|Netani Gucake (left) in Fiji in June.|
Bainimarama to Canada is Netani Gucake, who worked for the Fiji Sun in the 80s and 90s.
Gucake is now working for the church and the organisation Alpha International, a Christian based group that donated a container load of soup packets to the Fiji Corrections Services recently.
Sources say Gucake is the prime mover behind Bainimarama’s week-long trip, rallying business and community.
They also he roped in one Bobby Naicker, who paid all flight and hotel expenses for Bainimarama and wife, Mary.
Netani Gucake is understood to have been behind the of recruiting of Fijian students to attend a College in Canada, with one source claiming he got a ‘huge cut from the College while charging students consulting fees as well’.
Bainimarama will be attending at least six to eight events in Canada, with tickets ranging from $25 to $350 per person.
Last night local Canada time he attended a dinner at the home of one Peter Raju, where $250 tickets were the going rate.
The isa lei lunch at cost of $125 per person in Surrey is to be held tonight local time and people are paying $50 to get in.
Tomorrow, during the day he is attending an open air meeting where former Fijians have been charged large sums to put up tents and stalls.
Saturday afternoon and night has been reserved for Fiji Muslims and the Muslim supporters of Bainimarama led by one Mr Yasin are coughing up handsomely to meet with him.
On Sunday Bainimarama will be officially cutting the ribbon of a real estate office and attending a luncheon in a parking lot. The cost is $35 per person.
Several readers have written to Coup 4.5 asking “So who is collecting all the money and where are the profits going?”
The Fiji Sun has today run a story saying Bainimarama has invited Fijians in Canada to invest back home saying, “You deserve the opportunities Fiji now offers” and promising “peace and prosperity.”
The same story mentions Peter Raju describing him as a Fijian businessman from the Canadian Duty Free Distributors in Richmond, BC.