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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Award for excellence - and yet deaths in custody

Incompetency awarded:
Two of the country's most incompetent agencies have been singled out for their so-called 'excellent' service.

And yet both have been involved in ugly and controversial beatings of Fiji citizens, including prison escapees, some of whom have lost limbs or who've died in custody as recently as August.

The government run Corrections Services and Fiji Police have been recognised for their service to the community, while ironically the recent death of Vikilesa Soko is being investigated, and other cases remain 'unsolved' or closed.

Torture of Benedito and another prisoner.
Both Corrections and Police have had poor public relations records in recent years, with cases such as that of Iowane Benedito going uninvestigated despite the perpetrators being identified.

Now, with Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority (FIRCA), Fiji Corrections has taken the 2014 Excellence (SEA) Prime Minister's award, with Fiji Police being named in the Service Excellence Award - along with a number of government departments including the Prime Ministers Office and the Ministry of Information.

FIRCA, too, has had a questionable role in some of the fraud and corruption cases brought against Fiji citizens, working hand in glove with FICAC to pursue targets generally accepted as reflecting biases and the settling of old scores. 

The awards seem to have been given out indiscriminately with almost every government agency and Ministry being rated. One has to ask: how believable is that?

2014 Service Excellence Commitment Award
'Traumatic' injuries: Soko's report talks of assault.
Lost limb: Escaped prisoner.
Fiji Sports Council, Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Ministry of Justice

2014 Service Excellence Achievement Award
Office of the President, Judicial Dept, Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Local Govt, Housing and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Information Technology Services, Ministry of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Sugar Industry, iTaukei Affairs Board, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Immigration, National Security and Defence

2014 Service Excellence Award
Office of the Prime Minister, Office of the Auditor General, Public Service Commission, Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information and National Archives, Department of Immigration, Fiji Police Force, Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health and Medical Services

2014 Service Excellence Prime Minister's Award
Fiji Corrections Services, Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nawaikula fights back on 'out of context coup threat'

"Bainimarama must understand he is now a Prime Minister, not a Dictator with a mandate to govern, he must exercise his powers with humility, respect and accountability"

Nawaikula: Bainimarama is fear mongering
Quick and sharp response today from Opposition member, Niko Nawaikula, after Frank Bainimarama accused him of threatening to carry out a coup.

Bainimarama was quoted in the Fiji Sun as saying Naiwaikula had threatened in his maiden speech that if the Constitution was not amended it would be Parliament's invitation to another coup.

In a veiled threat, he went on to say government, RFMF and police were working in unison and would stop any attempted coup.

 was quick to front the claims and the 'alleged threats against him' saying he had said nothing of the sort.

".... Prime Minister Bainimarama and the Fiji Sun would do well to read the context in which I referred to coups in the Hansard - if they had, they would realize that their claims that I ‘threatened a coup‘ were not only baseless, but deliberately distorted to ‘sensationalize’ the issue for their own benefit of fear mongering."

Authorities forced to respond to Ebola concerns

Fiji police: due home from Liberia.
Is Fiji ready for the Ebola epidemic?

The question is a fair one but not one Parliament is ready for – or wants to discuss.

An urgent question was filed yesterday by Fiji’s Opposition member, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, but it was rejected by the Speaker.

The epidemic is sweeping several West African countries, with new cases reported in the U.S. and Spain and Germany but there have been no reports of the virus in Fiji or anywhere near the Pacific.

Fiji police, however, are stationed as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in Liberia, one of the hot spots for Ebola.

Fiji has now been forced to respond with the Assistant Health Minister, Veena Bhatnagar, saying safety measures have been put into place.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MPs use maiden speech to target Constitution

Early days yet but the maiden speeches give some idea of who to watch.

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula twisted the tiger's tail with his comment the 2013 Constitution did not have the people's mandate and that the best parts should be extracted and the rest discarded.
Niko Nawaikula

“The question I ask Madam Speaker is, Is the 2013 Constitution the People’s will? The straight answer is, it is not and this has been imposed on us."

The lawyer was reprimanded several times by the speaker for saying the Constitution was an interim measure only as Fiji morphs and seeks to achieve true democracy. 

He said a true Constitution reflected the spirit of the people.

“It is common will of the population," said Nawaikula. "It guarantees the rights of all its citizens and by that I mean individual or fundamental Rights, indigenous group rights, Minority rights, Worker’s rights, women’s rights and all other rights that are now established by the UN convention.

“It provides within it mechanisms that provides a clear
Mosese Bulitavu
separation of power, and it provides within it provisions that guarantees accountability, transparencies and good governance."

The leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa, also focused on the Constitution saying the history of the Deed of Cession wasn't even mentioned in it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bainimarama slaps photographer at Fiji Day event

Prime minister by title but thug by nature.

A second citizen has been attacked by Frank Bainimarama -
Earlier incident: Bilitaki beaten.
a photographer who was slapped across the face after being ordered to stop taking pictures.

The incident happened on Friday evening at Government House during the Fiji Day cocktails and was witnessed by at least two people.

Witnesses say the newly-elected Fiji First leader slapped the photographer, who is believed to work for the Ministry of Information or the Corrections Services, and swore at him because he didn't wanted pictures taken of him and his family.
Injuries documented: Investigation underway.

The incident occurred at about 11.30pm.

The 2006 coup leader also ordered youth who were at the event to leave.

Bainimarama told them: "Raica dou kua tiko ni veitaba, dou vinakata meu cemuri kemudou ike" meaning "Look, don't take photos or I will chase you out of here."

Ructions already with albatross MPs slapped down

Ructions within the ranks already with reports Frank Bainimarama is unhappy with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's ministerial appointments and ministers already talking about a major reshuffle because some of their appointed colleagues are not even capable of public speaking. 

Put in place: Bala
Parveen Bala, whose is due to answer to the charge of death by dangerous driving, is proving to be the predicted albatross for Fiji First and has been growled at for announcing municipal elections just after being sworn in.

He's been warned not to make any announcements without consulting Khaiyum and told there will be no elections in towns or cities. 

Growled at: Rosy Akbar (left).
Womens Minister Rosy Akbar has also been told off for saying women are lazy and need to work hard to get out of poverty.

Veena Bhatnagar, the assistant minister of health, has been dubbed 'the biggest joke of the Health Ministry' after Neil Sharma was sidelined because of corruption allegations. 

The budget is expected to be announced in the last week of November - and will be the first test for the Opposition parties: while they can't bring a vote of no confidence against Fiji First, if 9 Fiji First MPs join the 88 opposition MPs in voting against the budget, the president will have to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections. 

A restructure has meanwhile been announced for the fuel industry to allow fuel to be bought directly. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fiji's class of 2014 - winners or losers?

Class of 2014: Who'll be the stars, the duds, the saboteurs ... the power brokers?

Much crowing over Fiji First's 'first' win over the position of deputy speaker but given the numbers, hardly surprising. 

With the regime led party having 32 seats, the script as some are boasting, 'is written for the next four years' looks all too predictable.

Frank Bainimarama and his lot don't get off to a shiny new  start, though - too many skeletons to remind us of who they really are. Look no further than the beating of composer Josefa Bilitaki.

Questions also continue to dog Fiji First about its election victory with the International Trade Union Congress this week adding its weight to the belief the poll was anything but free and fair. 

Par for the course as it has been for the past eight years, so we're in for more of the same, albeit thug Frank Bainimarama is now sitting inside Parliament instead of dictating from outside.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Composer beaten hours after being told to 'fuck off' by Bainimarama

The composer of the songs used by the regime led party, Fiji First, during its election campaign has been beaten after complaining to Frank Bainimarama about copyright.

The family of Josefa Bilitaki say he was attacked by army soldiers just hours after his conversation with Bainimarama.

The elderly man remains in the Colonial War Memorial Hospital almost a week after the incident.

Bilitaki's family say he was taken away and beaten by four army officers last Friday after he rung and complained to newly-elected Frank Bainimarama about Fiji First using his songs without his permission.

The composer's daughter, Asenaca, says it's not known where her father was taken but it wasn't QEB.

She says Bainimarama swore at her father, a former teacher, during their conversation, yelling "Fuck off SODELPA".

This is not the first time Bainimarama The Thug has abused citizens or has used the country's soldiers to beat, brutalize and kill their own people.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Interim report on irregularities

The Interim Report delivered to the President last, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and Supervisor of Elections and the International Observer Group.








The leaders of the joint political parties contesting the 2014 General Elections met on Thursday September 18th 2014 following representations from their respective polling agents at the count center who began comparing notes of incidents and irregularities being noticed by all party agents individually.

The polling agents at the center individually requested their Party officials to convene a meeting so that these concerns could be addressed. This resulted in a meeting taking place at 11am on September 18th 2014.

None of the Party Leaders had had previous communication on these matters and all of them were being briefed by the various polling agents directly for the first time.

Following the submissions of information and the provision of evidence, the leaders agreed that a subcommittee be formed, made up of 2 representatives from each party and they were to prepare detailed reports with specific cases and accompanying evidence and pictures where possible.

They were scheduled to make their submissions to the leaders on September 19th at 11am. This was later pushed back to 1pm because of the need for more time to complete reports and the   fact that more information was being received from agents across the country.

Following the conclusion of a 6 hour briefing and discussion of the irregularities and the provision of some of the evidence, the leaders agreed to issue an updated statement and provide some of the actual evidence.

Copies of the statements and documents issued to the press were delivered to the President, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and the Supervisor of Elections as the press was being briefed. We attach as Appendix 1 copies of the signed delivery docket for both the first and second communication.

The same delivery process occurred on the evening of the 18th September and officials of the Chairman of the Commission and Supervisor of Elections signed for their copies of the statements issued.