have no intention or doing so .
    Why would he , what is his motivation ?
    Okay , we’ll elect a Democratic government so i can be arrested for treason and investigated for my part in the murders of five CRW soldiers in 200 and I’m going to ask my colleagues and supporters in this coup , to join me in jail !
    Oh Please , let’s get real here !
    Fijians are in for a real shit fight this year and it is going to get worse every day you do nothing .
    You all know , it will be harder to turn the economy around , everyday you delay taking action .

  31. Mark Manning Says:

    They made a movie about the coup in Fiji :-

  32. Mark Manning Says:

    And Frank thinks this one is a true story :-

  33. Mark Manning Says:

    And this is reality for Frank :-

  34. Mark Manning Says:

    You just have to know how a madman thinks .

  35. senijiale Says:

    @ MM – of course 🙂

  36. senijiale Says:

    Say that again Nostradamus. VB’s not called a Pig for nothing. Fiji’s running out of m o n e y………. everyone’s gotta tighten their belts, pockets and then buckle up for cyclone season as well, whew!

  37. Lusianna Says:

    Dear Bloggers,

    I tried posting this on the solivakasama blog but was blocked awaiting moderators approval. I doubt it will ever be published. I believe that my side of the story should be told.
    I have kept my silence till now but believe I should write something to clear the air.
    I use to have a blog called kutusebeneivore@wordpress.com and regularly blog on other anti Fiji Coup sites. After the closure of RFC when it was hijacked by the goons I suggested we maintain that spirit and continue on another blog. I then set up this blog site and pass on the password to regular bloggers’ goneyalewaniviti, Jean d’Ark, Adi Kaila, Big Bill and Natewa Prince. The idea was to work as a tag team as one can not contribute content all the time.

    Over the months, it appears as if I was the only one blogging so I recruited in Jese Waqalekaleka as a contributor after a few correspondences and emailed him the password. He later on recruited in another gentleman who later blogs as FIRM.

    As SV grew there were numerous calls and suggestion by bloggers that we set up a global organisation and people were even suggesting we set up a political party, a trust fund etc. to help freedom fighters.

    At this point the only active people that were posting (the ones with the password) was Jese, FIRM and I. So due to these suggestion, the number of hits on the website and OUR DESIRE TO MOVE THE CAMPAIGN FROM MERELY BLOGGING TO OTHER WAYS OF RESISTING VORE AND HIS GOONS, we decided to set up a website and in crease the electronic warfare effort to another level. Blogging alone will not do anything against thick headed military goons.

    All of these at this point are done on trust and a common commitment to free our homeland from the tyranny that has now got an iron fist on it.

    The website was launched, branding done with merchandise and even without appealing people start donating in money.

    Last week, what started as a little spat between Adi Kaila who placed personal information about a lady on the internet in one of the thread of discussion got a bit out of hand. FIRM took offence as I believe he is related to the lady whose personal life was being discussed and things got really ugly. I must admit that I was disappointed with FIRM for deleting some of the comments as I am a strong promoter of freedom of expression. But then you have got to understand that he was trying t defend a relative and things can get emotionally charged.

    Also a public spat among freedom bloggers and taking a bite at each other publicly on this blog would be playing right into those that oppose us such as the Military and the illegal government. I mean, our fight is against Bainimarama and those that support him. To keeps things professional, I emailed FIRM and was trying to pacify him behind the scene before turning my attention to Adi Kaila.

    However while I was too busy trying to cool down FIRM and before I could turn my attention at Adi Kaila, she must have checked back to all her old emails, recovered the password and changed it blocking out all of us. That is my gut feel because the others who know the password had hardly contribute for the last 12 months.

    So if it is Adi Kaila she is now solely in control of this blog. In her selfish greed to get back at FIRM she has also kicked me out and others who have slaved hard to keep this blog alive and kicking day and night. If she is against solivakasama.org I would like to state for the record that she had registered on it but unfortunately it got rejected as a person must register with his/her real name.

    I was really looking forward to the 1 million hit and I feel robbed right now. While I have never ever personally claim this blog as my own given initially it was my idea and I set it up, it feels like somebody has kidnapped one of my children.

    I emailed adi kaila last Sunday trying to reason with her that this fight is bigger then we but she has decided to ignore it.

    Right now I feel so dirty about the whole thing. I still would like to kick Voreqe Bainimarama in the butt but I feel so vindicated and used by what has happened here. Since Sunday, I do not even want to comeback to this blog but someone alerted me today about this posting and I think it was proper that I commented.

    Discussing with Jese Waqalekaleka on Sunday, we decided to try and keep it hush not to cause panic among freedom bloggers but it appears that personal agenda had being placed ahead of our fight so i now need to come out publicly.

    I have always told the team to keep your personal feelings out. You are in control of some very confidential information and please if people attack you comments, live by the principle we are fighting for and that is the chance for others to be heard. This fight and struggle is bigger then all of us as individual and we must remain focus on the big picture.

    I must state here that we are remaining focussed. FIRM has learnt a big lesson about what it takes to be a community organiser and we must move on after this road hump our our struggle for the freedom of our beloved Fiji.

    Solivaksama.org is programmed for some big fights this year and that is why we are asking for people to sign up. e-petitions are about to go out and one of the first big fights we are planning is against expatriates who have taken up jobs with the terrorist that run our country at present. The ball is now in your court whether you want to join the struggle or regret later because this journey will move on without you.

    For those of you who have donated money and now have doubts, email me at solivakasama.gmail.com and I will contact the team to return them because we are not a bunch of losers that I trying to scam something off you.

    These gentlemen who are leading the fight have actually used their own money, time and effort to set up the website and we are moving this fight towards another level using our own time, money and effort and whether you want to come on board or not we are marching on to freedom.

    Again I say email me as I solely control and know the password to solivakasama.gmail.com if you want to know more.
    Kutu.

    NB: In due time, we the organisers of solivakasama.org will come out in due time but for the security of our family we have decided to keep our ID confidential for now on.

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