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Another Fijian institution destroyed

April 8, 2015

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.

“Boarding schools will only be reserved for children that come from the remote outer islands or the interior of our mainland.

“Children in urban areas are expected to get their education from the many nearby schools available to them in their areas.”

Adi Cakobau School (ACS) was established as a boarding school by the government in 1948 and was named after King Cakobau’s grand-daughter. Its English language curriculum included traditional academic subjects, traditional dance, music and crafts.

Ratu Kadavulevu School

Queen Victoria School (QVS) was established in 1906 initially to provide education to the sons of Fijian Chiefs but over the years students have been multiracial.

Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) is said to be the largest of the three boarding schools. Its students are multiracial, but predominantly Fijian.

Former students of the three schools have vowed to ‘save our schools’.

One former student wrote:

1. The three schools mentioned were not established for the reasons claimed by the Minister. The reasons for their respective establishment are facts that are well documented, and it would do the Minister good, to do his own research on this. The National Archives; for which he is Minister should have irrefutable information on this. I think that the Minister has either been ill-advised or has just been plain ignorant of the facts.

2. Although the three schools have primarily educated Itaukei students over the years, they have all also had the privilege of having students of other ethnicity, and indeed international backgrounds.

3. When the three schools were established, the Itaukei race was still largely rural based, and this is probably where the Minister’s claim is originating from. However; there have been significant social and demographic shifts in the decades since. This is a fact that must be recognized.

4. The three schools, and indeed any school in Fiji; have never had any policy that excluded any student based on ethnicity, religious belief, social class, or family residential address. Any such policy would be discriminatory. I have never seen or experienced during my years at one the three schools mentioned; any evidence that it catered only to a certain class of people. There was always a healthy and balanced mix of students from different social backgrounds. In fact, in didn’t matter who you were or who your parents were, or whether your home was in the city or the village; if you qualified through gaining the required standards, then that was all that mattered. That is the way it should remain.

5. There are other government boarding schools that have students / boarders who come from urban based families. Will this policy apply to those schools as well ?

6. Does the Minister realise that by implementing such a policy, the three schools will be greatly and unfairly disadvantaged, as they will not be able to accept a student who might be eminently academically capable, or possessing outstanding athletic abilities; simply because his or her family resides in a certain part of the country?

7. Has the Minister considered the great disruption that this policy will cause ? Given that (a) thousands of parents and students will have to all of a sudden look for alternative schools (b) immediate and medium term plans and strategies of schools in areas such as sports, student leadership, etc; will be thrown into disarray. The Minister must remember that schools are made up of more than just books, buildings, and facilities. Although government is the legal owner of the three schools; it is important for us to ask the question; Who is the government ? I would dare suggest that ultimately the government is ….The People.

source c4.5; posted by rusi varani for SWM

8. Ultimately this is an issue that challenges parents’ and students’ freedom to choose the school that they want to patronize or enrol at. On that basis; it should not be an issue of concern only for Students, Parents and Alumni of Adi Cakobau School, Queen Victoria School, and Ratu Kadavulevu School, but should be for stakeholders of every school in Fiji.

Leader of Opposition challenges coup instigator’s lies to UN

March 16, 2015

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:


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.

Having trashed the People’s 2012 Draft Constitution, Aiyaz Khaiyum drafted the 2013 Constitution which was imposed on the people. The motivation for this was that the 2012 People’s draft did not grant the usurpers of our Democracy Frank Bainimarama and his co-conspirators Aiyaz Khaiyum & co, absolute immunity.

Source – C4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Fiji’s Puppet Commander Hides Criminal Activities

March 16, 2015
The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga [Fischer] said that the RFMF [meaning Bainimarama and Khaiyum]  was   prepared to open up some of its books for scrutiny by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). However, the puppet Commander also pointed out that the RFMF’s private funds were always audited by external auditors.  Basically, sources claim, the private accounts  have not been audited as it involves Bainimarama’s fraudulent use of the accounts..

However, the RFMF Commander, like a good scared little boy, did what he was told to do and appeared before PAC.  Like a parrot he repeated his instructions saying that since 2010 the RFMF had strengthened its internal audit system.  In 2010, sources say that access to the private accounts was  restricted to Bainimarama and his goons.  No one else had access to them.

“The RFMF, continues the puppet Commander,  has continuously updated our regulation, our financial manual, the first written in 2010. These are all done to continuously make the improvements as per the Auditor-General’s report.  BUT the auditor general was never allowed to access to the accounts.  Brigadier-General Tikoitoga LIED to the Acting Auditor-General Atunaisa Nadakuitavuki.

Both the RFMF and Auditor-General’s Office will plot a way forward for auditing considering the ‘layers’ of private funds within the RFMF.  But the RFMF is a government institution and therefore is answerable to the people and parliament for all its activities.  The so called Private funds, if used illegally or fraudulently, could bring the RFMF and the Government and Fiji into disrepute.

Hence the audits by the Auditor General to provide independent assurance to Parliament and to the people of Fiji that public sector agencies, including the RFMF, have used public funds legally in accordance with legislation and proper financial management rules and regulations.

Government Whip Semi Koroilavesau suggested that these external audit reports of the private accounts be made available to the Public Accounts Committee.  Yes, what “khaiyum” version will we be shown?

source- TFF; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Unpopular Fiji Sun reporter breached Media Decree

March 9, 2015

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’.

The story, of course, was one of the Sun’s phallic efforts to promote Frank Bainimarama and make out the Opposition was ‘racist and divisive’ and holding the country back.

Pratibha’s not so glorious missive Person of the Year: The PM who delivers, has now been found to be lacking ‘balance, accuracy and the principles of responsible journalism’.

The Fiji Sun has since circulated a rather feeble statement rejecting the MIDA decision as flawed citing what it says is ‘one of Fiji’s most experienced and respected lawyers, Suruj Sharma’ whose legal opinion is that Raj’s findings ‘are clearly without legal and jurisdictional basis of facts of law’.

Peter Lomas’ statement claims the reporting around the MIDA findings has also been ‘poorly informed’ and Pratiba has been subjected to a ‘scurrilous smear campaign’.

In one of its own articles, the paper is now telling Raj he has until next Monday (March 9) to ‘retract and apologise to the Fiji Sun’.

This blog has previously deleted numerous comments about Pratibha, believing she should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially as she was a woman, and a lot of the comments were derogatory, but like her employer she appears to have no or few ethics.

According to anecdotes we’ve heard, she is quarrelsome and hostile with her subjects and is quick to make trouble if she doesn’t get her way.

We say to Pratibha, who has gone from ordinary hack to managing editor in what seems to be a very short time, and the Fiji Sun: suck it up, you were done fair and square, and it’s been a long time coming.

Waqavonovono’s complaint to Ashwin Raj:

RE: Person of the Year Article (27/12/14) FIJISUNI write to make a complaint on an article by Jyoti Phatibha in the FijiSun newspaper on the 27 December 2014 under the title Person of the Year.

I am most concerned with Ms Pratibha’s decision to attack SODELPA, carrying inaccuracies into the hands of the papers readers. In claiming the Party was resoundingly defeated at the polls, that the party played the divisive race card and whilst falling short of campaigning for Fiji First, that SODELPA’s policy’s were in no way a contrast to Bainimarama’s platform for delivering Economic, Security, Equality and Service to the people of Fiji.

This is a abuse of the newspapers privileges and a clear sign that people like Pratibha can-not be trusted to write neutral, factual and non personal articles, which are journalistic principles I thought guided your newspaper.

Where is the Proof that SODELPA played divisive racial politics in the lead up to the September 2014 General Elections? Where is the proof that SODELPA was canceled out in the national vote or resoundingly defeated and are not represented in Parliament?. Where is the proof that SODELPA via their manifesto and historic democratic governance since 2001 as SDL could not provide a platform for delivering Economic, Security, Equality and Service to the people of Fiji?
Fiji Sun has deliberately produced an article that is not factual and littered with one persons controversial ideas presented as attribution.

I personally think that the Fiji Sun, is fast bordering on embarrassment to Fiji’s mainstream media and Ms Pratibha’s lack of practice of Journalistic Ethics is a concern, and it seems very likely that Ms Pratibha and the Fiji Sun are seeking to distort facts, create animosity and rekindle racial slurs with it’s constant hate reporting on anything political other then FIJI FIRST or Frank Bainimarama.

On the 23rd September 2014, I wrote to the Media Industry Development Authority and the Fiji Sun to complain about an article written by Ms Pratibha about me; where she demanded that I as the SODELPA Youth President should be ‘cleaned out’ of the Party. She also declared to the Nation that I should Shave and buy myself a deodorant. Since then, no retraction or apology has been issued.Ms Pratibha also complained to The International Federation of Journalists regarding a story she had fabricated involving my Facebook posts – on the 10/09/14, the Federation reported that Ms Pratibha received threats and was a target of an assault after I posted a comment about her on my Facebook page. I hope Ms Pratibha has evidence that I have written so passionately about her (like she has about me) because uptill now, I have tried not to comment on her unprofessional journalistic skills. I also cannot can-not be blamed for all the racist comments and feelings generated by her articles and hate reporting. These are the fruits of the newspapers inaction over hate reporting and the distortion of the true feelings of indigenous people and our leaders.As a citizen of Fiji, and a reader of the Fiji Sun, I demand change in the Newspaper’s reporting immediately.

I also demand that Ms Pratibha is disciplined for her racist, biased and hate reporting.

I also demand that Fiji Sun perform a background check on the facts calling SODELPA a racist Party; and immediately accept that Indigenous Rights is Human Rights, and the rights of Fiji’s Indigenous population to self determination and safeguarding under International Human Rights Standards is not Racist but an exercise of our responsibilities as Indigenous People.

Where is Media Freedom when parcels of the Media act irresponsibly and act to promote one party rather then present a unbiased and factual approach to it’s reportingVinakaPeter Waqavonovono

Peter Waqavonovono <> 08:39 (10 hours ago)
to Ashwin, nemani.delaiba.

Mr Raj
I thank you for your swift response, I also ask, why are you waiting for FijiSun to respond? Does MIDA not have the resources or the time to investigate these serious claims immediately and make a suitable discernment on the matter

I draw your attention to a complaint made to MIDA on the airing of an advice to Frank Bainimarama by a member of the Tailevu Provincial Council in April 2014. In a statement to Fiji Citizens, you said “Masquerading itself as an exercise in freedom of expression, political discourse has, in fact, descended to unabashed racial vilification and in some instances its content is tantamount to injurious or hate speech,” and in part without Fiji TV’s official response did you not pass judgment.

Did MIDA wait for the official response of Radio New Zealand and Al Jazeera before claiming the organisations were guilty of biased, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting.

The reason why I think, seeking Fiji Sun’s official response is nonsensical, is captured in my initial complaint. Since the 23rd September 2014, I have yet to receive a official response from Fiji Sun and thus you have yet to ‘adjudicate’ on that matter.Mr Raj, I ask that you urgently look into this matter as Fiji Sun seems to be running wild on fabricating news and creating much racial tensions by attacking Indigenous Rights, Leaders and Consciousness
Mr Raj, I repost my demands herein

As a citizen of Fiji, and a reader of the Fiji Sun, I demand change in the Newspaper’s reporting immediately.
I also demand that Ms Pratibha is disciplined for her racist, biased and hate reporting.
I also demand that Fiji Sun perform a background check on the facts calling SODELPA a racist Party; and immediately accept that Indigenous Rights is Human Rights, and the rights of Fiji’s Indigenous population to self determination and safeguarding under International Human Rights Standards is not Racist but an exercise of our responsibilities as Indigenous People.

Where is Media Freedom when parcels of the Media act irresponsibly and act to promote one party rather then present a unbiased and factual approach to it’s reportingOn Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM, Ashwin Raj<> wrote:Dear Mr. Waqavonovono,

MIDA will treat this as an official complaint and will seek Fiji Sun’s official response before it convenes to adjudicate on the matter.
Ashwin Raj
Chair, MIDA.

source – c4.5; posted by rusi varani for swm

Strong criticisms on PM’s coup comments –

February 18, 2015

Nasik Swami
Thursday, February 12, 2015

REMARKS made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament this week alluding to the 2006 coup have copped strong criticisms from Opposition and a political party.

In a loud and uncontrolled exchange between Government and Opposition members following questions on the future directions of indigenous institutions in the country, and in response to the use of the word coup, Mr Bainimarama responded: “We can talk about coups until the cows come home, you will never get there.

“It is because of the coup that I conducted, that you are sitting here,” Mr Bainimarama told the House on Tuesday.

In response, Opposition member Roko Tupou Draunidalo said the Prime Minister was in Parliament because of the coup.

“He (PM) is in Parliament because of the coup he conducted in 2006. Otherwise, he would have been out of the House,” Ms Draunidalo said. Opposition member Professor Biman Prasad said the Prime Minister’s comments were “disgusting and a laughing matter”.

Similar sentiments were also shared by Opposition member Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

“It is like the pot calling the kettle black,” Ratu Naiqama said in his response to comments made by Mr Bainimarama.

Fiji Labour Party president Lavinia Padarath in a statement said Mr Bainimarama was speaking as though he had done Fiji a great favour by staging the coup. This blog insist that by right, Baini should be in Jail and not in Parliament.

source – The Fiji Times; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM


Charges laid for Vilikesa’s Soko’s death – How about the others?

February 13, 2015

Vilikesa Soko RIP

Eight police officers and a soldier have been at last charged for the death of a man who died 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.

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

Today’s charges is heartening news but a number how many people have died already in police or military custody and how many more will this happen to.

Remember Epeli Qaraniqio, who escaped from Naboro and when recaptured had his leg amputated. Another prisoner who had escaped with him, Isoa Waqa, died after he was allegedly beaten.

Then there was the case of Iowane Benedito.

Welcome to Fiji style demokracy!

Source -C.5 Posted by Rusi Varanifor SWM

Military wants soldiers to design new flag for Fiji

February 13, 2015

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?

source – c.5; posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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