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Fiji military to ‘mould’ students through cadet training

July 27, 2015

Students will learn from a young age what it is like to be a soldier in the army.

It’s been announced that Cadet training to be conducted by the Fiji Military Forces will soon be introduced to all schools in Fiji.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou says Cadet training ‘will ensure that our youth are imparted with values required to address social issues’.

Tuitubou says this form of discipline is being introduced ‘because of the change in attitude among many young people today’.

This announcement brings so many concerns and questions with it.

Firstly, we all know the reputation of the Fiji Military Forces and how they ‘disciplined’ citizens and helped their commander take over the country in a coup in 2006.

There are so many cases of innocent people being intimidated, beaten, tortured and some dying at the hands of these soldiers.

And now these men are to become role models for our children and teach them how to have good characters and be good citizens?

This is another initiative being pushed down the throats of Fiji, just like changing the Fiji flag.

But wait, we shouldn’t be surprised.

After all this is a military regime in power under the guise of democracy and it proves itself to be the case time and time again.

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

Soldier cops 3 months jail for accepting an advantage

July 3, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Update: 2:33PM A SOLDIER was this morning sentenced to three months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates court for two counts of accepting an advantage.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne while sentencing Jone Toga Senibici said he brought about disrepute to his mother institution, which is the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces by his behaviour.

The court was informed that Senibici, who was working at the Department of Imiigration as a bond officer, accepted a Babu silver and gold-plated watch and $100 cash from one Yong Pan to help him with his application.

“The bribery related offences by public servants needs to be dealt with harshly with custodial sentences to deter future offenders,” Magistrate Somaratne said.

This blog is not surprised by the finding of guilt of this so called soldier under secondment to carry out the jobs of career civil servants. Reliable sources suggests that it is only one of the numerous ones that go undetected or swept under the carpet by this government both in pre and post election period.

Source – TFT; Posted by rusi varani for swm

Insults can be thrown in Parliament – only by a select few

June 12, 2015

So it’s okay for Frank Bainimarama to insult the Opposition in Parliament but if they do it, they’re pulled up for it?

Remember the kaisi bokola and Tui Cakau incidents?

In this video you can catch Bainimaram saying “…viri iko vei dua na tavaiya qo” [I’ll throw this bottle at you]

Another example of one rule for the democratic regime and another for the rest!

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

Tui Cakau suspended from Parliament

May 22, 2015

Tui Cakau

The Privileges Committee has recommended that Tui Cakau be suspended from Parliament for two years for using obscene words to describe the Speaker of the House Jiko Luveni.

The Committee has an audio recording from Communications Fiji Limited where Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu calls Luveni a ‘vutusona’ and ‘cavuka’. The incident took place at a public SODELPA meeting last Thursday in Makoi.

In it’s report tabled in Parliament this morning, the committee said:

According to the audio recording, it is clear that Hon. Lalabalavu referred to the Hon. Speaker as “vutusona”. The iTaukei term is extremely obscene and gravely offensive as it literally means anal sex. Following that statement, Hon. Lalabalavu then referred to the Hon. Speaker as “cavuka”, which means retarded or mentally challenged when he had mocked her by saying that she stood up when the Opposition side stood up during a particular sitting. In all these instances his reflections on the Hon. Speaker drew laughter from the audience.

When summoned by the Committee to give his evidence, Hon. Lalabalavu was evasive about what had actually transpired at the SODELPA meeting. He also stated that the slurs in the iTaukei language may not have been necessarily directed at the Hon. Speaker.

Hon. Lalabalavu also submitted that the manner in which the slurs were said did not mean that they were abusive as such, especially since the Hon. Speaker is also a member of the Tovata Confederacy. According to Hon. Lalabalavu, that is the relationship of the “vanua” and in the context of the “vanua”, that is how they engage in such a cultural setting.

However, the fact is that this meeting was a public meeting for which a permit had been obtained. The fact is that this was not a cultural gathering of the Tovata Confederacy. This was a public meeting by SODELPA which advertised this meeting as constituency meeting in which all members of the public were invited. It was not limited to members of the Tovata Confederacy. It was covered by the media for all Fijians.

The committee’s report stated:

It should be noted that under section 20(h) of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act (Cap. 5), any person who utters or publishes any false or scandalous slander or libel on Parliament or upon any member in his or her as such commits an offence and such an offence warrants inter alia imprisonment for a maximum of two years.

Hon. Lalabalavu viciously and scandalously attacked the Hon. Speaker and made a mockery of the institution of Parliament and important arm of the constitutional system of government. It was so vicious and scandalous that it would be difficult to find such contempt in other jurisdictions.

Given the above, the Privileges Committee strongly recommends that Hon. Lalabalavu must be suspended from Parliament for at least two years of the term of Parliament, with immediate effect from 21 May 2015. During the period of suspension, he is not allowed to enter the parliamentary precincts including the Opposition Office. He must also issue a public apology in writing to the Hon Speaker. Immediately upon his suspension, he must be ordered to leave the precincts of Parliament and to remain outside of Parliament precincts. If he fails to comply, necessary enforcement measures must be imposed to ensure compliance. 
The recommendation is being debated in Parliament and it is highly likely it will be passed.

Side note: When Jiko Luveni was illegal Minister for Women she blamed women for getting raped.

She said: “Women should dress modestly and help men in the national campaign to cut down sex crimes.”

“If a girl is going out to drink with guys in an isolated area wearing shorts or clothes showing off her body, she is inviting trouble.”

source – c4.5; posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Khaiyum cites Tui Cakau for ‘swearing’ at Speaker

May 19, 2015

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum claims the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu swore at the Speaker of the House, Jiko Luveni, and has pushed Parliament to discipline him.

Yesterday in Parliament, Khaiyum called the Speaker ‘Vutusona’ and ‘Cavuka’ then said he has a recording of Ratu Naiqama saying those same words at the Speaker.

This recording is yet to surface.

The swear words were apparently used at a Sodelpa meeting last Thursday, not in Parliament. But Khaiyum claims Ratu Naiqama breached his Parliamentary privilege.

Should we then start disciplining any parliamentarian who swear outside of Parliament?

The Fiji Parliament is already a circus, now this.

Khaiyum put this motion to a vote:

  1. Hon. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu be cited for a serious breach of privilege and contempt of Parliament
  2. that the matter be now referred to the Privileges Committee under Standing Order 134(2)(b) to determine the type of sanction for the breach and
  3. that the Privileges Committee must meet today 18 May 2015, and provide its recommendations to Parliament at the latest by Thursday 21 May 2015 as to what sanctions should be imposed by Parliament against Honourable Lalabalavu, after which such action as deemed appropriate by Parliament shall be taken.

A number of members in the Opposition decided not to vote.

The matter is now before the six-person Privileges Committee, one of whom is Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

The Committee will deliver its verdict on Ratu Naiqama’s fate on Thursday.

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

Fiji’s ambassador to China getting salary package of $200,000 plus

April 29, 2015

Yen for travel: Naivalurua

He was getting good money when he was Police Commissioner and continues to be rewarded as a regime stooge.

Ioane Naivalurua’s contract as Fiji’s newest Ambassador to China shows he’s earning less than the base salary he was getting while heading the police force but is cashing in overall because of his allowances.

His contract shows he’s now being paid $79,009, which is at the top of the scale (grade

US02), plus allowances totalling $154,702, giving him a total package of $231,711.

Naivalurua’s contract to serve ‘diligently and faithfully’ is for three years and was issued in February. It was signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Esala Nayasi.

Naivalurua was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the regime failed to renew his contract.

Senior police officers had earlier leaked information to C4.5 about his salary saying he had a salary of $97,000, an entertainment allowance of $40,000 and ran up a lot of expenses, including overseas travel.

They also said the military appointed police chief also pocketed a $20,000 bonus for hosting a Crime Free Workshop, which was sponsored by Vodafone and $87,000 as chairman of the Fiji Post board, plus $35,000 in commission from tenders for Post Fiji.

Naivalurua was made police

commissioner amid stories he was a beneficiary of the 2006 coup having taken a year’s leave before the takeover happened coming aboard through masipol with Frank Bainimarama.
He then helped remove his predecessor, Esala Teleni, former senior RFMF officers Roko Ului Mara and Pita Driti with the help of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and the Permanent Secretary for the illegal government, Pio Tikoduadua, who is now a Fiji First Minister.

Another regime stooge rewarded.

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

Fiji First chief fundraisers rewarded

April 28, 2015

Last Friday saw the first meeting of the Constitutional Offices Commission and it was evident that Fiji First continues to reward its staunchest supporters.

The Commission has 6 members – the Prime Minister, Attorney General, Leader of the Opposition, two nominees of the PM and one nominee of the Opposition Leader, assisted by the Solicitor-General.

During this first meeting, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa added her nominee, constitutional lawyer Richard Naidu, while Frank Bainimarama put forward Sanjay Kaba and Ajit Kodagoda.

Both Kaba and Kodagoda are not legal experts therefore their nominations politicise what is supposedly an independent Commission. They were, of course, the chief fundraisers for Fiji First during the last year’s election.

Kodagoda is already the Chairman of Fiji National Provident Fund and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Boards.

He is also the chief financial officer of C J Patel Group of Companies, which currently enjoys duty concession on milk and has been profiteering by charging high prices for milk consumed by the people of Fiji.

And after the death of C J Patel owner Sundip Patel, Kodagoda runs the daily operations of the company.

Sanjay Kaba burst onto the scene when the regime came in and with the help of Felix Anthony usurped the contractors and project developers of the Natadola Resort after the coup.

As a partner of HLK Jacob, Kaba’s firm became the project’s structural engineers, and under the not so watchful eyes of Felix Anthony as NBRL Chairman, the cost ballooned to more than 300 million dollars, which had to be written off.

Kaba also oversaw structural engineering during the extensive renovation and remodelling of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s posh home in Namadi Heights.

So yet again, Fiji First has neutralised the independence of an important body by rewarding its boys.
This is Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum’s version of true democracy.
source – c4.5; posted by rusi varani for swm

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