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Strong criticisms on PM’s coup comments -

February 18, 2015

Nasik Swami
Thursday, February 12, 2015

REMARKS made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament this week alluding to the 2006 coup have copped strong criticisms from Opposition and a political party.

In a loud and uncontrolled exchange between Government and Opposition members following questions on the future directions of indigenous institutions in the country, and in response to the use of the word coup, Mr Bainimarama responded: “We can talk about coups until the cows come home, you will never get there.

“It is because of the coup that I conducted, that you are sitting here,” Mr Bainimarama told the House on Tuesday.

In response, Opposition member Roko Tupou Draunidalo said the Prime Minister was in Parliament because of the coup.

“He (PM) is in Parliament because of the coup he conducted in 2006. Otherwise, he would have been out of the House,” Ms Draunidalo said. Opposition member Professor Biman Prasad said the Prime Minister’s comments were “disgusting and a laughing matter”.

Similar sentiments were also shared by Opposition member Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

“It is like the pot calling the kettle black,” Ratu Naiqama said in his response to comments made by Mr Bainimarama.

Fiji Labour Party president Lavinia Padarath in a statement said Mr Bainimarama was speaking as though he had done Fiji a great favour by staging the coup. This blog insist that by right, Baini should be in Jail and not in Parliament.

source – The Fiji Times; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

 

Charges laid for Vilikesa’s Soko’s death – How about the others?

February 13, 2015

Vilikesa Soko RIP

Eight police officers and a soldier have been at last charged for the death of a man who died in custody.

Vilikesa Soko was arrested in August last year on suspicion of robbery after $FJ50,000 dollars was stolen from a foreign exchange store in Nadi.

He died a few days later from multiple traumatic injuries and alleged traumatic rectal injury.

Vilikesa is believed to have been assaulted. His medical report says he died as a result of a blood clot in his lungs, multi-organ failure and ‘severe trauma to the penis’.

Police claimed after he died that Soko was sickly, but  the lie was thwarted by an investigation by Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald.

Today, eight police officers and a soldier were charged with manslaughter, assault and rape. Manslaughter, not murder.

Two will face a further charge of perverting the course of justice by instructing fellow officers to make false statements.

The second robbery suspect, 37 year old Eroni Baleinukulala, was also beaten.

Today’s charges is heartening news but a number how many people have died already in police or military custody and how many more will this happen to.

Remember Epeli Qaraniqio, who escaped from Naboro and when recaptured had his leg amputated. Another prisoner who had escaped with him, Isoa Waqa, died after he was allegedly beaten.

Then there was the case of Iowane Benedito.

Welcome to Fiji style demokracy!

Source -C.5 Posted by Rusi Varanifor SWM

Military wants soldiers to design new flag for Fiji

February 13, 2015

If it wasn’t so wrong, it’d be funny.

Whenever things get tricky for Frank Bainimarama, the military comes out to support him or should we say intimidate the people.

And so we have that moment again.

Bainimarama wants to ditch the Fiji flag but there’s resistance, so the gutless wonder has called in the military to endorse his plan and to remind citizens the army is only too ready to step in when he needs them.

Fiji army commander Mosese Tikoitoga today said the barracks is right behind the new flag.

Hilariously, he also announced soldiers would be taking part in an internal flag design competition.

Tikoitoga says ‘any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner’.

It seems Fiji soldiers can do anything – from being peacekeepers, thugs, ‘elected’ government ministers, to catching American iguanas and now flag designers.

How about them doing what they’re supposed to? Like serving and protecting the people from treasonist, thieving lying coup makers and thugs like Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum?

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

Khaiyum forced to back-date controversial TV decree amendment

February 4, 2015

Regime appointed Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been forced to swallow his own spit by removing HSBC World Series Sevens, Rugby World Cup 7’s and Rugby World Cup from the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree, as per the wish of rugby’s governing body, World Rugby.

The removal was gazetted on Wednesday 28th January but is dated 15th December 2014 – to prevent World Rugby from blocking coverage of the Wellington 7’s this weekend.

The Wellington Sevens is the second most popular 7’s event after Hong Kong and Sayed-Khaiyum was forced to undertake the gazetting to prevent denying Fiji
citizens coverage for a second time.

The gazetting of the removal is further evidence the people of Fiji were conned by pro-regime media, particularly the Fiji Sun and State owned FBC (Radio Fiji), into believing World Rugby had backed down in December after blocking the Dubai 7’s, allowing the televising of the South Africa 7’s a week later.

Both Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his boss, Frank Bainimarama, were portrayed as heroes by Fiji Sun and FBC.

Bainimarama displayed no shame when he repeated the lies giving a similar message at the opening of the Punjas Biscuit Factory in Lautoka last December, and again during his Western Division tour in Sigatoka when he accused the Opposition of being obsessed with the TV/Rugby saga and sacking of top two Fiji TV Executives.

The U-turn to cover the stuff-up shows Sayed-Khaiyum’s understanding of media laws and broadcast rights is minuscule. His so-called legal expertise was also exposed by World Rugby’s head of legal matters, Susan Ahern.

He even failed to provide proof to World Rugby and the people of Fiji that soccer’s governing body, FIFA, had given approval for the cross-carriage of the World Cup played in Brazil last June and July.

Sayed-Khaiyum was basing his illogical Cross-Carriage Decree provisions, clearly manufactured to prop up his brother’s FBC TV, which has resorted to showing out-dated programmes and Hindi soap operas in a bid to gain audience.

With no proof of FIFA approval or of World Rugby approval for the cross-carriage of Gold Coast 7’s last October, Sayed-Khaiyum turned red and pink under the World Rugby onslaught and removed the World Rugby events from the Cross-Carriage Decree as required by World Rugby before it agreed for Fiji TV to sub-licence 7’s feed to FBC on terms agreeable to World Rugby.

So much for his lies and deceit, which unfortunately fool the people but not international organisations.

Source – c.5; posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Evidence of Khaiyum’s lies must be used to take him down

January 30, 2015

Oh, the tangled web we weave when first we seek to deceive.

And so it’s been for the military dictatorship which is now installed as a ‘legally elected government’.

The lies that citizens are being dished up are not new: the only thing that’s new is that the lies are being told in broad daylight, as part of every day business and in Parliament and being swallowed by some quarters, including the media, without challenge.

Frank Bainimarama has done it but Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who wields authority as Attorney General and Minister for Finance, is the worst and is truly a compulsive liar.

In fact, Khaiyum has lied about so much that it’s nothing to him to lie through the skin of his teeth in Parliament.

Take the Rugby Sevens broadcasting scam. While delivering a ministerial statement on Tuesday December 9, regarding World Rugby’s decision to pull the plug on live feed for  the Dubai leg of the tournament because of his TV (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree,  which forced Fiji TV to share feed with FBC TV (managed by his brother Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum), Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum defended the reasons for the Decree.

He claimed a survey conducted by an American Company proved FBC TV had 50% market coverage while Fiji TV had only 43% and Mai TV 7%.

When Oposition MP Prem Singh interjected to the effect that the survey was carried out by Qorvis, Sayed-Khaiyum twice denied it was Qorvis.

He didn’t name the company. And yet it was established in December the survey was carried out by Clarus or Clarus Communications – the polling arm of Qorivs and wholly owned by Qorvis, which in the last few years has been paid millions of dollars to churn out pro Bainimarama and Sayed Khaiyum propaganda.

FACT: another one million dollars has been budgeted this year as payment for Qorvis.

This lie alone necessitates the need for Sayed-Khaiyum to be held for contempt of Parliament.

We will soon expose another lie of his that is going to hurt the people of Fiji who were misled during the Budget.

Meanwhile peruse the Parliamentary Hansard of Tuesday 9th December 2014 (at end of story) as well as other documents to judge for yourself the lies that Sayed Khaiyum is churning out, including in Parliament.

The two sacked Fiji TV executives have done an excellent job paper trailing the lies and the manipulation in one document which has been sent to Bainimarama but again as with many things, let it not be forgotten that Sayed-Khaiyum and Bainimarama are joined at the hip and act in their own self-interest.

One tells the lies and the other offers him safe harbour. Look at the pay salary dispute and rugby sevens drama where Bainimarama has neatly stepped in to downplay them both by claiming the Opposition party is just being ‘petty’, is making a ‘fuss’ and is ‘obsessed with Fiji TV management’.

Add to it the belated and shallow apology about the broken sewer pipes in Nabua and you have a well-oiled doubled act where Sayed-Khaiyum trots out the porkies and Bainimarama uses his position as ‘beloved’ PM to make citizens to swallow the shit.

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

Fiji media chairman to appear in court

January 24, 2015

Raj: Harassed media and regime critics on standards but now appearing in court

Media Industry Development Authority Chairman and failed PHD student Ashwin Raj, who is hanging to the coattails of Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for his personal advancement, has been charged by police for annoyance.

A statement by the Commissioner of Police confirms the charge but police have not issued details of the incident. We have, however, established the charge arises out of Raj’s use of abusive language towards a lawyer from he had recently bought a house from.

The 21 Kikau Street property in Samabula belonged to Joshika Samujh, a lawyer formerly with the Consumer Council and now employed as a Legal Tribunal with the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations.
Raj bought the two-flat house from Samujh – with the apparent understanding her mother would rent one of the flats.
At 6pm on Monday this week, Samujh came to visit her mother and was apparently confronted for no reason by an irate Raj who started using abusive language.
Samujh reported the matter to the nearby Samabula Police Station. At the police station, Raj directed his abuse at both Samujh and police officers handing the case. He was then locked up in a cell for 2 hours.
Raj was later charged with annoying person, bailed and will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court on 13th February.

Bloggers will recall that Raj has been a real asshole towards media and critics pontificating about standards and values while defending the hypocrisy of the Bainimarama regime – many will no doubt be following his fate with interest.

Listen to the Fiji Police Commissioner speak about this on Radio Australia 

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

Khaiyum orders number plates removed from vehicle involved in accident

January 24, 2015

Where is this car now?

Question: Why doesn’t this new Toyota Landcruiser Prado, which has clearly been involved in an accident, have a number plate?

Answer: This is the Government back-up vehicle of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Frank Bainimarama’s Attorney General and Finance Minister.
The powerful in Fiji, especially those in the military government who’ve gone on to be in the Fiji First Government, can do no wrong in the eyes of the majority of the people of Fiji, or so it seems from the election results – even though we all know the elections were not free and fair. Therefore, there must never be any link of wrongdoing to the new Government, even if it was an accident.
Two days out from Christmas (Tuesday December 23), Khaiyum travelled to Clopcott squatter settlement in Ba to hand over leases to 147 squatter residents. He was in his vehicle GP:256, a top of the range green Toyota Prado Landcruiser, accompanied by the white back-up vehicle.
After the hand-over ceremony that evening, Khaiyum was

Ironic: Accident happened near a Bainimarama road safety billboard.

treated to a dinner at a Fiji First supporter’s home. The businessman had raised more than $100,000 for the party’s election campaign.

He and his entourage left Ba at 1am on Thursday, December the 24th to return to Suva, via Kings Road.
Soon after Nagia village on Kings Road, the back-up vehicle, which was being driven by the back-up driver with an accompanying driver/security as passenger and was in front of the AG’s vehicle, lost control, plunged down a slope and landed in the Wainibuka river.
The driver of Khaiyum’s green Prado, which was closely following the back-up vehicle, momentarily lost control and only just managed to stay on the road.
Both occupants of the back-up vehicle managed to free themselves, climb out of the river to make their way up the slope onto the highway where a shaken Khaiyum was waiting with his driver and bodyguard.
Khaiyum told both to sort out the mess as it was their fault, and didn’t even bother to ask if they were okay. He also instructed them to remove the Government number plates from the vehicle before the police arrived. He then left them on the roadside, came to Korovou Police Station in Tailevu, informed them of the accident, and proceeded home to Suva.
The back-up vehicle was recovered by police and it was parked at the Korovou Police Station, minus the number plates. The vehicle was removed the day our sources took these pictures and its whereabouts reamins unknown.
From this incident come two lessons:
Khaiyum told his men to take number plates off this car
Lesson No 1: Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has no human decency. Any decent human being would have cared about the welfare of others, especially in the case of mishaps. Here, two personnel responsible for his safety, were left on the roadside to dry themselves and denied a basic medical check to see if they had suffered any injuries. His only concern was to ensure the vehicle could not be traced to him and his office.
Lesson No 2 : Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is quick to hide any wrong-doing and scams when it concerns him. His instruction to the two personnel to remove the number plates of the back-up vehicle confirms this.
The overall lesson? This is the Attorney General of the beloved Fiji who instead of protecting others, protects himself first and foremost.
source – c4.5; posted by rusi varani for swm
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