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Bonuses for Fiji Airways staff but what of FNPF loan?

April 15, 2014

PFLIEGER: Led the borrowing spree.

Profit shares and bonuses for Fiji Airways management and staff but no mention of National Provident Fund pensioners being repaid.

Fiji Airways borrowed millions from FNPF to use as collateral for the purchase of three new Airbuses when it was still operating as Air Pacific.

The CEO who hatched the plan with the illegal attorney general, Dave Pflieger, has since fled these shores but his successor, Stefan Pichler, has revealed staff are in line for

PICHLER: Handing out the bonuses.

more than $1.25M in profit-share and bonuses.

Pichler says 67 in management will get $4,000 while 810 non-management employees will get $1,400 each.

Staff are also expected to be get  quarterly performances bonuses of $1,200.

Workers employed by the subsidiary Pacific Sun (soon to be Fiji LINK) all qualify for the share payout.
Pichler says the profits are due to a 2.5 per cent increase in passengers and were approved by the Board last year.

David Pflieger and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum borrowed $200 million from FNPF to fund the purchase of the new planes at a cost of $1.8 billion but the Airbuses are owned by a company registered in Ireland as Waqavuka Financing Ltd, which leases the aircrafts to Fiji Airways.

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

Khaiyum funnels $40,000 into lame dance show to save brother

April 15, 2014
FBC’s new dance extravaganza all over the place.

A small but deadly little gem about convenient deals behind the scenes between the Khaiyum Brothers.

Riyaz Khaiyum and Sandeep Narayan.

Moles have revealed the illegal attorney general,  Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, bailed younger brother, Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum, out of the Fiji’s Dancing Superstar show because it was a big flop.

The older Khaiyum gave the head of FBC News $40,000 to allow the last two episodes of the show to go to air after Ganesha Productions and producer, Sandeep Narayan, ran into money trouble – despite the show the getting prime spot, just after the News.

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

Booklet drama shows race on for grassroots vote

April 15, 2014

CCF BOOKLET: Under attack. Below: Khaiyum’s selective memory.

Ironies on ironies but as those who’ve been fighting for a true return to democracy know, it’s par for the course.

In another important battle in the lead up to the September elections, the illegal attorney

general is waging war on the Citizens Constitution Forum again, claiming a booklet it is distributing is ‘misleading, full of lies and damaging.’

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claims the CCF is trying to cause disquiet among landowners, denying there will be compulsory acquisition of land.

He insists the regime’s 2013 Constitution makes it clear that if the state no longer requires land for public purposes ‘it must give back that land.’

Source – c4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Booklet drama shows race on for grassroots vote

April 9, 2014

CCF BOOKLET: Under attack. Below: Khaiyum’s selective memory.

Ironies on ironies but as those who’ve been fighting for a true return to democracy know, it’s par for the course.

In another important battle in the lead up to the September elections, the illegal attorney

general is waging war on the Citizens Constitution Forum again, claiming a booklet it is distributing is ‘misleading, full of lies and damaging.’

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claims the CCF is trying to cause disquiet among landowners, denying there will be compulsory acquisition of land.

He insists thevregime’s 2013 Constitution makes it clear that if the state no longer requires land for public purposes ‘it must give back that land.’

Khaiyum is also wringing his hands over mentions the people can no longer have faith in the judiciary but let him deny there has been no rule of law since the 2006 coup and the abrogation of the Constitution in 2009.

Yet this from the hypocrite: “And all of us need to be very annoyed by this because we want ordinary Fijians to have the right information, to be informed by facts. Let them make up their mind. It does not mention at a single time the fact there was widespread consultation on the constitution. Not a single time.”

Regional governments and its media have been glorying in the ‘new future of Fiji’ since the announcement of a date for the election, the naming of Frank Bainimarama’s new party and the lifting of the travel sanctions.

It is an ongoing challenge though to sift through the propaganda, even as we hear media proclaim Bainimarama has signed up 2,000 supporters, just a week after announcing his party.

As the drama over the CCF booklet shows, it continues to be an unfair playing field and the regime and its well-oiled propaganda machine cannot be taken at face value.

With the guilty verdict of the Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudry, on three breaches of the Exchange Control Act, the focus now turns to the fate of FLP, the biggest party after SODELPA.

Who will take over as leader if Chaudhry is sentence to jail on May 1 and who will benefit from the fragmenting of votes?

source – C4.5, posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Dictator breaches his own Political Parties Decree AND steals the “Fiji First” party name

April 3, 2014

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Prof Narsey explains Fiji’s voting nightmare

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PROFESSOR WADAN NARSEY looks at the ELECTORAL DECREE 2014 (DECREE NO. 11 OF 2014), suggesting that voting will be a nightmare for voters.

This, as we all know by now, is just another trick by Bainimarama and Khaiyum aimed at confusing voters as part of their “free and Fair” election to rig the election results in Bainimarama’s favour. Unfortunately, these illegal and devious acts are supported by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, who has been telling New Zealand parliament that Fiji will have Free and Fair elections - yeah right! 

Prof Narsey explains that there will be one national constituency to elect 50 parliamentarians. However, before the Decree was issued, Bainimarama had stated on his campaign trail that voters will choose from 250 candidates from five political parties (presumably with each party putting forward 50 candidates).

But the Schedule at the end of the Electoral Decree 2014 indicates the possibility of 280 candidates (presumably also allowing for 30 Independents).  This means, writes Prof Narsey, that each voter will face one massive ballot paper, with 280 squares. Each square will have a number and the name and photo of the candidate, with the illegal Decree saying nothing about a party symbol to go with the candidate.  Each candidate will be issued with a number, randomly selected between 135 and 414.

In the polling booth, the voter will have to identify their preferred candidate, and circle, tick or cross that one square with their preferred candidate, out of the 280 squares.

Prof Narsey explains the voting nightmare.

There are hundreds of thousands of voters throughout Fiji, who may have great difficulty in finding their preferred candidate on such a large ballot paper with 280 names and numbers. In this case some political parties or candidates might quite sensibly think that they could help their supporters getting them to take a small piece of paper with the number of their preferred candidate written down.

But sorry, Section 52 (2) of the Electoral Decree states:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into a polling station or polling venue any type of paper or any specimen or sample of a ballot paper or any card or instruction on how to vote.”

Section 52 (3) then warns voters,

“If the Supervisor or presiding officer has reasonable suspicion that a voter is in breach of subsection (2), he or she may request the assistance of a police officer to search the voter, and it shall be lawful for a police officer to take such measures as necessary to conduct a search of the voter.”

WHAT?

A decent law-abiding citizen of this country, exercising his or her right to make an informed choice in the election by taking a piece of paper into the polling booth to help him or her to vote, can be searched, on suspicion, like a common criminal?

AND FURTHERMORE, if any such material is found on them, Section 52 (4) further warns,

“Any person who contravenes this section commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or to both.

What sort of serious crime does Fiji’s justice system hand out such horrendous punishment?

The contemptuous charade continues

But we should not be surprised any more by this Bainimarama/Khaiyum Regime’s antics.

For this is an unelected military dictatorship, which removed a lawfully elected government in 2006, and ruled us without our permission and without anyone voting for them, for eight whole years.

They have unilaterally imposed unlawful decree after decree on us, culminating in the 2013 Bainimarama/Khaiyum Constitution, which promises them and their collaborators, total immunity for any crime they may have committed from 2000 to elections in 2014.

But they threaten decent law-abiding voters [YOU] that if they innocently take a piece of paper into the polling booth to help them vote for their preferred candidate for the first time in eight years, they may be fined $50,000 and jailed for 10 years.

It would be a joke, if it was not such a nightmare.

This Regime has ignored all recommendations from political parties and the general public for far more sensible, understandable, and workable proportional electoral systems (such as local constituencies with a small number of candidates, who voters could easily identify with and choose from).

Instead, through the advice of a secret scheming cabal of shadowy collaborators, this Bainimarama Regime has thrust this electoral nightmare on our people through this Electoral Decree 2014.

All that the freedom loving people of Fiji and other political parties can do is grit their teeth and see where peaceful participation in this pathetic electoral charade takes them.

Addendum: some sick jokes

Joke 1: what if voters simply write their candidate’s number on some hidden part of their body, which they can look at, inside the privacy of the polling booth? Will all voters be strip-searched by the police?

There are lots of other sick jokes in the 2014 Electoral Decree.

Joke 2 : from the Decree, section 115 states:

Restrictions on campaigns

115.—(1) Following the announcement of the date of the election, it shall be unlawful for any person, entity or organisation (including any person employed or engaged by any such person, entity or organisation) that receives any funding or assistance from a foreign government, inter-governmental or non-governmental organisation or multilateral agency to engage in, participate in or conduct any campaign (including organising debates, public forum, meetings, interviews, panel discussions, or publishing any material) that is related to the election or any election issue or matter.

Not only can CFF, FWRM, WCC, and other NGOs forget these educational activities after the announcement of the date of elections, but so also can The University of the South Pacific, which is partly funded by “foreign governments” (no doubt to the relief of their Vice Chancellor and Chairman of Council).

Joke 3

Section 63 (2) (d) states that in the In the 48 hour period prior to polling day and on the polling day until the close of polling at all polling stations, it is strictly prohibited for any person to–

”distribute in any manner (including through telephone, internet, email, social media or other electronic means) any campaign material or communicate political messages, including calls to vote for or against a particular political party or candidate in the election.

Really?
Does this Decree effectively give the Bainimarama Regime the draconian authority to monitor all our phone calls, emails, and Internet usage, and conduct electronic surveillance on citizens that infringes on their basic human right to privacy?

Joke 4
Section 113 Prohibition on use of State resources to campaign

(1) It shall be unlawful to use State authority, including law and tax enforcement authorities, to pressure or intimidate political opposition.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any public officer to conduct campaign activities.

But of course, there is some Decree which states that Bainimarama and his other unelected Ministers are not “public officers”, and they will be allowed to remain in office, handing out goodies all around the country (of course, not buying any votes) and maligning any “old politician” they want (except those in his own gang).

Joke 5:
Section 27 (2) the nomination of an independent candidate is not valid unless it is accompanied by

(b) signatures of at least 1,000 registered voters as supporters; and

(c) ) contain the full names, residential addresses, occupation and voter numbers of the supporters.

So for poor Independent candidates, forget the principle of the “secrecy of the ballot box” and who are going to vote for you. The Regime and other political parties will know exactly who are your supporters, who they can target in whatever way they want.

Just as they can target the 5000 persons who sign up as “supporters” of political parties.

Source – TFF; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

It’s NOT a free and fair election when the dictator does not need to follow the rules 

April 3, 2014

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Fiji’s corrupt, lying dictator, Voreqe Bainimarama, will take official leave as illegal Prime Minister to officially begin campaigning for his newly named Fiji First Party that is not even registered!

The dictator, however, has been campaigning across the country for the past seven years while other political parties have been “caged” behind Khaiyum’s illegal decrees and Bainimarama’s brutal military thugs who have been intimidating and beating up anyone and everyone who speaks the truth about Bainimarama and his megalomaniac puppet master.

Now the dictator attempts to fool the people of Fiji with his speech saying that “Whether you be a commoner or a chief; a shop keeper or a consumer; a landowner or a farmer; an office worker or a labourer; a woman or a man; a pensioner or a youth; a city dweller or someone living in our maritime or rural areas. We have to travel together to become the pride of the Pacific and the world. I need you all…all Fijians to come with me on this journey, I need you to believe in my goal for a united Fiji; a honest Fiji; a corrupt free Fiji.”  What a f#&kin load of bullshit!

Bainimarama and Khaiyum have NOT DONE anything honest or corrupt free since December 2006! This clearly implies that Bainimarama thinks that Fijians are STUPID and can easily be fooled by his lies and free gifts of sewing machines, brush-cutters and other goodies.  Meanwhile, Bainimarama and his puppet master loot Fiji of its wealth, steal native lands, pay themselves multiple salaries, insult native Fijian culture and tradition and their Lord Jesus Christ!

Bainimarama also said that You and your families will have a better future, when in reality the country has experienced its worse economic results under Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s corrupt dictatorship.  So how can it be a better future with Bainimarama? - It wont be a better future under Bainimarama! 

The dic also said:…….

…. the work he and his fellow [corrupt] Fijians cannot be completed without you [the people, whom he has ignored and lied too for over 7 years]  coming along with him on this journey [which is to save himself from being arrested and from going to prison for his crimes of treason, sedition, murder, rape and corruption]

….we all need to put Fiji first…[yes we do and voting for Bainimarama is NOT going to do that]

….his proposed Fiji First party needs you [the people to keep them in power and stealing Fiji's wealth, and lands, etc]

….he says that no longer do the interests of a select few come before what is good for all Fijians. BULLSHIT!  [Bainimarama has replaced the democratically elected leaders with his bunch of greedy, lying corrupt bunch of thieves, friends and relatives]

We must put Fiji first. [ Bainimarama has never put Fiji first, never since he became Commander of the RFMF and not even, given his record, since he was farted out at birth!]

The dictator also said that he will take leave from work and begin his journey on the bus to meet everyday Fijians like you…[he has already done this using taxpayers funds]. Satan will be so proud of this lying, corrupt dictator who committed treason, sedition, murder, rape and theft of native lands and even insulted the Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Easter Sunday, 2013.

Source -TFF; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

New names touted for Fiji election

March 27, 2014

Names are starting to emerge from the rival camp for the elections.
Self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama has announced Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Jiko Luveni, will run in his party – yes, the same party that has yet to muster 5000 supporters and be officially established.
Another one to poke his head out from the woodwork is the illegal health minister, Dr Neil Sharma, who says it’s a ‘distinct possibility’ he will stand.
Police moles say the former police chief, Esala Teleni, is also thinking of fielding his own party, using his brother’s new 50-thousand strong Methodist Church as his support base.
They say Teleni has been wanting to return from China for some time but is in purgatory thanks to being unpopular with the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who keeps thwarting his return.
The United Front for a Democratic Fiji, meanwhile, says it plans to release a regular list of facts for voters to ‘check’ and see for themselves just how uneven the playing field.

It says the list will expand as the election progresses and people are urged to establish for themselves the TRUTH and decide if the election is in fact being run fairly.

It’s message: “….. Satisfy yourself that it is true and put these questions to candidates and supporters of the regime when they visit.”

FACT CHECK √ – HOW LEVEL IS THE PLAYING FIELD?

PARTICULARS REGIME OPPOSITION
Did your government receive its mandate to govern from the people? NO YES
Were the members of your cabinet elected by the people NO YES
Did your government make public all accounting of government spending NO YES
Was the salary & Allowances of your Cabinet available for public scrutiny NO YES
Have the officials of your party disclosed their Assets and Liabilities NO YES
Can you be sued for making false and defamatory statements of someone NO YES
Are you provided 24 hour security service paid for by taxpayers’ funds YES NO
Do you have unrestricted access and coverage from the Fiji Media YES NO
Do you enjoy immunity protection for any crime you committed since 2006 YES NO
Did you participate in the abrogation of the 1997 constitution YES NO

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

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