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Russians, same-sex marriage and a new flag

January 25, 2016

It’s 2016 and Fiji is still the way the world should not be.

A week ago 20 containers of ammunition arrived in Suva much to the surprise of the whole country it seems, except for the acting police commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, who said the police had given approval for the consignment.

The shipment includes small arms, two trucks and a helicopter.

The two trucks parked at military HQ in Nabua

With a supposed democratic government now in place, Parliament wasn’t informed about the shipment.

Given Fiji’s history with coups, one would think the shipment would be a very important topic to be transparent about.

Acting military commander Read Admiral Viliame Naupoto has now revealed that Russian soldiers will be coming to Fiji next month to train soldiers. He said the weapons were are essential for Fiji’s United Nations peacekeeping missions, as many soldiers were using out-dated weaponry which made them poorly equipped.

If this is the case, why all the secrecy around it?

Also this month, Frank Bainimarama revealed a new Fiji flag would be flying on Constitution Day on September 7.

Everything on the flag will change, except the navy blue colour.

Five designs will be chosen by Bainimarama’s office from March 1-19. The nation will then be asked to vote on these 5 designs and the one with the most votes will be announced by July 1.

Last week Bainimarama put his foot in his mouth again after criticising the suggestion of Fiji legalising same sex marriage.

The suggestion was made by Shamima Ali from the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre.

“Fiji does not need that rubbish,” Bainimarama said. He added that if a woman wants to “marry” another woman, “they should go and have it done in Iceland, and stay and live there”.

Homosexual activist and attorney Aman Ravindra Singh says Bainimarama has breached section 26 of the Fiji Constitution and should be charged.

“Under section 65 there is a particular offense called inciting communal antagonism. This issue has now flared within our community and in our society as a whole. The prime minister has breached section 65 in that his action has incited communal antagonism, and he should be investigated and charged,” Singh said.

According to him, at least one citizen is interested in bringing formal charges against the prime minister by filing a police complaint over his comment.

Meanwhile Bainimarama denied he violated the constitution explaining that the Fiji constitution does not refer in any way to homosexuality or homosexual “marriage” in addressing the issue of citizen equality.

Bending the rules again to suit himself.

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

Fiji police commissioner Ben Groenewald resigns

November 11, 2015

Updated about 4 hours ago

Fiji’s police commissioner Ben Groenewald has resigned, accusing the military of interfering with “policing”.

Mr Groenewald, a South African who took the job last year, said his resignation is “indirectly” related to a case of alleged police brutality.

A video emerged online three years ago apparently showing Fijian officials beating several prison escapees with wooden and metal poles.

An investigation into the beating has been completed and the case referred to public prosecutors, according to local media.

Last week, the Fiji military announced it had recruited three police officers charged over the assault.

Local reports said the military also sheltered a soldier charged over the same incident and prevented him from being arrested.

Mr Groenewald, who had been pushing for those involved to be prosecuted, said the military was stopping him from doing his job.

“The fact is I don’t agree with the way they’re interfering with policing,” he told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program.

“I’m a true-blooded police officer and I’m not satisfied with the way that they’re interfering in policing.”

Mr Groenewald served for more than 40 years in South Africa before accepting the role of Fiji police commissioner.

He will be replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, land force commander of the Fiji military.

Source – Australian Broadcasting Commission; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Fiji military hires policeman charged with rape

November 10, 2015

Updated at 8:13 am on 9 November 2015

The Fiji military has recruited three police officers facing criminal charges, including a suspected rapist.

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Photo: Supplied

According to the Fijivillage website, this has been announced by the land force commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, who says they were hired because the three had been left on their own.

One of the new members is Jona Davonu, who was charged with rape yesterday, in connection to last year’s assault of a civilian in Nadi who later died in hospital of internal injuries.

Mr Davonu is one of nine suspects in the case which will go to court in September next year.

Two weeks ago, he was charged with sexual assault in connection to another case – the videotaped beating of a prison escapee.

The two other police officers joining the military are Sanita Laqenasici and Semesa Naduka, who face the same sexual assault charges.

The three were released on bail last week.

A military officer, Pita Matairavula, is still in remand over the case after skipping court twice, while reportedly being within the confines of the military barracks.

Source – Radio New Zealand International; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Complaint lodged against Khaiyum

October 21, 2015

Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, has lodged a complaint against Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum for allegedly making a false declaration of his assets in the lead up to last year’s election.

Ro Teimumu says in his declaration dated February 24th 2015, Khaiyum stated the value of his Lot 13 DP 9206, CT 37186 at $80,000.

“However on August 29th 2006, a certified true copy of Transfer No 593802, shows that Khaiyum’s company Midlife Investments paid Faiyaz Koya, Sahim Arif Khan, Mohammed Altaf and Anwar Hussein the sum of $100,000 for the Lot.

“Hon Sayed-Khaiyum not only has to answer for the value discrepancy between $80,000 and $100,000. He appears to have also overlooked the fact that on November 17th 2010, Lot 12 right next to his own Lot, was sold by Mr Siddiq Faizal Koya through Transfer Certificate No 738461 for $170,000. The respective size of both Lots is the same, 1099 sq meters,” Ro Teimumu said.

She says the discrepancy in the value must be viewed against the Provisions of the Political Parties Decree , specifically Sec 24 (1), (2) (a) (i) and then Sec 24 (3).

Ro Teimumu said Khaiyum is known for taking speedy action against people he wanted prosecuted including some Members of the Opposition.

She said it is obvious he deliberately delays cases that impact negatively on him or the government, like the police complaint made by former Fiji TV executive  Tanya Waqanika against him.

Khaiyum has also still not provided the public with the relevant details of acquittals on how $100 million of public money was a spent.

Nor has he or the Prime Minister disclosed to the Public Accounts Committee details of payment of Ministerial salaries through the private accounting firm of Nur Bano Ali.
source – coup4.5; posted by rusi varani for swm

Bainimarama fooled by Canadian ‘Woman of the Year’

September 24, 2015

Frank Bainimarama poses with Annie
A Canadian radio host fooled Frank Bainimarama into presenting her with a ‘Woman of the Year’ plaque that he and his staff hadn’t even checked for authenticity.
The plaque hailed Annie Ji (Katherine) as Fiji ‘Ambassador’ and ‘the voice of Fijians in Canada.’
Unknown to Bainimarama, Annie Ji had no connections and had come up with the gong her self – as a prank.
The ‘prestigious’ award was made to the con artist during Bainimarama’s August Fiji First Party fundraiser to Vancouver.
Annie Ji was even presented the gong at Bainimarama’s farewell dinner in Surrey, by Fiji’s coup leader himself.
The disingenuous former radio host had approached two Canadian MPs plus the organsiers of Bainimarama trip as part of the con.

According to the Asian Star, Annie Ji duped local MPs Jinny Sins and Sue Hammell into attending the event, telling them the Prime Minister of Fiji had initiated the award.

Bainimarama presented her with the gong with no questions asked.
The story was exposed by the Vancouver based paper, the Asian Star, which reported that Bainimarama actually thought he was going to be presented with the plaque!
The paper says the con was picked up by a sharp eyed photographer and TV producer, who took a close up photo of the plaque and wondered about the misspelling of the word ‘Embassador’.
Bainimarama’s trip was organised by Netani Gucake and Bobby Naicker and questions remain about the estimated $162,000 that was raised.
Coup4.5 has also been told that a group of Fijian women brought in to perform the meke at the Fiji Day event have been abandoned and can’t get home.
The local Canadian MPs are meanwhile furious at being duped while the organisers say they’ve been told Annie is sick and has had a stroke.
Annie ji Singh was a host at the Radio Fiji Mirchi station in Surrey, but reportedly quit recently.
A spokesperson at the station says they don’t know anything and to ‘Ask Annie’.
Source – C4.5; posted by rusi varani for SWM

September 2, 2015

FijiLeaks reports Ro Kepa and Naiqama telling Bainimarama to “Stop making allegations against SODELPA and face the brunt of the law for his own coup and treason’.

Frank Bainimarama committed sedition, treason, torture, rape, lying, corruption and murder during 2000 to 2015.  Bainimarama and Khaiyum  rigged the 2014  elections to ensure they remain inPOWER and out of prison. BUT Bainimarama wants the world, and certainly the people of Fiji, to believe that his record is not blood stained, that his motives are noble and that he is nothing but a selfless servant of the higher cause of a pure Fiji. But Bainimarama’s  actual record of what he said and did (or did not do) tells another story.

Bainimarama’s actual narrative is filled with lies, paranoia, betrayals and self aggrandizement, aCRIMINAL escaping from the law while attacking and accusing others of crimes that Bainimarama is guilty of.  In Frank Bainimarama’s lunatic mind, his shit does not stink.

source – TFF; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

RESIGN, you incompetent Minister of Finance: Ratu Isoa Tikoca explains why he called for the resignation of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum in Parliament

August 30, 2015



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The fact is in the 2015 Budget estimate a deficit of $363.5 million was projected, but this relies on the sale of state assets of $507.3 million and there is no sign of that happening for the 2nd year in a row. So our deficit will increase to $870.8 million. That’s just $129 million short of a billion dollars. So add to that the $US250 million that the PS Finance spoke of in June that is due next year, then we are looking at a $1.4 billion debt for all of the Governments excesses over the past few years that our young people today will have to pay.

There is also the $150 million in un-presented cheques and the unaccounted for the $100 million expenditure.

Going into the 2016 Budget discussions, we cannot have the office of the Minister of Finance filled by a man who cannot give real solutions to our economic woes. A man who can’t face the Nation and openly talk about the reality of the Economy – and has instead ordered the representatives of the People to NOT INFORM the People of the facts.”

SourceFiji Leaks; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
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Hon. Ratu Isoa Tikoca

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