The coup followed tension between Bainimarama and the Prime Minister Qarase over a bill to grant pardons to those involved in the 2000 coup. Bainimarama was a key player in the 2000 coup and he didnt want anyone released from prison who could reveal his role in the coup.
During the 2000 coup, in which nationalists stormed parliament and held ministers and MPs hostage for 56 days, Bainamarama achieved hero status for ending the standoff without bloodshed. BUT this was all bullshit, because Bainimarama was the culprit who had ordered the elite Fiji soldiers, the CRW, into parliament to overthrow government and take them hostage. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the current illegal President, was also involved with Bainimarama.
However, the 2000 coup didnt go as planned. The President of Fiji, Ratu Sir KKT Mara, did not support the coup and the army had stood its ground against the coup. So Bainimarama carried out a mutiny by overthrowing the President, his Commander in Chief and took executive control over Fiji. Bainimarama reluctantly handed back power to a civilian government.
In 2006 Bainimarama was to be arrested by the Police on charges of sedition, treason, murder and disobeying a lawful order. So he carried out another coup in December 2006 to save himself from being arrested and from being sent to prison.
Since then Bainimarama has broken every promise he made to the people of Fiji. He uses military thugs to keep the populace in-line via fear, intimidation and torture. Meanwhile, Bainimarama has become the most corrupt person in Fiji history, and together with his puppet master, Khaiyum, they deliberately lie to the people of Fiji and continue to “milk” as much as they can from the people of Fiji and in the name of Fiji.
Bainimarama is guilty of his crimes, and he knows it, so giving up power is not an option for him. It will mean he is arrested and sent to prison. Therefore, Bainimarama and Khaiyum are doing anything and everything in an attempt to find a way to remain in power and out of prison, while also stealing as much money as they can. Therefore it is highly unlikely that the 2014 elections will be held. If elections are held then it will most likely be rigged in Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s favour. Either way, thug rule is most likely to continue in Fiji. At least until the people say enough is enough and rise up and put an end to Bainimarama and his thug rule!
While talking to participants at the Fiji Directors Course at Holiday Inn the illegal
Attorney General Khaiyum said most of the state owned enterprises in Fiji have been corrupt. But he forgets to mention that if the CEO’s do not give contracts to his corrupt friends and relatives or do as he has directed then they are accused of mismanagement and fired.
Khaiyum also said in any other jurisdiction where there is a higher level of accountability and transparency, this would not even happen. He is true for once!! ….. BUT true to form Khaiyum goes straight back into lying mode, by adding that what they are trying to do is lift the bar and get in line with other best international practices. This is a blatant lie! Khaiyum is just saying more nice words without any sincerity or integrity or transparency.
A key aspect to lifting that proverbial bar and to get in line with other best international practices is to release the Auditor General’s report. But as most suspect, the report is locked away, if not already destroyed, never to see the light of day under Bainimarama’s corrupt dictatorship. Why is this? The Auditor Generals report will reveal the true level of corruption committed by Khaiyum and Bainimarama. This will include their illegal multiple salaries, crooked deals, how Khaiyum’s aunty bano got paid $2million from Rewa Dairy or how and why she gets to pay cabinet ministers their salaries direct from her private company, nepotism, mismanagement of the economy and FNPF pensions, and what all they have stolen from loans in the name of Fiji, from aid agencies and from Fiji.
Sources said that Brig Gen Driti’s sentence was determined by Khaiyum long before the case was even heard in the High Court. Khaiyum had ordered that the case be moved from the Magistrates court, where a shorter jail time is the maximum term, over to the High court where a longer jail time can be given.
So with Brig Gen Driti’s sentence already set by Khaiyum, we now have his puppet Judge Madigan merely going through the motions to fake some resemblance of due process.
Brig Gen Driti had accused Aziz of being the main culprit behind the plot to remove the illegal PM and his puppet master, khaiyum. But this will not be investigated?!!
Yet we have Brig Gen Driti charged for sedition based on the accusation of a lower ranked, immature and opportunist officer major Manasa Tagicakibau. Tagicakibau had been sulking because someone “stole his lollies”, so instead of being a soldier and following orders he went to the dictator to “rat” on the senior officers, just like a little girl - in exchange for a promotion. But the acting PC says that there is no proof behind the accusation made by Brig Gen Driti. What a mickey mouse judiciary and rule of law.
In effect, acting PC Tudravu is saying that the Fiji Police is just another puppet agency of the
megalomaniac and illegal AG Khaiyum and his puppet Bainimarama.
Have no doubt, Bainimarama and Khaiyum are benefiting while the people of Fiji struggle to make ends meet. Bainimarama and Khaiyum are paying themselves multiple salaries in excess of $1 million each. This is more than the salary paid to the President of America. It is also more than the combined salary of both the NZ and Australian PM’s. This is corruption because they were never elected by the people!
Meanwhile, Fiji has its highest levels of unemployment of locals (with jobs going to foreign Chinese workers), a higher cost of living and the highest level of national debt ever, which Fiji, our Nation and our children and future generations, will be repaying because of Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s greed and corruption.
The sad point is that the standard of the military officers in the once proud Fiji Military Forces has fallen to an all-time low, under Bainimarama’s dictatorship. And instead of being promoted the right way and for the right reasons, officers now have the opportunity to “rat” their mates out (even if it is a lie), in exchange for a promotion.
As FijiLeaks reports, Manasa returned from a year’s study leave and to his previous posting as OC Logistics. This role changed while Manasa was away. Most of the duties and responsibilities of the post had been assumed by the Chief of Staff, Colonel Ratu Mara. Manasa wanted it back and spoke to Mara twice about it but there was no result so he went to bitch to Brig Driti who was Commander Land Forces and therefore everybody’s superior. Manasa did not get the outcome he wanted and was also told to accept it like a soldier and put up with it. But no! Someone had taken his lollies and he wanted it back!
So next, Manasa Tagicakibau turns to Bainimarama, like a little girl, to tell on Driti and Mara. What a way to sulk but Manasa Tagicakibau did do it, and was rewarded with a promotion to Lt Colonel. This unfortunately, is the mentality of some of the officers in the Fiji military – not very mature and undisciplined. They get easily offended and their egos easily wounded. Their response is to “get back at you” or have a fist fight — just like what Bainimarama did with the PS home affairs. But Bainimarama acted like that only because he had his multiple body guards with him, otherwise the PS home affairs would have easily given Bainimarama a good thrashing.
Captain Natuva, the Minister for Works, is also known for behaving this way. Sources said that Natuva will go to Bainimarama and bitch and run a person down just because he is not mature enough to know that its all about “doing the right job, the right way, to get the right results” and its not about pampering his ego…….
These are just a few examples, but you get my drift…
Senior officers stated that Bainimarama had numerous meetings with Khaiyum prior to Khaiyum being introduced to the members of the military council.
Council members stated that Bainimarama told them that he was getting “legal” advice from a “very smart” source, but did not reveal who the source was. They claim that Bainimarama told them that his source had already explained a plan for the military to run Fiji for the next 50 years, with elections to be held after 20 years.
Members of the military council insisted on meeting this source. They wanted to know who was providing Bainimarama with advice. When they saw that it was Khaiyum, they were so disappointed! The council advised Bainimarama on numerous occasions to remove Khaiyum. Bainimarama just kept telling them that he would remove Khaiyum, but never did.
The military council’s plan included Fiji going to elections within a year of the coup. But Bainimarama had other ideas and kept coming up with excuses. He was also always on the phone talking to Khaiyum. Then afterwards Bainimarama issued instructions to the military council… most of the instructions going against promises made by Bainimarama to the people of Fiji.
What will be interesting in Brigadier general Pita Driti’s trial is whether the “whole truth and nothing but the truth” will be revealed and if Khaiyum’s corrupt judge and court system will allow the whole truth to be told. Sources say that Bainimarama has “briefed” the military officers who are state witnesses in the trial.