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Friday, April 10, 2015

Bainimarama loyalist Neil Sharma gets boot

Dismissed after conscience vote
Former Health Minister in the Bainimarama regime before the 2014 general election and Fiji First backbencher, Neil Sharma, was forced to resign today by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sharma was given the ultimatum by Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday to resign this morning or be sacked. 
 
He opted to hand in his resignation. 
 
Sayed Khaiyum is not only the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, but Fiji First general secretary and registered officer. 

Sharma has suffered the same fate as former FNU Vice-Chancelor, Ganesh Chand, who was forced to quit in December last year. 
 
Both were ardent Fiji First supporters and loyalists of Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum.

During the last parliamentary sitting of Friday March 20, Sharma voted with the Opposition on a motion to have a committee to look at controlling Non Communicable Diseases.

The siding with Opposition irked Sayed-Khaiyum who was not in Parliament at that time and who later questioned Sharma.
 
Sharma is understood to have said he had made a conscience vote in the absence of a directive to vote along party lines.
 
He is believed to have told his boss that the motion was in line with his work as a Minister, but the explanation was rejected by Sayed-Khaiyum.

We predict that like Ganesh Chand, Neil Sharma will  now be subjected to an investigation over his dealings as Health Minister before September 2014 and eventually be charged.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another Fijian institution destroyed

Frank Bainimarama's regime government has taken a machete to another Fijian institution - boarding schools.

Adi Cakobau, Ratu Kadavulevu and Queen Victoria Schools will from next year only cater for students from remote areas in a one-eyed plan to level the playing field for Indian students.
 

All three schools have been prominent for providing quality education and producing great Fijian leaders, many who have gone on to become CEOs, Ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents of Fiji. 

They have also produced notable sports players.

But Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says the boarding schools were originally meant to cater for students who hailed from the interior and remote outer islands.


He said lately, this privilege had been abused by students within urban areas whom he referred to as the elite group.

"I want to announce today that next year, no boarding space will be given to students from urban areas or the elite in all facilities in the government boarding schools such as QVS, ACS, RKS and the likes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rewa chief challenges coup instigator's lies to UN

Bainimarama: Fools UN but not those at home.
It's long for a quick read but SODELPA party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa's point by point critique of Frank Bainimarama's claims in his speech to the UN about how much he's done for Fiji is worth it just for the fact that someone is challenging the lies.

Ro Kepa's statement:
Having read the Prime Minister’s rhetoric to such an important body as the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and on such an important topic that has such a huge impact on our people demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt to all that a statesman he is not and the moral compass of our nation as embodied in the PM’s statements has again taken a turn for the worst.

He has made many remarks that require a response and I do so as follows:

Elections 

FB: Mr. President, I stand before you as the democratically-elected Prime Minister of Fiji, having led my Fiji First Party to a decisive victory in the first genuinely democratic election in Fijian history last September.

RTK: Apart from the removal of the ethnic voting element used in previous elections, the 2014 elections held were not democratic, free, fair or transparent and the ‘decisive victory’ was based on an imposed constitution and totally controlled and manipulated election process.

There is nothing democratic about a system of voting that allows a candidate with 830 votes to enter Parliament and deny 32 others who polled more a seat in the House.

The first truly Democratic Constitution FB: That election took place on the basis of a new Constitution that for the first time, creates a secular State, establishes a common and equal citizenry, reaffirms civil and political rights and also guarantees the Fijian people an unprecedented array of social and economic rights. This includes the right to education, the right to adequate health care, adequate food and water, housing, sanitation, economic participation, a just minimum wage, social security and specific rights for people with disabilities and children.

RTK: They say that if you repeat your lies often enough, you begin to believe it, and I am certain that is what QORVIS and their propaganda machine have instilled in Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Khaiyum. Just keep lying and soon it becomes the truth.

That would be true if the entire population decided to give up and submit to our usurpers. But thankfully 202,650 citizens or 41% of the registered voters did not vote for Frank Bainimarama. So only 91,064 votes separates the support for the Government vs. the support that the Opposition and other unsuccessful parties represent, and this is despite what we believe to be a compromised election process and when we present our final report the people will then know what took place.

Frank Bainimarama knowingly misleads the International community by omitting to speak truthfully and factually about the origins of the 2013 Constitution.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unpopular Fiji Sun reporter breached Media Decree

Pratibha: Defamed SODELPA Youth leader.
Nasty piece of works gets done for breaching the Media Decree: about time.

Fiji Sun journalist Jyoti Pratibha has been writing biased stories for some time; her wings have now hopefully been clipped by MIDA, which has found she defamed complainant Pita Waqavonovono.

Bloggers will know Pratibha from her vile reporting for the regime favoured Fiji Sun news pages and cheap gawar Coconut Wireless column; she wrote the offending article about Waqavonovono late last year.

Pratibha, who has directed most of her poisonous attacks at SODELPA hierarchy and supporters, has been pinged for writing Waqavonovono should be "cleaned out" of SODELPA, and that he needed deodorant and a shave as well.

The decision has come from MIDA chairman Ashwin Raj, who has described the article as 'antagonistic, thoroughly yoked in the logic of race and bereft of facts'.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kaisi vs Kaise vs Blue Blood

There's confusion over whether the word 'kaisi' was said by someone in the Opposition as claimed by Frank Bainimarama.

On February 11 in Parliament, Bainimarama warned the Opposition against using derogatory words like 'kaisi' in Parliament.

This is what he said:
 

"It's very insulting to hear one of our members being insulted from across the room from that side with the iTaukei insult 'kaisi'. "When you walk out, you can pick it up again, your Ratu, your Adi, and you walk out with it. When you walk through that door, nobody really gives two hoots about your title, supposedly your blue blood; you walk through there as in a military establishment.


Blue blood, isn't that an insult?
 

"This establishment is something I see along that line. Maybe we should have a mirror outside that door Madam Speaker so that when we walk in, we look at the mirror, if you can see blue blood or royal blood running through your vein, then you have the right to come and call everybody here 'kaisi'."

However there is no record of this word being said in the Hansard and the Speaker of the House Jiko Luveni says she did not in fact hear the word 'kaisi' being said.

The Speaker did not hear it, the media never heard it, the people in the gallery never heard it, the Parliamentary staff there at the time never heard it.

Only Frankie heard it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Charges laid for Vilikesa's Soko's death

Vilikesa Soko RIP
Eight police officers and a soldier have been at last charged for the death of a man while in custody.

Vilikesa Soko was arrested in August last year on suspicion of robbery after $FJ50,000 dollars was stolen from a foreign exchange store in Nadi.


He died a few days later from multiple traumatic injuries and alleged 'traumatic rectal injury.'

Vilikesa is believed to have been assaulted. His medical report says he died as a result of a blood clot in his lungs, multi-organ failure and 'severe trauma to the penis'. 


Police claimed after he died that Soko was sickly, but  the lie was thwarted by an investigation by Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald.

Today, eight police officers and a soldier were charged with manslaughter, assault and rape. Manslaughter, not murder.


Two will face a further charge of perverting the course of justice by instructing fellow officers to make false statements. 




A second robbery suspect, 37 year old Eroni Baleinukulala, was also beaten.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Military wants soldiers to design new flag for Fiji

If it wasn't so wrong, it'd be funny.

Whenever things get tricky for Frank Bainimarama, the military comes out to support him or should we say intimidate the people.

And so we have that moment again.

Bainimarama wants to ditch the Fiji flag but there's resistance, so the gutless wonder has called in the military to endorse his plan and to remind citizens the army is only too ready to step in when he needs them.

Fiji army commander Mosese Tikoitoga today said the barracks is right behind the new flag.

Hilariously, he also announced soldiers would be taking part in an internal flag design competition.

Tikoitoga says 'any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner'.

It seems Fiji soldiers can do anything - from being peacekeepers, thugs, 'elected' government ministers, to catching American iguanas and now flag designers.

How about them doing what they're supposed to? Like serving and protecting the people from treasonist, thieving lying coup makers and thugs like Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum?

“We fully agree with the changing of the flag, I have put out an instruction with the military that we hold an internal competition in designing the new flag. We will pay a financial price to the winner of the competition within the military environment that instruction has gone out,” said Brigadier General – Mosese Tikoitoga.

Furthermore he added that “any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fiji citizens put a fight to save flag


Growing resistance to plan to dump flag.


Irrelevant and riddled with colonialism.

That's Frank Bainimarama's reasoning for ditching the flag and unveiling a new one on Independence Day in October.

Bainimarama claims he can come up with a flag more relevant for the New Fiji.

"We need to replace the symbols on our existing flag that are out of date and no longer relevant, including some anchored to our colonial past.


"The new flag should reflect Fiji's position in the world today as a modern and truly independent nation state."


The goon has resorted to justifying his arbitrary decision by saying New Zealand's doing it so why not Fiji.


But hang on - New Zealand and other democratic countries hold a referendum when they want to change something as major as their flag, don't they?


Monday, February 2, 2015

Khaiyum forced to back-date controversial TV decree amendment


Regime appointed Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been forced to swallow his own spit by removing HSBC World Series Sevens, Rugby World Cup 7's and Rugby World Cup from the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree, as per the wish of rugby's governing body, World Rugby.


The removal was gazetted on Wednesday 28th January but is dated 15th December 2014 - to prevent World Rugby from blocking coverage of the Wellington 7's this weekend.

The Wellington Sevens is the second most popular 7's event after Hong Kong and Sayed-Khaiyum was forced to undertake the gazetting to prevent denying Fiji
citizens coverage for a second time.


The gazetting of the removal is further evidence the people of Fiji were conned by pro-regime media, particularly the Fiji Sun and State owned FBC (Radio Fiji), into believing World Rugby had backed down in December after blocking the Dubai 7's, allowing the televising of the South Africa 7's a week later. 


Both Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his boss, Frank Bainimarama, were portrayed as heroes by Fiji Sun and FBC.

Bainimarama displayed no shame when he repeated the lies giving a similar message at the opening of the Punjas Biscuit Factory in Lautoka last December, and again during his Western Division tour in Sigatoka when he accused the Opposition of being obsessed with the TV/Rugby saga and sacking of top two Fiji TV Executives. 


The U-turn to cover the stuff-up shows Sayed-Khaiyum's understanding of media laws and broadcast rights is minuscule. His so-called legal expertise was also exposed by World Rugby's head of legal matters, Susan Ahern. 


He even failed to provide proof to World Rugby and the people of Fiji that soccer's governing body, FIFA, had given approval for the cross-carriage of the World Cup played in Brazil last June and July.

Sayed-Khaiyum was basing his illogical Cross-Carriage Decree provisions, clearly manufactured to prop up his brother's FBC TV, which has resorted to showing out-dated programmes and Hindi soap operas in a bid to gain audience. 


With no proof of FIFA approval or of World Rugby approval for the cross-carriage of Gold Coast 7's last October, Sayed-Khaiyum turned red and pink under the World Rugby onslaught and removed the World Rugby events from the Cross-Carriage Decree as required by World Rugby before it agreed for Fiji TV to sub-licence 7's feed to FBC on terms agreeable to World Rugby.


So much for his lies and deceit, which unfortunately fool the people but not international organisations. 


   Gazette



Khaiyum's letter to World Rugby December 12