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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Army commander resigns, Naupoto appointment illegal


Happier days
Confirmation that Mosese Tikoitoga is severing ties with the Fiji military regime.

He has resigned from the military - a statement was posted on the Fijian government Facebook a short time ago. 
As tipped to Coup4.5 yesterday, Captain Viliame Naupoto has been made acting commander. 

However the appointment of Naupoto, a failed Fiji First Candidate in the 2014 election, is illegal.

The statement on Facebook says Frank Bainimarama as Chairman of Constitutional Offices Commission advised the President to appoint Naupoto to replace Mosese Tikoitoga, who has resigned. 
Viliame Naupoto


We believe Tikoitoga did not resign but was forced out after being given an ultimatum on Friday night.

Naupoto's appointment means Bainimarama is violating his own Constitution.

The RFMF Commander is appointed by the Constitutional Offices Commission. The Commission (COC) comprises of the PM, Attorney General, two of the PM's nominees, the Leader of the Opposition and his/her nominee as members.


The full COC is comprised of  Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the PM's nominees Sanjay Kaba and Ajit Kodagoda, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and her nominee,constitutional lawyer Richard Naidu.

We have established the Commission did not meet to make an Acting appointment of Commander.

Bainimarama went to QEB today to announce Tikoitoga's departure and Naupoto's appointment.

So who is the real Commander?

Until, the first sitting of parliament last October, Bainimarama as PM was the Constitutional Offices Commission. But it changed after the elections and convening of Parliament.

This whole process is illegal and for Bainimarama to resort to such a serious breach of the Constitution shows it is more than Tikoitoga's extra-marital affair with Koila Costello that prompted him to illegally get rid of his once loyal ally and replace him again illegally with his former Navy colleague Viliame Naupoto.







Friday, July 31, 2015

Tikoitoga and Costello riddle



Tikoitoga out?


Qiliho in?


Who is Koila Costello?


Is Tikoitoga going to South Africa as Ambassador?


Are Tikoitoga and Costello divorcing their wife and husband respectively and become a couple?


Only time will tell and confirm.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fiji sugar mills and cane growers

The pipe dumping waste from Penang mill
Once upon a time it was the number one export for the country, but what is the future of the sugar industry in Fiji today?

Since the military coup, the Fiji Sugar Corporation has refused to release weekly crush reports of each of its four mills.

This information was useful in analysing the performance of the mills and Government, through the parliamentary select committee on sugar could demand answers from the management of FSC for any failures at each of the mills.

This blog has been told that cane growers are suffering losses due to milling inefficiencies.

The National Federation Party who has members who are cane growers, has obtained evidence of Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki rife with problems and inefficiencies caused my management and operational bungling.

This has deteriorated to such an extent that sugar juice is being discharged into the river running next to the mill resulting in the death of fish, crabs and other seafood. The extent of discharge has blackened the river.

Since the mill started operating four weeks ago growers are being forced to pay and feed cane cutters to retain them because they do not regularly harvest cane due to mill breakdowns. 


Cane Lorry operators and drivers are also suffering having to endure extremely long delays before being able to dump cane laden on their trucks. 

In the case of Penang Mill, 80% of cane carted to the mill is by lorry transport. The mill workers are also suffering in silence and forced to implement band-aid solutions that are cosmetic and only camouflage the rot at the mill. 

Evidence of pollution and problems

From left to right:


Picture 1: Evaporator Pollution Pump 
The repair of this pump was submitted last year for the capital project grants however it was not awarded by the head office. As for now these pumps are not functioning as required and as a result, those sugar syrup that is to be recycled and reprocessed after going through the pump, is now being discharged directly into the pollution ponds thus causing wastage and also complication in the processes of the ponds. This is the major reason for the foul smell being emitted from the mill.
 

Picture 2: Dump Line Leakage into the River 
The pipe that carries cane juice has a major leakage and needs to be urgently repaired, however a tube is being temporarily fixed, which still enables minor leakages and thus the juice being wasted and discharged into the river. This can be repaired, however the mill has to shut down as for now. However this could have been fixed during the cleaning intermissions, but there had been no commitment or response from the management . This is a clear indication of poor management.

Picture 3 and 4: Reprocessing Area for the Spilt Sugar

All the sugar crystals that are spilt over during the processing are being collected and brought in for reprocessing however this is meant to be stored properly but instead it is deposited on the ground in an unorganized manner that is unhygienic as well. Upon the Visit of the Executive Chairman on Monday (27th of July, 2015) , the soil was spread and thrown over the sugar to avoid it being seen by him and the head office team.

Picture 5 and 6: Sugar being discharged from a Tank Prior to its crystallization

The Supervisors on site, knowing that the pollution pump (shown in Slide 1) is not working, have yet authorized the emptying of the tank which contains sugar, knowing that all this sugar will be discharged directly into the pollution pond hence the sugar will be wasted.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fiji military to 'mould' students through cadet training

Students will learn from a young age what it is like to be a soldier in the army.

It's been announced that Cadet training to be conducted by the Fiji Military Forces will soon be introduced to all schools in Fiji.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou says Cadet training 'will ensure that our youth are imparted with values required to address social issues'.

Tuitubou says this form of discipline is being introduced 'because of the change in attitude among many young people today'. 


This announcement brings so many concerns and questions with it. 

Firstly, we all know the reputation of the Fiji Military Forces and how they 'disciplined' citizens and helped their commander take over the country in a coup in 2006.

There are so many cases of innocent people being intimidated, beaten, tortured and some dying at the hands of these soldiers.

And now these men are to become role models for our children and teach them how to have good characters and be good citizens?

This is another initiative being pushed down the throats of Fiji, just like changing the Fiji flag.

But wait, we shouldn’t be surprised. 


After all this is a military regime in power under the guise of democracy and it proves itself to be the case time and time again. 

 

Fiji military to 'mould' students through cadet training

Students will learn from a young age what it is like to be a soldier in the army.

It's been announced that Cadet training to be conducted by the Fiji Military Forces will soon be introduced to all schools in Fiji.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou says Cadet training 'will ensure that our youth are imparted with values required to address social issues'.

Tuitubou says this form of discipline is being introduced 'because of the change in attitude among many young people today'. 


This announcement brings so many concerns and questions with it. 

Firstly, we all know the reputation of the Fiji Military Forces and how they 'disciplined' citizens and helped their commander take over the country in a coup in 2006.

There are so many cases of innocent people being intimidated, beaten, tortured and some dying at the hands of these soldiers.

And now these men are to become role models for our children and teach them how to have good characters and be good citizens?

This is another initiative being pushed down the throats of Fiji, just like changing the Fiji flag.

But wait, we shouldn’t be surprised. 


After all this is a military regime in power under the guise of democracy and it proves itself to be the case time and time again. 

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Reddy's sweeping generalisation reeks of itaukei purge

Mahendra Reddy’s approach to education has long been known to be cock-eyed - now comes an audio recording that shows him making derogatory remarks against Indo-Fijian head teachers and principals.  

The recording obtained by C4.5 is of a meeting between the Education Minister and QVS Old Boys Anasa Vocea and his deputy, Akuila Waradi, last month at the Warwick.

In the recording, where Reddy also uses the racial slur 'Kai India', he defends his decision to order QVS principal Silivio Tawake to leave the school immediately and be transferred to a school in Kadavu, after a parent complained directly to him about his sons being bullied. 


Anasa Vocea and Akuila Waradi ask Reddy why he transferred a good teacher without consultation or an investigation into the allegations.

Reddy says he received another complaint from a committee member who claimed an itaukei teacher “is not in the school most of the time” and goes on to say “she just goes to the village to drink grog".

Later, he tells the pair he hopes they are not defending ‘incompetence’ and reiterates his intention to ‘clean up.’

Reddy also goes on to make the sweeping statement that throughout Fiji “80 per cent of itaukei principals are incompetent” and “50% of Kai India ones are incompetent people”, who have been promoted because they are “friends of this and that".



Following this meeting, Reddy rescinded the transfer of the principal.

Reddy, like Bainimarama and the rest of Fiji First, continue to believe they are transforming Fiji for the better but their ‘One Fiji’ is warped.

As the recording shows, Reddy doesn’t want to listen to schools and has been making arbitrary decisions based on a ‘clean up’ approach that rejects all things ‘indigenous’ as damaged and harmful.

Just five days ago he insisted certain school principals, managers and leaders still have ethnic preferences and that while the country is moving towards a one Fiji, some school heads were still stuck with "ethnicity".

He claimed some school leaders did not want teachers who were of Indian descent and said
 it was wrong that a school head in Namaka, Nadi, had asked for itaukei teachers only. 

If Reddy continues to have his way, what will be the future of Fiji schools and itaukei teachers? There has been no audit or survey to justify his comments about so-called incompetency; the reference to 'Kai India' also harks back to the hardline Fijian nationalists after 1987. 

We refer to an article by Joji Kotobalavu in the Fiji Times, which argues culture is embraced in the Constitution and is being totally misunderstood by Reddy and his mob. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=312305


Listen to the recording below. The derogatory comments are made at 6.50 minutes into the recording.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fiji Airways new CEO incurred millions in losses in last two jobs

Track record for making a loss: Andre Viljoen
Birds of a feather flock together and this anecdote gets real every time the regime or its stooges appoint someone to a powerful position.

The latest is the appointment of Andre Viljoen as the new CEO and managing director of Fiji Airways.

Andre Viljoen, who will take up the Suva-based appointment in October, has left Air Mauritius with more than $50 million (27.7 million Euros) in loss.


Before joining Air Mauritius, Andre Viljoen was with South African Airways (SAA) and also left that company with a loss; this time $103 million dollars ($6 billion South African Rand).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Archbishop says flag designs need to be re-evaluated

by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

The Oxford Dictionary states that a flag is a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country. The flag is a symbol of a nation's identity, beliefs and values.

Therefore to create a new flag and ensure it truly represents a nation's identity, those charged with this task must understand the notion of a symbol. What is a symbol and how does it function?

I wish to contribute to the formulation of Fiji's new flag by providing a framework for understanding the flag as a symbol. I draw my contribution from Roger Haight's book "Dynamics of Theology".

Haight's discussion on symbol draws from two prominent Christian theologians, Karl Rahner (Catholic) and Paul Tillich (Protestant). Rahner's theology of symbols is rooted in a great doctor of the church, Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fiji's new flag will be chosen out of these 23 designs

Get ready to say goodbye to this flag
The final designs have been chosen for Fiji's new flag and Fijians have been invited to give their feedback on the one they like the most.

Out of the more than 2000 designs, only 23 were chosen.

On the website, the Fiji Flag Committee says "Fiji’s existing flag contains symbols that are outdated and no longer relevant, including some anchored to Fiji’s colonial past. 


"After 45 years of independence it is time for Fiji to move on from those colonial connections and adopt a flag that reflects its position in the world as a modern and independent nation-state."

The committee says "the flag designs chosen contain symbolism that is meaningful to all Fijians and reflects Fiji’s proud status as a modern and independent nation".

Here are the final designs, which, if any, do you think should become the new flag of Fiji?